“What are these?” I asked as I entered Mouencheat’s house up the ladder to the main room, raised on stilts above potential floodwater levels.
“Those are traps for frogs.”
In fact frogs are a common supplement to the diet, as they are throughout Asia. In the wet season (May to July) children are sent into the rice fields and streams to catch frogs either by hand or by trapping. The gill traps, pictured, can catch up to 8 frogs in an evening, and a typical household – as this one is – may have between 5-15 of these traps.
Frogs are served either dried and on sticks , or stuffed and grilled in a dish known as Kangkeb-bauk.