"I'll have the crocodile"
Siem Reap Travel Blog› entry 9 of 43 › view all entries
March 3rd, 2008 – by: worldcitizen
Our guide was pointing out all the different restaurants on the street, but I was determined to try Cambodian BBQ. I wasn't sure what exactly it was, but I knew you could get a variety of meats there- crocodile, ostrich, snake, and kangaroo. I'd be lying if I said that the Travel Channel's No Reservations and Bizarre Foods haven't encouraged me to be more daring (to a point) with the foods I try when I travel! A couple in our group from Canada headed down later to check it out and asked what they had to eat there.
My roommate, Dean (one of the 19 year olds on a RTW trip) and I wanted to try something new and interesting so we decided to each order different things and share. It was obvious that they would be my partners in crime (PIC) for the short time that they were on the trip. I really wanted to try crocodile for some reason. If ten years ago you had told me that I would one day be sitting at a restaurant in Cambodia and ordering crocodile for dinner, I would have thought you were crazy. But there I was. My roommate was really into trying ostrich and Dean ordered chicken as a backup in case the other ones weren't so tasty. The crocodile and ostrich turned out to be great, way better than the chicken!
After dinner, the PIC and I and two of the Canadians decided to hit up a bar called the Banana Leaf.
We went back down the street to Temple Club which had a decent sized crowd for a Monday night. We went in to join the fun. They played a lot of Top 40 hits and it felt like a Western club, except for a big woodcarving of Ankor Wat on the wall. So there I was dancing to a reggaeton hit song, looking at a picture of Angkor Wat, colorful lights flashing and foreigners dancing awkwardly but enthusiastically around me. A microcosm of Siem Reap and Angkor?
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