Siem Reap Christmas: Baby Elephant’s Annual Poolside Barbecue 2018

Siem Reap Christmas: Baby Elephant’s Annual Poolside Barbecue 2018

Join us at Baby Elephant for our annual Siem Reap Christmas party.

International Christmas BBQ – All You Can Eat

Date: Tuesday 25 December, 2018
Time:
11 AM – 4 PM Complimentary rum balls and snacks with “Santa” by the pool
4 PM – 7 PM BBQ and Christmas feast!
Price includes welcome drink and includes taxes: Adults – $25.00 // Kids – $12.50 // Vegan $22.00
Location: Poolside at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
RSVP: Please let us know ASAP by emailing ilana@babyelephant.asia or messaging us on our Facebook page. Numbers are strictly limited. Drink specials will be available all day.
🌿 Vegan Friendly 🌿

Details:

The annual Baby Elephant Siem Reap Christmas barbecue is back! And it’s better than ever. We are thrilled to invite you to join us as we celebrate the festive season with an all-you-can-eat poolside barbecue on Tuesday 25 December, 2018! This event is open to all our valued guests and friends.

Chef Hoyha will present a beautiful, healthy and delicious barbecue with lots of Christmas trimmings, salads, house-made condiments and other delicious extras. This year we will be adding even more Christmas goodies with Christmas smoked ham, turkey, gravy, and lots of sweet delicacies.

See Full Menu Here

Drink specials will be available for our tropical Siem Reap Christmas all day. Please RSVP to ilana@babyelephant.asia or message us via our Facebook page!

All guests and friends welcome – but numbers are strictly limited.

THE MENU:

Our Siem Reap Christmas feast will include a barbecue, roast vegetables, salad bar, cold meats, a smorgasboard of vegan-friendly Christmas food options, house-made condiments, breads and baguettes, Christmas desserts and more!

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AND MUCH MORE 🎉🎄. Check out the full menu on our Facebook event and be sure to follow us for more updates!

The best desserts in Siem Reap

The best desserts in Siem Reap

Whether you’ve spent the day discovering ancient temple ruins or simply relaxing by the pool, the intense heat that Siem Reap enjoys just about year-round means that a sweet, preferable cooling treat is often more than welcome. Thankfully, temple town is blessed with an array of great spots at which to tuck into delicious local and international desserts. Here’s our pick of some of the best spots to indulge your sweet tooth in Siem Reap.

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Vegan passion fruit sorbet at Gelato Lab in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Gelato Lab

Gelato Lab

‘The nectar of the gods’ is just about the best description we have heard of the delicious goodness served up by Gelato Lab, located on the small lane of Alley West, along from Pub Street in Siem Reap’s Old Market area. This ice cream joint has a rightfully loyal following, and the extensive selection of ice creams and sorbets are freshly churned in-house each day, resulting in flavours and textures that we reckon are just about unbeatable.

Choose from the likes of salted butter ice cream, as well as outstanding, vegan-friendly sorbets such as the Cioccolato organic 80% Papua New Guinea dark chocolate, Siem Reap mango and dragon fruit, sweet mandarin from southeastern Cambodia’s Kandal province, passion fruit from the Mondulkiri mountains in the east of the country, and strawberries from Chiang Mai in neighbouring Thailand. It’s these dairy-free sorbets that also earned Gelato Lab a deserving place in our round-up of Siem Reap’s best places for vegan food.

Daily, 9am-11.30pm; Alley West (behind Pub Street); 085-757-590; www.facebook.com/gelatolabsiemreap

Bang Bang bakery in Siem Reap - photo by Ilana Tulloch

Bang Bang

This new arrival on the Siem Reap foodie scene is dead serious about desserts. Taking its name from the Khmer word for ‘bread’, Bang Bang is a new venture from the folks behind Siem Reap favourite The Hangout, and turns out expertly baked western-style breads (including some spectacular sourdough loaves) and a daily changing menu of delicious, homemade cakes, including – music to our ears – a great selection of vegan options.

Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-7pm; Taphul Road (opposite Idea Decor, and along from Hotel Angkor 89); www.facebook.com/bakerybangbang

Malis in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Malis

Malis

Widely recognised as one of temple town’s finest restaurants – and so deservingly in our list of Siem Reap’s best Cambodian restaurants – Malis serves up not just top-notch Cambodian curries and other time-honoured dishes, but also a short but stunning selection of desserts. This is the place to get a taste for some of Cambodia’s famous local desserts – like jasmine-infused mousse with crunchy rice and coconut ice cream, and young palm fruit cooked in coconut milk and served with coconut jelly and vanilla ice cream – as well as modern Asian fusion sweets such as taro dumplings with durian ice cream, and a Kampot pepper and coconut milk crème brûlée with jasmine ice cream, all in the grand surrounding of this plush restaurant.

Daily, 6am- 10pm; Pokambor Avenue; 015-824-888; www.malis-restaurant.com

Bloom Café in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Bloom Café

Bloom Cafe

It is indeed possible to do good while stuffing your face with cupcakes, and Bloom is a case in point. This non-profit café (run by NGO Bloom Asia, which aims to empower poverty-stricken Cambodian women) turns out an amazing range of cupcakes that taste just as incredible as they look, all while providing worthwhile hospitality industry training for disadvantaged locals. Impressive larger cakes are also available to order for birthdays and other occasions. Bloom is the perfect way to while away an afternoon of coffee and cake in air-conditioned comfort – and it’s within walking distance of the Old Market area and countless other gorgeous boutiques, just in case you’re still in need of some additional retail therapy.

Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm; Mondul Road (off Central Market Street); 017-800-301; www.bloom-asia.org

Sister Srey Café in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Sister Srey Café

Sister Srey Cafe

Sometimes we should eat non-processed sugars that won’t expand the waste line! That’s why we love heading to Sister Srey Cafe. With a reputation for being the heart of Siem Reap’s yoga community due to gorgeous healthy food, Sister Srey is also a social enterprise. The must-try dishes for clean eaters who have a sweet tooth is the raw passionfruit cheesecake. Gluten free, vegan and processed sugar free, this divine cake is also guilt free! Sister Srey also offer a few other raw sweets options, along with an ever-growing menu of healthy, clean-eating options for breakfast, brunch and lunch.  They also do great coffee, but you probably already knew that!

Tuesday to Sunday, 7am-6pm; Near the Old Market; 097-723-8001; www.sistersreycafe.com

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Back at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, our own food and menu – encompassing both local specialities, healthy dishes, and international comfort foods – includes a number of delicious Khmer desserts that serve as the perfect introduction to the sweet end of Cambodian cuisine, alongside some much-loved international favourites that we just couldn’t leave out. Look out for our fabulous temple pumpkin custard, a slice of steamed Cambodian sweet pumpkin stuffed with coconut egg custard, and our delicious sesame-battered local banana fritters served with ice cream and all the trimmings.

Find out more about our tropical garden restaurant here.


Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast (including vegan options, of course!) and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Where is your favourite place to eat dessert in Siem Reap? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Gelato Lab; Malis; Bloom Café

Discovering Muslim communities – and their food – in Siem Reap

Discovering Muslim communities – and their food – in Siem Reap

Cambodia might be a predominantly Buddhist country, but that’s not to say there aren’t significant religious minorities – among them, a Muslim community that makes up around 1.6% of the total population.

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  • Savings on extra services
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Alongside enriching visits to the Hindu-influenced Buddhist temples of the Angkor Wat complex and elsewhere, with a little digging you can also use your visit to Siem Reap to discover and learn about Siem Reap’s Muslim communities, as well as tasting their delicious influences on temple town’s culinary scene.

The Cham people

The Cham people are a predominantly Muslim Austronesian diaspora who long ago inhabited the Champa area of central and southern Vietnam. Many sought refuge in Cambodia following Vietnamese conquest – many still remain today, particularly in and around Kampong Cham province (the name of which means ‘port of the Chams’) in central-southern Cambodia, though numbers dwindled as a result of the Khmer Rouge genocide, in which it is believed almost half the Cham population perished and over a hundred mosques were destroyed. These days, along with those of Malay descent, the Cham make up the majority of Muslims in Cambodia.

Masjid Al-Nikmah mosque in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by e_chaya

Siem Reap’s Muslim Village

Located close to Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap’s Steung Thmey village is the heart of the city’s Muslim community, and the epicentre of Siem Reap’s and home to the canalside Masjid Al-Nikmah mosque (also often referred to simply as Siem Reap Mosque), the school alongside it, and humble local family homes.

