Wow! What a fantastic night with some fantastic new friends!
After getting back to our hotel after a very hot but enjoyable horseback ride through the countryside of Siem Reap we were sweaty, stinky, and a little red but excited about our new friends and unforgettable experience. Losing track of time a little as we chatted and attempted to solve all the world’s issues we quickly regrouped and hopped in a tuck-tuck to the night market and pub street to check out the scene and grab some grub. Unfortunately, we were just too hungry to wait and couldn’t find the meeting place Johny has told us about so we made the call and decided to just sit down and enjoy trying some more Khmer food before leaving tomorrow. We found a great little cafe/bakery called. I highly recommend it! The atmosphere was fun ad we sat close the street to watch the craziness of pub street and enjoyed some old music played by the wounded veterans with a blend of American top 40 blasting from a club nearby. Interesting mix but actually seemed to work quite well. I decided to be daring with my food for a change and tried kangaroo low luck or Cambodian BBQ. The idea of kangaroo meat may turn some people off, and honestly, I wasn’t too keen on the idea of eating kangaroo myself. However, after a little digging/researching I concluded that I should give it ago and man was I pleasantly surprised.
After doing some nerd research I learned that Kangaroos produce far less greenhouse gas methane than cattle brought in by settlers in Australia and their jumping doesn’t damage the Australian topsoil like the hard hooves of many meet staples. In Australia, there are so many kangaroos they are actually considered “pests” and are hunted by professional shooters according to a strict quota system. Although, not part of the daily Australian diet and still considered a “novelty” meat like crocodile and emu, eating kangaroo meat can actually be beneficial to the environment and overall sustainability of the environment. Currently, many Australian’s feel funny about eating their National Emblem for dinner so a lot of the meat is exported. However, considering the United Nations is even promoting insects as a source of protein maybe Kangaroo meat will once again become a local stable.
Okay, aside from environmental benefits it’s actually a very lean meat healthy meat, full of iron, and much better tan lamb if you ask me. It’s not as gamey as venison and just “melts in your mouth” when cooked right, and when paired with Cambodian Lok Lak (BBQ) it doesn’t get better than that!
I will say it was kind of humerus when the waiter thanked me for ordering my pricey ($10) dinner, a little treat to myself our last night, but glad I took the opportunity to try something new and different. Rebeca went for the Cambodian fried noodles, Mee char plan moan, which was just as delicious. All it all it was a delightful meal with good company and our friend Johnny found us dining and was happy to show us around after.
I felt bad he couldn’t join us for dinner and asked him if he wanted anything at all. And out of all the “fancy” dinners, you know what he wanted, like every other hungry boy out there, a burger. So a burger to-go it was and he did not even eat it the entire time he was with us. He wanted to make sure we had a fun night and took us dancing at a little pub on club street called Temple. Although, very backpackerie and crazy for my taste, it was super fun and Rebeca and I danced the night away with our new friends and other people from all over.
I definitely recommend temple if you’re looking for more of a club-like atmosphere. It’s not a local go-to, but I think Johnny and his friend had a fun night as well. We hadn’t planned on staying but around 11pm we bid our farewells and I learned that wake-up call was at sunrise for these boys and they were just now headed home to eat and sleep. I thought it was very thoughtful they made sure we had a fun night and glad to see they were bringing dinner home to the family. I like to think it is these sort of interactions that can make a small difference or impact on someone eases life.
We did not spend too much time in the night market, they seem to get a little repetitive here in Asia, but I figured we had a little time before headed out tomorrow morning and I could always make a stop by to see the local art before leaving this beautiful place behind.