Oct 31, 2016

Cambodia Travelogue: A Day in Angkor Archaelogical Park (1 Feb 2015)

After a relaxing day spent exploring Phsar Chas, Central Market, Angkor Night Market, we were ready to roll. This time, we were not going to suffer because we hired ourselves two electric bikes from Green e-Bike for USD10/day!

In order to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, tanner half and I started our day as early as 6am. The ride to Angkor Wat was surprisingly chilly despite many days of hot afternoon in Siem Reap. Within half an hour, we arrived at Angkor Wat with our tummies growling. Our worry faded almost immediately when we caught sight of mobile vendors, whom were busy cooking up some tasty local delicacies, right opposite Angkor Wat. Our breakfast was two pork baguette at USD1.50 each.

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Sunrise @ Angkor Wat
As the sun slowly crept out from the horizon, every nook and cranny of Angkor Wat came into life. We stood at the main stone causeway leading to the grand Khmer architecture, admiring the grandeur of Khmer architecture while bathing in the warm morning sun.

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Temple-Mountain @ Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious monument, spanning 162.6 hectares, with two distinct Khmer architecture elements, i.e. temple-mountain and galleried temple. On top of this looming temple-mountain is a quincunx of towers, representing the home of the devas in Hindu mythology, i.e. Mount Meru.

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Walls surrounding Temple-Mountain @ Angkor Wat
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Waiting to visit Temple-Mountain @ Angkor Wat
We patiently waited at the bottom of the temple-mountain, hoping to climb up to the top for a bird eye's view of the surrounding. So full of hope we were that we forgot how steep the staircase leading up the temple-mountain was!

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Steep staircase leading up to Temple-Mountain @ Angkor Wat
Every step on this wooden staircase was not without risk - the handle was not well secured, the steps creaked with each step. Slowly we went. What greeted us on the top was a replica of the surroundings of temple-mountain, which was nothing much besides the views from the top.

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Panaroma View from Temple-Mountain @ Angkor Wat
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Hanging on to the Handle @ Angkor Wat
Given his acrophobia, it was not an easy task for my tanner half to go down this steep staircase. Look at how he hung on to every inch of the handle bar as he headed down!

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Sun-shiny Day @ Angkor Wat
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This Scene is Almost Magical Like @ Angkor Wat
As the sun climbed higher, it showered the outer walls of Angkor Wat with its glorious sunshine. It was as if the tree came into life in the warm embrace of sunshine. The galleried temple was right inside these outer walls, depicting stories of Battle of Kurukshetra, Army of King Soryavaman II, Churning of the Ocean of Milk, etc. The intricacy of carvings was so impressive that one could easily spend hours admiring its beauty.

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Snack Time @ Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat
After 4 hours of "travelling in time" in Angkor Wat, it was time for us to top up with some snacks, at Stall 3 - Angelina Jolie, outside Angkor Wat.

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Stir Fry Pork Noodles @ Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat (USD 5)
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Pork Noodles Soup @ Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat (USD 5)
Despite being priced at a premium, food was lacking in flavour and balance.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = USD 10

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Palm Juice @ Angkor Wat (USD 1)
If you are lucky, you will come across locals selling palm juice in cup along the stone causeway. Sweet but tart, I would say it was an acquired taste. Better still, serve it chilled!

Total Damage = USD 1

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Hello! @ Bayon
Our next stop was Bayon, part of Angkor Thom, which is located about 4km north from Angkor Wat.

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The Ever Familiar Face @ Bayon
Bayon is another well-known temple in Angkor, with its distinctive feature of these serene smiling stone faces gracing almost every inch of the temple. Some scholars claim that these smiling faces are of Jayavarman VII's, while some scholars claim that these faces belong to the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara.

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Talking Bayon @ Bayon
As the sun rose higher into the sky, shadows shifted, giving these faces different characters that they once were. It did give me a little chill imagining if I were stuck in Bayon in the middle of night, surrounded by all these faces casted in moonlight.

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Panaroma @ Bayon
Despite its lack of size in comparison to Angkor Wat, Bayon was no less interesting. Moreover, its size promised an easier navigation around the site.

