Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Siem Reap Road Trip to Phnom Krom Area

After lunch, we hopped into Sophorns van for a little road trip. Sophorn took us out to a small village near Phnom Krom, on the outskirts of Siem Reap. We didn't want to go somewhere were there was just a constant flow of voyeuristic tourists crowding the locals, and this village appeared, at least, to be happy to see us arrive.

Driving past some road side stalls on the way out of town. While we didn't see rooftop solar systems on anywhere near the scale we see in Australia, it was quite common to see street vendors set up with a solar panel or two, presumably to charge phones and other small electrical devices.

The water level can rise dramatically here, so the houses are built up on stilts, lifting them a couple of metres off the ground and placing the entry at road level.

Many of the locals have little roadside restaurants on their front balconies, or next to their houses.

Another view of the same roadside restaurant as above.

This little store was selling snacks and drinks.

So much food on offer at these stalls, and a huge variety, I really do wish we'd tried some of it.

These were barbecued rats on skewers, caught fresh in the fields and cooked up for passers by.

I could never work out how, with so many together, these stall owners were able to make a living, but they lined the roads here. Mind you, there is a temple not far away, so maybe they get busy at certain times of the day.

The gate at the entry to Phnom Krom, the stalls here seemed to be quite busy when we visited.

A pond full of lotus, these flowers are farmed around Siem Reap and Phnom Krom and are in constant demand from businesses and also sold to be used as offerings at the many temples in Cambodia.

Street scene near Phnom Krom, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

This house looked like it was available for sale, although it does need a fair bit of work.

Sophorn explained that due to the lotus farms here, this was an area Siem Reap locals would visit for special occasions, buying food from the stalls and heading out to picnic in some little huts with a view of the lotus ponds.

These smaller villages are a great place to visit and if we'd been staying longer, I reckon I would have taken a few more chances with the roadside food and bought a few things to try here. As it was, it would be another couple of days before I got my next roadside food fix here in Cambodia.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Lunch at Crep' Italy

A lot of Siem Reap tourist culture centres around Pub Street. Right or wrong, this is often the first place tourists find in Siem Reap, and we were no exception. Like moths to a flame, we're drawn to the bright lights we've all heard about before we arrive. That's not all bad though, because there are some good restaurants around pub street, like Crep' Italy, located in a laneway behind Pub Street.

Crep' Italy was quiet when we arrived, so we parked ourselves in front of the bar.

Some of our entree's, spring rolls and croquettes.

The rest of the Griswalds, clowning around as usual.

I'm pretty sure this was Mel's Caesar salad and I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo of the bill to remind me.

This alleyway leads through to Pub Street was a little reminiscent of an Italian laneway, Vespas and all.

A few limoncellos to go with our dessert.

It's usually a safe bet to accume that Mikah's dessert is the one with ice cream.

Lori and I shared a creme brulee.

Crep' Italy has a mix of Italian and Cambodian food on offer along with quite an extensive wine list.

The view down the laneway from Crep' Italy.

We enjoyed our meal here at Crep' Italy. While we have a rule of not returning to any restaurants while we're abroad, like many places we ate in Cambodia, we could have happily eaten here again.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Taking a Break from Temples to Explore Siem Reap

After two straight days exploring the ancient secrets of the Angkor region, we decided to have a day off from exploring temples. Following our breakfast at the hotel, we headed out to check out The Little Red Fox Espresso in Siem Reap, then a little drive around town before we ended up at the Old Market for a spot of shopping.

The Old Market is down by the river in the middle of Siem Reap, and after shopping we grabbed some coconut waffles from one of the food carts that line the side of the road between the market and the river. These food carts are everywhere over here, and while we've been pretty cautious so far, there's a huge variety of food on offer from them. The whole time we were in Cambodia, I was advocating for more food cart food in our lives, while some of the other Griswalds were urging caution.

The Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe is a little cafe in Mondul 1 Village in Siem Reap.

Lori was particularly excited, as no matter how good the hotel coffee is, it just can't compare to getting to a dedicated cafe and getting some real espresso.

As with many places we visited, The Little Red Fox bills itself as a social enterprise, employing and training locals with a view to empowering them to take their skills further if they desire.

Mel decided on an iced coffee.

My Long Mac hit the mark.

Some of the decor at The Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe.

As with many markets in Cambodia, the Old Market in Siem Reap has a wide variety of goods for sale, from sausages and dried meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs.

Some more of the dried and preserved food available at Siem Reap's Old Market.

Part of the fruit and veg section of the Siem Reap Old Market.

