Cambodia’s rule of the road is quite simple: the bigger has right of way. At the bottom of the food chain is the unwary foreign pedestrian. Large coaches and buses may be on the slow side, but other vehicles usually make way for them.
Today I wish to introduce you to the "Arsenal Apartment", a good homely vacation rental that I stumbled upon (literally), the other night as I was finishing up some star cheese (Queijo Serra da Estrela) with Douro wine in the lower Chiado area of Lisbon.
Being an international tourist attraction has its advantages. Although Siem Reap is sometimes a sleepy provincial town, many flight paths lead to Angkor. Most Asian capital cities have direct connections to Siem Reap.
Pub Street is also known as “Thirst Street” in some languages. The disco nights come out, the giant speakers start thumping really loudly, and the local police corral tourists into the nightly Siem Reap human zoo.
Fake real Japanese restaurants can be found all over Paris, as they are staple casual eats. In the Latin Quarter, they are concentrated around La Sorbonne University. We started eating fake real Japanese food as students, and years later, we still have our lunch breaks there!
Singapore chilli crab is a sweet and tangy, tomato and chilli sauce stir fry. When freshly cooked, mud crabs have a firm texture and a refined sweet taste. Old crabbies tend to be nutty tasting with a paper consistency. Thus, you absolutely want to go to restaurants that serve the freshest seafood.
Amok Trei (Fish amok) is a traditional Cambodian dish of steamed curried fish. The fish is presented in a banana leaf cup in which it was cooked. Don’t eat the banana leaf! Although there is some gravy, amok trei is nowhere near as liquid as fish curry. Fish amok is steamed, not boiled or baked.
There are some good football fixtures to be watched in Singapore. The real kind of football, at a real stadium, with real friends, and even real players! It may not be Premier League material, but it is good fun nevertheless.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, you’ll find the broadest variety and highest quality of mooncakes. Everywhere you look in Singapore (supermarkets, malls, bakeries, coffee shops, food courts, convenience stores, hastily set up stalls etc), mooncakes will pursue you.
If you don’t know the usual price for an item you are interested in. I suggest you check prices at three different stalls to have a feel for the prevailing market conditions! With the exception of a few scoundrels, Cambodian vendors don’t usually ask for crazy mark-ups.