While newspaper Cambodia Dailyâ€™s coverage of the local food scene over the last two years has amounted to the occasional mention of a stout-drinking monkey or the carnivorous habits of Ratanakiriâ€™s recent â€œjungle womanâ€, today theyâ€™ve atoned and inserted a 12-page full-colour wining and dining supplement packed full of original content. The coverage is as diverse as Cambodiaâ€™s dining scene: fresh mangoes, fish amok, the desserts from Raffles, local sommeliers and winery, ribs in Battambang, Swedish in Sihanoukville, vegetarian faux-meats, akao (with comment from â€œpastry chefâ€ Joannes Riviere), and an interview with me about Phnomenon. Thanks to Suzy Khimm for the article (also read her latest piece over at Slate), Nathan Horton for the photo of me grinning deliriously into my 1500 riel bowl of num banchok from Psar Orussei.
I would provide a link to the supplement for the 95% of my readers who donâ€™t have access to the Cambodia Daily but the Daily hasnâ€™t quite caught onto Internet publishing yet.
Thereâ€™s also an interview with me over at Jaunted today, where I was asked to recommend five things not to do in Phnom Penh and supply alternatives. I recommend against pilseners, The Killing Fields, only eating amok, The Lake, and expecting your motodop to know his way around Phnom Penh.
Only one person has commented on my obvious pretensions so far which is well below average whenever I use the words â€œpoststructuralistâ€ or â€œKlang Stoutâ€. Month one of New Yearâ€™s resolution is now on track.