I was initially underwhelmed by Nepali food, which pretty much consists of two foods: momos and dal bhat. Momos are steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables, pork, chicken or buffalo. I later found out that momos are actually appropriated from Tibetan cuisine.
A very blurry photo of a Nepali dal bhat thali
My tuk-tuk driver picked me up at the hotel at 5 a.m. Sunrise would be at 6 a.m.
We drove through Sieam Reap, joining a steady, silent stream of tuk-tuks. Then we drove through the jungle, dark and mysterious on each side. Occasionally the headlights revealed twisted vines in monstrous shapes; I dreamed of snakes, snakes everywhere, the following night. Mostly, though, I was surrounded by the smell of the jungle: earthy and green, but also surprisingly sweet. Continue reading
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