Khmer Num Krok are little round cakes made from rice flour and coconut. It is a popular street food snack that you will find throughout Phnom Penh. The cakes have a fine crunchy surface surrounding the inner, just set, coconut batter, and they come in a sweet and a savory version.
Lok Lak is really a wonderful dish. Slices of meat (usually beef) is marinated in a delicious tomato-based marinade and then stir-fried very gently, so it retains its juiciness. It is then served on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and onions, so you can make your own lettuce wraps with the beef, that you then dip in a delicious sauce made from lime, black pepper and salt. Most places in Phnom Penh serve the Lok Lak with a fried egg on top, and some places also offer you a serving of fries on the side.
Cheese tea just sounds too weird, so I had actually decided that it was one of those things that I could live happily without, but then I got a voucher through Grab for a free cheese tea at Heekcaa, and I can’t say no to free stuff so I went to give it a try.
You cannot say no to rainbow-colored cheese right? So when I saw Say Chiizu on Siam Square, I just had to stop and get their Unicorn Fruit Toast.
In the commercial, which is running on the screen in the shop, you can see how a woman stretches the cheese longer and longer, and it was impossible to stop watching, ha ha. What a fascinating sight! No doubt, I had to get my own elastic cheese sandwich.
I only rarely stay at the airport hotels in Bangkok, as I prefer to stay in the city even if it is only for a short layover. If you have more than 20 hours in Bangkok, you are much better off staying in the city center, because even a few hours would allow you to sample some delicious Thai food, get a massage and do some shopping. If you land at night, the taxi ride to the central areas in Bangkok does not take long, and if you arrive during daytime, you can take the airport train and be in central Bangkok in less than an hour.
In most Asian countries, bubble tea is still a big thing, and you can get all sorts of delicious versions and flavors. The latest trend is brown sugar boba, which I tried at KOI a couple of weeks ago, but which is available at most of the trendier boba shops. The brown sugar syrup gives the drink a rounder, fudge-like flavor that I really like.
There’s a bubble tea shop, T&T Taiwan Bubble Tea, a few steps from my hotel, so boba (another word for bubble tea) has become an integrated part of my daily routine. I usually order the old school version with black tea with milk and tapioca bubbles and no sugar, but sometimes they are out of bubbles and I have to decide on something else to order.