How to make Num Pom (Khmer waffles) and other sweets
Whether you’re in a market or just walking along a busy street, there are street stalls selling small desserts everywhere. Many sellers open already in the morning, from 7 o’clock and until 9 o’clock some are already sold out. There are many different types of these fried desserts and treats. We want to introduce three of them here, most importantly, Num Pom, the Khmer waffles
Our host in Siem Reap, Ms. Laum, sells homemade waffles in Siem Reap in the morning. In Khmer they are called Num Pom, and unlike European waffles they are not round but rectangular.
How to make Num Pom
Ingredients for Num Pom:
2½ cups rice flour
½ cup palm sugar
2 pinches of salt
1 cup coconut cream
½ fresh coconut flesh, grated
The dough is made from rice flour, eggs, palm sugar, salt, coconut cream and coconut meat. It is stirred like a regular waffle dough for about 5 minutes. The waffles are available in different quality. The cheap waffles are made with the thinner coconut milk and just a few coconut flakes. But Frau Laum buys the thicker coconut cream and fresh and coarsely grated meat.
With a ladle, the dough is then placed in the waffle irons that lie over a charcoal fire in a traditional Cambodian ground grill. The fire heats the irons very hard, so it does not take long for some crunchy waffles to finish. Traditionally they are served on a banana leaf. A good waffle costs 1000 Riel, about 25 cents.
Flat disks (Num chak chon)
Fried in the fat dough slices, which are called in Khmer Num chak chon. They consist of rice flour, half of which consists of glutinous rice flour, palm sugar and normal sugar, coconut milk and eggs. If you eat with locals, there is a good chance they offer you them during the day. Here is the exact recipe:
- Rice flour 250 g
- Glutinous rice flour 100g
- Sugar palm 100 g
- Sugar 20 g
- Coconut milk 120 g
- Water 185 ml
- Egg 1
- Salt1 / 3 tsp
- Oil for fry
How to make Num chak chon
First mix flour, salt and sugar, then stir it. Add a beaten and stirred egg and gently add the coconut milk. Gradually add half of the water. In the next step, the palm sugar is stirred gently until it has dissolved, about 10-15 minutes long. Now you add the rest of the water. The dough then has to rest for about 4-5 hoursm thats is different from Nom Pom.. Then small round pancakes are baked from it, which must be slightly brown at the edge.
Bullfrog Bread (Num Hing, Hollow Donut)
Num Hing got the funny name because it looks like a bloated bullfrog. It is especially in the morning for coffee eaten and is often sold out after an hour. To do it, you have to fry it in oil, preferably in a big wok. It tastes best if you still garnish it with sesame seeds.Other than Nom Pom you will use yeast here.
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsps. of dry yeast
- 1 tsps. of baking powder
- 1/4 tsps. of salt (or 1 / 2tsp)
- 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water (add little bit more of dough gets dry)
- 1 egg
How to make Bullfrog bread
Mix all ingredients at room temperature and knead them into a dough. If this is supple enough, you have to let it go covered for one hour in a not too cool place. Then you shape a long roll on which small slices about 2 cm thick are cut off. Put it on a plate and let it rest for another 15 minutes. Then you roll the small dough pieces flat and put them immediately in the hot fat. It is best to roll only one piece of dough at a time. It has to float in fat, like in a deep fryer. When completely bloated, remove and drain. After a short cool, they can eat the donuts.
If you like to make the Nom Pom waffles yourself, book lunch or dinner with Ms. Laum in Siem Reap. You will additionally learn how to make fish amok and other Khmer dishes and have a great meal with our host. It will be a unforgettable memory and a truly authentic experience.