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BlogsGastronomy & “50 Best” list: What are the best restaurants and chefs in Asia?

The suspense is over for the culinary competition – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants – to determine the top 50 best dining establishments located in Asia. Hopefuls and Winners Although the official name of the competition is “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants”, the list was expanded last year from 51 to 100 places to reflect a greater diversity of tastes and regions. The publication of the shortlist naturally generated a wave of enthusiasm and high hopes among the candidates, all of whom were probably dreaming of making it into the top 10, or even of achieving the ultimate accolade of reaching the…

BlogsWonder Wall

For many people, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate the mark-up on wines in restaurants, the significantly higher prices -often for the same wines- we are asked to pay when compared to the supermarket, or the wine shop. We can fail to consider the significant and measurable added costs in setting and service, for example: the furnishings, fittings, artwork, linen, glassware, service staff, training, powered storage, air conditioning, music, mood lighting, decanters, openers, uniforms, flowers, wine list printing costs, and more. All of these things are carefully incorporated into your dining experience, and hopefully elevate your appreciation of it. Whilst…

BlogsEaster and chocolate, the secrets of a tradition

On Sunday, April 17, we will celebrate the feast of Easter. Easter, which means “passage”, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and marks the end of Lent. On this occasion, many of us eat chocolate eggs, which make the joy and happiness of children and adults. Why do we eat chocolate eggs at Easter? This tradition of Easter eggs comes from the prohibition of eating fatty foods during Lent. The eggs laid during this period were kept in ash and then decorated. 5,000 years ago in Persia, hens’ eggs were exchanged to celebrate the new season, spring. The eggs symbolized…

BlogsThe Pastry at the End of the Earth

“It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.” Jules Verne Jules Gabriel Verne, (1828 to 1905) was an extraordinary novelist, poet and playwright, a man of indomitable imagination, his most famous works would become known as the ‘Voyages Extraordinaires’, and include some of the world’s most well-read and cherished works of science-fiction: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne is an historically important author and he had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and surrealism movements.…

BlogsTen Things You Need to Know About Khmer New Year

he most popular Cambodian holiday is just around the corner, so mark your calendars for Khmer New Year (KNY) from April 14 to 16th this year. KNY is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in Cambodia, many families gather in the countryside to celebrate the New Year and honor their ancestors. Running from Thursday, April 14, to Saturday, April 16, in 2022, KNY celebrations return after its two years hiatus. Here are 10 things to remember in celebrating the Cambodian New Year. Celebrated Internationally KNY is called “Choul Chnam Thmey” in Khmer and is the traditional celebration of the solar…

BlogsSix Places to Check Out in Siem Reap for Khmer New Year

During last year’s global lockdowns, Siem Reap took the opportunity to renovate many of its ageing small roads and lights. Last October, the city underwent a massive upgrade in the city’s infrastructure by widening main roads, updating new pipes, and reconstructing parks. Meanwhile, many people living in Cambodia have been vaccinated to 81 percent inoculation rate around by November —just in time to reopen to tourism. Siem Reap is planning a low-key event in mid-April to celebrate the Khmer New Year. Although the list of the attractions and activities have yet been to be arranged for the Siem Reap Songkran…

BlogsApril Heat Brings Juicy Treat

April is here and that means it’s Mango Season! This is a great chance to try famous Khmer mangos which are known for their sweet taste and juiciness. The mango harvest season is typically during March to April and from October to November. Mango trees have been cultivated in Cambodia thousands of years ago. It is a popular fruit usually eaten green or ripe with salt and chilli as a snack, shredded in a salad or with fish, and ripen with sticky rice as a dessert in Khmer cuisine. Eat it green, try them ripe, these stone fruits are packed…

TopazTopaz makes Asia top-100 eatery list

The pandemic has not been kind to the restaurant industry as a whole. Thousands of good eateries have been forced to close over the past couple of years, many of which would no doubt have otherwise been thriving businesses today and Cambodia has suffered its share of culinary losses during the downturn. Despite the challenges in recent years, one of Cambodia’s long-time fine dining establishments has managed to not only survive but do so with award-winning distinction having made the “Asia’s Best Restaurants” list, which was announced on March 23. Although the official name of the awards is “Asia’s 50…

BlogsChapter 265

A list of the requirements to live a happy life: Freedom Self Sufficiency Friendship Thought Wine Bread & Cheese -Epicurus, (#Note: Epicurus was an avowed teetotal, the author here has substituted water with wine) Epicurus The famous Greek philosopher Epicurus reminds us that we replace emotional needs with commercial wants. “Why then, if expensive things cannot bring us remarkable joy, are we so powerfully drawn to them? Because of an error similar to that of a migraine sufferer who drills a whole in the side of their skull: because expensive objects can feel like plausible solutions to needs that we…

BlogsSmall Fish in a Big Pond

Kek Soon’s Cambodian Kitchen is an exciting story, a foodie story unique from the regular crop of cooking shows. It tells how Kek Soon and her young chefs are building their own futures and doing this by visiting high-end resorts, hotels and hospitality ventures, through to traveling to remote villages, coastal fish markets, and indigenous communities in the highlands. None of our young team of chefs has ever been to the city before. Each of Soon’s students are daughters of fishermen and have rarely had the opportunity to travel much beyond their small village communities. Needless to say the Thalias offer to host…
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