At Banana Kitchen, cuisines prepared by fact-finding

Publication date 25 May 2018 | 11:13 | ICT

Foreseeing plenty of challenges resulting from a highly competitive market in Phnom Penh, the restaurateur behind Banana Kitchen, located in a busy neighbourhood of the capital, built the restaurant on findings from detailed research.



  • Nhem Sreyvin, who recently performed a rediscovered version of the song Kampoul Doungchet on Cambodian Idol, with books about Cambodia’s history. Supplied/DC-CAM

    Idol contestant in spotlight for reviving long-lost song

    Publication date 27 April 2018 | 06:39 | ICT

    At just 21, Nhem Sreyvin is an old soul. The Khmer literature college student from Preah Sihanouk recently took to the stage in the hit show Cambodian Idol.

  • Ouch Vanna (front left) mans the control board as a Vayo FM radio drama team records on April 25.

    Hoping for a radio drama revival

    Publication date 27 April 2018 | 06:31 | ICT

    Vang Chun remembers a time when his industry brought families together. Now 78, he wistfully recounted this week the past glory of radio dramas – a genre largely ignored today despite the efforts of some trying to keep it alive.

  • The interior of FCC Riverside, which will remain open over Khmer New Year and host a performance by singer Miss Sarawan on Friday.

    Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Publication date 13 April 2018 | 16:17 | ICT

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings.

  • Bringing Khmer dance down to earth

    Publication date 13 April 2018 | 07:31 | ICT

    How a new incubator program is helping classical dancers with the practical side of their craft

  • Rise in tourism lashes beaches in Southeast Asia

    Publication date 12 April 2018 | 15:12 | ICT

    Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove.

  • Fears tarantula may go off the menu in Cambodia due to deforestation, hunting

    Publication date 11 April 2018 | 12:02 | ICT

    While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

  • Competitors cross the start line of the annual Pyongyang marathon at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Sunday. Ed Jones/AFP

    A lonely marathon in North Korea

    Publication date 09 April 2018 | 16:26 | ICT

    A few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il-sung Stadium on Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year’s contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by tensions and a US travel ban.

  • Rithy Panh, photographed at the Bophana Center last year.

    Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to receive peace award at Iranian film festival

    Publication date 09 April 2018 | 15:45 | ICT

    The Fajr International Film Festival in Iran has announced it will honour Cambodian director Rithy Panh’s long cinematic career and focus on humanitarian issues in film with the Fajr Peace Award.

  • A performance during the 2017 Bonn Phum festival, which will have three days of festivities this year, beginning on Friday. The festival is a celebration of both innovation and traditional arts that has grown in popularity over five years. Supplied/Staxc

    Bonn Phum 2018: ‘Village festival’ back with focus on music and tech

    Publication date 06 April 2018 | 08:55 | ICT

    After attracting an estimated 30,000 visitors last year, the Bonn Phum festival is back for its fifth annual Khmer New Year celebration of traditional arts and youthful creativity.

  • A layered photograph by Miguel Jeronimo of the casino Naga 2, a symbol of opulence, over a Cambodian woman. Photo supplied

    Exhibit grapples with question of Phnom Penh’s identity

    Publication date 06 April 2018 | 08:57 | ICT

    For one group of artists, the rapidly changing face of Phnom Penh raises the question: what is this city’s identity?