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Eating in Cambodia

In Cambodia, we tried to stick with local food for our meals and did so effectively for most of them. By local, I mean traditional, as the non-traditional food we had was local, but a local style of burger for instance. I think you know what I mean. Here are some of the things we ate. I make my apologies now since we had no idea what most of these dishes were.

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In between visiting a floating village at the Tonle Sap lake and Beng Melea, we stopped off for lunch at a local market. Our driver Marom (above) chose a place that had all the food already prepared in big bowls, so we could just point at what we wanted. The dishes were a mixture of meat and veg (not very unusual) with different tastes.

On a couple of mornings, we ate close to our guesthouse either across the road, or at a place suggested by our driver or guide, before we would start a day of tours. One place was clearly someone's house, and they put tables out in the space, whilst a couple of hawker-style stands set out in front, were used to prepare the food. The hawker stands reminded me of some of the hawker centres in Malaysia, but in Siem Reap, the combination of sunny climate, open air, clean and shiny interiors and a noticeably relaxed and friendly atmosphere seemed to be worlds apart.

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One breakfast equaled a bowl of dry noodles with cuts of meat and lots of natural flavouring.

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On another morning, Linh had a bowl of congee with slices of pork on a separate dish.

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Our guide had this fish dish.

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Local-style...

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Linh has noodles at this restaurant which also automatically gave out those white buns to everyone. If you didn't want it, you just left it and they take it back. I'm not sure how many times *my* bun was given out, but after watching loads of flies landing on it, I stuck to my own bowl.

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My breakfast on this occasion happened to be sweet beef with bread. Below, the bowl on the left contains a slightly salty, but mainly sweet dipping sauce or soup containing pieces of tender beef. The bread pieces are for dipping in. My mouth is watering right now, remembering what it tasted like!

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For lunch at one of the temple sites, Linh tucked into a simple baguette.

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We asked our driver to drop us off at the end of one day, at a local restaurant in the Siem Reap old town. The bowl in the middle apparently contains lotus, as we'd seen some earlier in the day and Linh wanted to try it. All I remember was asking for some meat, and we got that dish on the right containing slices of some really tough jerky-like meat.

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