Foodie update: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia’s complex heritage and artistic culture is a driving force behind Cambodia’s economic rebirth and attempts at returning post Khmer Rouge to normalcy. Job creation, income generation and artistic impression finds itself through carving of wood and stone, bamboo and rattan craftsmanship, and the production of silk. The capital bulges with market places chockfull of products and eager vendors.

Russian Market, which is a huge sweltering bazaar, is an opportunity to get acquainted with our first Cambodian market.

Beautiful bamboo bowls and plates in gorgeous colors on the exterior
Incense piled high. Ready for temple visits and at use in small shrines at home
Tempting teapots in a variety of shapes and colors
Dried fish is a huge part of Cambodian gastronomy. The national dish Amok, is fish cooked with coconut and curry.
The mounds of dried fish are in all sorts of strange sculptural shapes.
Dried meats and sausages are a big item too.
Pre prepared sticks for Cambodian BBQ.
A vendor in the market, sits in his shop selling dried fish by the dozen. Neatly lined up in rows and piles.
Bowls of different insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, larvae and even fried black tarantula spiders.
Dried shrimp piled high makes for bright shrimp “pyramids”.
Piles of tiny sea shells. Eaten like peanuts.
Looks like a lollipop of sorts….
But actually it is a steamed small kneidlach textured sourdough cake. Yummy as can be! We bought four of these to take on the bus trip with us to Siem Reap.
Love the overflowing pile of oranges
A fabulous dessert of sticky rice on a stick, topped with toasted coconut. Here you can see the vendor with the aluminum cylinder which forms the long shape on a stick. Delicious!
Two types of small sea shells. The ones on the left have chili mixed in and are super spicy
Huge tray full of sea shells. To be seen again and again at even the smallest market places.

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