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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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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Tonle Bassac Buffet

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Is Gluttony such a bad sin? Really, it’s a far cry from Envy and Wrath. It could easily have been covered under Greed, don’t know why it got its own mention in the Big Seven. Could they not come up…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Bet Jeun Chinese Restaurant

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Upon entering, the first thing that impresses me is the cleanliness of this place. Many of the low-budget Chinese restaurants in town have a relatively no-frills atmosphere. That is not to say that the food is bad. It is just…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Armand’s

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There’s a lot of restaurants in this town, many of them French, but when Armand’s opened it quickly shot to the top of everyone’s must-eat-here-more-often list. Affable owner Armand pulled off this feat by creating the perfect storm of location,…

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Restaurants and Dealing with Awkward Customers in Cambodia

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I’ve been running the kitchen at a friend’s restaurant in Cambodia for the past couple of weeks. It’s the wet season, so there aren’t many customers about. But it’s been good fun getting back into the kitchen, and teaching the…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Tea Club

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As two smiling young Cambodian men roll open the double doors of “The Tea Club” I enter into an atmosphere of fine Chinese elegance. The interior of this place is imbued with a calming mixture of deep, rich, red paint…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Rahu

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If you’re looking for Metro’s goofy wannabe urban chic (white on white, changing wall of color) you won’t find it here; Rahu is serious about its minimalism. Save for the huge painting of an angry monk child glowering down on…

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Quick Sunday Dinners 1: The Rising Sun

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The concept of the traditional English Sunday roast is all rather ho-hum to the septic tanks and colonials , but it’s a sacred ritual for those of us from, “This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of…

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Burger Samdech

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The august editor of this e-zine cornered me in a small, local watering hole the other evening, “Playboy” he bellowed from behind the safety of an American lass who was attempting to convince the DJ that Italian Disco was the…

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