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Terrace of Elephants
Within Angkor Thom lays many other small temples but what caught my attention are the Terrace of Elephants and Baphuon, which are located a short drive away from Bayon.

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Elephant, Elephant and More Elephants @ Terrace of Elephants
Terrace of Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, named after the carvings of elephants on its eastern face. It served as the platform for Angkor's king Jayavarman VII to view his victorious returning army, also a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and base for kings' grand audience hall.

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Baphuon
Compared to Terrace of Elephants, Baphuon was majestic. It is a 3-tiered temple mountain, with total length of 120m east-west, 100m north-south at its base and 34m tall without the tower.

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Sharing Similarity in Architecture with Angkor Wat @ Baphuon
You could see the similarity in architecture between Baphuon's and Angkor Wat's. It made me feel like walking in a mini Angkor Wat.

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Collapsed Walkway @ Baphuon 
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One of the more Preserved Walkway @ Baphuon

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More Climbing to the Top @ Baphuon
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Collapsed Tower @ Baphuon
What remained of the tower of Baphuon was the frame of entrance/window and a few pillars. The collapse was predictable as the whole complex was built on land filled with sand.

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Panaroma View @ Baphuon
Somehow Baphuon had this intriguing beauty that surpassed Angkor Wat's. In which aspect? I couldn't pinpoint for certain but it could be its simplicity of structure, yet no less complexity in architecture.

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Amok @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
By 3pm, we made our way back to town. We stopped by Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar for our late lunch before retreating back to our hostel for a short respite from the scorching afternoon sun. Tanner half ordered himself amok, to compare against Khmer Kitchen Restaurant's. I must say Nai Khmer's was more palatable to my taste and of course, cheaper too!

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Stir Fry Noodle @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
I, on the other hand, ordered a typical Asian dish, i.e. stir fry noodle, to try. Similar to other Khmer dishes, it steered towards sweeter end, very different from what Malaysians are used to. Depsite the differences, this Khmer-infuenced stir fry noodle was delicious.

Total damage for 2 pax = USD5.75

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Fried Noodles from Random Mobile Noodle Stall (USD 1)
On the way back to hotel, we also conveniently ordered a takeaway fried noodles. Similar to Nai Khmer's in terms of taste profile but this was so much better! Just look at the gooey egg yolk!

Total damage = USD 1

Our last day in Siem Reap ended with exploring more street food and market visiting, until we were so bloated and tired that we had to retire ourselves for the night.

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The End

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat - 1/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 2/5
  • Price
    • Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat - 1/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 5/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 4/5
  • Food
    • Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat - 1/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 4/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 4/5
  • Verdict
    • Stall 3 Angelina Jolie, Angkor Wat - Touristy price but poor standard, so save your money and eat in Phsar Chas
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - Affordable Khmer food place with plenty of options for one to choose from. Oh, do I mention they serve cheap local draft beer too?
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - Simple food at its best, better still, it comes with egg!

My personal attractions verdicts for:

Angkor Wat - The only UNESCO heritage that you should not missed! It was majestic and full of wonder. I would advise to get a tour guide to give you the background stories behind these beautiful architecture and galleried temple.

Bayon - The signature smiley face was no doubt the highlight. In fact, the only highlight. Compared to Angkor Wat, Bayon was so small that you could easily explore the whole temple within half an hour.

Terrace of Elephants, Baphuon - For the love of elephants, you would drop by Terrace of Elephants even though there was not much left besides the platform. Baphuon, on the other hand, was surprisingly huge. I was personally intrigued by the layout of Baphuon. If you fear no heights, please climb the Baphuon.


DINING INFO:

Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
Street 9, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Operation Hours: N/A (They serve brunch, lunch and dinner)
Tel: +855 63 964 154
Credit Card: No

Aug 14, 2016

Cambodia Travelogue: Daily Dose of Khmer Street Food (31 Jan 2015)

Tomb raiding sounded more fun than you think.

After the gruesome 26km cycling to and fro Ta Prohm, I could hardly go toilet without wincing. That being said, cycling was definitely out of questions. So we decided to spend the day on foot, exploring Phsar Chas (the Old Market) and its vicinity.

Our first stop of the day was none other than Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar, for our first meal of the day.

