Pairs Well With…Cambodia + Crunchy Critters + Cooking + Khmer Dishes (which made a memorable impression)
If you recall last month’s food challenge, I ate a lot of weird sea creatures, from snails to tiny shrimps, none of which tickled my fancy. Month two’s food challenge was quite sea-based, different than the curveball thrown my way in month three: bugs. As far as I can recall, I never ate a bug, not even as a kid. I knew the bug eating was bound to happen either in Cambodia or Thailand, so I should have been ready.
Each monthly challenge consists of a minimum of five food oddities that are eaten routinely in the country. I’ve often found myself thinking, “Who the heck would actually eat this?” Answer: people in third world or underdeveloped countries, where bugs are common “treat” – if you can even call them that. (For the record, crickets are sold at movie theaters as a show snack. I still hold firm that they taste like bacon.) During the month 3 challenge, I tapped out halfway through. There was NO way in hell I was eating big ass cicada bugs, which were this month’s “Never Try, Never Know” food challenge finale.
Take a look at what month three’s food challenge looked like:
Bugs aside, the “normal meals” each month continue to get better and better. While I liked the food in Vietnam, especially the Pho, I loved the fresh flavors of traditional Khmer recipes. In fact, I found myself cooking a lot in Cambodia, both at home and with local chefs, which allowed me to learn traditional Khmer cooking techniques and recipes. All this Khmer cooking inspiration has made its way into this month’s A Girl’s Gotta Eat Guide to Cambodia.