Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Restaurants in Siem Reap - Day 2 & 3

We started very early the 2nd day we were in Siem Reap to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. After watching the sunrise, our guide took us to this little foodstop for breakfast. We ordered ham sandwiches which unfortunately took a really long time to get to our table. The sandwich was ok, the usual ham sandwich I guess.

Lunch was just a quick stop at a restaurant near the ruins of Banteay Srei. By that time, we were hot and sweaty from all the exploring, so the most memorable dish was the stir-fried morning glory and lots of cool coconut water.
Dinner is served at The Red Piano
Dinner was a different thing altogether. We decided to try the Red Piano, where Angelina Jolie and the Tomb Raider crew hung out during filming in Cambodia. You can choose to dine inside the restaurant, or sit on the terraces upstairs. We chose a table on the terrace upstairs which afforded us a nice view of the Old Market area. My sister ordered a spaghetti with white sauce, which she thot to be delicious whilst I had steamed white rice with tomyam soup.

Strike a pose! The baguette lady in Siem Reap.

Local & not-so-local breakfast at Terasses des Elephants

Dessert for breakfast? Only in Siem Reap!

On the last day of our visit, we rose early to get to the wet market. We found an old lady selling baguettes by the roadside, and inside the market, was a hive of activity as Cambodians go about doing their shopping. There were many food stalls selling all sorts of Khmer food and we found a stall selling Khmer desserts. We promptly packed 3 types to try back in the hotel. After that we stopped by the Terrasses des Elephants for our breakfast. I had a Khmer noodle soup with chicken and my sister had fish & chips. The soup was excellent! The same goes for the fish and chips. But the star of this breakfast was baked banana dripping with honey! It was rich and decadent, but oh-so-delicious! Back at the hotel we tried the desserts we bought from the market. Unfortunately, all three types were a little too sweet for us. Perhaps we were not really accustomed to Khmer desserts because of the wide variety of desserts already available back home.

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