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Red Tree Ants with Beef and Spicy Basil in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Ongkrong Saek Koo, or Stir-Fried Red Tree Ants with Beef by Banteay Srey Restaurant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Ongkrong Saek Koo is one of modern Cambodia 's most famous and most adventurous dishes. This dish, called "red tree ants with beef and spicy basil" in English, was developed by TREE Alliance, a Cambodian-based NGO that trains local street children in the hospitality industry in order to teach them valuable skills to help break the cycle of poverty in the country. The dish has in recent years become famous for adventurous expats and travelers, but insects as food are certainly nothing new throughout the world and are even seen as a delicacy in many parts of Southeast Asia. I stepped into Banteay Srey Restaurant in Phnom Penh , Cambodia one afternoon with no intention but to have a nice curry or bowl of noodles ... however, when I saw that this legendary dish was offered on the menu, I decided to take the leap and go for it. red tree ants with beef and spicy basil

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