Friday, November 23, 2007

Cambodia's best

As one of Cambodia’s first generation of international chefs, Luu Meng is hailed as the top Khmer chef, having spent eleven years learning and perfecting his trade, first at the Hotel Cambodiana and then at various hotels for the Sofitel and Sunway groups. His contemporary style is forged on the traditions of old but now brought up to date utilizing the full range of herbs and spices, meats and vegetables, creating his own culinary delights using specific Cambodian ingredients like prahok, a fermented fish paste, whilst striving to achieve and balance the four basic Cambodian flavour elements: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. He was brought up in the kitchen, his mother ran a Phnom Penh restaurant before 1975 and his grandmother was also a chef. Whilst his mother influenced his cooking, he was trained in the traditional French style and cut his teeth at the Cambodiana and in Malaysia with Sunway. He returned to become head chef at the Sunway in Phnom Penh before opening his own restaurant, the elegant Malis, in November 2005. Still only 34, he is the director of operations at Topaz, which offers sophisticated French cuisine, he heads the Terrace restaurant at the new Anise hotel and has just opened a new Thai eatery and a coffee shop called Cafe Sentiment as well. His plan is to open another half dozen coffee shops in the next twelve months. His reputation in Cambodia is growing quickly - if Luu Meng lived in the UK, he would have a string of his own cookery shows already under his belt and would be a household name. In Cambodia, the name of it’s best chef is still known to only a select band.


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Andy said...

This is how the Volleyball Canada website saw the result:

Host Cambodia Stun Canucks at 2007 Standing Volleyball World Cup.
Nov. 28-07
The Canadian Men’s Standing Volleyball Team knew that the game today was not going to be easy. Cambodia had been training very hard for this event, and it paid off for them with a 4-set victory of the Canadian’s 16-25, 25-17, 17-25, 19-25 at the 2007 Standing Volleyball World Cup in Phnom Penh.

"I thought that tonight we did a good job of starting off the match with good intensity and we followed our game plan," commented Head Coach Kerry MacDonald.
"However after winning the second set we didn’t respond well to the pressure that Cambodia applied and we failed to stick to the game plan from that point forward. Now we need to look towards tomorrow’s tough match against Poland."

The Canadian’s gave up early leads in the three sets they lost, and were unable to regain the momentum needed to mount a comeback. Some positive news out of the Canadian team is that both Mikael Bartholdy and Larry Matthews who have been sidelined with injuries played roles in today’s game and will be able to play in tomorrow’s very important match against Poland. The Canadian team defeated Poland in their opening match of round robin play, and will need to repeat that effort if they are to advance to the Semi-Finals.

Canadian captain Chris Rodway led his team with 21 points on 18 kills, 1 block and 2 digs while Greg Stewart added 16 points on 15 kills and 1 block. Austin Hinchey contributed 8 points on 4 kills, 1 block a dig and 2 service aces.

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March 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM  

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