Along the banks of the river you may see some locals selling insects from stalls which is quite common in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Sorry for the photograph but it had to be taken from a distance as the stall holder objected to her photo being taken. Insects provide tasty snacks fo the locals and although i have tried the grasshoppers on several occasions, and i have thoroughly enjoyed them, i have not plucked up enough courage to try the tarantulas, cockroaches or scorpions. Crickets, ant eggs, water bugs, silk worms, black beetles, locusts or bamboo worms.
Please read through the choices below and decide which insect you may like to taste.
GRASSHOPPERS----very popular everywhere and easy to find. Ideal for curries and stir-fry. As this is the on;y insect i have tried i must say i enjoyed them deep-fried, tasted like deep fried prawns.
LOCUSTS----taste like sunflower seed with a taste of prawn
BAMBOO WORMS----larvae of the grass moth, fried and taste like potato chips
WATERBUGS----huge creatures that are eaten whole after being fried or steamed with spices.
TARANTULA---Very popular and they are bred in one particular town. They are normally cooked in garlic, sugar and salt until they are crispy, but still soft and gooey on the inside.
COCKROACHES----It is said that they taste like dirt but in Cambodia they are bred on a diet of fruit and vegetables which makes them more tasty.
Motorbikes are main mode of transportation in the country especially in Phnom Penh. Cars are not too many, and if you see one you could think that car belongs to a very rich man. Yes, traffic occurred in the city, but not from cars. Traffic caused by road constructions
Honestly, this was a first time I saw a motorcycle wash, it probably exist in other country but I just wasn't look for it. We don't have this in Belgium, not in my hometown, we only have car wash
For one dollar you can let your motorbike wash here. I watching them doing it, they really do a great job by making those moto's cleaned. For a small motorbike there were two of them sharing the job
Strolled around the city is so interesting. One of my favourite thing to do and see their culture especially the street scene. Each of Asian countries has its own way of life and culture
A key feature of Cambodian cuisine and eating habits involves street food. At least once a day most Cambodians will have some form of street food. In Phnom Penh you'll find many of this vendors selling local delicacy. That can either be a snack, a take-away and it didn't cost much. Is it safe? for me it is, as long is grilled, this people has burn charcoal in their mobile cart.
They sell $0.50 cent each for this snack, I'd like to try everything and believe me is nothing wrong with it. Grilled banana Cambodian style, here in Cambodia bananas are cooked in numerous structures to make assortments and can be found everywhere
If you have been to Vietnam or any other Southeast Asian countries, life in Cambodia is no better than those other countries. For some local Cambodia a private transportation they can affort is the motorbike.
With this kind of transportation around, you'll be surprised how they used this 2-wheeled carrying heavy stuff. Completely irresponsible!
The load was so great that you could hardly see the driver from the rear it looked like a house on wheels going down the road, but this people are used to it. For visitors is another glimpse in the country something they'd never seen before
Whether you’re travelling through the city or the countryside, one thing’s for sure everywhere you go you’ll see people carrying whole families will be crammed casually onto one bike. You'll never get enough with this. And for those can't afford for a motorbike, they'll have to pulled stuff at their back
This is common in any Southeast Asian countries, children beggars. I'm originally from the Philippines. In recent years I haven't seen so many beggars in my country as I have seen in Cambodia. I'll never gave money to a beggar
This little boy came to us while we were eating. He want to sell something if I remember he was selling bracelets. He keep insisting for his bracelet and I refused
He didn't speak English, he suddenly pointed to a photo and I look behind, he wants food. We continue eating and he felt like neglected, he walk away. I suddenly lost appetite, so I went after him
I saw him to a table by other people also being neglected, I called him to come. He follow me to our table, I order a fried rice for him
I have so much leftover of my Pho soup, so I gave to him, but he didn't want to touch it. I ask him if he don't like it? he said for my Mama. So I ask the waiter to packed the soup and he also wants a coke, so I order one for him, but he didn't drink he want to take the coke at home for his mother.
