Imagine: footy socks – Collingwood footy socks – worn by a teenager, unwashed for an entire, wet season, placed in a blender with week-old “fish kill” from Australia’s Murray-Darling rivers … nah, that doesn’t go close to describing the smell of this stuff. And I tasted it. I swear, when I opened the bottle, the bread jumped out of my hand and leapt over the 6th-floor balcony…
The only surly woman I’ve met in Cambodia serves me: fried rice with beef balls (AKA slices of a small beef sausage) and three big, sour pickles – two on the plate and one serving it. Add the soy sauce and stir in some hot chilli seeds and it’s a delicious lunch for USD3. 🤠
Hands up who likes Cambodian cuisine? Steamed fish fillet with mushrooms and ginger/soy/rice-wine sauce. I tip the last of the sauce over the rice – and “clean it up”. La Caverne De Kim restaurant, Daun Penh district, Phnom Penh.
This bloke’s shop is like a Disney movie set: a snapshot of Phnom Penh history with ancient Angkor weapons, colonial French figurines, antique artifacts, daily life’s debris. All preloved, dusty and lonely… Street 19, Daun Penh district.
You most certainly can beat eggs for breakfast – and add butter, onion, spring onion, tomato, and SEAsian pepper to make a big, tasty “Omelette a la Nigel” (US$3.90) at The Beauty Bar, Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
PS: Do eat the Vietnam mint garnish, and drizzle sweet soy sauce over omelette
Rice to the Rescue: Russian tourists in Asia tend to buy up in supermarket and prepare/eat in their room. OK, let’s see: This canned Danish pork luncheon (US$6.70) is a tube of salty sorrow but add freshly steamed rice (US40c-80c), chilli sauce, leftover ginger sauce – and a squirt of Japanese mayo – and the result is alright. Verdict: No. It’s cheaper, tastier and healthier to buy fresh at a local eatery. But hey, if you don’t give it a go, you’ll never know …
“I’m blissfully not addicted to other peoples’ opinions.”
I choose where I go, and enjoy what I choose. 🤠
Shall I venture into the Heart of Darkness … where 3 jaded hookahs of differing exotic flavors sit at the bar, waiting for a hosepipe and a light.
Giggle Gas: bring your rubber refills into the bar and they fill ’em up for a fee. No excuse to not have a good time here. Me, I stick to the hard stuff: “Another Saigon Special beer, thanks barkeep.” That’s how I roll 😎
Cool and calming magenta hues bathe the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers junction, as the sun sets on a warm Sunday in the Cambodian capital…
Chewy beef and tender noodles are merely supporting cast; the star is the sauce, lightly laced with chilli spice and fortified with Cambodia’s renowned hot Kampot pepper. $US6.25 small (I’ve been overeating) at Phnom Penh’s TiNAT Restaurant (a “premium economy” eatery)
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