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Food for Thought – with Raffles

October 24, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Food and travel are inseparable companions; destinations are defined by their food, the flavours of a country are created by the local produce and native spices of the region.

Wherever we go, we need to eat, so food becomes a natural pathway into a place, a tool for discovering its innermost workings.

So that is why food is so central to every hotel in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts family, from East to West, old to new, Phnom Penh to Paris. In their own way, each of the hotels carves a story for itself through food, drawing on tradition, yet always looking to the next culinary chapter. Another meal; another memory.


Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is the first and only hotel in Siem Reap that serves – and has cooking lessons for – authentic Royal Cambodian cuisine, with some of the recipes originating from the Royal Household.  General Manager Christian Sack explains:

“We’ve been given an amazing gift that I doubt many other hotel kitchens in the world could lay claim to:  King Father Norodom Sihanouk gifted the recipes from the Palace kitchen to the hotel during his reign. Those recipes have been cherished for decades and used to create the two Royal Dynasty Menus which feature in our gourmet restaurant Le Grand. So much has been lost from Cambodia as a result of the country’s turbulent past, but now there is a wonderful resurgence in Khmer culture and traditional crafts. We have a duty to keep traditional Khmer Cuisine alive as well and we do that by offering the cooking classes.”

The Raffles cooking class stands out for its highly personalised approach: chefs accompany guests to the local morning markets to select produce for the lesson, before returning to cook Royal Khmer Cuisine – a starter, soup, main courses and dessert; six dishes in total. Rice is nearly a sacred component of Khmer Culture, along with fish and shellfish, both fresh from Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. Herbs and spices come from the hotel’s own Spice Garden. The lesson ends with lunch, where guests taste their own culinary creations, matched with wines from the wine cellar.

The elegant Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is one of the original grand hotels of Asia, built in 1932, providing accommodation to early visitors to the beautiful and mysterious Angkor and its temples nearby.

AUD89* per person (subject to service charge and government tax) For reservations, please email 

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