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It’s My Birthday

Originally written on: June 7, 2004 at 7:43 pm

Last Updated: June 7, 2004 at 7:43 pm


I drove up to Cambridge to see some friends. Saturday evening, we went to Elephant Walk, a French and Cambodian restaurant. The food was very good, and I had a wonderful time.

My meal started with the Cambodian pork spring rolls (Rouleaux), which you wrap in a lettuce leaf with bean sprouts, and dip into a sweet soy-peanut sauce. The main course was a spicy grouper in a stew-like sauce (Trey Tuk Peng Pah). Very tasty, but if you are going to bread a fish, it doesn’t make much sense if you drown it in sauce. A better idea would be a mashed vegetable, like potato or celeriac, sitting in the middle of the plate with the fish on top, away from a “moat” of sauce. This way you retain crispiness, while allowing the flavours to intermingle when the time is right.

Special thanks go to David and Bill for taking me to Elephant Walk, and letting me sleep at their place over the week-end.



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