Jade and two friends are the first travelers to visit Cambodian Sue and her family in Siem Reap. Read about the meeting, dinner, and fun! Jade wrote us:
How it all started that day in Siem Reap
I’m in my hostel, checking Facebook. And there appears on the Inside Cambodia Facebook page a very interesting message about ResiRest. On the lookout for people to try a dinner with locals in Siem Reap. What a coincidence! I’ve just read about in a blog by my friend Jolande Louis (www.mijnreisparadijs.nl) about her home dining experience in Saigon. Because we had left, we missed out on that one. Yet, now we found a new opportunity.
ResiRest starts in Siem Reap. Perfect for us! Cause we like to learn more about Cambodian culture. This in contrast to visiting the places, many tourists go to. For instance, the Pub street and the Night market.
Only one small problem, we were about to leave Siem Reap the next day. Luckily, the contact with Geert of ResiRest made it possible to book for this evening. So, we make preparations quickly and are set to go at 5 pm.
There we go!
At 5 pm sharp, the Tuktuk arrives. We don’t know what to expect, but we will see where the ride brings us. After a short time, the driver dropped us off at the city center. Yet, this appears to be just the pickup spot for our guide Net. Since it was the first time ever for travelers to visit this family, she went along.
On the way, Net chats about Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor temples and the countryside. There time enough for this chat because the ride takes half an hour on the bumpy sand roads.
Finally, we arrive at the house of the Cambodians. First, we all introduce ourself to each other. So we get to know Sue, her husband Sarith and three lovely children.
Let’s get cooking in Siem Reap!
Immediately after that, I was set to work. The traditional fish soup needs some preparation. The other dishes are ready yet. I am stirring and Net explains about the ingredients and how to cook them.
And, what do you think of that, the men are standing at a small distance. They are watching the women who are busy cooking! It’s the same story everywhere, isn’t it?
At the dining table and beyond
Dinner is ready! We sit at a large table together. The rice gets served, and we may taste the fish soup now. It’s delicious. Everything is extremely fresh and full of taste.
During dinner, we get to know our hosts. Sarith is a Tuktuk driver. He tells us about his job. Because of his job, he speaks English rather well. Sue and her children don’t speak English. So, during dinner, they were a bit shy. But afterward, we certainly got to know them the Cambodian way.
Dancing and singing in Siem Reap
There we are, totally stuffed. Since they kept filling our plates, which is a Cambodian use. The evening is not over yet. Sarith places a large speaker on the terrace. We are going to dance!
Maybe one or two small dances, we thought first. No way! Net firmly introduces us to the Cambodian style of dancing. And so we dance for quite some time to the music. By this time, Sue and her children are joining us. No words needed now, we just dance together and have great fun.
Also, we do some karaoke. First, Net sings a song. Second, the guys and I perform a Dutch song. And before we call it a night, the children sing some songs too.
We highly recommend it!
The evening was superb in every way. Seeing how this Cambodian family lives, seeing their house, tasting the best local food and laughing and dancing together. It’s certainly an evening to never forget. Thanks to Net, Sue, Sarith and ResiRest!
Would you also like to meet locals on your trip? ResiRest connects people by food at the dining table. At Cambodia and many more countries around the world. So, you can get connected too! Join in easily by booking a meal in the free mobile app or at the website. ResiRest: think local, eat global.