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Khmer Pumpkin Pork @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
The tanner half went for this Khmer pumpkin pork, which was rich with fiber and coconut milk, as his main course. I personally felt that it could get quite boring after awhile due to its subtlety in flavour. Perhaps a little more salt would spice things up!

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Khmer Noodles with Pork @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
I, on the other hand, opted for this Khmer noodles with pork. Flavour wise, I liked this better as it had a balanced profile. Texture wise, the peanuts did perform its fair share of differentiation. In case you are wondering how it tastes like, imagine it being a cold noodles doused with tangy sauce, with stir fry pork and peanut chunks at side to eat it with.

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Khmer Pancake @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
For sharing, we ordered this Khmer pancake. The delicately thin pancake was a strong display of awesomeness; it crumbled upon touch, mixed well with loaded minced pork and onions, and a bowl of tangy dipping sauce to go with. Needless to say, it triumphed over fried spring roll we had the other day.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = USD 8.25 (including a pint of Angkor draft beer)

With tummies filled, we continued exploring Phsar Chas. Phsar Chas is the home to plethora of souvenir stalls. Handicraft, silver, silk, and jewelries are some of the ubiquitous items sold within the confine of covered marketplace. For travellers intending to shop, you have plenty options to choose from (though not so much for us).

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Stir Fry Kuey Teow @ Random Mobile Noodle Stall (USD 1)
We stumbled across this random roadside stall outside Phsar Chas, with few locals waiting patiently for their takeaway. Curious we were, we joined the bandwagon and had a packet of the piping hot stir fry kuey teow by the roadside.

Smooth and silky, their kuey teow was almost perfect. I loved that it was loaded with vegetables. The taste of fish sauce was distinct yet not overwhelming, though like most Khmer food, it lacked the savoury profile that we Malaysian are so accustomed to.

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Fried Crullers @ Random Mobile Snack Stall (USD 1)
For dessert, we bought two different fried crullers from a nearby roadside stall that came with a pale green sauce. The crullers was not as fluffy but remained satisfying. The sauce was a nice addition: akin to kaya, it tasted less coconut but more sugary.

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Soursop Shake @ Random Mobile Juice Stall (USD 1)
We also ordered a soursop shake to quench our thirst. Similar to our last rambutan shake, it had more ice than I liked, diluting the goodness of soursop.

We ventured outside Phsar Chas just to find ourselves in Central Market and Angkor Night Market, selling similar things like Phsar Chas. The only notable difference was the overwhelming glitter of jewelries in Angkor Night Market. It was the heaven for jewelries shoppers.

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Pork Baguette @ Angkor Night Market (USD 1)

By night fall, we headed back to Phsar Chas, where it continued to brim with noises and people. For adventurous travellers, it was here you would find fried insects piling high in a mobile push truck. For pub goers, plenty of pubs awaited at Pub Street. For the less adventurous us, we stopped by and grabbed some freshly made pork baguette for snacks. How could we possibly say "No" to a crispy bun, loaded with pickled vegetables and piping hot pork skewers?

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 2/5
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 2/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 2/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette Stall - 2/5
  • Price
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 5/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 4/5
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 2/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - 4/5
  • Food
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 4/5
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 2/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - 4/5
  • Verdict
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - Affordable Khmer food place with plenty of options for one to choose from. Oh, do I mention they serve cheap local draft beer too?
    • Random Mobile Noodles Stall - Simple food at its best
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - Interesting sauce but I still like it the Malaysian way
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - Opt for less ice if you can
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - An easy and delicious snack on the go. 

My personal attractions verdicts for:

Phsar Chas, Central Market, Angkor Night Market - If you like shopping, these are the places you should at least pay a visit. You might just end up buying the whole market!


DINING INFO:

Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
Street 9, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Operation Hours: N/A (They serve brunch, lunch and dinner)
Tel: +855 63 964 154
Credit Card: No

May 28, 2016

Cambodia Travelogue: A Taste of Cambodian-French Fusion Cuisine by Cuisine Wat Damnak (30 Jan 2015)

Our "tomb raiding" experience in Ta Prohm was no doubt exhausting. Despite so, it did not temper our enthusiasm to experiment with unique local fusion cuisine, particularly Cuisine Wat Damnak.

