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Roger Mooking's Food Adventures: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Wed, Jun 22 2011

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To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the world, 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.

Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures

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Posted: Wed, Jun 22 2011 by Guest Blogger

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