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Prahok: My Secret Addiction to Cambodia’s Infamous Fermented Fish ‘Cheese’

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been staying in a guesthouse in Phnom Penh, writing every day in the restaurant downstairs, and trying to get the printed version of my book sorted. It’s a relaxing place, filled with backpackers all…

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Wake Up to a Full Cambodian – Chicken Porridge Soup

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I can never be quite sure why I like this soup so much – but of all the great broths in Cambodia, and there are plenty, chicken porridge soup (bo bor sach moan) is my favourite. Maybe it’s the heavy…

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Chhim Sothy Exhibition


The painter Chhim Sothy is undoubtedly one of the most prominent artists in Cambodia. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions in Europe, the United States, Japan He was especially selected to represent Cambodia at the margins of exposure…

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A Cambodian Folk Tale About Soup


I’ve written a lot about how important soup is to Cambodian cooking. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a food that is so dependent on broths and liquors. There must be hundreds of varieties across the country….

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Street Artist Sheryo from Singapore


Last weekend I was very fortunate to bump into Singapore artist Sheryo (together with the Yok) working on her latest project – beautifying a previously dull wall on Street 95, just around the block from Flicks. Sheryo has now sent…

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Festival PhotoPhnomPenh


The Institut Français of Cambodia is organizing the fourth edition of the Festival PhotoPhnomPenh from 26 November to 2 December 2011. 8 Cambodian and 16 international photographers (France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Estonia, India, China, Korea) will present…

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7 Reasons Why I Should Probably Marry a Cambodian Woman


I’ve had a lot on my mind the last few months. What has been troubling me the most is the realization that later this year I’ll be turning 40. This impending entry into middle age naturally makes a man start…

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Bassac Theater

The latest casualty in the government’s drive to sell off important parts of Cambodia’s heritage is the impending loss of the Bassac Theater. It was designed by Mann Molyvann, Cambodia’s most renowned modern architect. The building, damaged by fire in…

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A Cambodian History Lesson


You may well have noticed, since it’s been widely reported in the global media, that some interesting conclusions have been drawn from research into the downfall of the Cambodian empire centred on Angkor Wat. For those of you who missed…

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Trouble at the Rumour Mill


It’s not that I have a fixation with The Twilight Zone, it’s just that bizarre stories are so common in Cambodia. In this article we expose the vampires of Phnom Penh before revealing the tale of the villagers who consumed…

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