Cambodian Haute Cuisine
At Malis, diners can enjoy views towards the Siem Reap River inside an enchanting garden. The architecture was inspired by the Angkor temples: high ceilings, gray stone, and a sense of space abound. Malis promotion of Cambodian culture extends well beyond the kitchen. And yet, the kitchen is precisely what dazzles the most in this establishment. Not only for its artisanal use of ingredients, but also because of the way they are presented: a crabs’ shell and claws “hug” a ball of fried rice with crab meat; a banana leaf envelops an angelical mixture of fish and curry; a lotus leaf is used to cook chicken, curry, almonds, dried chilies, and spices; a pork shoulder rests on a bed of bamboo shoots. One would be hard-pressed to find another eatery in which the cuisine possesses a more authentic character.
Avenida Pokambor, Siem Reap Riverside, Camboya www.malis-restaurant.com
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