Post Weekend

Post Weekend

Pan-Am cuisine lands in the capital

The opening of a new Mexican restaurant in the capital, run by a Canadian of Croatian descent, isn’t just a fluke of globalisation.

Fri, 21 April 2017 Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

At Café Dei, meats are served steamed, grilled and deep-fried, bringing an experimental twist

Sarath Sokchan, the chef of Tuol Kork’s Café Dei, takes a mentality of constant experimentation and innovation into the kitchen.

Fri, 21 April 2017 Rinith Taing

Opening the doors to a Khmer impressionist’s treasure trove

In a quiet alleyway just off busy Sothearos Boulevard sits a three-storey guesthouse, a sprawling but cosy modern structure connected by open-air walkways.

Fri, 21 April 2017 Anna Koo

Plugging in the classical chapey

During the week, 36-year-old Long Borarith throws on a suit and heads to his day job at the National Bank of Cambodia.

Fri, 21 April 2017 Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Rinith Taing
The fried octopus and prawn skewers. All of the seafood is delivered each day from the coast.

A seafood café by artists, for artists

For Prom Putvisal, it wasn’t enough to work on his own lithography and painting projects and teach at an NGO, while also building masks and sets for theatre productions, so he decided to open a small café catering to fellow artists.

Fri, 7 April 2017 James Reddick, Rinith Taing
A plate of the Coq Au Vin sits on the wooden bar, which was moved from the original Bouchon.

At Bouchon, new digs but same chic style

The much-frequented Bouchon Wine Bar re-opened its doors this month in the capital’s Daun Penh district, bringing new life to a renovated colonial villa.

Fri, 7 April 2017 Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
Two Cham Bab dance before the grappling begins. Traditional wrestling is the only form of fighting in the Kingdom that incorporates dancing.

The Kingdom’s oldest wrestling form grapples with fading interest

Under the hot afternoon sun in Kampong Chhnang province, the drums begin and the fighters start dancing.

Fri, 7 April 2017 Rinith Taing
Artist Em Riem with a portrait of George Groslier.

The building blocks of a national gallery

Amid the row upon row of ancient artefacts crafted from bronze, stone and wood on display at the National Museum, a new exhibition provides a stark contrast to the country’s traditional art history.

Fri, 7 April 2017 Anna Koo

A ‘crime’ against local history: Cambodia’s lost manuscripts

Despite decades of efforts to preserve the Kingdom’s historic manuscripts, the majority have disappeared – lost to neglect, war and now a black market catering to tourists

Fri, 7 April 2017 Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Kong Meta

New Year fest celebrates village roots

A three-day showcase of traditional Khmer arts and culture kicks off today just south of Takhmau with the 4th annual Bonn Phum festival, which organisers hope will continue to promote an appreciation for Cambodian culture and give residents a taste of a Khmer New Year village celebration. Held at the Toul Krasang pagoda, the festival will start with Buddhist prayers in the morning before moving to traditional new year games throughout the day and folk dance and art in the afternoon.

Fri, 7 April 2017 Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon