Friday, July 26, 2013

Mingle with Cambodian middle-class families - "rolling shabu-shabu" in Siem Reap

Shabu-shabu, also called hot pot in China, is a way of cooking where each guest throws ingredients in a boiling soup, fish them back and eats them individually. On the top level of the Lucky Mall in Siem Reap, there is a "rolling shabu-shabu" restaurant: ingredients are placed on a belt that rolls along the tables fitted with a large pot of boiling soup. It's a strange place: modern, aggressively illuminated, crowded and loud. We were probably the only tourists. Cambodian families gathered there to share a meal. The concept is "all-you-can-eat" for 6.75USD per person. Children pay half price, babies and toddlers don't pay. A strange atmosphere, very different from the traditional Khmer restaurants and our beloved street food, but a great experience. The food is good, not too expensive and the kids loved the "do-it-yourself" concept.