Keeping Chilled and Cooled in Phnom Penh..
Ice Cream and Chilling Out Thoughts.. A short rundown of my favorite Khmer street foods to cool down.
It’s supposed to be the start of the rainy season here in Cambodia, but everyday its scorching hot! I almost wish I could eat ice cream everyday! Here, there is also dirty ice cream (sold really cheaply) eaten with either a bun of bread or mixed with sweet sticky rice or ala carte with peanut toppings.
But near our house I seldom see those vendors pass by so I have to stack up on ice cream whenever we visit the supermarket. The options available there are limited at best and I kinda miss the Philippines where you’ll really get dizzy with the assortment of ice cream flavors in the market. My particular favorites – Selecta’s Halo Halo, Cookies and Cream, Coffee Crumble, and Magnolia’s Classic Ube..
I also remember we used to make ice cream at home when we were still kids. Making it really simple especially if you have an ice-cream mixer at home. It’s made from milk, cream, sugar and flavorings just mixed together as its freezing. When the mixtures begins to freeze its time to add in your favorite ingredients. I love nuts, fudge brownies, and chocolate chips as my extras.
Even my husband became fond of eating ice cream because of me. He says it must be contagious. He likes just the Halo-halo flavor though.
I also miss grabbing a frosty ZAGU drink. Pearls, ice, yummy flavors all mixed together to make a drink just right for those sizzling days. Good thing I found a good enough (and cheaper! :P) alternative here in Phnom Penh – the fruit shake (the teuk krou lok). It’s made of mixed fruits in season, blended with crushed ice and condensed milk into one delicious fruit smoothie. Costs about $.50 ( that’s just about 20 Pesos !!) and the serving is really big.
When I feel guilty (this seldom happens, really..) about the calories in that luscious fruit shake, I then just settle for iced sugar cane juice with lemon flavor for lesser than $.40. It’s everywhere and even my daughter have grown so fond of it.
There’s also that sinful coffee with condensed milk mixed with crushed ice you can find in local restaurants and cafe’s. Cambodians also have a wide variety of desserts mixed with ice found in the markets during daytime and along the streets during night time. Most usually consist of assorted beans, sticky rice, and gelatin, with coconut cream topped with crushed ice.
Obviously, Cambodia is a place where you can enjoy yummy and varied food at really low prices. Trust me, it could get really addicting..