Also known as Khmer cuisine, Cambodian cuisine is highlighted for its use of herbs and condiments. Differentiating itself from Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, the Khmer cuisine favours tangy flavours which you’ll come to know at any luxury hotel in Siem Reap – this includes the likes of Anantara Angkor Resort as well.

A Cambodian meal

Following other Asian countries, Cambodian cuisine too has rice as its staple food. A dish of rice is usually served with a few other dishes. A Cambodian meal isn’t spicy in itself, but chilli is served as part of the meal – consumption of which is completely up to the diner.

Photo: Marcin Konsek / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0, 2016 Phnom Penh, Kambodżański Lok Lak (02), CC BY-SA 4.0

Fish Amok

The fish curry is of a thick creamy flavour. The dish is flavoured by ginger and turmeric with the addition of coconut milk.

Kampot Pepper Crabs

Freshly caught crabs are cooked with a mass of spices added to flavour. The dish could be a bit too hot; nevertheless, a must-try.

Black Palm, Kampot pepper crab, CC BY-SA 3.0

Banana Blossom Salad

The banana blossom is fried and then topped with shallots, garlic and lemongrass. The citrusy flavour is brought about by the zest of lemon.

Khmer Red Curry

With chicken, beef or fish as the main ingredient, Khmer red curry is made of potatoes and coconut milk with a bit of lemongrass.


Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+