Cambodia

Num Ban Chok (Khmer Noodles)

Num banh chok is a well-known and beloved Cambodian dish found at almost everywhere. In English it’s often simply called simply Khmer noodles, owing to its ubiquity across the country. Num ban chok is a typical breakfast food, consisting of noodles laboriously pounded out of rice, topped with a fish-based green curry gravy made from lemongrass, turmeric root and kaffir lime. Fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, green beans, banana flower, cucumbers and other greens are heaped on top by the diner. I came across this dish by chance and I am glad I ordered it. One morning, I was walking along the streets looking to get some food for breakfast. I know I wanted some local food but it wasn’t easy because the sellers don’t put pictures of what they are selling and they usually don’t speak English. Then I saw this guy in a stall, being served with what.
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Understanding Cambodia’s troubled history through Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum is the former Security Office 21, also called S-21. It was designed for detention, interrogation, inhuman torture, and killing of detainees. Previously the area hosted Tuol Sleng Primary School and Tuol Svay High School. It was converted into S-21 in 1975 under the orders of Pol Pot and and additional fence of double-row iron topped with barbed wire was erected around the area. Today, the museum provides evidence to preserve the memory of the oppression and suffering of Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge reign. As I entered the museum, I can visualise the area used to be a school as the layout of the buildings was not changed. The only difference is that the exterior of some of the buildings are fenced up with only two entrances. There are 4 buildings in total, named Building A, B, C and D. Building A was converted into a set.
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