Thursday, October 30, 2008

Food Trip in Phnom Penh, Saigon and Manila

Here are a few more gastronomic encounters. Just ordinary choices and servings that I was able to document along the way – from Phnom Penh, to Saigon, and finally back to Manila.

For Manila tourists who would love to try Chinese cuisine other than “Pinoy” food, the “North Park” group of restaurants (which includes Tiananmen, NP Kopitiam and Next Door) are great places for dining and cozy conversations. My favorite branches are the ones in Greenhills (easy parking away from the madding crowd) and Next Door at Greenhills Shopping Depot near Valle Verde.

Toast, 2 eggs and orange juice - $2.50 (10,330 riel) at DV8 Guesthouse, Phnom Penh

Barbecue style pork meal with rice - $0.49 or 2,000 riel at a roadside carinderia. My hired motorbike had a flat tire so my driver and I stopped at the nearest vulca shop. This was lunch in the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Beef Loklak - a Khmer specialty found in most fast food stalls in Sorya Mall.

Pork and chicken rice meal in Sorya Mall's Food Court - $2 or 8,000 riel

Forgot the name. This was breakfast at Khmer Saravan which is famous among backpackers. there were chicken bits too. $3.50 or 14,500 riel

Fried rice with chicken - $2.40 or 40,000 dong - at a restaurant by the lake in Dam Sen Park, Saigon.

A noodle entree with mixed vegetables and assorted meat - truly delicious! - at $4.80 or 80,000 dong at a restaurant in Ben Thanh Market, Saigon

North Park Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila - great atmosphere, great food...

Yang Chow Fried Rice - no viand necessary... Saigon has their own Yang Chow spelled differently.

Lechon Macau - am not sure why it's called as such. The origin of the dish perhaps. All I know is that at Chinese Restaurants, they call it "lechon macau" while the very same dish is called "lechon kawali" in Filipino restaurants. PhP165 ($3.40)

Lapu lapu (grouper) fillet with soft tofu, PhP246 ($5)

Sweet and sour, deboned tender pork spare ribs...

Salted garlic squid

Almond jelly with lychee, PhP80 ($1.60)

A flower grows out of the crevice of a temple structure in Luang Prabang, Laos - goat's meal! hehe

This is the Eye in the Sky!


Unknown said...

mouth watering!!! yummy!

Twin said...

first pic looks so crunchy!

eye in the sky said...

@ lucy: some of them are! i kinda like our pinoy meal but that's just coz i'm not so budget conscious here in manila, for obvious reasons. lol

eye in the sky said...

@ twin: it is as crunchy as it looks! kakagutom nga tingnan. lol

Pam said...

wow, most of the food looks good! lol i don't eat fish, and i don't eat a lot of veggies.

anyways, wanted to pop by & say that i've been reading & still loving the photos. i've just been behind w blogging...reading & otherwise :)

eye in the sky said...

@ ciara: not much into fish and veggies either. lol

and i've been noticing a steady increase of characters in your blogs. i've always loved your anecdotes from the little guys.

Sidney said...

You really made me hungry with this post...but I guess you did it on purpose...
Hmmm... I close my notebook...and I am heading to the nearest North Park!

eye in the sky said...

@ sidney: North Park is a great place. Good serving at affordable prices. Gosh, such a marvellous place to pig out. lol