Phnom Penh, Fish Amok and BBQ Udder

We apologize for the delay in getting this first post out. We've been adjusting to our new climate and time zone. 

Our first morning in Cambodia we headed downstairs for our "continental" breakfast, which we were pleasantly surprised to find included everything from sushi, to DIY noodle soup with crispy garlic, hot chillies, fish, tofu and bean sprouts, to platters of ripe mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, jack fruit, and guava juice.

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One of the national dishes is called Fish Amok. It's a sweet curry with local white fish and a tangy tamarind sauce you throw on top. 

 

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We've had a series of series of great meals so far and tried a number of great salads featuring cooked shrimp, smoked fish, papaya or mango, mint and galangal. 

 

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We've walked through some pretty epic open air stall markets and seen everything from trays of fried bugs to a few dogs roasting on spits. No one has gotten that adventurous yet and we regret passing up the opportunity for tarantula the other night...  

 

 

 

But we did have Barbecued cow udders last night. It was an exceptional meal including two cuts of beef, spicy/sweet shrimp and an entire fish with different chillies and tamarind sauces. The udder was not my favorite part, but we were pleased to try something new.

 

BBQ cow udder

BBQ cow udder

I have to say my favorite thing so far has been the incredible snacks that our hosts have brought to rehearsal. Sweet sticky rice with mung bean, dragon fruit or crispy pork wrapped and steamed in Banana leaf sure puts the grease on the blues.

Tonight we have our large performance in Phnom Penh at an open air circus tent. Tomorrow we head to the country side to visit the town of Kanpong Speu.

That's all for now but we'll post again soon. Hurray for the Spicy Special!

 

Fish Amok

Fish Amok

sticky rice snacks!