Eating at the crab market – a row of wooden waterfront restaurants by a wet fish market – is a quintessential Kep experience. Fresh crabs fried with Kampot pepper are a taste sensation. Crabs are kept alive in pens tethered just off the pebbly beach. You can dine at one of the restaurants or buy crab and have your guesthouse prepare it.
There are lots of great places to choose from at the crab market, so keep an eye on where the Khmer crowd are eating. Crab costs around US$10 a kilo at the wet market.