Picking up where I last left off, Elizabeth and I spent our second day in the town of Siem Reap rather than visiting the temples. In the morning, we took a Khmer cooking class. I learned how to cook mango salad and chicken amok. Mango salad is made from unripe mangoes that are grated together with carrots and bean sprouts. It's pretty spicy due to the large amount of chilies that are added, and is topped off with a peanut/fish sauce. The chicken amok is a traditional Khmer dish made with chicken cooked in a banana leaf with a delicious coconut sauce. The most fun part of cooking the chicken was preparing all the spices - we had to chop up all sorts of different spices like ginger and turmeric and then pound them all together in a huge wooden mortar and pestle! Overall the class was really fun and we got to eat our work at the end. We also got to wear fun cooking hats that looked kind of like pioneer bonnets. I didn't take pictures, but I'll post some if Elizabeth sends them to me (if you're reading this, Elizabeth, can you please send me your pics? The world needs more pictures of me in dorky hats!).
After lunch we took a (free!) shuttle bus out to visit a working silk farm. They took us on a very good tour, which showed us the silk process from beginning to end. We started with the silk worms:
Later that evening, we watched a free traditional Khmer dancing show at the restaurant where we ate dinner. The schedule for the night's entertainment was very strict:
So, that was day two. Again, it's late, so day three will wait for another time.