This will probably be the last post on quarantine food for the obvious reason – the rest of the menu was more or so a mix of the previous meals. I guess this is due to the control of the meal by the Ministry of Health and not left to the creativity of the hotel chefs (but then again it could be worse).
Another reason for having a similar dish served on a daily basis was probably is the cost factor. Having limited menu would probably make it easy for the hotel to plan their purchases and prepare the meals.
One of the key things that caught my eyes when it comes to daily meals during the 14 days quarantine is this – the label on top of the meal box. It explains 2 main things namely the date & timing when the meal needs to be finished and the fact that the Ministry of Health vetted through the daily meal to ensure a balanced meal.
A big part of the “fun” of being quarantined down in a small room for the next 14 days without anything much to do is to watch for the 3 meals of the day that will be hand-delivered to the small table just outside our quarantine room. Of course, one also needs to be prepared with standby food of their own – in my case, 3 in 1 cereal, biscuits and packet drinks.
(The sweet end results for the kids at home when little master chefs at home decide to use their free time at home and instead start using their baking skills)
One of the biggest challenges that we as parents have during this pandemic and the schools closed is on keeping our kids occupied with something productive and something new so that they don’t get bored. Otherwise, they will opt for something that is not productive namely watching TV the whole day or on their phones playing games.
(The “Transit Holding Area” at Changi Airport in Singapore is huge, spacious and well equipped. If your transit time is short, this will be an ideal place to catch your breath and get a quick rest before your flight. However, if your transit time is long, this is not a good place to catch your sleep and rest)
(The rather empty departure terminal at Phnom Penh airport in Cambodia and it is the same case, most airports around the world. Most of the duty-free shops were opened but sadly there were no customers. The lone guy at Starbucks was practically begging passengers to come in to have coffee)
This will be the last part in this Cambodian trip series – we have completed our assignment in Phnom Penh and it was time to make the journey back home and start the next phase of the project.
This will be the last post on the Foodpanda food delivery service in the on-going travel to Cambodia. Of course, these list of food was not the only ones that I order online from Foodpanda but these would be the some of the interesting ones that I would not be ordering if I am using the same app back in Malaysia. Photo by Khaled Hossain from Pexels
The next 3 parts in this series would be on the various dishes ordered online using delivery services from Foodpanda in Cambodia, a true blessing in disguise for those working late and do not want to be walking around looking for food in time of a major pandemic. Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels
Perhaps it was a blessing disguise but back in March when the lockdown in place, we had no choice but to start ordering food, grocery, vegetables, etc online and names like Foodpanda, Grab, Lazada and yes, McDelivery was fast becoming a household name. Before March, we had never had to order online for food because we either cook dishes at home or just drive out to “tapau” from outside.
(Is there something called the perfect lunch? In Cambodia, this probably be the case with a good dose of sambal with sizable prawns, fish, chicken, vegetables and yes, the good old kangkung and this is a buffet so we can go for another round)
After the end of our self-isolation and getting down to our real work in Cambodia, we by now have established a routine when it comes to having our lunch at our workplace. Since the cost of food is not cheap here as compared to back in Malaysia, we had to be rather picky when it comes to having a good lunch but without burning a hole in our pockets. We had shortlisted our options to just 3 main places – local Cambodia, Vietnamese and of course Malaysian restaurants.