Category Archives: Cambodia

Pepper from Cambodia

I’m not certain for the rest of Cambodia but in Siem Reap, my impression in such a short visit is that – pepper from Kampot province is the pride of Cambodia. That observation came from personal encounters of the hundreds of packs of dried black, red and white peppercorns in the market and to the viands I’ve partaken with clusters of fresh peppercorns (yes still green and still attached to the vine). Moreover, a hotel in Siem Reap welcomed me with black peppercorns wrapped in a tiny weaved box of pandan.

Monk

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Possessions never matter to a monk. That's what I like about them

Kampuchean Hipster

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An Angkor Wat snapshot of a denizen in multiple hats

Nocturnal Eats

Some Route 6 evening street food I saw during my pre-dinner run like this steamed buns in a cart

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Steamed buns

Spiced salad of tamarind, green mango and that round fruit (can’t identify in my photo). Made me think of rojak in Singapore and Malaysia.
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And this looks good, the round sausages at 1,000 riel per stick, and just off from the grill.
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Route 6 Bike Lane

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The bike lane in this tourist town of Siem Reap

Grilled Plantain Cart

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Grilled skewered plantain as street food in Siem Reap

 

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Tiered Enamel Lunch Box

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Enamel four-tiered lunch box (and also the stainless steel three-tiered one inside the plastic bag) of store staff, in a small table, in the sidewalk, just across the store from where they work.

Angkor Wat Eats

Food vendors I came upon at Angkor Wat like the lady selling sandwich and steamed buns below
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A closer look of the display window
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Also a young man selling eggs, snails and grilled banana with sticky rice inside the banana leaf packaging. Most of the locals have an affinity for long sleeve shirts I notice
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Old Market at Siem Reap

Market stuff that took my notice such as grains, eating tables, dried or smoked fish, sausages and fermented stuff.
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Scotch Tape Insect Trap

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Around 4:45 in the morning of the 18th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon (Dec 1, 2013), the light bulb in bag deposit tent attracted swarms of winged termites, and so the bag deposit staff hang several clear adhesive tapes in the ceiling of the tent as improvised insect trap.

Sun Baked Spiced Shells

Locals are fond of these river shells dry seasoned with salt, crushed chili pepper, etc.
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Spicy sauce in the bottle (I presume) to go with the spiced shells.
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Below, notice the varying hues for varying levels of spiciness I think. The redder the spicier.
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And here’s the Khmer lady in her chosen spot for her cart of sun baked spiced shells.
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Cricket Biscuits

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Peddling Palm Sap

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Smells like tuba says my fellow Filipino companion. So from the smell of it, those cylindrical receptacles contained palm sap sold as beverage by this cycling vendor. I tried to ask what they call it, but the Khmer guy not understanding what I said in English just smiled at me, so I smiled back and took picture of his bemused evening countenance.

Tourist Tuk Tuk

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To go around Siem Reap other than renting a bicycle is to ride a local taxi known as tuk tuk. It’s a motorcycle transport with carriage trailer (whereas in the Philippines our motorcycle taxi aka tricycle has sidecar for passenger seats).

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Residents in bicycles

Tuk tuk doesn’t feel like a local public transportation as residents mainly use bicycles (bike lanes exist) for mobility. As for my notion of a local transportation, I find it expensive at $3 for 2 pax ($5 for 5 pax) for less than 2.5 km one way trip. It’s really a tourist transportation system, with a tourist fare understandably because locals don’t use them in their day to day commute.

 

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Same trailer concept but for cargo purposes

Krama

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As scarf

Not just any piece of cotton cloth, not just any scarf, it must be checkered. That’s the krama, an all around checkered cotton cloth. Something that’s part of the traditional garb of Cambodians.

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Krama is so Cambodia

Mi Char Cart

Noodle carts such as this one are a common sight in Siem Reap.

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Mobile street fried noodles ala cart

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Motorcycle seat as the mobile cook seat

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Pouring oil on greens and sprouts. That’s the mi char at the side which I prefer over the instant noodle version

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Shredded cabagge and instant noodles

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Stir frying the instant noodles with added vegetables

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Small wok at the left side for frying egg. So fried noodles topped with egg makes a $1 street meal

Siem Reap River

Saw a man and his son fishing by the river bank using a net.
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I went over to their side, and the little boy was helping his father transfer the catch onto the basket. He was also showing me the small white fish from afar,so I signaled him to come closer to show me his basket.
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Here is the little one with his fish basket.
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Angkor Ice Cream

An ice cream vendor in Siem Reap at the Old Market area.

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One can see bread in the clear compartment for ice cream accompaniment and it’s a baguette

Canal Food

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Saw this Khmer guy fishing for food in the canal

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That’s his fish and snails inside the plastic bag for lunch, I suppose

 

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