Cuisine Wat Damnak is a contemporary Cambodian-French fusion restaurant, quietly tucked in a quaint area of Wat Damnak. I love its homely setting and warm ambiance. With both al-fresco and transparent indoor conditioned dining, it caters well to both Western and Asian diners.

Simplicity was prevalent in Cuisine Wat Damnak - 2 tasting menus every week, 5-course or 6-course at USD24 and USD28 respectively. It sure made our decisions easier - 6-course for both tasting menus please!

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Amuse-Bouche
Our fine dining evening was ushered by this seemingly familiar amuse-bouche. Though it was not experimental like most, its simplicity was unparalleled; it was the living testimony of harmonious coexistent of crisp and tenderness.

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Crispy Beef Tongue Salad with Rose Apple, Cucumber, Sweet Peanut and Tamarind Dressing
Before long, the first appertiser followed. This was the revolution of classic satay, sans the stick, cons exquisite organ belonging to a cow. I must admit that beef tongue was not really my kind of meat but the overall combination was not overwhelming. Thanks to the clever play of natural sweetness from rose apple, the nutty aroma of peanut, and the citrusy twist from tamarind, this crispy beef tongue was the best organ I have ever had in my life.

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Fresh Coconut Tree Heart Salad with Lemon Basil, Tonle Sap Puffer Fish and Spicy Pounded Coconut
In case you didn't notice, Cuisine Wat Damnak sources mainly from nearby farms and foraged wild from Siem Reap province. Hence, we had Tonle Sap puffer fish and coconut tree heart gracing our dining plates. While this might not be as challenging as the crispy beef tongue salad, this coconut tree heart salad was intriguing at its own way: who would have thought of eating the coconut tree heart with fried fish? More so with its combination of coconut, lemon basil and chilies.

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Black Sticky Rice Porridge with Duck, Mushrooms, Sesame and Chrysanthemum Shoots
By then we were so pleased with our appetisers that we couldn't wait to explore the next adventure our main would deliver: black sticky rice porridge wth duck, mushrooms, sesame and chrystanthemum shoots. I loved how blended was the flavour of duck in black sticky rice porridge. I loved how the texture of thinly shredded duck meat paired with dense sticky rice and fresh chrysanthemum shoots. It had definitely escalated my gastronomy experience to the next level.

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Grilled Pahar with Minced Pork and Holy Basil in Turmeric Leaf, Herbs and Local Crudites
Another main presented us with another fish species (I think) we had yet to discover until now, i.e Pahar. Unusual as it seemed, Cuisine Wat Damnak combined both fish and pork into a single dish that was so blended that I could hardly differentiate both. You might think it was predictable but that strong fragrant holy basil and turmeric leaf did lend a hand in proving you wrong.

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Slow Cooked Pork Ribs Curry with Pumpkin, Peanuts and Deep Fried Shallots
We just had to have more and guess what, we had 2 more mains to go! This pork ribs curry was probably the least twisted dish in this post. The addition of pumpkin not only thicken the curry, it sweetened it. Oh, and that additional crunch from those crushed peanuts to go with the sweet tender pork ribs. Yes, I would definitely want some rice now!

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Mekong Langoustine Spicy Sour Soup with Starfruit, Water Lily Stem and Rice Paddy Herb
Contrastingly, this second main was accompanied by usual flair of mystery. Bombarded with more ingredients unheard of, it anchored itself well with the usage of langoustine so fresh that it felt like it just died. The usage of starfruit added slight tartness to the dish, though easily ignored in the presence of spicy sour soup.

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Stir Fried Boneless Frog Legs with Angkor Stout Reduction, Lotus Roots, Stems and Seeds
By now, we were rather full with satisfaction but we were not done. Though I am not a big fan of frogs, I was sold by the Angkor Stout reduction. Fermentation of grains and reduction method of cooking are a strong combination that promised only to bring out the best in our four legged jumpy friend. As expected, its chewy texture gave in to the warm embrace of Angkor Stout reduction. Paired with crunchy lotus roots, stems and seeds, it was a dish that makes any non frog eaters to go head over toe for it!

