With long weekends to come, head for Phnom Penh which is bustling with treats ranging from South American tapas to fried tarantulas.

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Make a foodie trip to Cambodia

Mention Cambodia and culinary finesse is unlikely to be the first thing that comes to mind. But a visit to Phnom Penh reveals a bubbling fine dining scene.

After delving into the country's glorious ancient history and horrific recent past, boost your energy and spirits with a satisfying treat. There are enough options to pack a three- to four-day trip with deliciousness ranging from South American tapas to deep-fried tarantulas. A foodie trip to Cambodia is definitely an option to bear in mind with the number of long weekends to come this year and next.

For our group of five, we were able to have very good meals for about US$20 (S$25) a head. The most expensive meal was at La Residence, which came to under US$50 a head. While the local currency is Cambodian riel, US dollars are accepted everywhere and is the currency that prices are quoted in.

The list here is by no means exhaustive and one regret I have is missing out on the restaurant Common Tiger. It was closed on a Monday evening when we tried to get a booking.

The New York Times says its South African chef, Timothy Bruyns, "artfully reimagines Cambodian flavours with his molecular gastronomy-inspired fare like a peanut-lime crusted sea bass with jasmine rice discs".

It will just have to wait till the next trip.

bchan@sph.com.sg

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