I always enjoy sampling the local cuisine where ever I travel, be it here in the US or abroad. In January 2012, I spent two weeks in Cambodia and signed up for a 1/2 day cooking class at a local hotel in Siem Reap.
It was an amazing meal that I shared with new friends from the UK, Australia, Denmark, and Singapore.
We started by walking down to the local open-air market to purchase the items we'd be using in our class. On our way back, we passed by several food stalls, and I can still remember the crispy, sweet taste of the fried bananas. On our return to the hotel, our instructor put us to work chopping, slicing, and dicing.
I highly recommend it. The 1/2 day course is inexpensive and you get a good, three-course meal out of it.
When I returned home, I bought a Cambodian cookbook and have made several dishes out of it; but none comes close to amok or banana flower salad. Yum!