Archive for the 'Food' Category

Aug 25 2013

Something fishy? All about Cambodia’s prahok

Published by under Khmer

Disgusting? Cheesy? Stomach-turning? Delicious? No visitor to Cambodia is ever ambivalent when faced with the strongest of local delicacies. And that’s because there really is nothing delicate about a food that smells like your teenage brother’s socks. No, we’re not talking durian — the spiky smelly fruit is child’s play compared with Cambodia’s fermented fish paste prahok. … read the full post

Aug 16 2013

Bargain breakfasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

Breakfast of cheap champions.

When Winnie the Pooh wakes up in the morning, he wonders what’s for breakfast. His little porcine friend Piglet wonders what’s going to happen that’s exciting that day. They agree that it’s the same thing. In Phnom Penh, breakfast can certainly be an adventure all on its own, even if you’re eating on a budget. … read the full post

Jun 01 2013

Cambodia’s fish amok

Published by under Khmer

Fish sauna.

Khmer food can be a bit of a mystery for travellers — Thai and Vietnamese cuisine has penetrated around the world, while Cambodian menus still have limited exposure. Which means that a visit to Cambodia allows for plenty of food adventures, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. If there’s one dish … read the full post

Oct 25 2012

Eating for less than $5 a day in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

The morning fix

Visitors to Phnom Penh are sometimes surprised at the cost of food, but it’s perfectly possible to eat for $5 — or 20,000 riel — a day if you know where to look. The first trick to cheap meals is to put aside thoughts of familiar nosh and get experimental. A Western breakfast can set you … read the full post

Feb 09 2012

Wonton mee near Phnom Penh airport

Published by under Other Asian

Let’s say you’re going to be in the vicinity of the Phnom Penh Airport sometime soon, and you’re feeling peckish. I’ve been doing a lot of airport runs lately, so this is not actually theoretical to me. Of course there are lots of eating options inside the terminals and at the public concourse, but just … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Mexican food in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

Some people complain about how many Americans there are in Phnom Penh, but the upside of their presence is the excellent supply (and demand) for American-style Mexican food. For the purpose of this review, when I say Mexican food, I mean California-style Mexican food, which is outstanding but perhaps closer to what you’d find in … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Eating oysters in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

You’ll forgive me for not immediately realising that Phnom Penh is an oyster town. It’s not next to the sea and there doesn’t seem to be a word in the Khmer language for oyster. And yet there’s an oyster culture in Phnom Penh, with locals and expats alike enjoying oysters on the half shell all … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Pizza in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’ve had your fill of Khmer food (and Japanese and Vietnamese) maybe it’s time to grab a pizza. As luck would have it, Phnom Penh has quite a few decent pies on offer. When I first travelled around Asia, I’ll admit that I vowed to not be one of those backpackers that can always … read the full post

Dec 08 2011

A taste of North Korea in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about North Korea, Phnom Penh offers a glimpse into the highly secretive hermit kingdom and its cuisine. Two restaurants in town not only serve North Korean fare but also feature a musical floor show performed by Pyongyang’s finest; yes, a complete cultural package. The show, which takes place … read the full post

Nov 21 2011

Ice cream shops in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

We’re heading into cool dry season into Phnom Penh, alternatively known as ice cream season. In the last year or so, ice cream offerings have been popping up all over Phnom Penh. There are still the old Khmer stand-bys, selling icy bowls of beans and coconut milk, but there are also more than a few … read the full post

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