STEVEN HAL­CROW’S FAVOURITES

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KH­MER DISH

Nom ban chok is a great dish. It’s fresh and light, yet still feels sub­stan­tial. Plus it has all the main el­e­ments of Kh­mer food in one bowl. The first time I ate it, I re­mem­ber think­ing that the med­ley of flavours was unique and not like

any­thing I had tasted be­fore.

RESTAU­RANT IN PHNOM PENH

Labaab. I was taken there by a friend and I liked the fact that it was con­tem­po­rary but not try­ing too hard to be overly in­no­va­tive or over the top in the pre­sen­ta­tion. It is just nicely pre­pared but au­then­tic-tast­ing food served with an at­ten­tion to de­tail that in­di­cated

great care dur­ing prepa­ra­tion.

IN­GRE­DI­ENT

Fresh co­conut milk is a great thing to cook with, es­pe­cially in cur­ries. Back home I was so used to canned stuff, but I love the fact that they are squeez­ing it right in

front of you over here.

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