Our last day in Cambodia – eating our way through Siem Reap

30 May

This post is part of our adventures in Cambodia.  For other posts in the series, please click here.

Our final full day in Cambodia we didn’t go to the temples, after four days we wanted a day to see what Siem Reap had to offer in terms of shopping and food and a little relaxation before we headed back to cold Shanghai.

At the big market I bought a T-shirt and a pair of pajama pants (with elephants) and we looked at the spice mixes for the different curries and amoks that are so prevalent in Cambodia.  We also luxuriated with some massages to work out the kinks from our climbing the last four days.  And – we ate.

We tried to squeeze in all of the restaurants and dishes that we hadn’t had a chance to try yet and managed quite a variety!  Here are some of my favorites:

Sour soup was available at most restaurants and it was a basic chicken stock with lots of lime juice.  Here’s one sample.

The traditional sour soup

The traditional sour soup

Another place we went had a beautiful sampler platter of different small bites including our third try of fresh spring rolls.

An impressive sampler platter

An impressive sampler platter

And finally we had Cambodian hot pot for dinner.  Cambodian hot pot is like a combination of Korean barbecue where you grill your own meat and Chinese hot pot where you boil the vegetables in broth.

Had to have at least one Angkor Beer while I was in Cambodia!

Had to have at least one Angkor Beer while I was in Cambodia!

Adding soup to the hot pot while the grill gets hot on top.  Noodles and veggies can be seen on the side

Adding soup to the hot pot while the grill gets hot on top. Noodles and veggies can be seen on the side

The grill is on the top and as the meat grills it drains into the broth below where you cook veggies and noodles.

Grilling the meat and cooking the veggies

Grilling the meat and cooking the veggies

Our mixed plate to grill included alligator meat and all other kinds of beef, pork, chicken and squid.  We ordered a double portion and gobbled it all up.

The alligator and squid (with picture labels)

The alligator and squid (with picture labels)

Waiting for the food to be ready (and wearing my new T-shirt)

Waiting for the food to be ready (and wearing my new T-shirt)

The final treat we had was fresh mango ice cream before we headed back to the airport and the cold weather of China.

A perfect end to the night - mango ice cream!

A perfect end to the night – mango ice cream!

Our trip to Cambodia was a hands down success – we scratched the surface of this welcoming and beautiful country with its myriad of temples, excellent food and friendly people.  I would be happy to go back in the future but for now I’ll continue to explore.

Thank you for following along with me as I shared our photos and stories from our trip.  Which was your favorite?  Where else should I visit?

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11 Responses to “Our last day in Cambodia – eating our way through Siem Reap”

  1. Every Day Adventures in Asia May 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Thank you for sharing Greta! Really enjoyed all the stories and photos of your Cambodia journey – definitely on my list and inched much higher with your tales.

    Cheers,

    Carissa Hickling

    CarissaHickling@gmail.com |+91 9820897418 | Mumbai, India

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    • gkm2011 May 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks, can’t believe I’ve been somewhere in Asia you haven’t! Definitely worth the trip.

  2. Cassandra May 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    mmm, some yummy looking food. i’m headed to cambodia next week and it looks like i’ve got some food to look forward to. yeehar!

    • gkm2011 May 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Definitely! Fresh, flavorful and affordable. Enjoy your trip!

  3. expatlingo May 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I love the Cambodian hot pot. Clever!

    • gkm2011 May 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

      And yummy (plus I got to eat alligator meat)!

  4. sarahinguangzhou May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Have you been to Laos? I much preferred it to Cambodia.

    • gkm2011 June 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      No, not yet – though it is on my list of places to go. Do you have any recommendations?

      • sarahinguangzhou June 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

        I thought the whole of Laos was beautiful. It had the same things to offer as Cambodia (similar food, temples and that kind of thing) but without the pushy sales people and overt sex trade.
        You should definitely go and see the elephants; much less touristy than Thailand and better conditions for the animals.

      • gkm2011 June 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

        Thanks for the recommendations! May take me a while but I am sure I’ll make it there.

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