Eat Well in Phnom Penh
When not on the road myself, I live vicariously through a number of adventurers’ blogs. One of my favorites is The Hungry Cyclist, written by Tom Kevill-Davies. He’s spent years cycling across the Americas and, most recently, up the Mekong on a mission to find the perfect meal.
Finding and eating copious amounts of food is one of the joys (and absolute necessities) of bike touring. Having traveled along some of his route up the Mekong through Cambodia, I identified with his pleasure in eating locally and discovering the hidden benefits of different ingredients:
“For post ride recovery lemongrass also aids the regeneration of connective tissues and essential oils extracted from this humble herb help us recover from illness by boosting our glandular and digestive systems. Legend has it that Khmer warriors of the ancient kingdom of Angkor rubbed their bodies in lemongrass oil to prevent injury during battle.” (Full post here)
Lemongrass grows like a weed all over the Cambodian countryside – there is nothing quite like picking some fresh sprouts and boiling a fresh up of tea over a campfire after a long day. It also makes a tasty addition to just about anything you can grill, like the lemongrass-stuffed frog at the top of the page and the fish below:
Unfortunately our paths did not cross during Tom’s adventure up the Mekong through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China. However, I did pass along a few tips for his route and where to eat in Phnom Penh. I figured I share that here for anyone on a gastronomic adventure of their own in this pleasant capital: http://www.thehungrycyclist.com/mekong/2009/11/where-to-eat-in-phnom-penh.html