You would think that it would be romantic to spend a day cycling around a city. Well, it would certainly have been, not for the sudden crazy downpour! Fortunately for us, we managed to seek shelter from a café. The rain did NOT stop so we cycled all the way back to the city centre. Thank God it was not like the typhoon day in Boracay. That was some crazy adventure.
We managed to cycle back, thanks to his good sense of direction. I’m really clueless about directions when it comes to new cities. We returned the bike and decided to run to Pub Street for some food. We were starving.
Pub Street is like the Lan Kwai Fung of Hong Kong, the Clark Quay of Singapore and the Xin Tian Di of Shanghai. It is rows of pubs, bars and restaurants. Ranging from local Khmer delights to Mexican, Thai, Indian and Western cuisines, Pub Street is one of the places you have to go in Siem Reap.
What to Eat
Upon reaching, you will be greeted with lots of neon light decoration. The words “Pub Street” hung from above. You hear the live music, chatter of crowd and buzzing city as you get closer. Ah, civilisation. We got excited, so did our stomachs.
We walked from restaurants to restaurants, deciding what to eat. BBQ? Hotpot? Western? How about just drinking the whole nightlong? Then out of the corner, something caught my eyes: “Crocodile Burgers”. I pulled Vale away from the current restaurant and headed towards the crocodile burger. Credits
Crocodile Burger in Pub Street
Whoa, crocodile burger? I mean I have eaten crocodile before in herbal soups but I don’t remember eating crocodile patties. We decided to go ahead with this restaurant and ordered. Not only did they have crocodile burger, they also had crocodile pizza! I ordered the crocodile burger and Vale had something else.
It did not take long for the food to arrive, and I was rather excited to eat the burger. Please remember we cycled before this dinner, cycled in the rain and ran in the rain, so please pardon the bad pictures.
The crocodile burger was nicer than I expected. I remember crocodile meat being really tough but this was good. It tasted different though; it had a tender and soft texture. I would not compare it with chicken, but it was tender like chicken. It was also chewy, like scallops but tender. The taste was new. It did not have a strong fishy taste, but it has a distinct touch to it. The spices used were a great compliment to the meat and overall, great burger. I actually love the taste and I would 10/10 eat a crocodile burger again. Be it in Siem Reap or elsewhere. I just pray that I actually had crocodile meat and not anything else. PS: It was only US$5.00!
We did not take many pictures as the camera was very protected from the rain. We spend the rest of the night doing silly things like this. The rain was pouring and we could not return to our hotels. We started to play after chatting for a long time.
This is what you get if you cross Vale’s smile with my face.
Restaurant Name: Banana Leaf
Address: Sreet No. 8, Pub Street, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
Opening hours: 3:00pm – late
Contact: +855 (0) 63 964 813