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Chill (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)


While in Kampot, the owner of Rikitikitavi gave us a copy of AsiaLIFE Cambodia, a local expat magazine. In it was an article, Cometh the Ice Cream,  about ice cream in Phnom Penh. We hadn’t seen any compelling ice cream since Romy’s in Nha Trang, but there was a good-looking option in the article called Chill. It also happens to be located a few blocks down the street from our hotel.

We first stopped by Chill on the way to dinner yesterday. Originally we were just going to take a look, but looking led to a tasting of chocolate, green tea, vanilla, and passion fruit. Tasting led to a pre-dinner treat of chocolate and coconut. The article had in particular raved about Chill’s chocolate, and with good reason. It had a good, creamy texture and was in the dark chocolate camp, which I love. It also did not taste like cocoa powder as can often be the case. Certainly the best chocolate I’ve had in southeast Asia. The coconut was a nice complement, but it could have been creamier and was inferior to Romy’s coconut.

Chill's ice cream display

Tonight we were back for possibly our last ice cream in Southeast Asia (I’m not holding my breath for border town ice cream). After yesterday’s tastes we had already decided that we would have green tea and vanilla tonight. But since we were encouraged to try other flavors, we also tried mint chocolate chip, and cappuccino. The article had called the mint chocolate chip a “standout”, but I thought it was one of Chill’s weaker flavors, as was the cappuccino (not enough coffee flavor for my taste). We went ahead with our original green tea with vanilla plan, and it was a delicious combination. Overall, a good way to start our three month break from ice cream!

Lauren enjoying vanilla and green tea
Green tea + vanilla = happiness

219D Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 092 547 534

Daily: 11AM-midnight

Ta Eou (Kampot, Cambodia)


Kampot’s local specialties involve pepper and seafood. The best place to sample both is at Ta Eou, on the riverfront near the old bridge. Our first night in town we stopped by for dinner. The restaurant is a like a big covered back porch with an array of red tablecloth covered tables. The menu does not have any prices, and when we asked about this we were told “everything is $4.” Reasonable enough, even surprisingly low given how much seafood was on the menu. Unlimited rice is included with every dish, served out of large silver vessels by roaming wait staff.

While we were flipping through the extensive menu, we were given some lightly sweetened roasted peanuts to munch on. Our first dish was an easy decision: crab with Kampot peppercorns, Ta Eou’s most popular dish. We were served an entire crab which had been pre-cracked in targeted places for us. While it was difficult to get to all of the meat (which we expected), we were in pepper heaven. We dug for every crevice of crabmeat and used our rice to soak up every last drop of green onion/peppercorn sauce.

Our second dish was fried fish with ginger. While the Khmer name was probably more descriptive, ordering such an English description was a bit of a gamble as the “XXX with ginger” dishes can often be bland and boring. I needn’t have worried though. We were served freshly pan fried fish fillet pieces with lots of ginger and onions in a very well spiced sauce. Good thing we love ginger!

Today we returned to Ta Eou for our final lunch in Kampot. This time we ordered the shrimp with Kampot peppercorns along with a repeat of the ginger fish. As with our experience at Coconut Grove, the shrimp were a lot less work and tasty as well, though not as delicious as the crab.

Overall, the food at Ta Eou is fantastic, very cheap, and run by very friendly Cambodians. As a bonus, free extras are thrown in left and right, from the peanuts to the unlimited rice, to a plate of fresh bananas given to you with the check. If you’re near Kampot, definitely stop by Ta Eou!

Crab with peppercorns
Crab with Kampot pepper

Fish with ginger
Stir fried fish with ginger

Shrimp with peppercorns
Shrimp with Kampot pepper

peanuts bananas
Extra goodies included in each meal

Relaxing by the river
Chilling by the river

Ta Ou
River Road, Riverfront
Kampot, Cambodia
+855 33 932422

Daily: 10:00AM-2:00PM (Lunch), 6:00PM-10:00PM (Dinner)

Epic Arts Café (Kampot, Cambodia)


This morning we had breakfast at Epic Arts Café, a warm, airy shop started by Epic Arts, a UK-based charity that works on helping the disabled through the arts. The staff is almost entirely deaf and the profits from the café go towards Epic Arts’ programs.

We enjoyed French press coffee (no Nescafe, yay!), oatmeal with fruit, and yogurt with fruit and muesli. It was all quite enjoyable. They make their own yogurt, as well as cookies and other freshly baked goods. I was curious about their “pepper bread,” and they offered me a free slice. It was about how you’d expect pepper bread to taste – a bit spicy and pretty good with jam.

After we finished eating, we browsed the items for sale. They have t-shirts available in a variety of colors and sizes, though the sizes are meaningless for the most part (large can be smaller than medium, medium can be closer to child-sized, etc.). They didn’t have any that were big enough for me, but Lauren procured herself a lovely pink t-shirt. Overall it was a refreshing start to the day, both gastronomically and philanthropically.

Epic Arts Cafe

Enjoying coffee and breakfast
Enjoying coffee and breakfast

Muesli with fruit and yogurt
Muesli with fruit and yogurt

Oatmeal with bananas and raisins

Epic Arts Café
1st May Road (2 blocks east of the riverfront)
Kampot, Cambodia
+855 (0)12 350 824

Daily: 7:00AM-6:00PM