Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lunch on the way to Siem Reap

Lunch Spot on the Way to Siem Reap
We’ve been in Phnom Penh for a week and its time to go north to Siem Reap. Thought about flying, but we’d have to go to the airport and deal with all that for a half an hour flight. We’ve done it many times before so it was clear that we’ll just get a car and driver for half the price and get to Siem Reap in 4 hours, about the same as flying.

On the Road
Local Insect Market

We left Raffles at 10:00 headed for the Sala Lodges in Siem Reap on Hwy 6 with the ETA around 14:00. The driver didn’t speak much English but after about an hour he wanted to stop at a local village market for a break. He drives Hwy 6 between PP and SR all the time and he’s got the trip down to a science. The market was interesting as far as some goods they had for sale. Some of the most exotic things were fried ant eggs and caterpillars. The strangest were fried tarantulas.There was no way that either of us were going to try those, but they were interesting.

Fried Tarantulas

About an hour after the market our driver signaled to us that he knew a good place for lunch since we we'd be about half way to SR. We said that sounded good so let’s stop. We got to  restaurant in a little while and he was so right, the place was packed and the food was great. It was a perfect lunch place.

Khmer Fried Rice
Tami had Fried Rice with an egg on top and interesting Khmer vegetables, it was really good and she liked it. We both had fantastic Angkor beers that were super refreshing in the heat of the day.

Fish Amok
My choice was Fish Amok, a classic Khmer dish that’s served everywhere. In South-East Asian cuisine, amok refers to the process of steam cooking curry in banana leaves, Thick coconut cream and galangal are classic ingredients. Amok is a major national culinary tradition in Cambodia. It was so good over steamed rice with my Angkor beer.

Highway 6 Siem Reap

Entrance to Sala Lodges
After lunch we hit the road and two hours later we were in Siem Reap at the Sala Lodges. It had been an interesting trip with no problems, Cambodian Highway 6 was good (no floods) and the driver knew what he was doing

Highly recommended!

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