If you happen to be going to cambodia or thailand, chances are you will be going to Siem Reap and Bangkok. Siem Reap is the city where Ankor Wat is located (that’s the ancient temple that is one of the 8th wonders of the world, think tomb raider, that’s shot there). There’s a new vegetarian (probably vegan) restaurant called Chamkar. It’s been open for a few months, owned by a french guy who’s lived in Cambodia for a long time. While the price is slightly higher than the surrounding restaurants, the cambodian food cost is much cheaper than the US and even compared to Bangkok. The food is fresh and has nice clean taste, delicious but not too overpowering. Artfully presented in the natural, earthy ambience. It’s right near the old market in Siem Reap, which is a major area where restaurants are and there are a lot of tourists. It’s on a smaller street there called The Passage, that’s a strip one block from Old Market and is between Old Market and Pub Street. So, there, you got the supposedly the only vegetarian restaurant in Siem Reap. Not that you can’t survive there since most places can manage to cook veggie dishes for you, but Chamkar is pretty neat. The owner told me the website would be up soon. You can find it at www.chamkar-vegetarian.com
Another restaurant I want tell you about is in Bangkok. It’s call May Kaidee. Check it out at www.maykaidee.com there are a few locations and they also have a cooking school. The classes are held everyday and you can just walk in. I plan to go but haven’t had a chance yet. The food was good. The first time I went, it was awesome, the second time I went it was a bit too bland, so if you want spicy, tell them so. Oh, and they told me they grew their own organic brown rice in the countryside which tasted so good. When you go to most restaurants in Bangkok and order thai food, their main dishes are like the size of appetizers, but at this place they give you decent portion, so no need to order twice as many dishes. I highly recommend this one. It’s near the famous backpackers’ area called Kao Sarn Road, which is now filled with interesting restaurants, bars, street vendors. Kao Sarn is a pedestrian-only street, kind of nice that way.
Maybe i’ll be able to give some tips on cooking vegetarian thai food later if i make it to the cooking class at May Kaidee…