The wider area around Steung Thmey, particularly close to Psar Krom local market along from Baby Elephant, is also home to many Cham people from Kampong Cham province. And a mosque at the Cambodian Cultural Village is intended to represent Cambodia’s Cham and wider Muslim community. 

Where to eat great Muslim food in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is loaded with more spots to tuck into great Muslim-style dishes than you might expect. We love our Khmer food as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up with the delicious flavours of the Cham people’s and other Muslim groups’ influences on Cambodia’s cuisine. Here’s where to get your fix in Siem Reap:

Masakan Ibu

This new opening in the Kandal Village area serves fabulous, home-cooked Halal Malaysian and Singaporean dishes like beef rendang, char kway teow, mee goreng, and Roti John.

Friday to Wednesday, 11am-9pm; 673 Central Market Street; 012-673-630; www.facebook.com/masakanibu.siemreap

Muslim Family Restaurant

Especially popular with visiting Malaysians, this simple restaurant behind the Neak Mah mosque is one of a number in the area around the Steung Thmey village (including, confusingly, many with the same English-language name). It serves a menu of Khmer and Malaysian-style Halal dishes, from beef lok lak and fish amok to satay and tom yam – and even the irresistible Malaysian teh tarik pulled tea.

Daily, 11am-9pm; 74 Steung Thmey Village; 012-946-220

There are also a number of Indian restaurants around the Old Market area in Siem Reap that serve Halal food.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast (including vegan options, of course!) and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Where are your favourite spots to eat Halal and Muslim-influenced food in Siem Reap? Have you visited the Steung Thmey village or Cambodia’s Kampong Cham province? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Adib Wahab and e_chaya.

Siem Reap’s best international restaurants

Siem Reap’s best international restaurants

It’s not all Khmer food in Siem Reap – in fact, for a city of this size, our little temple town offers a remarkable array of cuisines from all over the globe. But that’s not to say all restaurants in Siem Reap were created equally – far from it. Whether you’re looking to feast on burgers or sushi, tacos or pizza, these are our favourite international restaurants and cafés in Siem Reap.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar

Abacus

Long-running Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar serves an extensive menu of extraordinary French and international food – we’re truly talking about some of Siem Reap’s finest French cuisine here. Open all day, every day for lunch and dinner, the focus here is on a regularly updated seasonal menu of French classics alongside a carefully curated wine list.

Daily, 11am-10pm; Road 6 (on the way to the airport, past the Angkor Hotel and Acleda Bank); 063 763 660; www.cafeabacus.com

La Pasta Italian restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by La Pasta

La Pasta

It’s among our picks for vegan restaurants in Siem Reap, but Italian restaurant La Pasta is also a fine choice for carnivores. The focus is predictably on fresh, organic pasta dishes, but this newly opened, already hugely popular family-run restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes across the board. Expect specialities like Sicily’s famous caponata aubergine stew, lasagne and carbonara dishes, house meatballs, and a range of delicious pizzas.

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-10pm; Hospital Street; 096-282-6127; www.lapastaa.com

The Hashi Japanese restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by The Hashi

The Hashi

If there’s a Japanese restaurant in Siem Reap that continually wins plaudits, it’s the Hashi. This fairly high-end joint, set in a striking brick-and-wood-fronted glass-heavy building and having recently relocated from Sivatha Boulevard, serves an extensive menu of superb-quality sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialities like donburi bowls, shabu-shabu hot-pot dishes, and top-notch steaks turned out in three styles. Vegetarians and vegans will also find staff at the Hashi helpful in picking through the menu for dishes appropriate to dietary requirements and those that can be adapted to suit.

Daily, 11am-3pm and 6-11pm; Wat Bo Road; 063 969 007; www.thehashi.com

Tuk Tuk Tacos Mexican restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Tuk Tuk Tacos

Tuk Tuk Tacos

With a bold claim to have Siem Reap’s very best tacos, and striking murals by artist Tamara Venn – who has also adorned the walls of Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel with her stunning work – Tuk Tuk Tacos certainly pulls in the positive reviews, and even those on the tightest of budgets will find its prices agreeable. Tuk Tuk Tacos is set in Siem Reap’s restaurant hub of Sok San Road, just a short hop from the nightlife enclave of Pub Street, and started out in life as a bona-fide tuk-tuk-inspired food cart at Siem Reap’s night market before developing into the bright, modern and simple bricks-and-mortar location it is today. The tacos are made fresh daily, and the venture supports the Kulen Outreach education programme – just one more reason to get your taco fix.

