27 Feb '12, 1pm
Cambodia bans spit-roast cows
Phnom Penh, Feb 27, 2012 Cambodia said Monday it was banning the spit-roasting of cows outside restaurants and other public places in response to an appeal from Buddhist monks. "Don't display whole roast cows like that because it shows a cruel image," Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech broadcast on national radio. "Such a thing is a kind of violence that goes against Buddhist dharma." The premier said restaurant owners could cook cows away from the public eye, ordering authorities to shut down any restaurants that ignore the directive. Spit-roast cow is a popular dish for Cambodians who often enjoy the barbecued beef with a cold beer. Cow on spit one of the best Cambodian meals 'Sometime' chef Alex Watts, writing in Khmer 440, lamented it was a "shame if the Government does enforce the ban". "It would undoubtedly lead to a lot of restaurants closing, and a lot of fami...