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Posted on Sep 29, 2012

Can a Pizza Make You Happy?

Can a Pizza Make You Happy?

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While walking in the streets of Siem Reap, one can choose eating cuisine never imagined before. The restaurants and street vendors offer variety of “unique” food such as Fried Tarantulas, Fried grasshoppers, Ant soup, and anything that had a living soul once in it. When I had posted in Facebook some pictures of such food, I got “disgusting!” reactions from many people back at home. I must admit this food must be interesting but what actually caught my attention was the ‘happy‘ pizza.  When we first entered such a place with our kids, we were really naive about it.  Seeing the sign “Happy Pizza” with this big smiley face did not raise any questions about it. Just a name like any other pizza place we saw in our journey: “David’s Pizza”, “Good Pizza”, “Best Pizza”…. you get the drift?

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So what is the definitions of a pizza anyway? I Googled it and got the following:

by dictionary.reference.com

So looking at the ingredients, what in it can make one so happy? Uh…… something you will not find “officially” in the menu. Yes people….. weed!  For a country that weed is “illegal“,  it is pretty surprising to find such an evolved industry throughout the city.

I will not lie to you that I am dead carious about it’s ability to make me “happy”. We are not saints and we did tried throughout our lives some illegal substances.  With that, it makes me think about the real quality of the pizza itself. If one is not so stoned by consuming it, will he have some pleasure from it’s ingredients, from the crust, or from the toppings.

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I did some talking about the nature of this pizza with some fellow travelers and learned that Happy Pizza is one of the great attractions the city offers it’s visitors.  Those travelers heard about this phenomenon even before arriving. I guess the ones who wish to be really stoned, Happy Pizza is a good solution.

I, personally, love pizza. But not  just any pizza; a good quality pizza.  I remember being in Huanchaco-Peru, in a very small place owned by an Italian man (or so he says).  He had served very small overpriced  personal pizzas.  I must admit, with all the bragging from the so-called Italian owner, it was the most disgusting thing I had in my life.  More repelling than the Khmer Ant Soup (which was pretty tasty).

Siem Reap may offer great pizza variety but only a few places will offer you a real quality dish to be appreciated without the need to be stoned.  With that, we stay open minded about the other food the Khmer people offer us. We tried the spiders, the grasshoppers, the ant soup, frogs, rats, and you name it. What I don’t see us eating is dogs and cats. They are way beyond our comfort level.

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In the meanwhile, until we reach a new destination that offer real good pizza, we are happy to have our family daily meals in a local Khmer restaurant named Chan Dumlon Phsachas in the Old Market Complex of Siem Reap.   There, I get my personal veggie pizza with some chicken (I make sure they drop the pineapple) for $3.

You can find us there on a daily basis until we move from here on the first week of November.

If any of you have good or bad pizza experience, please share with us.

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