During our 1 month in Cambodia, not only did we sample loads of interesting dishes and take a Cambodian cooking class, we also visited a sensational fish and crab market, not far from Kampot. It was bristling with local seafood, great fun to explore and sample. It was slightly less gruesome than a market in Cambodia near Battambang, where snakes and freshly skinned rodents were on sale, fish is a little easier to take than that sort of blood and guts. We spent a long time in Kampot, chilling in this pretty riverside town and taking scooter rides to surrounding countryside. Of course, I ran, exploring the villages where the local fishing fleets originate and people live above the water in stilt houses. Another local industry, salt production from brine-filled salt pans was also fascinating to see and of course, Kampot is world-famous for Kampot pepper.
Just a few photos today of our day exploring Kep and the markets, it was a great day out and an easy scooter ride from Kampot. Kep used to be Cambodia’s #1 beach resort but these days it’s very quiet, I was glad we chose to stay in Kampot instead, where the pace was still slow, but there was a little more to keep us occupied, including a great riverside playground for the kids. Kep is obviously where locals go to buy ingredients for wonderful Cambodian food. It was great to see a local food market like this in operation.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the food of Cambodia, it was fun for me looking at these old photos.
All the best, Chef.