I’m a big believer (also a belieber) in engaging with the “true” culture and cuisine of a country when travelling abroad. So, whilst in Phnom Penh, I ate a whole lot of weird shizz which of course, turned out to be surprisingly tasty and also, a refreshing break for my tired-of-sushi-palate. Now, I won’t lie; most of the local food looked pretty rustic (and often unsafe/unhygienic) but nevertheless; tasted delicious and didn’t give me a Dehli Belly as I’d expected. After having sampled a variety of local foods though, I was itching (figuratively – not a literal food-related reaction) for a clean and modern eatery – call me materialistic. And what better than a healthy juicery; my favorite! Here’s where Juicy Mercy comes in.
Okay, so the prices may be a bit darer than a regular juice from the many street vendors BUT the extra dollar (or two) is definitely worth it and so is, in particular; the overall experience. I ordered a berry flavored smoothie from a large selection and while I waited, basked in the contemporary ambiance. From the feature wall, neon lights flatteringly complimented me on my appearance: “You’re looking gorgeous today” (thanks!) and the AC cooled my sweaty forehead. Definitely worth a visit when in Phnom Penh and needing a break from the Cambodian heat and excitement.
#22, St.282, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (opposite the TK avenue Pizza Company – don’t be tempted!).
Ohayo dear subscribers.
Sorry for the brief silence; I’ve been eating my way through Phnom Penh. And believe me, at every bite, have been earnestly yearning to do a blog-post and share the deliciousness with you. I ate many things in Cambodia; street food, restaurant food and lovingly home-cooked meals. Interestingly, some of the most delicious foods I ate in Cambodia were of Vietnamese origin; cooked and sold by Vietnamese folk. After the classic Banh mi (an out-of-this-world sub), the two following VEGAN treats were my favourite.
The first was a mixture of Xoi (sticky rice – white, black and green-tinged) mixed with black-eyed peas, wrapped in a thin crepe (like a burrito) and topped with shredded coconut and palm sugar. It was served hot in a small plastic bag. My lovely friend and expert tour-guide instructed I squeeze the “burrito” together tightly (whilst still in the plastic) so that later it wouldn’t fall apart. Imagine a hot sweet coconuty burrito with a rich fruity aroma. Oh mama. One cost 0.40 cents. 10 more please!
The second was a hot sweet tofu drink sold by the most adorable little man. An adorable little man with no sign or model or any indication whatsoever of his product. Luckily, I was accompanied by a local who instinctively knew the contents of this man’s two pots. The drink was ordered and I was WOWed. Firstly, my cup was filled with hot silken tofu, followed by warmed coconut milk and lastly, topped with a strong ginger syrup. It was seriously yummy in addition to being VEGAN and HEALTHY. In other words, my next trip is to Vietnam. For if the rest of Vietnamese food is anything like these two (three including bahn mi) then I’m in lurve! A mere 0.25 cents for one. Yes, you read that right.