What I ate
For basic information and tips for traveling gluten free in Cambodia HERE.
#215 St 13, Phnom
Friends is the 2nd restaurant we visited that is part of the NGO, Friends International. Friends International runs programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Switzerland, so if you’re visiting any of these other countries, check out what they are doing there. In Cambodia they offer programs for social services, vocational training, and a program called the ChildSafe Movement. In Cambodia, children are often forced to work on the streets and are at a greater risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse (including the sex trade). They offer 7 tips for you as a traveler to help protect children (click on the link above).
Friends International has a restaurant training division, similar to New Hope, and this group of restaurants are called the TREE Restaurants:
“TREE is a global alliance of training restaurants offering its partners in the NGO world access to established high quality standards of practice in the field of social enterprise and extensive support in implementing those.
TREE restaurants are based upon a highly successful model of social business which provides not only positive beneficiary impact but also customer satisfaction and enhanced sustainability for the organization.
All profits from TREE restaurants are invested in the students who train there and the social programs which support them on their journey to becoming a skilled, productive and happy young person with a more secure future.
TREE - 100% for impact and sustainability”
These Friends International/TREE restaurants are in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Romdeng and Sihanoukville – and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have small shops with handmade products made by the parents of the children that are learning in these schools. The stores are called Friends ‘N’ Stuff, and a few of my favorite things that I bought on our trip were purchased in these stores!
Ok, so the actual food at Friends:
Unfortunately, I forgot to jot down what we both ordered, but I did take a picture. The first one is mine, and it was amazing. The egg…that is a fertilized duck egg that one of our friends got. That’s right. It’s a baby duck cooked in it’s egg. And…I did not eat that.
#74 St 174
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Romdeng is the 3rd Friends Restaurant (read more about the Friends restaurant above). I didn’t take a picture of Jason’s meal, but he got the Crispy Five Spiced Pork Belly Stir Fried with Kampot Green Peppercorns and Pickled Cabbage. I had the delicious vegetarian Romdeng’s Famous Pumpkin and Zucchini Amok with Tofu
Restaurants I researched
These are restaurants I wrote down, but didn't end up visiting:
We did more than just eat! If you are interested in what we did while in Phnom Penh, check out THIS post!