Cambodia Travel Guide: Wat Sampov Pram atop Bokor National Park in Kampot

Cambodia Travel Guide: Wat Sampov Pram atop Bokor National Park in Kampot

Wat Sampov Pram atop Preah Monivong Bokor National Park Wat Sampov Pram perches at the very top of Phnom Bokor in Bokor National Park. Like many of our history, Phnom Bokor is as fascinating as it is unfortunate. A major tourist attraction, and the historical site of the dramatic showdown between the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese in 1979, Bokor National Park was sold in its entirety by the Hun Sen’s government to the Sokimex Group for $100m. Now, the hauntingly beautiful 1920 French colonial hill station, often swathed in thick fog, is the home of many large hotels and a casino. The extravagant development project …

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Beng Mealea: Exploring Angkor’s Most Secluded Temple

Beng Mealea: Exploring Angkor’s Most Secluded Temple

Angkor’s most secluded temple: Beng Mealea I love movies like Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider where the protagonist explores hidden temples and uninhabited jungles; the anticipation of adventures, hidden treasures awaiting discovery, or even the thoughts or unforeseen dangers, what’s not to love?! So when I heard that Beng Mealea hasn’t gone through the restoration process, other than the clearing of landmines, I had to go. East of the main temple complex and about 40 km through the Cambodian countryside of endless rice paddies, orange dirt roads, palm sugar stalls and stilted bungalow galore, I went to explore Angkor’s most secluded temple.  Best time to …

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Kroeung: How to Make Cambodian Lemongrass Paste

Kroeung: How to Make Cambodian Lemongrass Paste

Lemongrass Paste: The Base Ingredient for Many Cambodian Food Recipes Cambodian Kroeung which directly translates to “Ingredients” is the herb paste that gives Cambodian cuisine their distinctly exotic flavours and aromas which distinguish Khmer dishes from neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. Uniquely Khmer, this Cambodian lemongrass paste recipe is used in a wide variety of Cambodian dishes as a base flavouring. This is a basic recipe for yellow kroeung, but there are many Cambodian lemongrass paste variations available, such as the red and green version typically used to make different types of curry. This special mixture of ‘Ingredients‘ is used …

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Salaw Machu Kroeung: A favourite Cambodian food recipe!

Salaw Machu Kroeung: A favourite Cambodian food recipe!

Salaw machu kroeung is a staple in Cambodian cooking. It literally translates to “sour soup ingredient”. This is my favourite salaw (soup) because of its mixture of salty, sour and spicy with a distinctly Cambodian taste due to the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and turmeric. There are many foods in our culture that is similar to Thai and Vietnamese cooking, but this soup along with our other food that uses kroeung really differentiate our cooking from theirs. The taste is uniquely Cambodian. Salaw Machu Kroeung: A Cambodian National Stew for the Adventurous Foodie This version of salaw machu kreung …

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