Thought of someone who loves rhubarb and fruit cakes (he will recognize himself i think).
A white chocolate cake with its rhubarb syrup, raspberries and pieces of rhubarb. Inside, an insert with raspberry and rhubarb “compote” (and maybe a once of honey?)
In Laos in went to a tea plantation and a coffee plantation.
The tea plantation was mainly to see the bushes. I thought a “tea tree” would have been different. I really like the flowers those.
For the coffee, i only remember that it needs to dry for 3/4 weeks and the way of roasting the beans differs from a country to another. I just didn’t know that coffee beans looked like that, because what we often see on packaging is quite different from these beans.
I noticed i didn’t write anything about Cambodia and the food there, while actually it’s a really nice place if you want to eat delicious food. The coffee is amazing, the best i’ve ever had, but the food is also awesome, like in Thailand and Laos.
In this article, i just want to show a typical market in Cambodia. Merkets are usually located in the center of the city. People just put their products in wicker baskets directly on the floor or on tables. Maybe not in touristic cities, like Siem Reap, but in the other cities i’ve been, it was like that. Of course for us it’s a little disturbing because of the hygienic requirements, but if you’re careful, it should be ok. I mean, during the all trip i was only sick once in Laos because they washed the vegetables in the Mekong (I don’t even want to think about what kind of chemical products and other things there are in the river).
So yeah, basically, you have a lot of fruits, and vegetables, fishes, meats, spicies. What really surprised me is that they have so many choices, there is a lot of food, so many fruits that are expensive to us, but actually they are so poor. There is a huge contrast in that way.
The other thing that i liked is that you can have snackes or fast food everywhere. I just don’t get how easily it seems in Asia to eat everywhere, while in Europe you have to be in a restaurant. You have small shops on the streets, near the river, selling fruits, juices…for a very cheap price.
A fruit that i tried in Cambodia and i really liked, is the mangosteen. I had never seen any before, but it’s really delicious. It’s just a pity that you can’t find all the fruits in Europe, because that opens to a lot more diversity and creativity i think.
The seller in Cambodia told me that to see the number of slices the fruit had, you need to look at the bottom of the fruit and count the number of leaves. Don’t the find the fruit is really cute?
The restaurant had a really nice view over the lake, which was really cool to see the sunset and eat at the same time. It’s also just out of the town, so it’s calmer and better to relax. The food was ok. We had a soup with clamps and green onion, a fish, some fried shrimps a little too salted, and some green veggies. My favorite goes for for the mushrooms and onion with ginger in a sauce that was really nice.
Sun Moon Lake
One of the good point about asian food, it’s that you can have a proper meal in a lunchbox, and that they sell them on board in the train. Here i had a “special one”, and that’s quite big! That’s really convenient, and i like that. Different compared to the sandwich, and a way more healthier.