A warning for those who are on the squeamish side. These photos might make you squirm!
I don't know if we've mentioned before but our hotel offers free Tuk Tuk rides to town because we are a little out of the centre. So the other day we decided to check out the downtown core, markets and the illustrious "Pub Street" (actually just full of restaurants and stores).
We hadn't been walking long before we saw a sign hawking "FISH MASSAGE". Now, Eskedar and I had seen this online. We'd seen a video blog created by a girl E's age living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In the video, she described the whole process and said that it was really fun. We agreed that we would try it if we saw it on our travels. Here it was, right in front of us, closed. This being Cambodia, the man took us across the street to his competitor (who was open before lunch) and introduced us. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Bereket had his shoes off faster than anyone and was sinking his feet into the aquarium of fish before the rest of us even started to take off our shoes.
We told the kids we're going to get a tank and have it at the Cranbrook Saturday Farmer's Market when we get back home. Bereket was both excited and horrified at the possibility. Eskedar knew we were kidding. Especially after we said David was going to start up a Tuk Tuk business. I do love Tuk Tuks... :)
An Alternative Thanksgiving Dinner?
One of the great (and annoying) things about the internet is TripAdvisor. It can tell you so much about where you are staying and it's been a godsend when it comes to finding good places or interesting places to eat. One such place is The Bugs Café.
During Pol Pot's Regime, starvation was rampant. Cambodians had to be creative about what to eat and they turned to insects. Being Cambodian, they prepared the insects beautifully and well-seasoned and it continues to be eaten to this day. You can get insects at the Night Market and, even at our own hotel restaurant. It's not on the menu, but the manager was eating what appeared to be bugs one evening. We asked what he was eating and he came over and shared his silkworms and beetles. The silkworms tasted like peanuts and David and Bereket said the beetles tasted good. I didn't eat a beetle because I was concerned Eskedar was going to pass out in her chair. She looked a little overcome.
Bereket definitely had his interested peaked from those silkworms and beetles and wanted to try the Bugs Café. Eskedar was adamant she was not going to eat anything there but a smoothie (sans bugs) so we decided to go on the weekend for dinner. It was but a short tuk tuk away.
We decided on a "Discovery Platter" containing:
2 Wild Spring Rolls with ants
1 Insect Skewer with Spider, Grasshopper and Water bug
1 Mediterranean Feuilletés with Red Ants
1 Tarantula Donut
1 Crickets and Silk Worms stir-fry
There is no bloody way I was going to eat any spider so I didn't eat those. I did take a nibble on one tarantula leg that was heavily tempura-ed. I actually found it upsetting to watch Bereket eat spiders. I liken it to being very afraid of heights but I'm even more frightened if E or B is by the edge of a high height.
But David and Bereket ate those spiders up and the ginormous Water bug (which, they both agree, was disgusting). Here are the photos to prove it.
Hope all our fellow Canadians have had a wonderful bug-free Thanksgiving weekend!