Cambodian FOOD!

micah trying a grasshopper
Cambodian food was AMAZING. Here's a quick post on it

We were eager to eat Cambodian Food

Foodies to begin with, our appetites were whetted by the food thing going on in Vietnam when we were there (- farmers were spraying fruits and vegetables with unregulated chemicals and things were not safe to eat), and by the deliciousness in Thailand. I’m going to admit that I was a little wary¬†though – that last time that I was in Cambodia, I got some loathsome food poisoning (or something) that had me projectile vomiting. And you have to understand; I grew up in FIJI, which while is a tropical heaven on earth, it’s still tropical, which means it’s full of things that make puny white people sick. My stomach is apparently made of cast iron. But Cambodia broke that seal – I was wary about the kids getting something.

It was totally cool. They were fine, we were all fine. We had a wonderful time eating around and exploring some of the fine food, and that was thanks in large part to our Tuk-Tuk (“Ramon”) driver, Mr. Chi. After he understood that we really wanted to try food that he himself likes and that is more common with Cambodians, he dove in and took us to some spots that Blew.Us.Away and made us just about the happiest family in the vicinity.

Cambodian Food:

market
market

dried fish at siem reap

market at siem reap
market at siem reap
spices
spices
lemongrass
bundles of lemongrass
real, fresh straw mushrooms - I've never seen them fresh before
real, fresh straw mushrooms – I’ve never seen them fresh before
"Pub Street" - the place in Siem Reap that is full of foreigners and food
“Pub Street” – the place in Siem Reap that is full of foreigners and food
menu at a restaurant in siem reap
menu at a restaurant in siem reap

cambodia food

restaurant napping
restaurant napping
bug vendor
bug vendor!
micah with his grasshopper, really loving that moment
micah with his grasshopper, really loving that moment
micah trying a grasshopper
micah trying a grasshopper
bag o' bugs
bag o’ bugs
testing...
testing…
YUMMY
YUMMY
Moxie LOVED the grasshoppers! and so did I; those are absolutely delicious
Moxie LOVED the grasshoppers! and so did I; those are absolutely delicious
Moxie and I cleaned down that bag of grasshoppers
Moxie and I cleaned down that bag of grasshoppers
fresh fruit. this made Mack the ultimate watermelon junkie
fresh fruit. this made Mack the ultimate watermelon junkie
shaved ice with sweet milk and sauce.
shaved ice with sweet milk and sauce.
little eating hut
little eating hut
you lay in a hammock before/after your meal - GENIUS
you lay in a hammock before/after your meal – GENIUS
hammock - ing
hammock – ing
eating lunch with our driver, Mr. Chi
eating lunch with our driver, Mr. Chi
chilling out after eating
chilling out after eating
he's fake-sleeping
he’s fake-sleeping

What we learned:

  • Cambodians have amazing food. It’s similar to Thai, but doesn’t seem as spicy.
  • They have a pepper/salt mixture (ground fresh black pepper mixed in what seems to be equal parts with salt) and fresh lime juice squeezed over the both. They dip food in this: AMAZING!! Try it!!
  • Barbeque anything is fantastic
  • Cambodians have the most sensible hammock-culture I’ve ever seen. Hammocks strung in these little eating bungalows, to lie and relax in before/after eating? Genius. [Mikey says that sounds borderline Roman]
  • We think a great way to travel in Cambodia would be to arrive, hire a driver and just GO all over the place with the driver as a sort of cultural ambassador. We loved Mr. Chea. Hanging out and taking with him about Cambodia culture, politics, diet, family and more was a highlight of our trip there.

PS

If you are planning a trip to Siem Reap, look up Mr. Chea: 855-12-60-20-46; email: bressochea007@gmail.com

 

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