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The Santol Fruit: A Philosophical Conundrum

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Cambodia has an abundance of strange fruit. Most travelers here have heard of the durian: that’s the one that smells like rotting feet. Yet, there are other less commonly known fruits which are also enjoyed by Khmer. One such fruit…

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Life as a Baby Duck Fetus Eater

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“You see that dish? That’s dog meat,” said Raksume who was standing me dinner at his family’s palm leaf shack on the edge of the village. “Oh” I said. And then, “Hey, where’s your dog?”. Raksume gestured unceremoniously towards the…

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Down and Out in South East Asia by Alex Watts

In the sequel to bestselling food book Down And Out In Padstow And London, failed chef and hack Lennie Nash sets off to eat his way through SE Asia, with a half-baked plan to buy a restaurant. Along the way,…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Duck

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Just like the etched design on the plate glass windows, this excellent new restaurant has all its ducks in a row. Less than a month after opening its doors in Phnom Penh, Duck is delivering an experience that’s hard to…

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Man Bites Dog – More Tails from the Provinces

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Anybody keeping half an eye on European media over the last few months cannot help but notice the uproar over traces of horse DNA found in Findus Crispy Pancakes and LidlXtra Value burgers. The issue, it seems, is not about…

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Khmer 440 Reviews USA Donut

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If you’ve ever enjoyed a serving of American Buffalo Wings, I can tell you where the wings sauce base came from – the curiously named USA Donut. For many years this small shop, run by a Khmer-American and now located…

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K440 Reviews ‘Mike’s Burger House’

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K440 dispatched Jeff Mudrick, creator of Phnom Penh’s best known gourmet burger, to ‘Mike’s’ to review Phnom Penh’s best known generic burger. Dedication The conversation with the editor of this fine journal went something like this: K440: “You know hamburgers….

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From Bagels to Bibimbap – Rattana and Sophea Branch Out In Phnom Penh

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When Rattana Gordon and Sophea Prim talked about opening a brick and mortar business, their first idea was to open a bagel shop in Phnom Penh. That was in 2009. Four years later, the two enterprising women not only make…

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Le Bistrot: A Rough Diamond Hidden Among Lady Bars

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I thought things were going to turn quite ugly for a second, and had visions of my iPhone being thrown on the floor and crushed under a weighty boot. I was sitting at a table at Le Bistrot de Paris,…

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French Dining In Phnom Penh: Chez Gaston

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We’d been urged not to review Chez Gaston by one or two regulars who loved the place the way it was, and didn’t want it frequented by trolls. But trolls don’t eat real food, we said. They live under bridges…

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