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Pan Roasted Sanday Fish with Cambodian Giant Eggplant, Caramelised Palm Sugar, Fresh Peppercorn and Green Mango
Gracing our dinner plate was yet another fish unknown to us, along with clever combination of palm sugar and green mango. The usage of Cambodian giant eggplant was aptly so: what was better than a soft bed that absorbed all the healthy fat oozing from Sanday fish and the sweet spicy sauce?

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Coconut Caramelised Baguette with White Chocolate Light Ganache and Fresh Turmeric Braised Pineapple
To end the night with sweet note, Cuisine Wat Damnak whipped out another unusual combo. Yes, I sure loved the coconut aroma with crumbly crispy baguette but better still, it was soaked with pineapple sweetened naturally by the braising and accentuated with white chocolate ganache. What about the turmeric? Nah, you would probably not noticed it at all.

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Steamed Dark Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse and Rice Praline
Though this was not as exciting as its another half, it was a well executed dolci on its own. The cake was soft and moist; the mousse was light and refreshing; the rice praline was a nice touch of texture.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = USD78 (6-course for two and a bottle of white)

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A meal as good as this will never be complete without a glass of wine

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance - 5/5
  • Price - 5/5
  • Food - 5/5
  • Verdict - I would surely come again! (Psst, menu is changed weekly so you can practically go every week!)

DINING INFO:

Cuisine Wat Damnak
Address: Wat Damnak village, Sala Kamreuk Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Between Psa Dey Hoy market and Angkor High School)
Operation Hours: 6.30pm - 9.30pm (Tues - Sat)
Tel: +855 (0)77 347 762
Credit Card: Yes

Feb 16, 2016

Cambodia Travelogue: Getting Hands Dirty with Khmer Street Food & Tomb Raiding (30 Jan 2015)

Traveling definitely took a toll on us - we crashed around 10pm the day before, yet we ended up waking up around 10am. After a quick preparation, we headed out from Golden Papaya Resthouse on foot to Phsar Chas, in seek of some yummy Khmer street food.

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Spotting Grilled Bananas and Mysteriously Wrapped-Up Goodies
Along Hospital Street, we first spotted this battered wooden cart showcasing some ready grilled bananas on skewers and mysteriously wrapped-up goodies in banana leaves. We did not stop to buy.

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More Goodies Along the Same Street
Few steps ahead, we came across another stall selling similar things as the first, plus more. This time round, we stopped and bought a skewer of grilled bananas and two different wrapped-up goodies (not knowing what exactly we were buying).

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Glutinous Rice Filled with Meat
The grilled banana was rather disappointing - it was dry and tart as it was unripe and possibly not the sweeter breed. The two wrapped-up goodies did make up for the bananas though. Look at the doneness of the glutinous rice! It promised (and delivered) soft and chewy bites, along with the sweetened bananas and flavourful minced meat respectively.

Total Damage = USD 2

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Baguette Stall Right in front of Siem Reap Hospital
As I was busy devouring the yummy glutinous rice with minced meat, we caught sight of this baguette stall, strategically located in front of the entry of Siem Reap Provincial Hospital. We just had to try it!

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Pork Baguette (USD 1)
This was our pork baguette for sharing. You probably couldn't locate the meat but I was sure that the seller put a skewer of meat into it. The whole package was heavily doused with sweet sauce (yes, Cambodian loves their food sweet) and somewhere in between each bite, my tongue would register the tenderness and juiciness of pork meat in it, contrasting strongly against the crispy yet fluffy baguette.

Total Damage = USD 1

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Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
By the time we reached Phsar Chas, we were still hunting for more food to fill our empty bellies. This was when we chanced upon this Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar, which looked like a more affordable Khmer food establishment and seemingly well accepted by foreigners.

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Fried Spring Roll with Egg Skin and Pork @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
To begin with, we ordered this appertiser, egg rolls, which looked like rolled up roti telur. Looks could be deceiving - this egg rolls were too thick (Malaysian's roti telur can be better than this), however, the sauce (sweet, just like how the Cambodian likes it) did compensate for the lack of fluffiness I was hoping for.

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Lok Lak Pork @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
Despite the grilled bananas, glutinous rice and baguette, tanner half went all out for a full meal with this Lok Lak Pork (i.e. stir fry pork with rice). The pork was cooked to perfection - it was tender, flavourful and loaded with caramelised onions. He was a happy man!

