02.03.2013 - 02.03.2013
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It's been a while since we've been to a cooking school, and seeing as we had a few too many days booked at Siem Reap we thought that heading back to the kitchens would be nice! So today we entered the world of Cooks in Tuks Tuks. Luckily, we weren't actually cooking in a tuk tuk (I think that could be a bit tricky, not to mention extremely dangerous!), but we did go on a brief tuk tuk tour to see the local markets - a far less horrifying experience than the similar trip we did in China, although a fish did jump off a table to try to attack me!
After that it was back to a very lovely hotel, where we sat at a table with our chef guide, Saroun, and our fellow cooking novice, Liz. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to cook ourselves. Instead, we played the part of little children helping Mum prepare a meal. Saroun would give us little jobs to do (chop this, peel that) and did all the cooking herself - perhaps we didn't look very capable! But it was still a fun day and we did learn some new tricks and how to cook some very yummy food. On the menu: chicken and banana leaf salad, fish amok (AMAZING!), and a sweet potato and tapioca dessert. The day was made all the more enjoyable by two for one cocktails and the fascinating Liz, who is a nurse in the army, stationed in Brunei.
We practically rolled back to the hostel as we were so full, and spent the afternoon doing boring life admin. We are undecided as to whether or not we will make it to sunrise at Angkor Wat tomorrow, perhaps we will put the 4am start off for one more day.....