phnom penh


Scorpions and Tarantulas Crawl All Over Your Coffee at This Cambodian Cafe

Owner Chea Raty started the business with a single iguana, but has since acquired tortoises, bearded dragons, horned frogs, and other reptiles and arachnids.
Jamie Fullerton

Phnom Penh's Happy Pizza Left Me High and Dry

I wasn't planning on getting stoned out of my mind when when I stopped by Phnom Penh's Happy Pizza, one of many such restaurants in the Cambodian city. But what should I have expected when I ordered my pie "extra happy"?
Max Winkler

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

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
Dog meat

Eating with the Dog Thieves of Cambodia

Driven by poverty and a belief that dog meat possesses medicinal properties, desperate men in Phnom Penh resort to stealing people's pets to make a quick but horrific buck.
Axel Kronholm
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

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

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

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

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

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

I Ate Dinner in Pyongyang's Cambodian Outpost

Pyongyang isn’t just a city in North Korea—it’s also the name of a Southeast Asian restaurant chain run by the North Korean regime. The eateries are as well known for traditional North Korean food as they are for money laundering and spying.
VICE Staff