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the blue pumpkin, siem reap

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I’m having dejavu with this post. I feel like I’ve totally blogged about this already but all of my searches are coming up empty so unless it was eaten by the internets I really haven’t posted about Blue Pumpkin in Siem Reap yet. More Cambodia – hooray!

The Blue Pumpkin is listed as #9 in Trip Advisors list of things to do in Siem Reap. Not bad for a restaurant in a city of some of the most impressive ancient structures ever.

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I felt the need to include a picture of some of the impressive ancient structures. This also allows me to show off and tell you that I took this picture while riding an elephant through the gates of Angkor Thom. /showoff

Back to the punkin. Located just off to the side of the main market in Siem Reap TBP has a cafe, a bakery, and an ice cream shop on the first floor. Upstairs is ideal for sit down mellow meals and hiding from the blistering April sun of Cambodia. It’s done up all lounge-y style along one wall with white beds and big pillows. There are also plenty of regular tables for the more straightforward eater.

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Because it was super freakin hot that day and we were super freakin tired, thirsty, and hungry we indulged a bit. To cure the super freakin thirsty I had a big ol’ banana yogurt smoothie which was ice cold, nicely tart, freshly banana-ed, and just ever so frosty on top.

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Next, I tackled super freakin hungry. Look at this beauty right here. Amok is one of the best known Khmer dishes. It’s essentially a very coconuty fish curry. TBH has a fusion version with ravioli filled with steamed fish in a coconut curry sauce. Check out those curry leaves and lemongrass and galanggal bits. Very rich and tasty with the strong flavors nicely balanced by the coconut milk.

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Super freakin tired was eased by some dessert.

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Brownies and vanilla ice cream with caramel and almonds and a chocolate stick. Yuuuuuuuuum. This is what dreams are made of.

The Blue Pumpkin: 365 Mondol 1, Svay Dung Kum, Siem Reap

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Written by joann

August 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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