An appetite for Cambodia

Written on Saturday, December 3, 2022 by

I was looking forward to sampling the local delicacies on our Cambodian food tour in Siem Reap and my appetite was ready to go.

It was a hot and humid evening as we all climbed in our tuk-tuks.  Some of the tuk-tuks were brightly decorated and I almost felt like we were in a bridal party – everyone keen for a good night on the town.  We motored down the local streets and our first stop was the “Bug Café” and it certainly lived up to its name. I passed on the tarantula donuts and scorpion spring rolls and turned vegetarian for this part of the tour.

Some of our group did sample the bugs and one dish was garnished with dead insects.   We then continued in our tuk-tuks to several more local eateries.  We sat on brightly coloured small plastic stools at equally small plastic tales.  We ate BBQ beef, pickled vegetables, the famous amok fish curry with plastic chopsticks and felt like locals amongst the Cambodian people all dining around us.

After eating at several cafes and market stalls we ended up at a street vendor for dessert which was extra sweet thanks to the adding of condensed milk.  The mango rice was a much-preferred option to the 100-day eggs which are boiled eggs that contain a duck embryo that are eaten by the locals as a delicacy. Whatever you fancy Cambodia certainly caters for a range of tastes!


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