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Pchum Ben in Cambodia: The ceremonies

Every year Cambodia celebrates the Pchum Ben day. Many call it the ancestors day, because the main activity is to offer food to the ghosts of the dead relatives. Officially the festival is 14 days long, but most families leave it with the last three of four days. In Phnom Penh it is common now to ju ...

Free refill, not landfill at our hosts in Cambodia

As a service aiming to saving culture and environment, we already encouraging successfully our hosts to reduce plastic as much as they can. Food comes for examples from their own gardens. Many buy vegetables, meat and fish  from the nearby local market. Often the goods are just wrapped in banana le ...

Dine With The Locals in German TV

We have our six minutes of fame in September, when the Cambodia-Episode of "Mit 80 Jahren um die Welt" is broadcasted on German TV station ZDF. A team visited us in April and filmed for half a day at our host Sarath's house. The show tales six elderly people on a trip around the world, and one stop ...

The Khmer dessert from the tree

Num pleae-ay, fake fruit cake, (នំផ្លែអាយ) is a sweet and yummy Khmer dessert consisting of a piece of palm sugar, wrapped in a layer of sticky rice flour. Before eating, you have to top it up with shredded coconut flesh to make it even more tasty. Desserts are an important p ...

Hungry ghost festival in Cambodia – Chinese version

Not only in business and food, also in tradition you can see how many families in Cambodia have Chinese roots. There will be celebrations for Chinese New year, but also today, August 15th., is an important day. Families in Cambodia get up early morning to prepare all the offerings and make specials ...

Rain season and floods in Cambodia: Is it safe to travel now?

Media, government agencies and tourists are reporting heavy rain and floods in Cambodia. August is always a month with heavy storms since it is rain season in Cambodia, but this year the amount of rain is more concerning. While the north of Cambodia desperately waits for some rain, the south is drow ...

Best tips how and why to eat with locals

Whenever we ask our guests how they found us, they answer they were looking for a way to eat with locals end get in touch with regular families. They already did the bucket list of important landmarks and buildings, but want to know not just about the past, but how people live now.  And food is a g ...

Food in Cambodia: All you need to know

The first time I came to Cambodia was 2004. I was a tourist, had no clue about the country and the culture. The first thing I did  after leaving the airport in Phnom Penh was to go straight downtown and look for a local restaurant. One of those with red or blue plastic chairs and metals tables. I o ...

How to make fish balls cooking class

When we first met Ms. Vannarith in her house in Siem Reap, we went straight to her kitchen in the back of the small worden house to see how she makes her famous fish balls. It’s located in the outskirts of the Angkor forrest, a small path leads to the plot of land covered by big trees. The ancient ...

Beyond the cooking class in Siem Reap

When I was traveling through South East Asia 15 years ago, local food always was my main focus. Since many journeys were half leisure and half business, we mostly stayed in hotels. We had at least dinner there. but here and then we escaped and tried the local food next door. And sometimes we got inv ...

Why Prahok is so important for Khmer food

When it comes to Khmer food, many people don't know much about it. It's as hidden from the international cuisine as the temples of Angkor Wat were from the world for centuries. Khmer food is both unique (like prahok)  and a blend of spices and recipes from other countries and cultures at the same t ...

How to cook homemade Khmer food

Cooking is passion, and it doesn't matter if you do this at home or as a professional chef. We  focus on food in Cambodia and the traditional way of cooking. The recipes at our host families were handed down from generation to generation, from the grandparents to the parents to the children. Dishes ...