To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
Roger Mooking, host of
Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious adventures and notes from
across the globe. We'll be rolling them out every Wednesday, so be
sure to check back to find out where Roger's food adventures takes
him to next.
On the last city of the Cambodia tour, we stopped for a couple
days in a spot called Siem Reap. I loved this city
the most, it had a real cosmopolitan underground kinda feel and
reminded me very much of Port of Spain in Trinidad, it felt like
home to me.
As soon as the sun goes down the city really comes alive,
especially around the night market which is just a
bunch of streets that suddenly fill with food, people, shopping and
lots of commotion. In an instant, you are immersed in the culture
and the true vibe of the city. Aside from a lot of sit down
restaurants and shops there are also a fair amount of pop up
restaurants. During the day, you would never be able to guess that
this place would look like this at night and be serving up a
variety of Khmer specialties. The Khmer food is incredibly
flavourful and uses all fresh ingredients except for the dreaded
and beloved MSG which is in most of the dishes. I hate MSG for many
reasons, but mainly because it makes my tongue numb, which is never
a good thing.
The action doesn't stop until very late and I stopped at this booth
for a Tilapia foot massage. You submerge your feet into a tank
filled with baby Tilapia and they start nibbling away at all the
dead skin on your feet. It's a combination massage and
exfoliating scrub that is super ticklish. I've eaten a lot of
Tilapia in my life, but this is the very first time they've eaten
me. Payback was a good laugh.
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Posted: Wed, Jun 22 2011
by Guest Blogger