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26 October 2011 / leggypeggy

Food is where you find it

"Weed' gathering.

Yesterday at the Angkor Wat complex of temples, which is deservedly considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World, there was a young woman ‘cleaning’ the roof of one of the corridors. I didn’t manage to get a picture of her while she was on the roof—she was bent over and moving along quickly. It looked like she was pulling some of the many weeds sprouting from the stone blocks.

Of course, we were wrong.

About 10 minutes later we came upon her after she had returned to earth with her abundant collection of ‘weeds’.

Using a mix of sign language and pidgin English, we discovered that she was pulling these ‘weeds’ to use in cooking. Perhaps she planned to make korko (there are lots of different spellings for it), which is a Cambodian national dish that calls for 15 different kinds of greens.

I’ll be posting another little item on this dish, because we ordered a bowl of fish korko at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant tonight. Very tasty and it has a touching history. Stay tuned.

A roof at a Cambodian temple is a veritable garden.

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