Daily, 11am-11pm; Sok San Road; 096 501 5238; www.facebook.com/tuktuktacos

Il Forno Italian restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Il Forno

Il Forno

Another of Siem Reap’s excellent Italian restaurants – temple town is described by invaluable Southeast Asian travel guide Travelfish as ‘a foodie jackpot’ for fans of Italian food – Il Forno is set right at the heart of Siem Reap, just along from Pub Street (there’s also a branch in Phnom Penh). It’s a stylish yet unpretentious joint that puts on incredible wood-fired-oven-baked pizzas, homemade pasta and a variety of other authentic Italian dishes to complement the simple, classic yet sophisticated Trattoria-style decor. There’s also a weekly rotating list of specials to keep things fresh and interesting, plus a solid wine list. Better yet? They do delivery!

Daily, 12-3.30pm and 5.30-11pm; Pari’s Alley, The Lane (off Pub Street); 063 763 380; www.ilforno.restaurant

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Siem Reap has countless choices when it comes to excellent international food – as well as endless fantastic local Khmer and Cambodian specialities. But if you’re staying at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, you don’t need to go anywhere to try either!

Our in-house restaurant is the perfect place for you to relax and explore our extensive menu of Khmer and Asian delights, international classics, and western comforts, including a healthy array of vegan and vegetarian meals (plus plenty to keep carnivores happy). Just fancy a quick bite to eat while you lounge by the pool? Our golden taro and shiitake spring rolls are the perfect answer to your mid-afternoon hunger pangs.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast (including vegan options, of course!) and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Which of these Siem Reap international restaurants is your favourite? Let us know which spots we should include on our list – leave us a comment below!

Photos by Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar, La Pasta, The Hashi, Tuk Tuk Tacos, Il Forno, and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.

Photos from Baby Elephant’s Full Moon Apothecary and Viva Chile! Food Fair

Photos from Baby Elephant’s Full Moon Apothecary and Viva Chile! Food Fair

We’ve had an action-packed month at Baby Elephant – from sipping charcoal cocktails, making flower crowns and participating in captivating Pagan ceremonies, to stuffing our faces with the very best of Chile’s street food scene, it’s been a busy one! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Gin Appreciation Society Full Moon Apothecary popup and our Viva Chile! food fair – here are a few photos of our latest events.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

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We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Gin Society popup returns as the Full Moon Apothecary

Gin Society popup returns as the Full Moon Apothecary

After our star-studded Baby Elephant Gin Appreication Society popup event in March, led by Phnom Penh’s premier mixologist from the legendary cocktail bar Le Boutier, we’re back at 7pm this Thursday 11 May for an all-healing full-moon edition of our evenings of gin-loving antics.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Brewed as it is from numerous botanicals, gin has been used for its natural healing properties for hundreds of years. So as the full moon prepares to shine down on the spiritual town of Siem Reap, buzzing with mystical energy and renowned for its mesmerising temples at the Angkor Wat complex, what better opportunity could there be to roll out our full moon gin party?

Join us as we bathe under the moonlight, with wood nymphs and other pagan creatures, and try some delicious healing tinctures. The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel team will be showcasing three tasty, original cocktails with healing properties, plus a variety of innovative gin and tonic recipes. You can beat the gin-induced hunger pangs with snacks including recipes from Jakarta’s Slam Dunk Sandwich Co., previously headed up by Baby Elephant’s very own Adam and Ilana – we’ll also have some special pagan tunes to set the scene and, if you fancy something just a tad more conventional, our standard cocktail and drinks list will also be available.

This month’s Gin Appreciation Society event takes place at 7pm on Thursday 11 May. Hotel residents are welcome to join us, as well as visitors staying elsewhere, expats and locals – but numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations are essential. To secure your place, please e-mail bookings@babyelephant.asia.

New to the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society? Here’s the inside scoop: we’re unashamedly jumping on the bandwagon of the gin fever sweeping the region (and the world) – yet which oddly hasn’t yet made huge waves in Siem Reap – and declaring our love for botanicals. Baby Elephant’s monthly Gin Appreciation Society is a casual yet impassioned meeting of gin-lovers, allowing us to embark on a journey of discovery together.

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