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South African chef Amy Baard, a fixture of Phnom Penh’s fine dining scene for more than two years, is starting fresh and bringing her energy and culinary creativity to a more relaxed, but equally demanding setting.

The four main dishes of the lunch set, including tofu with morning glory and a pork rib stew.
Fri, 18 August 2017

At Phka Slaa, Khmer food for a picky palate

Phka Slaa, a new Khmer restaurant geared towards foodie-foreigners, recently opened its doors in a tourist-friendly area on Street 240.

Tony Francis in front of a piece by urban artist FONKI (left) and Bryan Beyung (right).
Fri, 18 August 2017

Creating an avenue for Cambodian urban art

For years, Cambodia’s urban arts scene has been slowly percolating – and it has been doing so without the help of Tony Francis. With established artists like FONKI, Chifumi, Peap Tarr and Theo Vallier – all either Cambodians or foreigners with close ties to the Kingdom – urban art has become more and more visible, on city walls, on clothes and in schools and restaurants. But Francis, a lanky 38-year-old London native who moved to Cambodia two years ago after five years in Thailand, thinks now is the time for it to move to the next level. That is why he has set up Kbach Gallery – a high-end showroom of the work of international and Cambodian urban artists targeting major art markets ...

Band leader Phon Chanleakhena stands before nine members of the 18-strong Phnom Penh Marching Band, which managed to outlive the NGO-funded project that spawned it.
Fri, 11 August 2017

Despite a funding scare, Phnom Penh’s youth brass band marches on

Every Sunday afternoon the sound of trumpets echoes across Kolab Primary School in the capital’s Daun Penh district as a group of young people congregate to play as a band.

The mee kork spread, with the signature handmade noodles.
Fri, 11 August 2017

At Mee Kork Orussey, noodles are a family affair

Just about the only thing that has changed in the last decade at Mee Kork Orussey is the wait time.

Fri, 11 August 2017

Art meets revelry at new Boeung Kak container market

The capital now has its second large-scale container market, this time in the Boeung Kak neighbourhood.

Seak Sethkathiya (right) spars with a partner at practice as master Narak Neakak looks on.
Fri, 4 August 2017

An ancient and mystical Khmer martial art claws its way back

Under a billowing mulberry tree on the grounds of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, around 30 martial artists undergo their daily training under the instruction of a master.

Chris Brown (left) and his wife Ahya Chan (right) at The Meat Shop.
Fri, 4 August 2017

A Cambodian take on classic British meats

While petite Phnom Penh native Ahya Chan may not look like your average British butcher, she has done her homework.