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Gone Fishin'

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There is a saying in Khmer, “mien tuk, mien trey”, which translates as “where there is water, there is fish”. Suffice to say, Cambodia has a lot of water. There is first of all the extensive river system, including the legendary Mekong, criss-crossing the country nourishing everything in its path. And then at the heart of it all, there is the Tonle Sap lake, a vast waterway whose unique “pulse” makes it the most productive inland fishery in the world, accounting for one quarter of the world’s global freshwater catch and feeding tens of millions of people.

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The History of Chopsticks

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For hundreds of years, Chinese cooking has been defined by the intermingling of flavours through fine chopping. The product of a frugal peasant culture, chopping ingredients to small enough pieces that the flavours of each ingredient can meld with the others and the pieces could cook quickly in order to make the most of scarce fuel has led to the creation of a unique vocabulary for styles of cutting and the shapes it can produce. It also meant that Chinese culture never had to develop the cumbersome utensils with which Westerners hack and saw away at larger lumps of meat and vegetables. An elegant pair of chopsticks were more than adequate to the task.

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Thalias Newsletter September 2019

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September is here again and, for many of us, it's back-to-school season. Thalias has been working hard during these summer holidays, especially with a few students who took part in the intensive SmartEdu University Student Development Program (USDP) Bootcamp. Learn more about this unique educational challenge and Thalias' involvement in our dedicated article below.


We also put our efforts into bringing you something exciting with Malis' new menu that include many original mouthwatering dishes and desserts. For those who cannot wait to visit us, have a look at some of our typical Cambodian recipes in this newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Malis so you can tell us what you think.


We have also thought of those who would like to extend their holidays with a focus on a quiet getaway in the countryside near Phnom Penh - and other stories about Cambodia to liven up your vacation with some reading!


Yours sincerely,
Arnaud Darc,
CEO and Chairman Thalias Hospitality Group

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Team Thalias tops SmartEdu’s CEO Challenge

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Last month, 48 young students spent two weeks in a gruelling 13-day bootcamp testing their resilience, resourcefulness and abilities to the absolute limits in exchange for an intense immersion in real-life learning and problem solving. The students, who were selected from more than 1000 candidates, were taking part in the second SmartEdu University Student Development Programme CEO Challenge and, we’re delighted to announce that, in a grand finale held on August 26, the team mentored by Thalias’ staff came out the winners! The goal of the challenge is to foster and help develop the next generation of Cambodia’s digital communicators, giving them the tools to drive the country’s tech landscape.

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