Shopping for t-shirts and Krama (traditional Khmer scarves) at Siem Reaps Old Market.

Artworks for sale by local artists at Siem Reaps Old Market.

Waffles being cooked at a food cart outside Siem Reaps Old Market.

Siem Reap is a great town to explore and I hope we get another opportunity to spend some time here.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Urban Tree Hut and Dialogue on 26th Street - Wat Bo Village

After a long day exploring Angkor era temples, followed by a quick dip in the pool at our hotel, we headed out to dinner at Urban Tree Hut on 27th Street in Siem Reap, including dishes featuring Red Ants, Quail and Crabs among others. Although we opted for the air conditioned dining room, most of the dining area here at Urban Tree Hut is actually outdoors in an awesome garden setting. If we hadn't still been in wind down mode from the days activities, I think we would have taken the garden option.

After dinner we felt like an after dinner drink or two, so we took a walk around the block to see what we could find. As we did, we found ourselves at the corner of Wat Bo Road and 26th Street, checking out Dialogue on 26th Street. We had a look over the cocktail list, looked around the venue and decided this would be a good place for those after dinner drinks. Dialogue is a cool open air space with a well stocked bar, great staff and quite a cool drinks list.

This Beef with Red Ant Salad at Urban Tree Hut was delicious, I would definitely order this one again.

Urban Tree Hut's Spicy Papaya Salad.

We all chose a dish or two off the menu to share amongst the table, the Quail Congee was my pick, and I quite enjoyed it.

Chicken Amok is a traditional Khmer dish, so you will find at at almost any restaurant in Cambodia, it quickly became a staple of our trip.

While we chose the air conditioned indoor dining area at Urban Tree Hut, there is an amazing outdoor garden style dining space as well that we would love to experience one day.

After dinner we felt like a few drinks, so headed around the corner to find a small bar and Dialogue on 26th Street seemed like a good choice. This is one of their signature cocktails.

One of Dialogues bartenders preparing our cocktails.

Ken, Mel and I all had the same cocktail, Lori opted for a gin and tonic.

Dialogues outdoor space is funky and a great place to catch up.

Dialogue on 26th Street, Wat Bo, as seen from the road.

Dinner at Urban Tree Hut and after dinner drinks at Dialogue on 26th Street turned out to be a great way to finish our day and debrief after a huge day exploring Angkor era temples in the Cambodian jungle. The Wat Bo village area and 26th Street precinct are a great part of Siem Reap to explore and we saw several other places we would also like to visit while we were here. Perhaps one day we will come back and try some of them.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Hard Rock Cafe - Angkor / Siem Reap

After spending the bulk of the day at Angkor Wat, we headed to Hard Rock Cafe Angkor, in Siem Reap. Mel is a confirmed Hard Rock addict, with quite an impressive collection of memorabilia, so we would be visiting two Hard Rock Cafe locations in Cambodia.

Mel with the guitar outside Hard Rock Cafe Angkor, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Now for the big question - what did we think of Hard Rock Cafe Angkor? Well, our impressions needed to be tempered with the knowledge that Cambodia is still returning to popularity after COVID put the brakes on tourism world wide for several years, and more recently, we were visiting at the tail end of the wet season, historically a slow time for tourism in the region.

Mel and Lori checking out the shirts in the Rock Shop at Hard Rock Cafe Angkor.

We were the only guests for most of the night, with another couple coming in while we were there, and the Rock Shop was missing quite a few regular items. There were no Hurricane glasses and no collectors pins, so our cocktails came in well worn hurricane glasses, but the collectors glasses we brought home were pint glasses. This was also the case in Phnom Penh and from speaking to the staff at the two venues, this will be rectified soon.

Loaded fries and potato skins at Hard Rock Cafe Angkor, in Siem Reap.

We also noted that there was a reduced menu here for food and drink, but that what was presented to us was top notch, we certainly had no complaints about the food, drinks or service here. While there was no live music on offer here, we would find out later that the band was only a week or so away, as they were performing at the Phnom Penh venue at the time, as that venue was training the new bands for both locations.

There was no live music here tonight, so Mel hopped on the skins for a photo. We would later find out that we missed the return of live music to this venue by a matter of weeks.

Would we come back to Hard Rock Cafe Angkor? Of course! Although being the only guests there put a bit of a dampener on the atmosphere, we're quite confident that with the return of live music and as tourists return to the Angkor region, Siem Reaps own Hard Rock Cafe will start to see the crowds returning and we would love to see this venue when it's really pumping.

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