Rice, rice and rice

September 17, 2017

Hello All, and thank you for following me. It has been while since my last post because a lot has been happening. I completed training and begin working tomorrow at a small health clinic outside the provincial town of Takeo. I’m living with a Cambodian family that speaks very little English. The town is really small but I’ve been welcomed and already feeling right at home. The topic today is rice. In Cambodia, the diet consists of rice and rice and then more rice. A meal will usually include some meat and vegetable that is either fried or stir fried and placed on top of the bowl of rice. The sweet treats are even made of rice. The diet is all about rice. I can’t tell you how much rice is produced in this country but I would suspect it is a lot and the largest agricultural commodity. We eat rice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even refer to this meals as rice. Have you eaten your rice breakfast? Would you like your rice lunch now? I get these types of questions daily. And as you might guess, it can wreak havoc on a gastrointestinal tract not accustomed to this type of diet. The main topic of conversation among staff is bowel movements. This may sound like a rather unappetizing diet but trust me the food is amazing. It is a mystery to me how the mothers of my host family prepares these meals in such a small kitchen. My favorite is pineapple and beef over rice. These pictures show the various stages from planting to harvest to drying. The first picture shows water being pumped from a well to a rice field. The second is a wagon loaded with rice plants to be planted. The third are rice farmers planting rice. The fourth are large fields close to where I live. And the final one is rice drying on large tarps in the sun.

Disclaimer: The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Cambodian Government.


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