Popular Local Foods in Cambodia
Steamed fish Amok – Traditional Cambodian specialty
One of the nation’s most well-known foods is Amok or Amok soup. Catfish as well as fresh snakehead fish from Tonle Sap Lake, are the key components for this meal. The regional specialties of this nation, such as prahok sauce, Khuong, jaggery, gooseberry leaves, and Khmer kroeung, make Amok unique. Eggs, ginger, lemongrass, chives, coconut milk, and other ingredients are also necessary for making this meal.
Nom Banh Chok – Fish curry rice noodle soup
The dish Nom Banh Chok is known as the “national soul” of Cambodia. Set a layer of herbs at the bottom of the bowl, followed by lotus root and cowpea, shredded papaya, and rice noodles. Carefully spoon the golden fish curry sauce with a rich lemongrass flavor over the rice noodles, sprinkle it with yellow turmeric, and then top with banana flowers. One of the best sensations in Cambodia is eating instant noodles sold as Nom banh chok while sitting in a busy street.
Stir – Fried red ants with beef
You will undoubtedly come across Cambodian cuisine made entirely of insects when visiting the nation. Insect-based Cambodian delicacies are likewise well-known worldwide. The meal made with red ants, meat, and basil is the most unique, though. Red ants, which range in size from around 2-3 cm, will be stir-fried with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, and thinly sliced beef. The meal has a distinct flavor as a result of the beef absorbing the mild sourness that was released by ants.
Khmer Red Curry
Another Cambodian dish that leaves a lasting impact on food is Khmer red curry, which is incredibly fiery and flavorful. The soup contains the majority of Khmer curries. The most genuine eateries in Phnom Penh provide these delicacies. Typically, chicken, beef, or fish is used to prepare this meal. Green beans, potatoes, eggplant, coconut milk, and lemongrass were used as cooking ingredients. Red curry prepared with kroeung chili, in particular, should be hot and sour.
Kdam Chaa, or Black Pepper Fried Crab
You must unquestionably sample the Cambodian delicacy of fried crab in Kep town, according to travelers’ experiences in Cambodia. The fried crab with Kampot black pepper has made this place famous for its crab. Southern Cambodia’s Kampot region is well-known for its seafood and big black pepper crops. A very exquisite taste will be produced when the fresh crab cooks with fresh pepper branches.
Pork Rice (Bai Sach Chrouk)
Pork Rice, commonly known as “Bai Sach Chrouk,” is a famous and delectable meal that is a specialty of Cambodia. Pork that has been thinly sliced and marinated in coconut milk and garlic before being carefully grilled over charcoal to preserve its natural sweetness is served on top of a bed of hot, aromatic sticky rice. This dish should consist of cucumber, radish, ginger, and a bowl of chicken soup which contains both fresh and fried onions.