March 28, 2013

Resto in Phnom Penh: Charcoal

Yup, it's another restaurant/food post! I guess we've been eating out more than our usual this month and it shows not only in my post but in our bodies as well. LOL!

Charcoal BBQ and Soup is a pleasant surprise and a welcome addition to the dining choices in Phnom Penh.

They opened six months ago but I only learned about them last week when a cashier from a grocery store put Charcoal's  brochure in my shopping bag.

Charcoal is an all-you-can-eat self-cook BBQ skewers and Suki Soup.


For a price of $10.50 (adult) and $5.25 (children), you get to eat as many of these as you like: chicken, pork, beef, sausage, corn, squid, shrimps, etc. And you get to make a soup as much as you like.


What I like is that you get to barbecue your own. The griller is set in the middle of your table with real coal. The griller turns automatically on its own. You don't have to turn your skewer around. Pretty cool!


They also have cooked food like fried chicken, fried rice, spring rolls, french fries, etc.


Drinks like sodas, iced tea and water are all part of the buffet. Desserts include fresh fruits, some local delicacies and ice cream.

For a buffet restaurant, sometimes you expect that the food quality and taste will be sacrificed. But not Charcoal. We absolutely love their BBQ! Even the cooked food like fried chicken was delicious! We did not try the Suki Soup because we concentrated on eating the BBQ. LOL!

I guess it's the reason why the restaurant was full and the parking lot overflowing with cars. If you come in late, you'd probably have to get a parking lift just to be able to find a parking space. Hehe.

{Very happy customers}

The following day, EJ said, "mom, can we go back to that restaurant we ate in last night?" Even the kiddo loves the food! We're going back again this Friday. Goodluck with our bellies. LOL!

CHARCOAL
BBQ and Soup
No. 8, Sisowath Quay
Sangkat Chaktomuk
Tel # 023-4515100

OPENING HOURS
4PM - 9:30PM


March 21, 2013

Tous Les Jours in Phnom Penh

We have a new favorite hangout place in town!

Tous Les Jours is a South Korean bakery and cafe which has franchises all over the world. They recently opened two shops in Phnom Penh, one in Monivong Street and the second and latest one in Sihanouk Boulevard.

Our favorite place is in Sihanouk.

{Freshly baked breads and pastries}

I love their whole wheat bread because it's soft and yummy. I also love their croissant. EJ likes the brownie and hubby likes their signature pan bread.

{Cakes}

The cakes look pretty! Unfortunately, we haven't tried any of it yet.


The second floor is perfect for hanging out. I love their design. It looks relaxed yet elegant.


This was two Saturdays ago.


Hanging out with my beautiful and bubbly friend, Ate Elms.



And again, last Saturday with my boys.

March 19, 2013

Investment Talks

When we went home on our last vacation, I decided, with hubby's approval of course, to withdraw our mutual fund from Sunlife. We planned to use the money to furnish our condominium in Sea Residences in Mall of Asia.

Now I kind of regret that we took our mutual fund out because a) someone rented our condo even without furnishings and b) the mutual fund value has gone up and is still showing continuous growth along with the Philippines' economic growth.

Since we haven't spent the money on furnishing our condominium, I am thinking of reinvesting it. But is it a wise decision at this time? Our agent says so. She said the economy is robust and she has offered us some stocks to buy but I am hesitant.

Of course, agents will tempt you to buy stocks or mutual funds or anything they are selling. But before I take the plunge, I think I will do my share of reading first.

Well, I am not really talking about a huge amount of money here. In fact, it's probably just a small change to everyone else. But I am not a risk taker when it comes to investing. I wish I were. You know what they say: Big risk, big return and small risk, small return. And that my friend is the reason why we're not rich. LOL!

Speaking of rich, someone told me the other day that sprinkling a little cinnamon in your wallet will hasten the return of any money that leaves your hands.

Have you heard of this?

Hmmm..I might try this. If nothing happens at least my wallet will smell like cinnamon. And I love cinnamon! LOL!

March 16, 2013

Restaurant in Phnom Penh: The Sushi Bar

Another food/restaurant post.

I sound like a broken record now but I'll say it again. Phnom Penh has new establishments opening almost every week, notable are restaurants and cafes. Food industry is definitely booming in this part of the world.

Last Thursday lunch, hubby and I went to a new Japanese restaurant called The Sushi Bar. It's one of the new in town.


The Sushi Bar is in Boeung Keng Kang 1, easily accessible from our place.

We got there just a few minutes after 12nn and only a few tables were free. A few minutes later, the place was full! I knew right then that we had to wait a little while for our order. And we did. Good thing I had a small slice of pear before leaving the house.


We also had a small bowl of appetizer to pick on while waiting for our orders.


Grilled Salmon Fat Belly Set $7.00. The set included rice, miso soup, and steamed egg with mushrooms. Loved the salmon!


Hubby had Yakisoba $5.00. He said it was okay.


Aside from our individual orders, hubby and I also shared a set of sushi $9.80. I didn't notice that this set had no salmon on it. But there was tuna so it was good.

Hubby and I always have this "takaw-tingin" syndrome. We always order more than what we could consume. And this is no different. The food was good but it was just too much. I was even able to finish my own set.

Our bill totaled to $24 including one small bottle of water and one coke light. This is definitely the cheapest Japanese meal we had in town.

