Asian-Style Mango Coleslaw With Sesame and Lime
These first two recipes are from the cookbook of a restaurant in Phnom Penh called Friends. It was begun as a way to help homeless children learn a trade and is still operated by teenagers.
2 mangoes, not too ripe, peeled and shredded
1/2 medium-size Chinese cabbage, shredded
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
The trip had been planned for almost a year. My friend Tommy organized the entire shebang; I was just a grateful-to-be-invited tagalong. The countries on our itinerary are places I have longed to see for much of my life: Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Cambodia. When you are already enamored of a people and their cuisine, it is inevitable that you will fall more deeply in love when you are immersed in their culture.