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Baby duck eggs

Pong tae koun or baby duck eggs are a popular late afternoon or early evening snack with locals. They're usually sold in Siem Reap's residential backstreets by women on bicycles or carrying baskets on their shoulders. You'll also see mobile vendors on motorbikes who ride around selling the eggs as well as steamed dumplings. The women who roam the streets will have a basket with the boiled eggs and another with egg cups, dishes, tea spoons, and condiments — pepper, salt, limes (for the juice), and perhaps some chopped red chillies. They'll also have a few teensy plastic stools so you can pull up a seat as the locals do. The idea is that you crack a hole large enough to squeeze your tea spoon in, make up a mix of the salt, pepper and lime, and either pop that in or scoop out the duck and dip. These eggs are less cooked, and in my opinion more delicious, than the darker shelled eggs above. The eggs above are harder, so can be broken or cracked and eaten whole, however, foreigners often don't have the stomach for this as the form of the baby duck is clearly visible. If you're already struggling with the idea of trying the eggs, look for the lighter colored eggs — the ones without a tiny beak poking out.