Eats in Cambodia

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the first things I did upon returning to Phnom Penh was to visit past haunts–places, people, and what-not. The changes that the past years have brought to my adopted city are palpable and at times, jarring. One of the pleasures I get in these revisits is finding my favorite places still standing. On my second night, I was feeling cooped up in the hotel so I called an old friend and invited him for dinner to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants here in the city.

Sam Doo was our go-to Chinese restaurant during my first 2 years here, when dining choices were few. They served great food at great prices so it was a hit for me. Years later, new and more high-end Chinese restaurants sprouted but Sam Doo managed to hold its own. I was happy to learn that it was still open so my friend and I went for dinner there.

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We ate my favorites: Spring Roll, Chicken Feet, Stir-fried Greens with Garlic, Yang Chow Fried Rice, and Pork Ribs with Salted Egg-yolk. I was happier to note that the years have been kind to their food. They remain as great as I remembered them to be.

I’ll be posting more ‘Eats in Cambodia’ in the coming days!

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In local Cambodian restaurants, especially the ones in the provinces, the cost of rice is included with the dishes. Technically, it is free. It is also common practice to serve a selection of canned and bottled sodas or juices along with your meals. They are not free, nor are you required to partake of any of them. But if you do, then you will have to pay for it. I have almost always managed to resist getting a can or a bottle for myself. I am just content with the house tea, that vaguely smells like jasmine, that also comes free with the meal.

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