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Bakeries in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Southeast Asia)

bakingbadly's picture

Bakeries in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Southeast Asia)

Note: I had posted this on TFL's forum (Photos & Photography). However, I'm posting it again as a blog entry in case there are those of you who might be interested but missed my post.

A brief introduction: I'm a Canadian-born citizen now living in a small town called Siem Reap, Cambodia (Southeast Asia). I've been living in Cambodia for nearly 3 years and, believe it or not, I'm still adapting to Cambodia's culture despite that my parents are Cambodian. 

A week ago I had moved into a new apartment, but was forced to abandon my baking equipment, most notably my convection microwave oven. Reason being, the oven did not belong to me. I bake every Sunday, or at least I try to, but having no fridge, no stove, and no oven (not to mention no Internet and no TV), I couldn't possibly bake anything unless I built a clay oven from scratch (oh, how I wish that was so...)

So, to fill that unquenchable baking void, I decided to visit a number of bakeries and document my visits by taking a series of photographs. (I apologize in advance for my amateurish photography skills.)

I hope you enjoy! 


P.S. I will upload a few of my photos into this post to give you a sneak preview. :)


Mebake's picture

Loved your Blog , Zita! I chuckled at the runaway from the Supermarket... :) Lovely post about bakeries in Cambodia. French influence is obvious.

I hope that you could bake again, and share the results with us.

Thanks for posting this, i enjoyed the free journey!

bakingbadly's picture

:) Thank you for the compliment, Khalid. 

After scrambling around town for several days, I've finally and recently purchased a mini-fridge and countertop oven. It's a major relief knowing that I may continue baking! Further, for the first time in my life I've started a wild yeast starter. High temperatures and humidy will be my foe, but I will do my best.

 Thanks again for your post. 

isand66's picture

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Zita.  It nice to see how other cultures produce their breads.

I hope you are able to find a place to bake soon so we can read about your further adventures.



bakingbadly's picture

Thank you, Ian! :)

ehanner's picture


Thank you for sharing your experience in your new home town. Glad to hear you have found a way to bake and chill. In your area humidity will be the challenge. Cambodia is beautiful and the people are the most clever and hard working I have known. Anything is possible. I look forward to following your journey.


bakingbadly's picture

Thank you for your kind words, Eric. :)

Indeed, Cambodia is beautiful, and I shall do my best to bake, whether in high humidity or not. That's a promise I will keep.