Cambodian cuisines, representative of Cambodian culture
Cambodian cuisine has long been overweighed by Thailand and Vietnamese one; however, in addition to similarities due to Chinese and French influences, Cambodia dishes feature unique special taste bringing rich food culture of this country. Don’t skip this list for your fabulous Cambodia Vacations!
Lap Khmer (Lime-marinated Khmer beef salad)
Lap Khmer is a perfect marinade of fish sauce, mint, bell peppers, garlic, shallot, basil, lime juice and thin slices of beef. Beef can both be raw and grilled depending on each people’s taste. The raw dish is almost preferred by Cambodian men and particularly, it absolutely fits a football match. Watching a thrilling football match and enjoying dishes of Lap Khmer are definitely a great privilege for a hard-working day.
Fish Amok is one of the most popular dishes in Cambodia, which includes rich-creamy curry, a perfect combination among lemongrass, mango, palm sugar, turmeric, coconut milk, ginger and chili. These ingredients work well together along with fishes, making each bite melt in mouth. This classic food is usually served with banana leaf, which contributes considerably to its delicious flavor.
Nom Banh Chok
Nom Banh Chok is a classic food for breakfast in Cambodia that you can find easily on the street. Like other Asia countries, Cambodia cuisines are partly influenced by Chinese cuisine, especially food made by rice like noddle. This dish comes with the image women carrying theirs basket on the shoulder and go around street, especially in the morning. Nom Banh Chok is composed by noodle, a fish-based curry of kaffir lime, turmeric root and lemongrass. This food can be served with fresh mint leaves, green bean, cucumbers and banana flower and for special occasions like wedding parties.
Ang Dtray-Meuk: Grilled Squid
This food is quite popular in coastal towns in Cambodia. On travelling to those towns, you will see a similar image that a seafood vendor carrying a mini charcoal oven on the shoulder grilling squids along the shore. The squids is brush with fish sauce or lime juice, grilled on skewers and then served with a special sauce made from fresh chilies, sugar, fish sauce or lime juice and garlic. If you want a light meal, give this dish a try.
Khmer Red Curry
Khmer Red Curry features beef, chicken or fish, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, leongrass, kroeung and coconut milk. It is much less spicy than the version of Thailand because it doesn’t include as various chilies. This famous cuisine is often prepared in great occasions such as Ancestor Days and Pchum Ben. Khmer red curry is usually served with bread — a remnant of the French influence on Cambodia.
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