Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cambodia

We traveled for 12 hours by bus to get from Laos to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  We were sad to leave Don Det and skeptical about being able to make the journey in one day, but we happily pulled into the outskirts of Siem Reap around 9:30 pm.  The red line on the map below was our route. (Notice how it was not possible to take a direct route across northern Cambodia; there is no road there.)
 We had our hearts set on the familiarity of McDonalds after some rough times in Laos, but both of us were too embarrassed to ask where it was.  Instead, we settled for a meal of Cambodian barbecue, a tradition in which a grill is placed in the middle of the table on top of hot charcoal and raw food is brought to the table.  Below, two of our new friends enjoyed a similar barbecue in Laos. 
We chose a place with a bbq menu on the alley way north of popular Pub St.  We passed on the suggested snake, crocodile and goat meat, and settled for beef and prawns.  Both came with dipping sauces, and we were served noodles and vegetables to cook in broth around the perimeter of the grill.  We greased the grill with a chunk of fat that was placed in the middle on the top of the grill.
We both really enjoyed cooking our own food, maybe even more than we enjoyed the food itself.  Both the steak and shrimp were nice, but the portions were small and we were not totally satisfied as we came to the end.  We were both glad we went for it, however, and it is not a meal that I am likely to forget!  We weren't in Cambodia for long; unfortunately this was the only Khmer food that we were able to try while we were there.

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