Hello all :) I just wanted to share a bit of my knowledge with you all. Down below will be a list of different Khmer cuisines, Cambodian people eat. As both of my parents are Cambodian, I grew up basically eating Khmer food in Australia for a good portion of my life. A lot of the food is cooked from scratch, with Asian ingredients you can easily find at any Asian grocers and balances taste such as salty, sweet, sour and spicy all in one. So I’m very proud to give you an insight..
Bai Sach Chrouk: Pork and rice
Eaten to kick off your mornings, thinly sliced pork is slowly grilled over warm coals to bring out its natural sweetness. Eaten with lovely broken rice and pickled vegetables with a small bowl of chicken broth, it’s the most favourite meal to eat in Cambodia during mornings. Fried Maryland chicken can replace the pork as an option.
Fish Amok: Fish Mousse Pie
Fish Amok is a mixture of coconut milk and kroeung (Cambodian spices) which consist of lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal and finger root. The fish paste is then made into a mousse and cooked off further in an oven. Garnished with finely sliced chillies and coriander, this can be eaten on its own but far much more delicious and traditional when eaten with steamed white rice.
Nom Banh Chok: Fish noodles
Most frequently eaten meal in Khmer cuisines, made using a fish green curry with kroeung (Cambodian spices). Thin rice noodles are served in a bowl, pouring the hot fish broth over, accompanied with fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, green beans, banana flower, cucumbers and chillies. It’s amazing to have on a cold winter night!
Prahok: Fish dip and Vegetables
Yes! Yet another fish ingredient again :P Prahok is fermented fish paste, with some added Cambodian spices (not kroeung) and is smashed using a water and pestle. This is a dip, so you can use fresh vegetables such as cos lettuce, carrots, green beans, celery, steamed broccoli, bell peppers, chillies and Thai purple and white eggplants (with of course) steamed white rice to eat XD
NHOIM: Cold Salad
A delicious and refreshing salad using banana flower, chopped nuts, onion, lemon and carrot, this dish can be eaten with beef, pork or chicken. You can always have the option of eating it with cos lettuce for further vegetable intake and with rice (traditionally eaten) this cuisine is ideal for a hot summer day.
Yao Hon: Hot pot
A hands on cuisine, which is my absolute favourite! I LOVE IT A HELL OF A LOT! <3
It’s a hot, spicy red/orange-ish broth sitting on a portable burner, eaten with thin rice noodles, assorted meat and vegetables (Imitation crab, squid, thinly sliced beef, prawns, Chinese broccoli, mixed salad, baby endive, meatballs, quail eggs, bok choy, mushrooms). Generously pour the broth over your noodles. Grab any meat and vegetable and put it in the broth to cook it and put it in your bowl with your noodles. Eat by pouring a bit (or dipping) in a spicy fish sauce that is provided with the cuisine. So YUM! (My mouth is literally drooling!)
So there you have it! Some Khmer cuisines that I know from many, many years of eating it all. I hope you enjoyed my myTake as much as I have! My next myTake will just show cast some delectable Khmer desserts :)
Thank you for reading! (*^_^*)