A Quick Guide to Cambodian Cuisine – An Asian Cuisine to Relish In

Cambodian cuisine, more commonly known as Khmer cuisine, is the traditional cuisine of the people of Cambodia. The following is a little more information on the Khmer cuisine that might interest you.

 

In comparison to south-east Asian cuisine

As one of the oldest living food cultures, Cambodian cuisine is usually overshadowed by the Thailand and Vietnam cuisines. The cuisine does have a mix of other cuisines and their flavours; however, it stands out as a cuisine of its own. A mix of local and international flavours is evident in Cambodian cuisine.

 

Similarities with south-east Asian cuisine

Certain dishes that are famous in Vietnam are also quite popular in Colombia, such as iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk and baguette-type sandwiches.

Flavours in Cambodian cuisine

You must brace yourself for different kinds of flavours in Cambodian cuisine, some that may need some getting used to such as Prahok, which is a crushed, salted and fermented fish paste that’s a common seasoning which has a strong and salty taste. Rice is found in almost all dishes and most main courses also contain fish or shellfish. There are more than a dozen different types of rice that’s used!

 

Dishes you shouldn’t miss

When you’re in Cambodia, Fish Amok is a must try as it is considered by some to be the national dish. Bok Svay, Tuk Meirc, Samlor Karkoo and Num Banchok are a few other dishes to try. Drop by at Chi Restaurant & Bar and numerous other restaurants in Siem Reap to relish on these amazing dishes!

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Exploring the Culture Through Food – An Insight into Cambodian Culture

Located in between two renowned culinary heavyweights, Thailand and Vietnam, Khmer cuisine makes a statement on its own. The local flavours you get to explore are unique and full of surprises. This journey of discovering the culture through Cambodian food isn’t to be missed.

 

Amok

Commonly referred to as the emblem of Cambodian food, amok is the national dish of Cambodia. There are various versions of amok, however, fish amok is the most popular! Found easily in almost all restaurants in Siem Reap, this delicacy is a creamy and rich curry like sauce made from Chinese ginger, turmeric root, garlic, shallots and lemongrass, served with a side of rice.

 

Lap Khmer

This dish is a lime marinated beef salad. The thinly sliced pieces of beef are either cooked or seared and dressed with lemongrass, shallots, fish sauce and topped with chillies!

 

Kdam Chea

Fried crab is what this dish is, famous in the seaside town of Kep. It’s worth visiting this seaside town just for this dish, however, restaurants such as Chi Restaurant & Bar serve similar amazing seafood dishes if you cannot travel all the way!

 

Cha Houy Teuk

A jelly dessert that’s a favourite among the locals; bright coloured jelly, combined with sago, coconut cream and bleached mung beans, this dessert is served with shaved ice!

 

Kuyteav

A breakfast speciality that rises above the rest; Kuyteay. A tasty broth made from pork bones with vermicelli on top along with a few vegetables and garnish, kuyteav isn’t your usual breakfast! Make sure you savour this during your trip to Cambodia.

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Enjoy the Flavours of Cambodian Food – A Toothsome Experience!

Cambodian cuisine is hands down one of the most palatable cuisines in the world. You could savour extremely spicy, sweet, sour and foods items with all kinds of flavours in Cambodia. Read on to about 4 dishes to get the full “Cambodian food experience”!

 

Fish Amok

Being one of the signature dishes of Cambodian food culture, Fish Amok is a creamy curry that is made with diced pieces of freshwater fish, rich and creamy coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce, milk, eggs and and assortment of spices. The dish is cooked the traditional way that is by steaming it in ban leaf shaped like a bowl.

 

Pepper Crab

This is a popular dish served in most of the restaurants in Siem Reap the likes of Chi Restaurant & Bar and many others. This is basically freshly caught crab stir-fried and seasoned with salt and a generous amount of pepper.

 

Kuy team

This is a staple soup dish that is loved by many. It is made from beef or pork bones and vermicelli. Ingredients such as garlic, ginger, shallots, bean sprouts and a variety of aromatic herbs are also added to the broth and it is served with chilli paste hoisin sauce, and a wedge of lime.

 

Chicken and banana flower Salad

This is a light and refreshing dish that is ideal to beat the midday heat. This simple dish is made from slices of chicken breast, fried shallots garlic, garlic, chillies and lemongrass and a handful of crunchy banana blossom flower. When all the ingredients are mixed together you end up with a decadent and crunchy salad. The salad is served with a tangy squeeze of lime.

 

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