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Cambodia Street Food

The Khmer food of Cambodia can be a real treat. As bike tourists we cycled through the countryside, far away from Western restaurants with Pizza and Burgers. Instead we had the fortune to try the local food. The base of Khmer food is rice. Usually a pot of rice and a can of hot or cold tea with a glass full of ice cubes come with the food. Drinking water is rather expensive, that’s why most people boil the water from the tap (if there is no tab water they use the river water) and add tea leaves for the taste. The ice cubes are sold per meter and the salesmen drive from house to house and cut the sold parts off with a saw. These giant ice cubes are chopped into smaller pieces and stored together with canned drinks in big cooling boxes. Every time the shop owner needs some small ice cubes he chops some pieces off the big block with a small axe.

The bugs are collected, separated and picked in pieces.

The bugs are collected, separated and picked in pieces.

The Khmer like their bugs well roasted. These are still raw and alive

The Khmer like their bugs well roasted. These are still raw and alive

Many families own a rice field that they harvest once, few families twice a year. They fish their own seafood, hunt small animals as frogs, bats, squirrels, mice, rats and sometimes even deer or wild pigs in the forest and either buy or hold chicken. Bugs and spiders are local specialties as well. There are many cows in Cambodia, but they are used for transportation and plowing of the fields rather than for their milk. In different regions we found pot-bellied pigs, goats and goose running through the streets.

Fruit shakes (called Krou Lok)

Fruit shakes (called Krou Lok) consist of one or more fruits, sweet condensed milk, plenty of crushed ice and raw egg to make it fluffy and bubbly

Delicious, and not at all scary — shrimp fritters.

Delicious, and not at all scary — shrimp fritters.

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