November 3, 2012 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Moy Da hasn't seen his sister in nearly 40 years. Like countless Cambodian families, they were separated during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The brutal communist regime made it official policy to dismantle the nuclear family, which it considered a capitalist relic, and divided much of the population into slave labor camps. In 1975, Moy Da, then 5 years old, and his parents, who died three years later, lost track of 15-year-old Pheap when the Khmer Rouge emptied Phnom Penh and marched residents to the countryside.
November 27, 2011
Regarding "In Paris, Let Them Eat Macarons," by Karen Leland [Nov. 20]: Leland reported on three of the top patisseries serving delicious macarons. But why, oh, why did she leave out Ladurée (16-18 Rue Royale) and other locations in the city? Just the crowds lining up to buy these delicacies would tell you that something special is going on inside the shop, but the proof is when this work of culinary art dissolves in your mouth, and your taste buds shout out with glee! Michael Hall Los Angeles Cambodian dining Regarding "Taking the Palate for a Thrill Ride," by Heidi Fuller-Love [Nov.
November 20, 2011
Kingdom Breweries, 1748 National Road 5, Phnom Penh; http://www.kingdombreweries.com . Tours are $6.50, which includes two beers. Munich Beer Restaurant, 68 Sothearous Blvd., Phnom Penh. Man Han Lou, 456 Monivong Blvd., Phnom Penh; 011-855-23-721-966. 54 Langeach Sros, 15A,178 St., Phnom Penh; 011-855-17-455-454. Beer garden in the courtyard of a former residential villa. Main dishes from about $3. Sovanna Restaurant, 2C 21 St., Phnom Penh; 011-855-11-840-055.
November 20, 2011 |
Cambodia might not rank among the world's brewery or beer garden capitals, but change is coming. From its setting on the banks of the Tonle Sap river, Kingdom Breweries, Phnom Penh's newest boutique producer, opened in October 2010, is gearing up to give local brands Anchor and Angkor a run for their riel , using only the best German and Czech hops, premium German malt and top-quality water to produce the brand's flagship pilsner. "Fancy one?" Chief Executive Peter Brongers asked me, offering a bottle of the brewery's first batch from his office mini-fridge.
November 20, 2011
If you go THE BEST WAY TO PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA From LAX, Asiana, Korean, Thai, China Airlines, EVA and China Southern offer connecting service (change of plane) to Phnom Penh. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $950, excluding taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 855 (country code for Cambodia) and the local number. WHAT TO DO Le Tigre de Papier cooking school, Pub Street, Siem Reap; 011-855-122-6581, http://www.letigredepapier.com/en/cooking.php . Three-hour cooking classes are $12 and include preparation of an appetizer, main course and dessert plus a visit to the local market.
September 29, 2011 |
In Long Beach's Cambodia Town, restaurants are measured not only by the heat of their ground pork curries or the tartness of their sour catfish soups but also by the brilliance of their chandeliers and the strength of their karaoke-capable sound systems. For years, La Lune was such a place, a restaurant where birthday parties were celebrated, anniversaries were commemorated and mayoral campaigns were launched. But in April, a fire wiped out La Lune. Losing the restaurant tore open a void in the Khmer community, one that the Saing family worked quickly to fill.