The Top 5 Cambodian dishes
Khmer food isn’t as well known as the Thai food is, but that doesn’t mean it is not as good as what the neighbors have to offer. Many European and American travelers like the Khmer food, because it is not so spicy and has always some sweetness. We asked around what the most popular Khmer foods are, and from what we got, made this list of Top 5 Cambodian dishes.
Beef Lok Lak
The most famous Cambodian dish is beef lol lak, and its on the menu at Dine With The Locals as well.
You will find this dish in nearly every restaurant, for tourists and Khmer likewise. It is not so popular in home cooking mainly because beef is expensive for the average household. Our host Srey Moch put it on the menu, because she learned from her mom how to cook the beef pieces properly and add the right sauce made from lemon, salt and pepper. Khmer Lok Lak is on the too when people as what to eat in Cambodia.
Amok can be prepared with fish, beef or chicken, even tofu. It’s the most tasty and unique Khmer food dish.
The most tasty and unique Khmer food is probably the Fish Amok. It can be done with beef, chicken, pork or tofu as well. It has coconut milk in it, but most importantly the leaves or a tree that is not found everywhere in Cambodia. Our host Smey not only makes a delicious Fish Amok, she also shows you where to get the ingredients from.
Samlor Kor Ko
Samlor Kor ko can be made with chicken, beef, fish or pork. The secret is the roasted rice.
Samlor means soup in Khmer, and those soups can have verious ingredients. Some actually look more like a curry (Samlor Ktis) while others are more a clear soup. Kor Ko is between, and it is cooked with vegetables, fish, chicken or beef and powder from roasted rice. You need also a paste made of herbs and spices, called Kreung, for it. Our hosts Mom and Sam knows well ho to cook it, because they learned from their mothers and grandmothers. It is eaten with rice on the side.
Fried chicken with lemongrass
Fried Chicken with lemongras is a famous dish in Cambodia and available at the hosts of Dine With The Locals
You would usually find lemongrass in curries and soups, but it’s also a great herb to be used for frying. Chicken is marinated in spices and then fried together with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. While it is commonly made with chicken, variations can be made with pork or fish, as well as tofu. At Dine With The Locals it is on the menu of our host Vannarith, a mother of two girls who stays with her husband in a house in the forest surrounding Angkor Wat.
Fried fish with soybeans and ginger
Chicken with ginger and soy beans is popular and considered a healthy dish. Our Host Nue Thai will prepare it for guests at Dine With The Locals.
There is never a thing like a pure food from one country. Like fish amok is influenced by Thai and Indian cuisine, the fried fish with soy bean and ginger is more influenced by the Chinese way of cooking. It is considered a healthy dish and can be made with chicken or tofu as well. Our hosts Nue Thai loves to cook it for her family as well as for guests.
If you are looking for a local food experience in Siem Reap off the beaten track, have a look at our selection of hosts. You will have an unforgettable time with Khmer families, exclusive and for a reasonable price.