I am not sure the cause, but the food I am eating in Cambodia is mostly western style. It is not pictured, but in Phnom Penh I could not pass up a stop at both Krispy Kreme and Domino’s Pizza. Super tasty!
Curries are common Khmer food and two well-known dishes are amok and luk lak. I have yet to try either, but I will. Surprising for me, Phnom Phen has a large ex-patriot community. The presence of foreigners combined with a complete economic re-build since the late 1970s is why, I am guessing, food options like breakfast burritos and grilled vegetable salads were easily available in the capital.
I learned that visa laws enabling long term residency for foreigners are relaxed in Cambodia. I think this fact drives food options like homemade Italian pasta, gnocchi, and pizza in Kampot cooked by an Italian; just-like-home apple/cherry/banana pies made by a Canadian married to a Cambodian; and, on two occasions, delicious Chinese style noodles and dumplings also cooked by immigrants.
While the Cambodian food is less different than food at home, I am still eating well.
In Saigon, Duke, Quyen, and Trang treated me to this amazing meal at the best restaurant in town, Nha Hong Ngon. We were served a variety of dishes from around the country. After the meal we went for yogurt drinks in the city center.
I had a great meal at a Lonely Planet recommended restaurant, Propaganda. I ate facing the street and enjoyed watching life take place.
On my last night in Saigon, I had the chance to dine again with my Carlson MBA friends. The restaurant Duke selected had a cool approach to food service. It was cafeteria style to order and then the food was made fresh. Each person had a swipe card. When we ordered, the card was swiped for billing purposes. Then, as the item was ready to eat, the server brought it to our table. The food was again traditional