It takes more than just pork and rice to power a rower through long days on the water.
Chea Krey, 62, from Kandal province, has spent the Water Festival preparing food for 100 hungry boatmen – dishes packed with meat and vitamin-rich vegetables like omelets, eggs, vegetable stir fries and beef soups. He’s been the team’s cook for 30 years.
“I have cooked for many people of different generations, so I know how to prepare special food for people, especially rowers who come from the provinces.”
Each day, for three meals, he spent $250 – about $0.75 for each individual meal.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find good food for a lot of people, but I’m happy to help them, and I want to see more people come to support the Water Festival,” he said.