Feeding the masses

Chea Krey, the 62-year-old chef who cooked for 100 rowers during the festival.
Chea Krey, the 62-year-old chef who cooked for 100 rowers during the festival. Eli Meixler

Feeding the masses

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.


  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,

  • Gov’t continues China tilt as ties with the US slide on ‘interference’ in Kingdom’s internal affairs

    CHINA has granted some $131 million in aid to the Cambodian military. It comes as yet another sign that the Kingdom is strengthening strategic ties with its Asian neighbour to counter increasingly cold relations with the United States. The aid was announced as part of a