Nathan A. Thompson

cambodia

This Iraqi Refugee Family Makes Cambodia’s Best Baba Ghanouj

Muna, her husband, and five sons fled their war torn hometown of Fallujah for Cambodia two years ago. Now in Phnom Penh, the family runs a restaurant recreating traditional Iraqi dishes with a makeshift oven and improvised ingredients.
Nathan A. Thompson
2.7.17
Philippines

Filipino Hog Roasts Are Next Level

The La Loma neighbourhood of Manila is famous for lechon—a spit-roasted, herb-stuffed, suckling pig cooked over charcoal and considered by many as the national dish of the Philippines.
Nathan A. Thompson
7.15.16
cambodia

Cambodian Ghosts Love Sticky Rice Cakes

On Pchum Ben or "Ancestors' Day," Cambodians believe the ghosts of dead relatives return to earth. They are offered Num Om Saum, a sticky rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.
Nathan A. Thompson
4.25.16
southeast asia

This ‘Lucky’ Pasta Could Save Bhutan from MSG Noodles

Students from Bhutan’s Royal Thimphu College have created an MSG-free wheat flour pasta shaped to look like the lucky “endless knot” symbol of Buddhist traditions.
Nathan A. Thompson
3.18.16
cambodia

Cambodian Weddings Are an Excuse for Offal and Line Dancing

Weddings are a big deal in Cambodia. In rice-farming villages, people don’t often get to eat five kinds of meat in one sitting or drink until even the most wayward dance moves seem appropriate.
Nathan A. Thompson
2.12.16
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Building a Pizza Oven on a Tuk-Tuk Is As Impossible as It Sounds

Three years ago, four friends had a dream to open Cambodia’s first wood-fired pizza oven on a tuk-tuk. Today, after numerous rebuilds and one moped crash, Katy Peri Pizza is a favourite Phnom Penh street food.
Nathan A. Thompson
1.2.16
Myanmar

Burmese Opium Farmers Make the Best Rice Wine

U Mint Aung, village chief of a tiny community in the opium fields of Eastern Myanmar brings out a clay pot brimming with multi-coloured grains. The thing looks like a trendy smoothie. But it’s home-brewed rice wine.
Nathan A. Thompson
11.27.15
coffee

Most Cambodian 'Coffee' Is Actually Soybeans and Scorched Corn

Coffee in Cambodia is a con, cut through with blackened water, soybeans, and dodgy flavourings as rival roasters compete to sell the cheapest product. I got on a moped with a local roaster to visit some of the fakers at work.
Nathan A. Thompson
7.16.15
coffee

In Cambodia, Coffee and Tea Come Together in One Cup

Pouring jasmine tea over coffee dregs sounds like a bad idea but in Cambodia, it’s a refreshing way to cap off the heavy Robusta blends favoured by street sellers.
Nathan A. Thompson
4.30.15
cambodia

Phnom Penh’s Best Breakfast Comes From a Stall Next to a Sewer

Vanna has been serving babaw—a Cambodian rice porridge similar to congee—in a stall next to Phnom Penh’s infamous Lu Tuk S'Oi, or ‘bad smelling water’ for eight years.
Nathan A. Thompson
4.15.15