I really have a bad moment watching him eating and at the same time he was taking care of his mother. This kid is taking care of his family. They survived by begging on the street or begging food by tourist. My heart tears apart
As Cambodia is one of the poorest country is South East Asia, there are some local customs. E.g. in some places (National Museum) an officer will give you a small flower. Take that flower and put it and small amount of money in a bowl or a plate in front of Buddha. It is a sophisticated means of begging, but we rich tourist can give a few dollars. You don't need to give every place.
If you have been to Vietnam, Phnom Penh is a bit the same, but the city still very much in development.
But here isn't too difficult crossing street than we experience in Ho Chi Minh. In Ho Chi Minh City is much worse. Crossing the street is really a disguised of suicide attempt
Phnom Penh is busy and dusty, yet it is amazing to see how fast the city grows. The city is alive by the many street traffic, mainly the tuk tuks and motorbikes. Public transport consists in Phnom Penh especially from private motorbikes and tuk-tuks
Cars, taxis and buses barely seen. It seems like everyone has a motorbike in Phnom Penh. There are at least as many women as men ride a motorbikes
The differences in Cambodia between rich and poor are large. When you have the money for a car, it seems the trend is therefore equal to buy a large SUV, think of Lexus or Hummer. With the brand name, massively on the side of the car. Because if you have money, you have to show it
Opposite the Royal Palace along the river is this small shrine which seemed to have some kind of ceremony happening when I was there. You'll also find people selling flowers, birds (which I think are said to bring good luck/your wishes come true when you let them go), and street hawkers.
I have been to Cambodia for 2-3 times now and every time I visit Cambodia, I never forget to order palm wine produced by Confirel.
The first time I visited Cambodia, I was afraid to taste any of the local food, especially on anything that I never had before. But my second time, I was braver and started tasting something different, such as Prohok, sour mango pickle with salt and chili or sour mango with fish sauce .... yum :)
After I visited the Night market, I have introduced to the palm wine, and palm sugar. The first wine I tasted was Pineapple palm wine, which contained only 8% of alcohol. The wine has a little sweetness from Pinepple. It's different from Grapewine in a good way. It's light and fresh, fit well for the lady or whoever do not alcoholic drink.
Another one that I taste was, Jaya, which they called Palm Whisky. Jaya has a great taste for a 40% alcoholic drink. I enjoy it alot.
Next time you visit Cambodia, don't forget to switching your drinking grape wine habit and try palm wine instead. I guarantee you will like it.
You can find palm wine at any supermarket especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, at restaurant, mini mart, etc.
Everywhere I visited in Cambodia both Siem Riep & Phnom Penh, I can see similarities in the cultures, day to day living, food and to a smaller extend the religions.
Although Malaysia is a multi-racial melting pot. But similarities were noted on the type of food in the market, the wet market where almost all sellers are women..(As those Malaysian Wet Market in the state of Trengganu & Kelantan). The light desserts very similar to Malay's & Baba nyonya desserts in Malaysia, The Cham's muslim dressing, head gear, and even their language is similar to Bahasa Melayu/Indonsia. For Khmer culture, the Royal Palace ceremonial gears, umbrella & flags having lotsa similarities with the Hinduism practised in Bali, Indonesia.
For those Malaysian visiting Cambodia, it is a must to check those similarities. And for those Malays of Malaysia/Indonesia/Singapore, visiting a muslim Cham's Kampong and ability to communicate with them in Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia will be another interesting activities.
Before I forget...do note also similarities in naming their vilages as "Kampong" and the eating stall "Waroeng"
Callejeando siempre se ven cosas curiosas e interesantes
Hangging around the streets you may see corious and interesting things
Life is hard for most Cambodians, but it doesn't keep them from enjoying their children -- and enjoying it when you do too! This little charmer was at "our" laundry.