We have been to several of the Japanese restaurants here (we love Japanese food!) and we have never seen a restaurant got full like this. So we're guessing the reason the place was teeming with customers was because of its reasonable price.

March 12, 2013

Champorado and Hot Chocolate

I have been trying to eat less carb and sugar lately but when I saw a pack of champorado from Filmart, a Filipino grocery, I couldn't help but buy it.

We had this last weekend as our merienda.


I like my champorado thick and sweet. So I added more sugar and milk. It was so good that I was tempted to have another bowl.

Back in the province when I was growing up, we always have champorado and hot chocolate. We used to have a tiny cacao plantation but before my parents could reap the rewards, it was ravaged by two storms one after another leaving only a handful of cacao plants. But still that would give us enough fruits and my mother would make it into a tablea (blocks of cocoa powder).

{Tablea. Photo from Google Images}

I remember making my first hot chocolate drink when I was 12 years old. We had this pitcher-like pot/stainless vessel and a wooden whisk/stirrer. We would boil water in the pitcher-like pot with the tablea on it and we had to constantly stir the pot to melt the tablea. It was actually tiring but for a curious kid, it was an adventure.

You have your hot chocolate when the tablea has fully dissolved and you have a thick consistency already. Then you add your milk and sugar.

Ahhh...those were the days. Now, you can just go to a coffeeshop and voila, you have a steaming hot chocolate right away. But you know what, I like the hot chocolate made from tablea better than the one made from chocolate powder....as long as the tablea has fully dissolved of course :)

March 8, 2013

Another Long Weekend

Good morning, Friday!

It's a long weekend again here in Cambodia because today is a holiday. But I guess, today is a holiday all over the world as we celebrate International Women's Day. Cheers to all of us, beautiful and strong women all over the world :)

Anyway, just a quick post.

When we were having our dinner at Lucky Burger's last night, I saw that WeXport in Sihanouk Boulevard, the store where we buy branded clothes at super bargain prices has changed its name.


It's now called DAH. Hmm, why the name change?

Really, the development and change this city is undergoing right now is unbelievable! If I am not mistaken, foreigners can still buy and own land here. If only I have money to spend, I would definitely invest here.

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Have a great Friday, everyone! And to all the women who rock this world, enjoy your day today! :)

March 4, 2013

Restaurant in Phnom Penh: Geylang House

Two Saturdays ago, hubby was looking for a place for us to have lunch. He was looking at the dining guide of Phnom Penh and showed me Geylang House. We haven't been there, he said. Let's go, I answered.

We went there and saw these pictures of yummy looking food at the entrance. I was already drooling. Then we saw that they have open air dining. Uh-oh. It was a red-hot day and we were sure EJ would whine if we eat there. So hubby and I decided we will go back there when EJ is at school.

So last Thursday, hubby and I went there again.


{The entrance}


{Open air dining area}

We were prepared to sweat it out that day when I asked the waiter if they have airconditioned rooms. They do! The waiter led us to the second floor. You see the stairs at the back? That's the way to the second floor with aircon.


After placing our order, they gave us tea and peanuts. Hubby dug in right away. Hehe. A tip, order in small size because even their small size orders looked huge to us. We actually took home half of what we ordered because we couldn't eat it all.


{Fried Kway Teow with Cockles}

When we were still living in KL, one of my favorite food was Char Kway Teow. I used to get my fix of this oil-rich goodness at Jalan Alor. Now, whenever I see a Char Kway Teow anywhere, I'll be sure to try it out. This kway teow from Geylang House is okay, not as great as the one I used to have in Jalan Alor but it will do.


{Salted Crispy Crab}

I had a couple of bites. It was good. Hubby loved it.  I love crabs but the taste of crabs when eaten out is not the same as when I have it at home. Weird, I know.


{Sambal Clams}

Hubby loved this as well. I am not really a clam person so I did not enjoy this as much as hubby did.


{Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs}

This for me, was a winner! It was the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The pork was also tender and very tasty.


{Our bill}

I take back what I said above. The bill was the winner. LOL! Hubby and I guessed our bill to be in the range of $30-35. And then, they surprised us with a 10% discount. Sweet!

Hubby is planning another trip to Geylang House soon. He said he will try the prawns and the fish next time.

GEYLANG HOUSE
No. 13, Street 178
Phnom Penh

March 3, 2013

Come April

It is the third day of the third month of the year already! The first quarter of the year is about to end so soon. How did that happen? Why so fast?

Seriously, I feel the opposite. I feel like the past few days have been dragging on too long. I just can't wait for April.

I know that accountants and auditors in the Philippines won't agree with me when I say April is the best time to have fun! You know why? It's the tax season in the Philippines! They will turn into walking zombies around this time of the year. I pity them but at the same time I thank God I am not one of them. I am glad I did not take up accountancy during college. I actually almost shifted to accountancy but thank goodness I had the good sense to stick to hotel and restaurant administration. On hindsight, I probably wouldn't have passed the board exam anyway. LOL!

Speaking of taxes, you might want to check out this guide to taxes even if you're not an accountant, or should I say especially if you're not an accountant. It pays to know about taxes. After all, it's a part of our life we can't escape.

If you want to know and understand taxes deeper, more information here.

Back to why I can't wait for April. Well, we're flying to Singapore! It's not our first time to go to there. It's actually going to be our third but I am excited because I know there will be more to explore of this vibrant and ever growing city and country.

And if I have to be honest, I also can't wait to go shopping.

Common, hurry up April!