(Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Forever on the hunt for a good bowl of Ramen/Phô/Laksa/Noodles anywhere in the world, I take it as a personal challenge to try find authenticity in the unlikeliest of places. Siem Reap is one of them. Having stayed here a few times, I walked past the Old Beijing Dumpling House and decided to try some dumplings (which were fine), and to hit it with a bowl of "Authentic Beef Noodle Soup".
To say the noodle soup looked better than it tasted would be an understatement. It was irredeemably bland, despite the rich look of the broth. The noodles were tame and unflattering, and even the beef lacked any real intensity and was chewy.
This was a lesson in trial and error. Today was an error, but tomorrow may not be.