While the cuisine of Thailand is lauded throughout the world, the meals of its Khmer next door neighbour is less well known.
In this article, we will profile dishes to discover on your trip to Cambodia: from breakfast to dinner to dessert, there is much to love about this nation’s culinary potential…!
One of the most common dishes you’ll have the opportunity to sample during your trip to Cambodia is fish amok.
With much of its interior taken up by the massive presence of Tonle Sap Lake (the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia), and frontages on the Gulf of Thailand and the mighty Mekong River, seafood is on many menus across the country, and this dish will be on almost all of these.
Fish amok is comprised of a fish fillet covered in coconut milk that is cooked slowly in a cup of banana leaves. The tenderness of the fishes’ flesh and the sweetness of the curry will quickly make it a favorite of yours, so don’t wait until the end of your trip to try it.
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You’ll need to get up early for this savory breakfast dish, as most street carts that serve this beloved meal run out before 9 am.
It is composed of pork that is marinated in soy, coconut milk and garlic, after which it is slowly grilled over a charcoal grill.
Drooling already? We can’t say that we blame you, but that’s not all there is to the preparation of this dish.
After completion, it is then sliced thin and placed atop a steaming bed of white rice, with cucumbers, tomatoes, daikon and green mango on the side. Enjoy!
Brought to the Kingdom of Cambodia from Vietnam in the days when it was part of French Indochina, Lok Lak is a stir-fry that will make for a delicious and nutritious lunch or dinner after a long day sightseeing at Angkor Wat or in Phnom Penh.
Made by taking cubed beef and frying it in a Kampot pepper sauce, it is then placed on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers, it is the perfect meal for those practicing a low carb, high protein diet (aka the Paleo Diet).
After all those savory courses, you’ll likely be more than ready for a sweet ending to a day spent exploring the food of Cambodia.
Sankhya Lapov involves taking a pumpkin gourd and steam baking it with coconut custard inside of it. It is then sliced up and served with coconut milk and shaved milk sprinkled over top, making for a flavorful ending to an eventful portion of your trip to Southeast Asia. Just dont forget to bring back these cool souvenirs from Cambodia.