When Anthony Bourdain visited Cambodia – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Pailin – on his show A Cook’s Tour, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased in a convenient list.
This is A Cook’s Tour, season 1, episodes 5 and 6. It first aired on January 29, 2002 and February 5, 2002.
DISH – “Cambodian Market Food” – Anthony Bourdain Cambodia
WHAT IS IT?
Anthony Bourdain visited the Central Market which is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
First: Fried chicken Cambodian style with salt, pepper and lime. Second: An unnamed dish. Anthony describes it as a gelatinous kind of food that tastes like jellied green tea. Third: Steamed tripes with lemongrass.
DISH – “Royal Cambodian Meal” – Anthony Bourdain Cambodia
WHAT IS IT?
First: Beef, crushed peanuts, black mushrooms and minced sweet basil in a fresh rice paper wrapping. Second: Pumpkin and lemongrass soup with coconut milk. Third: Beef sauteed in garlic, peppers and soy sauce served in a banana leaf and garnished with deep fried threads of ginger, turmeric, potato and taro. Fourth: Steamed grouper with shiitake mushrooms topped with red pepper, cilantro, scallions and fresh ginger and finished with hot oil and chili sauce.
“A really good meal, beautifully presented and truly inventive use of local ingredients creating rich and textured dishes.” -Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain visited Hang Meas Hotel & Restaurant located in Cambodia.
First: Spicy Thai chicken with curry, peanuts, salt, sugar and scallions all stir fried. Second: Traditional Thai soup called Tom Yam made with lemongrass, ginger simmered in chicken broth, boiled shrimp, coconut milk and soup is finished with chili oil and fish sauce.
“Although Cambodian and Thai cuisine have a really nice balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter, it’s Thai food that brings the heat.” -Anthony Bourdain
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