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Khmer Sour Soup with Beef @ Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
I, on the other hand, was going easy with this Khmer soup with beef. Surprisingly, it steered away from the usual sweetness in most Khmer food. Instead, it was sour and loaded with herbs, which was a refreshing change I was looking for. That aside, the beef was slightly overcooked, presenting more resistance than I would like it to be.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = USD 8.50 (Oh! It came with a free pint of Angkor draft beef too!)

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Fruit Juice On-The-Go @ Phsar Chas (USD 1)
For dessert, we grabbed a rambutan shake from this fruit stall right opposite Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar. Compared to the avocado shake we had the day before, this was oversaturated with ice, making the shake too diluted to my liking.

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Our Mountain Bikes (USD 4/Day)
Oh well, we still had plenty to catch up for the day. Let's hop on the mountain bikes and ride 13km to Ta Prohm! You must be thinking, "Damn, you seriously rode 13km to Ta Prohm?". You bet we did, not to mention the scorching hot afternoon sun and precarious traffic in Siem Reap!

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Tall Spungs @ Entrance of Ta Prohm
To enter Ta Prohm, which is part of Angkor Archaeological Park, you need to purchase an admission pass at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat. 1-day, 3-day and 7-day passes are priced at USD20, USD40, and USD60 respectively. Upon payment, you will be given an Angkor Pass stating the date of entry and expiry, with your photo (taken on the spot, free of charge) on the side for verification purpose.

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Sneaking Around Ta Prohm
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"Help! I Am Stucked!" @ Ta Prohm
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"Oh Look! That's the "Exit"!" @ Ta Prohm
By the time we arrived at Ta Prohm, we were exhausted. It was an enormous relief to be under the shade of tall spungs. Better still, hide in the dark ruins, unmolested by the glorious sun, and enjoy the chilly air!

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Devatas @ Ta Prohm
All over the ground of Ta Prohm, you will find countless stone carvings of standing minor female deities named Devatas. Alongside with Apsaras, the divine nymphs or celestial dancing girls, Devatas is one of the dominating motives in the whole Angkor Archaeological Park.

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The Tallest Spung @ Ta Prohm
Traversing across the ruins of Ta Prohm, I couldn't help to feel disappointment by the state of condition it was in, though it was intentionally so.

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Thick Crawling Limbs of the Tallest Spung @ Ta Prohm
Despite all adversities, the spungs rose tall and proud, supported by its thick crawling limbs across the ruined structures of Ta Prohm.

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Stacking Stone by Stone @ Ta Prohm
Sometimes, we couldn't help but amazed at the workmanship of Khmer architecture. Stone by stone, it was stacked in such angle that it supported each other's weight to form the shapes the architect so desired. Their intelligence was formidable.

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Goodbye, Ta Prohm!
Ta Prohm was a living evidence of the timeless perpetuation of the power of nature. It reminds us that nature will continually evolve through adversities and perpetuate through time while we lay peacefully under the embrace of nature as and when such times come.

What do you say to some "tomb raiding"?

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:

  • Ambiance
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 1/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - 2/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 3/5
  • Price
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - 5/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 5/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 5/5
  • Food
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - 4/5
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - 3/5
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - 2/5
  • Verdict
    • Random Mobile Snacks Stall - Do try their wrapped-up goodies. It was really good and filling
    • Random Mobile Baguette stall - An easy snack on the go. Double up if you need to for the portion was quite small
    • Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar - Affordable Khmer food place with plenty of options for one to choose from. Oh, do I mention they serve cheap local draft beer too?
    • Random Mobile Juice Stall - Nah, don't try rambutan shake (or maybe any shake).


My personal attractions verdicts for:

Ta Prohm - If you have a tour guide and chauffeur, visiting Ta Prohm should be an easy task on your itinerary. Being there made me reflect on how minuscule I am in the whole wide world. Let's just say Ta Prohm is a place for self enlightenment.


DINING INFO:

Nai Khmer Restaurant and Bar
Street 9, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Operation Hours: N/A (They serve brunch, lunch and dinner)
Tel: +855 63 964 154
Credit Card: No

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