When the grandmother cooked for the Cambodian royals

Destination : Phnom Penh,

About the host

Soth Seima was born in a Royal’s cook family. Her grandmother was a chef for the former Cambodian king in the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Recently, Ms. Seima works as a staff in a private company in Phnom Penh. But she really enjoys cooking as it is literally in her blood, and she is keeping the tradition her grandmother founded. In addition, her husband is a founder of Gecko Art Steel and working at Civil Aviation.

NOTE: The house is in the north of Phnom Penh, about 10 minutes from Aeon Mall 2. We suggest to combine the lunch or dinner with a visit to Phnom Penh’s newest and biggest shopping mall. It takes around 35 minutes form downtown to the mall, depending on traffic. 



The Menu

Fish amok

There are many ways to prepare one of the most famous dishes in Cambodia. Soth Seima does it the royal way, with a recipe she got from her grandmother and only local ingredients. But she will explain you how to do it as well.

Chicken-Shrimp Sour Soup

A clear and healthy soup, also part of many Khmer meals, balancing the Amok.

Fried Morning Glory

What would be a side dish in Western countries, is a full plate and dish in Cambodia It is fried with garlic and oyster sauce. Morning glory is one of the most used vegetables in Cambodia and grows in many peoples backyard.


The experience

Watch and help Soth Seima preparing the dishes and listen to the stories from her grandmother. You will get some interesting insights about the life of a ordinary person in the palace of the king, and what they cooked there. Her husband will explain you how he is making his Gecko art (and yes, you can buy one or two of course). They grow a lot of fruits and vegetables in the garden, and you can even harvest some for your meal. Als learn how to make simple Khmer desserts from fresh coconut milk an other ingredients, depending on the market.


Price: $25/px adults, $10/px kids up to 10 years