Sometimes, up to six people will share one pot, but I think it works best with 2-4 people. The pot has a special design with a raised centre where meat is grilled and a deep ring around the outside that is filled with broth, where meat, vegetables and noodles are boiled. If you look at this video, you can see the design of the pot. Traditionally, the pot is placed over a red-hot bed of charcoal which sits in a special container on your table-top. More often now, butane stoves are being used. The whole idea of BBQ is that you get to cook the food yourself. No chef needed at a BBQ restaurant.
BBQ is most often buffet-style, where you can select the ingredients you want and bring them back to cook at your table. Some restaurants will provide you with a set selection of meats and vegetables.
A few nights ago, we were invited to attend a BBQ at the rooftop restaurant of Golden Takeo Guesthouse, hosted by the owners, Prom and his lovely new bride Sreymau. Many of Prom & Sreymau's Cambodian friends were there, as well as all the volunteers from Honour Village, and Dan & Cat, Prom's close friends, who are on the board of directors for Honour Village.
|Newlyweds, Prom and Sreymau, hosted a BBQ|
at Golden Takeo roof-top restaurant.
Prom owns Golden Takeo Guesthouse.
|Tee Tee (L) and Taea|
|There were several pots up and down the table.|
Tee Tee was the 'chef' for our pot.
We found out that he once worked as a cook for 6 years.
|Gordon loves BBQ|
One piece of advice. Since BBQ is a communal meal, it's not for everybody, especially if you have certain dietary restrictions or preferences. It works well if everyone can agree on what goes into the pot, or if you only select what you wish to eat out of the pot. But if you're allergic to shellfish, beware. You'll be eating a plain bowl of rice with soy sauce, unless the group agrees to keep your pot shellfish-free.