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I know the lonely planet likes to have a good wank over how good the bread is in Cambodia, the writer must be American. I (limey) on the other hand prefer quality to quantity and this holiday back to the U.K has reminded me just how shite the bread is in Cambodia.
I usually get the fresh loaf from Pencil market it is o.k but still tastes like crappy sliced packaged bread rather than fresh loaf.
Has anyone found a place where you can buy a fresh crusty unsliced loaf thats not some funny shape (I'm not French either) ?
That LP guy must have been an escapee from a loony bin to praise the bread in Cambodia. You can't easily get edible bread anywhere in Asia (except maybe Hong Kong) other than in a few big city bakeries that make it especially for the Western tastes. It's maniacal! In LOS and China, in the supermarkets and corner bakeries, you see bread cleverly disguised to look like substantial, crusty, flavorful loaves. They look pretty good . . . but inside they are just really that same softy, fluffy, sweet stuff like American Wonder Bread. Even the French and Italian loaves and baguettes are just Wonder Bread. Yuck! I don't even bother anymore.
Oh, well. Forget about it. Carbs are evil!
Fresco churn out decent loaves and also sell then via Caltex. More than once however, I've bought a Fresco loaf and foind it to contain a hole the size of a fist.
A more expensive option is Comme A La Maison. This place is swarming with overpaid pampered NGO cvnts but you can make a mad dash in and out to buy what is probably the best bread in town. They do all the fancy french stuff but also a good plain regular loaf.
Finally, what is wrong with buying a 500 riel baguette from the 'pang pang' boy on his bicyle? I find them a bit crisper and better tasting in the evening.
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Have to agree we're not big on selection in the U.K but go into any supermarket bakery section and you will be able to buy a crusty unsliced loaf bigger and tastier than anywhere in the world. I'm not a fan of French bread either as I like a little crust on my bread not a little bread on my crust.
When in Snooky, you can't beat the home made bread at the Starfish Bakery. Great breakfasts: bacon, scrambled eggs, real toast.
Complaining about bread in Cambodia ? Try the long-life cake that they try to pass off as bread at the breakfast buffets in Pattaya.
Agree with you there, although the bread is not the best in Cambodia I think it's a long way from the worst. The worst probably being Thailand. I don't know how to make bread or what all the ingredients are exactly but one thing I do know is you don't put three cups of suger in the mix.
It's not just the bread, Gov. In LOS, they put sugar in everything. Drives me nuts!
I was a baker in a Health Food Restaurant when I was a kid and I baked a lot of bread. Wouldn't have a clue now. But but I never make any soft fluffy bread. It must be a very deliberate process, because if you just mix the dough with a minimal number of ingredients, let it rise and then bake, it comes out naturally heavy and substantial.
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