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Photos: The pleasure of eating in Cambodia

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I spent two weeks in Cambodia in February, sale
the first week working behind the scenes of an agriculture training workshop held outside of Phnom Penh and the second week travelling to Battambang and Siem Reap for a bit of work and much pleasure!

I went into full-on tourist mode, eczema
snapping pics of the food I ate.  Enjoy!

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Nom banchok (rice noodles with banana stem, morning glory and other herbs) with yellow fish curry on National Road 6, Siem Reap
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Nom banchok (rice noodles with banana stem, morning glory and other herbs) with yellow fish curry on National Road 6, Siem Reap01-Mar-2012 06:23, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 160
Palm sugar "cakes", along the way to Bantreay Sray temple in Angkor Wat park complex
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Palm sugar "cakes", along the way to Bantreay Sray temple in Angkor Wat park complex01-Mar-2012 22:54, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
Nom banchok with red curry pork at Central market in Phnom Penh
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Nom banchok with red curry pork at Central market in Phnom Penh03-Mar-2012 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 160
Cambodian condiments at the market
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Cambodian condiments at the market03-Mar-2012 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 160
Inside the "food court" of Central Market, Phnom Penh
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Inside the "food court" of Central Market, Phnom Penh03-Mar-2012 19:56, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 160
Desserts for sale by 7:30am!
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Desserts for sale by 7:30am!03-Mar-2012 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 160
Central Market, PP
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Central Market, PP03-Mar-2012 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 8.0, 8.898mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
Lotus stems - used in sour soups
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Lotus stems - used in sour soups21-Feb-2012 17:46, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
Duck eggs and nom bang pate in Kampong Speu marke
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Duck eggs and nom bang pate in Kampong Speu marke21-Feb-2012 18:16, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
Nom bang pate: grilled baguette, pate, sausage, green tomatoes, onions and chili sauce.  Served with green mango or papaya salad, very similar to somtum.
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Nom bang pate: grilled baguette, pate, sausage, green tomatoes, onions and chili sauce. Served with green mango or papaya salad, very similar to somtum.22-Feb-2012 17:55, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
Breakfast - Beef curry (very sweet, with holy basil and star anise) that's usually eaten with baguette.  Khmer coffee as well.
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Breakfast - Beef curry (very sweet, with holy basil and star anise) that's usually eaten with baguette. Khmer coffee as well.23-Feb-2012 07:29, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
The green dish is a sour soup made with lemongrass, tumeric, galangal and local vine (Thai = pak chiang dah)
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The green dish is a sour soup made with lemongrass, tumeric, galangal and local vine (Thai = pak chiang dah)23-Feb-2012 12:55, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
Various pickles and fermented fish (prahok) in Battambang market
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Various pickles and fermented fish (prahok) in Battambang market26-Feb-2012 23:09, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 3.2, 8.108mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 160
River clams seasoned with tamarind, chili and salt.  Sold on the street everywhere I went.
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River clams seasoned with tamarind, chili and salt. Sold on the street everywhere I went.26-Feb-2012 23:47, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
Holly looking on as food vendor cooks up a "soup snack" in Battambang
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Holly looking on as food vendor cooks up a "soup snack" in Battambang26-Feb-2012 23:57, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 250
This is similar to Karen kao buh: vegetables cooked in a thin rice porridge
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This is similar to Karen kao buh: vegetables cooked in a thin rice porridge26-Feb-2012 23:59, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 125
Tongue on display in Siem Reap
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Tongue on display in Siem Reap28-Feb-2012 05:08, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.5, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Duck embryo at local market
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Duck embryo at local market22-Feb-2012 17:51, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100

Cambodia: Agriculture workshop for local NGOs

I travelled to Cambodia at the end of February to help run a Tropical Agriculture workshop for local Khmer NGO staff.  Over 35 people came together to learn about sustainable farming techniques, sale exchange open-pollinated seeds and to network with each another.  We were hosted by an organic cooperative called the Peri-Urban Agriculture Center in Kampong Speu, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, and at the Jumpah Center, a children’s home that uses sustainable methods to run its operations (think biogas-powered lights!).

It’s always a privilege to work with local NGO staff who are the un-recognized and tireless agents of change around the world.

Check out more posts about the Cambodia workshop on ECHO Asia’s blog.

Rick (ECHO Asia's director) talking about jack beans as a green manure with a workshop delegate

Many local NGO staff lack adequate access to technical agriculture documents, so we publish a variety of topics in Khmer, Burmese and Thai.

Thida (left - our Khmer partner) translates as Boonsong (right) talks about the cowpea seeds he brought to swap. Boonsong, based in Chiang Mai, is an expert on natural farming methods for pigs

The seed exchange - we brought in a variety of vegetables and nitrogen-fixing green manures

Cencha, general manager of Jumpah Center, with his seeds

Samrit (in pink shirt) tallying organic produce brought in by local farmers to PUAC for distribution to hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh

Women farmers sort through the fresh produce they bring in three times a week

Beautiful greens are sold at hotels and to the few organic outlets in Phnom Penh - allowing farmers to earn above average wages using far less chemicals than conventional methods

Here, there…

It’s been several months since my last posting as I’ve been travelling quite a bit since landing back in Thailand in February.  More posts are coming with photos of my travels and work in Cambodia and Yangon so stay tuned!  Here’s a couple to start with…

Again – many thanks to my supporters as my trips to Phnom Penh and Yangon wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat in February

All hands on deck for the seed cleaning demonstration in Yangon