This evening I had a meal in the enormously-popular Khmer Surin
restaurant, which happens to be in almost spitting distance of my house and yet I haven't tasted its menu for maybe six years. I get put off by all the tourist buses that roll up to its doors every evening. They park all over the place and make that particular corner a hazard for all concerned, especially as the street lighting is non-existent. However, I keep getting told that the food is good, hence my visit tonight. I was not impressed. I tried two dishes, both popular and easy to get right, namely fish amok and lok lak. They failed. The amok was weirdly-presented with miniscule portions that simply didn't get anywhere near filling my belly, so I was forced to tuck into my friends lok lak, which had a very tart sauce and the meat was undercooked. The table lighting was poor too, so we couldn't see what we were eating. All in all, very disappointing.
There's what promises to be an interesting panel discussion
next Friday evening, 8 July, from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Sa Sa Bassac studio on Sothearos Boulevard. The discussion is on evolving traditions is painting and dance and will include the likes of the talented Belle, fresh from her recent travels to USA to perform Khmeropedies, as well as Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, the founder of the Khmer Arts Ensemble and a leading innovator in classical dance, together with artist Ouk Sochivy, who has a solo exhibition at Sa Sa Bassac right now.
Labels: Belle, Khmer Surin, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro