Khmer food in Cambodia
Would you buy your Cambodian food here?
I promised last time that I would tell you about the food culture and the ingredients in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Well, it is more about the handling of the ingredients before they reach your kitchen. Meat in particular. If you are sensitive to pictures of dead animals or a strict vegetarian, the following pictures might be disturbing. It is only a way of sharing food culture for me.
I am used to food regulations and certain standards when it comes to meat. Common things like ” do not put it in direct sunlight and let it sit for a few days” or ” don’t let it get dirty or contaminated and then eat it raw”. Simple things you might think, but it is not so obvious to people everywhere.
I have spent in total maybe two weeks in Phnom Penh back and forth between Chi Phat. During that time I have made my way through busy markets filled with eager saleswomen and salesmen trying to get you to buy something you didn’t know you needed. It never stops to amaze me how it can be so busy day in and day out 365 days a year.
Most markets here has a food section where locals buy their ingredients for the day. Restaurant owners, house wifes and common man struggling through the crowd to get their share of the best groceries.
Back to the meat. Like I said I am used to certain standards. But here, in Phnom Penh. There are no standards. If you have something to sell, you bring it to the market and put it on display. How you go about it is none of your business. More or less.
So standards? Not really. But it has its charm. I like to walk through the market just to look at all the weird things going on.
I have no problem with eating the meat if its cooked by someone else but me. Because it is cooked. So far I haven’t dared to buy meat from the local market. These pictures are taken by me at the “Russian market” a few blocks from our apartment. Would you by your meat here?