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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Dolce Italia

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Tough life here in the big city: Which rooftop pool bar should we go to? Italian or Sushi for dinner? Can you recommend a good driver? Blah blah. Back home I paid an obscene amount of money to share a…

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Cambodian Food: The Chef Hailed As A Genius By Raymond Blanc

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My nine-month quest to learn how to cook Cambodian food hasn’t been an easy one. There are only a few decent cookbooks on the subject, and even they’re filled with contradictions, making it even harder to get to the bottom…

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Spit-Roast Cows Banned For ‘Inciting Violence’

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One of the strangest stories of the week must surely be the government ban on spit-roasting cows in public. Apparently, pen-pushers in Phnom Penh think the sight of calf carcasses being slowly barbecued and then chopped up in full view…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: La Cita

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Phnom Penh’s expat community is sufficiently large that the opening of a place that serves a fine English breakfast or good value for the money pizza is hardly noteworthy, certainly not cause for excitement. On the other hand, the emergence…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Lost Room

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Getting there is rarely half the fun in Cambodia (dirt bike enthusiasts excepted). Even if you have your own chauffeured transport, a very good speaker system and an ice chest of beer under your feet, it still doesn’t mean you…

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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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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Viva Mexican Restaurant

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It was never my intention for this review to be like a cactus – prickly. Indeed, taking into consideration the sum total of my Mexican gastronomic and culinary history thus far amounted to a pair of Freebird breakfast burritos, I’d…

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A Cambodian Folk Tale About Soup

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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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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Vitking

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Considering that the far western extension of street 450 does not appear on most local maps the street has a lot going on. Running along the south side of the Russian Market and, and its western end ending at the…

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