There have been several requests for a post on food (several others for culture). I have to say that I do not yet feel equipped to really post on either of these issues. I have only been here for 2.5 days! However, to appease, I will tell you what I have eaten so far. Overall, it has all been quite good. I have not yet ventured to the outdoor stalls; although I am sure I will soon. When I do, I am sure occasional illness will follow. For now, I have no idea what is good, what is typical, or what to expect. Therefore, I just point and cross my fingers. So far, my luck has not run out. And, of all the places I have lived abroad, this is the one that I have enjoyed the food most from the beginning. Best of all, I have yet to pay more than 5 dollars for a meal.
Full day 1:
Breakfast (at the hotel):
Fried egg, french baguette, fruit place (plantains, pineapples, and mango), orange tang and coffee
Lunch (restaurant near by):
Fried tomatoes (not green) with seafood (shrimp and squid). Ground pepper (a lot) added for taste.
*** This was the best meal yet and a whooping 3.80)
Dinner (at Thai/Khmer restaurant near work w/ boss):
Seaweed salad (with fresh basil and lemongrass)
Traditional dish of rice and seafood cooked in coconut served on banana leaves (very spicy!)
Fresh coconut milk (which, I have to admit, I thought would be more refreshing and tasty).
Full day 2:
Breakfast (at shop on the way to work):
Lunch (at restaurant across from hotel):
Fried rice with chicken and egg (also carrot, spring onion, and yellow onion). (A little bland).
Mango shake. (I am NEVER going to tire of these).
Dinner (at a restaurant owned by a Taiwanese man with Svea’s friend):
Salad with lettuce, pomelo, citrus and cashews. (Tasty and unique)
Melon drink with watermelon juice, lime juice, and fresh mint (no sugar).