Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Mary and I have been to Friends Restaurant, Phnom Penh many many times – get some memories here. This was our first trip to its ‘sister’ – Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap. Give them a quick phone call 0n +855 17363284 as it does get rather busy. The address is #8A,B Slor Kram. The restaurant is named after the local cooking ingredient, Moringa, which is also known as the ‘Tree of Life’. As you pay your bill, you are helping to build a future for the students in training.

All the profits from Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap are reinvested into the education of the students in training, and Kaliyan Mith social programs. The restaurant is supported by TREE Alliance.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

My gorgeous wife about to get stuck in to her chili and pineapple margarita – double yummy!

This place was brilliant. It was a short drive from the hotel, nearby the river in the city centre. The premise of the restaurant is to drag homeless kids and orphans off the street and train them in F&B, waiting, cooking, chef etc. That makes them a commodity that people are likely to recruit and, in turn, creating a sustainable Cambodia. How good is that?

In Phnom Penh one year we attended a Cambodian cooking class, via a restaurant called Frizz. Our teacher was the Chef, and what an amazing young man he was. He was an orphan, living on the streets. Luckily Friends Restaurant picked him up off the streets. He trained successfully to become a Head Chef. He has even cooked for the King of Cambodia. What a rags to riches story, and proven success of Friends and Marum as a concept.

What did we eat at Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap? It is a case of what didn’t eat today.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Khmer pork salad with fresh mint, red onion and lime chili vinaigrette

Almost like a Larb Gai from Thailand. A little less chili, but compensated by Kampot pepper. Not bad at all this dish.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Wild mushroom & Brie rice balls, Marum leaves and beetroot mayonnaise.

These are absolute crackers that just pop in your mouth. The mayonnaise is insane. One of those OMG food moments.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Roast duck & pumpkin croquettes with citrus hoisin sauce.

You have to try these. Absolutely incredible little bundles, and a great spin on the traditional Chinese dish.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Friends pene with roasted chili & cashew nut pesto – from Friends Phnom Penh.

We just had to have this, and I am so glad we did try it. Simply this was just a delicious pasta dish. One of the best I have had.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Grilled beef fillet with Kampot pepper sauce on local greens.

A little chewy this one. Weird like most of the beef dishes I had in Siem Reap. Flavour was nice though.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Pork lollipops with Chinese pear and sesame sauce.

You have to order these – super soft and moist pork, in this tangy sauce. You are going to love these.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Slow cooked Khmer ribs (pork) with apple and radish sauce.

If you are going to order anything, please make sure you order these. Touch the meat and it literally falls off the bone. Super soft due to the slow cooking, with a sauce to die for. I order and command that you consume this is you visit. It is a MUST.

Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap

Zucchini & corn fritters.

Not the best to last, as the fitters were OK, just OK. I think this was also with a cucumber and Greek yoghurt sauce.

So there you have it folks, my last blog about Siem Reap – Marum, Creative Local Cuisine, Siem Reap. I implore you to visit as the food is exceptional as you can see, and whatever you spend goes back to the kids. It is such a good cause, and a cause you can support by quaffing down delicious dishes. My kind of charity. So please come along, and do some good and have and exquisite meal to boot – ENJOY!!!

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