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Posted by Chris & Amy Ayers on Thursday, August 8, 2013 4:28 PM

Asia fried chicken 1

Living in New England, there is an extreme dearth of good fried chicken, which fuels our desire to find it elsewhere in our travels. Halfway around the world in Cambodia, we found some -- and boy was it scrumptious!

After hiking around ancient temples at Angkor Wat during the day, we crawled through Siem Reap's night market in the evening for pastries, fried grasshoppers, stuffed frogs, and this wonderful chicken, served with a spicy-sweet sauce. Realizing the chef probably didn't care to hear my analysis of his product versus that of the southern United States, I kindly thanked him and patted him on the shoulder. The crust was perfectly golden, locking in all the juices and keeping the meat extremely tender and tasty. And it was p-i-p-i-n-g hot, which the sauce helped to cool off a bit. All from this simple cart on the side of the road!

Asia fried chicken 2


Yum! What a golden find!
Posted by ann peeples on Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 6:13 PM

Is there a lot of fried chicken in Cambodia?
Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, Aug 9, 2013 4:32 AM

First of all, it is cool seeing the tag of Chris and Amy Ayers! As good as that chicken sounds, I am having a hard time getting past the stuffed frogs mention.
Posted by buffetbuster on Friday, Aug 9, 2013 7:42 AM

Our local Chinese wok shop does an excellent fried chicken. You can get 1/2 fried chicken and some really good pork fried rice for under $6.
Posted by ConeyIslandLou on Friday, Aug 9, 2013 8:15 AM

Hey, I just noticed the tag change! Awesome! Well done on finding some tasty fried chicken halfway around the world. How were the grasshoppers? What was in the frog stuffing?
Posted by billyboy on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 6:18 AM

Lots of fried chicken in Cambodia but not Southern fried like this! The grasshoppers were delicious and very crunchy, and the only taste was the chilies with which they were fried. I didn't care for the frog stuffing, which was like a heavily seasoned fish cake.
Posted by ayersian on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 6:39 AM

The chicken looked fantastic, the cricket was fine, tasty as said above, the frog was very wrong, stuffed with some unknown things, didn't taste nice and the texture was grim!
Posted by Foyster98 on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 6:36 PM

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