Snake Meat on Tonle Sap Lake
It's like biltong or jerky, only fried, and it tastes all the better for doing so.
In Thailand it normally comes in two stock standard flavours - "Neua dad dieow" which is beef or "moo dad dieow" which is pork.
It's a real treat – crispy, chewy and delicious when briefly fried in hot oil with kaffir lime leaves.
I gnaw on the stuff until my poor, sensitive gums ache and bleed from the effort of chewing.
I'd never seen it made with snake meat before until I visited this local restaurant in Siem Reap's closest floating village.
It's a bit like Italian pugliese bread.
You come off second best with torn gums and an ache that punishes you for hours. But still you crave more, like some sort of orthodontic masochist.
I eventually asked, and was thrilled to find it was sun dried snake meat. I probed further and found that it was prepared exactly the same way as the pork and beef. Marinated, hung, and dried.
Then deep-fried last minute and eaten with icy cold beer.
It does actually have a very subtle taste of its own, and a decidedly different texture.
To confound the less adventurous, I'd say that it's more similar to frog or iguana.
It needs a light touch when cooking, or alternatively long slow moist cooking to tenderise.
I was so impressed that it inspired me to try a crocodile version which turned out great.
Unlike the more standard restaurant preparations, this was a very "rustic" recipe.
The snake was charred over glowing embers, skinned, gutted, chopped and then braised with tom yum spices.
I was really impressed with a hauntingly delicious spice called prickly ash or "makem" which is a citrus-scented relative of Sichuan pepper.
Young coconut juice is incredibly healthy.
It's cheap, tasty and refreshing, the juice inside rehydrates you much faster than those evil, sugary energy drinks.
Definitely grab a coconut to drink if you see one. You'll be an instant convert.
Leave me a comment too.
If you've tried snake before, what was your take on it? How did it taste? Would you eat it again?
If you haven't tried snake before, how do you feel about it now? Would you give it a go, or is it permanently off your menu?
Over to you.