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So the silly part is that I don’t know the names to most of these things except for BALUT.  For all of you who don’t know what balut is, it’s a boiled fertilized egg.  A baby bird basically and I happened to have a duckling.  And the verdict is….. DELICIOUS.  Judge all you want, babies taste better.  I only wish I took more photos but I’m sure I’ll get another chance.

Aunt Anne also gave me these steamed sticky rice pouches, one with black rice and the other with white, both extremely yummy and a cup of local chocolate “milk”, it was just a cup of hot melted chocolate with cocoa sugar and it was so rich and amazing but I could only handle so many sips of it, totally sugar overload.

After the hardy breakfast… Phnom Penh to see RACHEL!  She’s part of this program called Skateistan and it’s f’in rad what she’s doing for those kids!


Sticky Rice and Melted Chocolate!



You can’t beat this

Jetlag sucks doo doo but lunch at home makes up for it. The Lao family lunch that starts exactly at noon and does not disappoint especially with Uncle Alex’s homemade chili sauce. It’s sooo good! Not to mention my first encounter with Wing Beans and the infamous Lechon but in leftover form, meaning a delicious array of chopped of pork bits in what they call a liver sauce which is a sauce made from pig liver and damn is that stuff tasty!


Magical Wing Beans

For Dinner we went to a place called Terry’s and since everyone knows that the Philippines were occupied by Spain for about three hundred years there was a bit of left over influence. So we had some super awesome canned seafood as well as a bubbling cauldron of garlic chili oil with eels.

I love Sardines!

Bubbling Eel, so good on a crostini

I am totally getting Uncle Alex’s Chili recipe so don’t worry kids, spicy coconutty goodness is coming!
Also, the whole chopped up pig head thing that I called “sie sie” is actually Sisig. So good!

I got in last night and was greeted by the cutest parents ever! That’s Jancis’s Mom and Dad. Her mom fed me one of the most delicious mangoes ever, then we went to grab a lite bite at their local joint.

One of the dishes is called “sie sie”. I’ll have to ask for the correct spelling or even pronunciation but basically it’s just all sorts of pig head parts mashed into one dish with egg and it’s delicious!

And of course we ate some crispy pig parts…

There was one day at Smorgasburg when the Meat Hook guys were selling two whole pig heads. I think the deal was, one pig head comes with a whole bottle of Texas Pete and a giant thing of slaw but four Philippine women bought the first head and spent about four hours devouring the whole thing. Should have known.