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[Cambodia] Groceries in Phnom Penh?

It took me two years, but I managed to answer my own question: http://www.movetocambodia.com/food/th...

Jan 03, 2013
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

Yes, I'm not including markets as I think that's a different kettle of fish entirely, although I think I'll include some food halls. It's a tough call.

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

oops double post

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

Agreed, and I think that's true of any "best of" list, regardless of the topic. You'll never create a list of the best of anything, it's too subjective. If my list ends up with a lot of fantastic stores on it, I'll be pleased, whatever order they end up in. Interestingly, I have all four you mentioned already on my list.

I am looking for more in Asia and Australia, though, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

I was wondering what the Chowhound community think are the best food and grocery stores are in the world? I'm thinking of smaller one-off stores, ethnic groceries and large chains (like Whole Foods).

Full disclosure: I'm writing about this topic, contact me if you want more details.

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

I'm actually going to be doing this project in Bangkok (I can't find fresh anchovies in Cambodia) so I'll be able to get foreign vinegar.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

Thanks. They aren't available where I live so I have to resort to making them.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

I'd like to make boquerones en vinagre this weekend and was wondering what type of vinegar is best to use? Any recipes would be appreciated.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Thanks, the cookbook looks good. I'm definitely going to need one. Any other recs? I'd love one that's perhaps less comprehensive and paperback -- am not going to make it back to Cambodia with this much luggage!

Jun 24, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I live in Cambodia, so no.

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Was asking about Boquerones en vinagre (White Anchovies) as they are all sold refrigerated

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

Thanks for the tips. I don't know the geography of BCN so didn't realize that so many of these could be reached from the Ramblas. Which places at the Boqueria market do you recommend?

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in Spain/Portugal

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

What a great shopping list, thanks!

All of the boquerones I have been able to find seem to require refrigeration. Are they sold in any form that don't require refrigeration?

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I can't find this sort of thing at any of the shops there, so that's why I am hoping to go back with a bag filled with goodies!

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I live in Cambodia and they don't seem to care about that sort of thing, so I think it's okay.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

I'm also looking for recs -- I'll be staying off of Las Ramblas and would like to find some less expensive but delicious places to try.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in Spain/Portugal

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Why not the meats? Refrigeration or customs?

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I don't have a lot of experience cooking Spanish food, but after a few days in Spain I'm dedicated to learning. I'm still here, so was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions of what food items or ingredients I should buy that can travel well.

I love the boquerones en vinagre here, but the packaging seems to say that I need to refrigerate it. Is that really true? I'd love to pack a few packages of this but it would have to be able to survive without refrigeration for a few days.

How about cured meats? Can I take those with me sans refrigeration?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I have a few more days here and would love to pick up a few things.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Cooking class in Saigon?

Sorry, just saw this. I went to Lazat in KL and thought it was very good.

Apr 06, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

I tried the place in Jongno-gu yesterday for lunch. I also didn't think it was as good as Metdol Sundubu. As you said it was very basic--didn't appear to have any seafood in it and was just a cheaper version of the dish. That said I liked how they served the rice bowl so you could make your own bibimbap and at 4,000 won it was a good deal.

I have found that Seoul Eats makes a lot of mediocre recs and I don't usually trust his advice (although I think I saw the guy that writes it the last time I was in Metdol Sundubu, coincidentally)

Apr 06, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

Thanks, I'll try that one today, hopefully. I liked this one as well: http://www.koreataste.org/lang/en/en/...

Apr 05, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

I'm in Seoul for a few days and am looking for some excellent sundubu. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Best chicken stock ever - thanks to Sam Fujisaka and others

Knifed them and they came right off. Still cooking now. Early results look very promising.

Nov 27, 2010
Lina in Home Cooking

[Malaysia] Penang with a vegetarian

Thanks, this is great info! Are there any street foods or dishes in "regular" restaurants she can get in veggie format? I am hoping that I am not going to be stuck eating at vegetarian restaurants every night (although I am looking forward to trying some at least once).

Nov 26, 2010
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Malaysia] Penang with a vegetarian

Are there any foods that a vegetarian can eat in Penang? When I was there before I ate almost exclusively street food and seem to remember that everything had some form of meat in it.

The vegetarian in question is on the brink of abandoning the practice but I don't think she's quite game enough for fish paste or large hunks of flesh. Any suggestions for what I can feed her to keep her busy while I am chowing on the local delicacies?

Nov 25, 2010
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Best chicken stock ever - thanks to Sam Fujisaka and others

Thanks, Melanie. That was one of my better recent Thanksgivings that you remember! I'm in Cambodia now and celebrated the day by getting myself a slow cooker and am now plotting chicken stock. I am not sure if I have anything heavy duty enough to remove the nails but I will give it a try later this week.

Nov 25, 2010
Lina in Home Cooking

Best chicken stock ever - thanks to Sam Fujisaka and others

Thanks! I will give this a try. I just got a slow cooker and don't have an oven so am delighted to find a new way to make stock.

Nov 25, 2010
Lina in Home Cooking

Best chicken stock ever - thanks to Sam Fujisaka and others

Interesting. So you've done this more than once and it worked? I've read elsewhere to boil them first and then take off the nails and outer skin, but I'd rather skip that step if possible!

Nov 25, 2010
Lina in Home Cooking

Best chicken stock ever - thanks to Sam Fujisaka and others

Did you cook the feet or remove the skin before making the stock? Am thinking about attempting this in a slow cooker.

Nov 25, 2010
Lina in Home Cooking

[Cambodia] Phnom Penh recommendations?

Okay,since no one else has anything to say, I'll start adding some info as I get it. Turns out I was eating at Psaar Kandal (not Psaar Cha) and there's a lot of great local food there.

Other places of interest:

Yumi (www.theyumi.com) St 288
Japanese fusion restaurant run by Australian (I think) expats. Really nice atmosphere and tasty food. Small dishes meant to be shared tapas style. I particularly liked the Yumi roll with kimchi, beef and tempura outside. Most items are non-sushi and the sushi doesn't involve raw fish. Expensive by Cambodia standards but quality of food is very high and the same meal would cost twice as much elsewhere in the world. Was $14 per person including drinks.

K'nyay (www.knyay.com) Suramarit Blvd near Independence Monument
Many Cambodian classics but served in a really nice atmosphere with more delicate cooking and higher quality ingredients than you'll find in local Khmer places (it's also more expensive at about $5 per main). Loved the char kreung with chicken and banana curry. Extensive vegan menu and food is served with wild rice. Highly recommended.

Sep 15, 2010
Lina in China & Southeast Asia