May 30 2011

Staying in Phnom Penh for a few weeks … or longer

Published by under Accommodation

Many visitors come to Phnom Penh with the intention of staying for a month or three for volunteer work, fellowships or other programmes that require a medium-to-long-term stay. Others come for a short visit and fall in love and decide to stick around for a while. Because the Cambodia visa situation is very permissive, it’s … read the full post

May 23 2011

Ordering an iced coffee in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

One of the great pleasures of enduring the weather in Cambodia — those 35 degree afternoons one after the other — is sitting down in the shade with an enormous, sickly-sweet iced coffee. Here’s how they roast coffee in Phnom Penh: until it’s black, and usually with a big scoop of rendered pork fat or … read the full post

May 12 2011

Dim sum in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Dim sum is the Chinese version of tapas — small plates of steamed dumplings and other tasty treats that were originally meant to be accompaniments to drinking tea and are perfect for sharing with a group. Whether you’re just learning about dim sum or are an aficionado, there are many options for dim sum in … read the full post

Apr 28 2011

Japanese groceries in Phnom Penh

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In the last year the supply of Japanese foodstuffs in Phnom Penh has multiplied, and it’s now easier than ever to find the miso, dashi and kombu that you desire. The city has long had a sizable Japanese expat population, but the groceries didn’t keep pace. Japanese expats often resorted to bringing back suitcases of … read the full post

Apr 21 2011

The best supermarkets in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

One of the most surprising things about Phnom Penh is the quality of its supermarkets — unlike in many Asian capital cities there are a number of large centrally-located grocers that carry a wide range of both Western and Asian brands at reasonable prices. Lucky – City Mall Lucky is the largest supermarket chain in … read the full post

Apr 08 2011

More vegetarian options in Phnom Penh

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Once you start looking, vegetarian options are all over Phnom Penh. Recently, I wrote about The Vegetarian and Fate Blessing Buddha. Here are a few more places that serve delicious vegetarian and vegan options in Phnom Penh. Vego Salad Bar The first time I walked into Vego Salad Bar I immediately walked back outside to … read the full post

Apr 01 2011

Seatbelts for tuk tuks in Cambodia

Published by under Transport

From the “Only in Cambodia file” the PhnomPenhPost reports on a surprising new law to hit the streets in Cambodia, seat belts for tuk tuks — and who are the cops going to target? tourists. The story quotes transport minister Tram In Tek as saying: “The public transport in Cambodia is quite primitive and the … read the full post

Mar 03 2011

New book: Cooking the Cambodian Way

Published by under Books & movies

Like so many other Khmers, Narin Seng Jameson fled Cambodia in 1972 during the midst of the Khmer Rouge regime. Growing up in Cambodia she hung around the family kitchen in Phnom Penh and waited to be chased out by the cook. But she had never prepared Cambodian food herself, and when she moved to … read the full post

Feb 24 2011

Unexpected gourmet on Koh Ta Kiev

Published by under Islands

Sometimes the best meals turn up in expected places. Koh Ta Kiev, a mostly-uninhabited island an hour away from Sihanoukville, is certainly not a place you’d imagine to find two chefs serving up homemade pastas, pastries and fondues without the benefit of electricity or running water, but that’s exactly what Ten 103 Treehouse Bay is … read the full post

Feb 17 2011

Getting around Phnom Penh by tuk tuk

Published by under Transport

There’s no public transport in Phnom Penh so those who aren’t brave enough to drive themselves or sweat it out on foot are stuck with three main options: motos, taxis and tuk tuks. Most visitors and quite a few expats choose to travel by tuk tuk. It’s a great way to ride in style and … read the full post

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