Cambodia

Hotel etiquette Battambang style

Hotel etiquette Battambang style

I’m not sure whether or not I’m meant to feel reassured or frightened in a country where hotels feel the need to remind me than guns and grenades are not wecome. At Hotel La Noria in Siem Reap I think I was safe. With its leafy garden and swimming pool it is a comfortable escape from the bustle on the street at a cost of $40 plus a night. It is also reassuring that being a Childsafe hotel – one […]

Tasty snacks at the “rest stop”

Tasty snacks at the “rest stop”

Deep fried and served out by the recycled condensed milk tin on the road-side, who can resist these tasy crickets and beetles? Well, about 30 people judging by our bus load of mainly locals. There was one chap though who tucked into a big bag of beetles, the secret being that you flick off the hard unedible wings before popping the bodies into your mouth. I’m afraid I was a wimp having poisoned myself two days earlier and was drawn […]

The boat to Battambang

The boat to Battambang

You’ll want food for the eight hour trip to Battambang, the most beautiful boat trip in Cambodia. Plenty of locals will hassle you to buy French sticks bananas and water. The tiny bananas are delicious. But whatever you don’t don’t sit on the roof unless you want a very pink sore evening.

The ultimate fast breakfast – in biodegradable packaging

The ultimate fast breakfast – in biodegradable packaging

Take one thich segment of bamboo. Add rice, beans and coconut milk. Stuff the top with rice hay and place in embers until cooked. When cool, peel away the bamboo on one side. Remove the plug of hay and pick out the rice and beans with your fingers. These are available all along the roadside. Simple and delicious. I was probably ripped off but still it cost only about 30 cents. PS: Click on the photos tag above or on […]

Would you eat this?

Would you eat this?

I’m back on street food and the BBQ snake looks particularly good. These look like little bears but are actually frogs. Not today as I ate a ponds worth yesterday. The snake comes with a salt and pepper mix, fresh herbs and limes. I chew on the skin and it does taste good. Why shouldn’t it? It is no different from eel and the snake tastes a bit like smoked eel which I guess is from the BBQ. It is […]

The meaning of chilli hot salad

The meaning of chilli hot salad

Now I really do know the meaning of green papaya salad at the Srassrang View Restaurant near Angkor Wat. You’ve been working in the fields all day – or as I have cycling 40km along hot dusty roads. Your mouth is dry, your mind weak and the body is tired. Green papaya has everything you need. First the finely chopped/ grated papaya refreshes then the chilli kicks in and releases the endorphins that will keep you going. Protein comes in […]

Chicken: Thai for starters

Chicken: Thai for starters

Dragon fruit to the right.  Fresh off the plane, I haven’t quite got my street food legs yet. Off for a Thai instead at Chivit Thai ( 130 Ph Wat Bo, Siem Reap  012 830 761) set is a wooden pavillion and garden. Complimentory spring rolls, a scorching green papaya salad ( I asked for hot) and fish cakes in dipping sauce. The most interesting dish was squid served with egg yolks. That’s solid yellow half yolks. The tiny squid […]

Civilised drinks and blogging at The Blue Pumpkin

Civilised drinks and blogging at The Blue Pumpkin

Air conditioned and with free wireless internet: The Blue Pumpkin, Siem Reap. Very cool in both senses. This is civilisation. Fresh spring rolls. Top notch cocktails, mine a rice liquor concoction with lemongrass and star anise; Jak’s a margarita. Oh yes, and that thing that is so so hard to find in Australia: free wireless internet. Siem Reap is one of those places with one reason for being: the vast Angkor complex. It is so much more than only Ankgor […]