When it comes to finding great food in Southeast Asia, there’s very little room for disappointment. Some say Thailand’s cuisine is worth the trip alone; Vietnamese pho is staying put in our nation’s culinary heart; Singaporean, Malaysian, and Laotian foods all get their fare share of the international food spotlight. But there is one country’s cuisine that has been left out of the conversation for too long: Cambodian.
Having just come back from Siem Reap myself, I turned to fellow travel writers and friends to see if my findings (that Cambodian food far surpassed Thai on my trip) were the exception or the rule. As it turns out, I am not alone; everyone that took my rudimentary survey agreed that Cambodian cuisine is the most underrated in Southeast Asia. I’m just here to bust the secret wide open
Readying once again for an international jaunt, the Cambodian Space Project will play one final gig at The FCC Phnom Penh on September 7 before rocketing south for an extended road trip of parts down under.
The band recently spent five weeks in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States, recording new tracks with vaunted Motown musician and producer Dennis Coffey as well as veteran Detroit rocker Jim Diamond. The new cuts will appear on the band’s next album, currently titled Elephant Coffey. CSP will unveil several of the new tracks Saturday night.
Working with Diamond was terrific, said CSP guitar man Julien Poulson, and the group recorded “some really great, primitive sounding stuff.”
The sessions went so well that CSP is trying to engage the Detroit sax-man on a longer-term basis.
“Jim is great,” Poulson said. “He even joined us on bass for our NYC shows and we’re trying to lure him out to Cambodia.”
After the FCC date, Poulson and his project will fly to Australia, where the band is scheduled to play The Concert for Cambodia at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney at the end of September. From there it’s over to Indonesia for the Ubud Writers Festival in October, and then further south for a multi-date tour in Tasmania, including a show in, what else, an abandoned space station.
The Cambodian Space Project, Saturday Sept 7, 9 p.m.
FCC’s Legendary Beer of the month for September: Maredsous Bitter Blond from Belgium. Stop in & try this bitter/ESB today! Only $5.50 per 330ml bottle. It’s available now at both FCC Angkor and FCC Phnom Penh.
Airport pick up, breakfast, complimentary internet, 15 minute foot massage, free room upgrade base on availability, 15% off on food and beverage at FCC Angkor Restaurant*, 1 set of laundry every day, and special discount 40% during your whole stay at our Visaya Spa.
Exploring the adventurous capital of Cambodia over three days.
A simple, one-day escape designed for luxury.
Body scrub and full body oil massage.
A body scrub and full body massage featuring hot stones for energy and relaxation.
For the food lover in you. Save 15% off all food and beverage*
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The FCC Romantic Temples package is a re-energizing 3-day affair designed for couples.
The FCC Temple Adventure tour offers you the best highlights that Siem Reap has to offer while giving you the flexibility to venture off the beaten path.