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New Town Bakery & Restaurant (Chinatown)

While on a recent trip down to Phnom Penh down in Chinatown, we decided to stroll over to New Town Bakery on East Pender.  The thing that struck me the most was seeing all of the closed shops along our walk.  I recall coming down to Chinatown when I was a kid and seeing all of the hustle and bustle on the streets as everyone was trying to get their groceries from their favourite market.   I’m not sure what the answer is to trying to revitalize the Chinatown neighbourhood but I am glad that places like New Town Bakery is still around. Read the rest of this entry

Powell Street Festival 2011

The Powell Street Festival is celebrating it’s 35th year this weekend at Oppenheimer Park and celebrates the Japanese Canadian arts, culture, heritage, and more importantly… has a number of great food stands.

There are three things that we usually go for when we hit the Powell Street Festival:  takoyaki, sushi cones, and sweet corn on the cob.  Unfortunately, this year has been a bit of a let down… the takoyaki has been replaced by Osaka balls and there were no sushi cones. Read the rest of this entry

Phnom Penh

We don’t make it down to Chinatown very much anymore and it’s probably been a few years since we’ve been to Phnom Penh.  It’s a little sad to see so many of the old shops and restaurants closed down in Chinatown now but I guess that’s partly to do with so many Chinese moving out of the area and the shops in Chinatown failing to adapt to the changing demographics.  Read the rest of this entry