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Why Cambodian Cuisine Should Be on Your Bucket List

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Why Cambodian Cuisine Should Be on Your Bucket List

Lately, we've sunk our teeth into Hawaiian cuisine, explored different types of Japanese noodles, discovered must-try Caribbean ingredients and are now bringing you a look at our latest craving: Cambodian cuisine.

If you are new to Cambodian cuisine here's a quick guide to the country's most popular dishes.

The Building Blocks of Cambodian Cuisine

Cambodian cuisine is a mixture of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and French influences.

As is common in other parts of Asia, Cambodian dishes consists mainly of rice, soups and vegetables. Some dishes are adorned with pork, beef, chicken or freshwater fish such as eel.

One distinguishing trait is that Cambodian cuisine is very fragrant. Many dishes are seasoned with lemongrass, coriander, ginger and prahok, a fermented and salted fish sauce.



Amok is a trademark of Cambodian cuisine. It is a type of chicken or seafood curry cooked with coconut milk and banana leaf. It is usually served in a coconut.


Another popular Cambodian dish is samla chapek, a soup made from rice and fish noodles seasoned with ginger, prahok and lemongrass. It can also be cooked with pork.


When it comes to Cambodian dishes, you must try khao poon. It features fishrice noodles and a spicy coconut sauce.


Lok lak is sautéed beef marinated in lemon and/or pepper, served a top a crisp salad and garnished with onions. Finally, Cambodians are also fond of fried or grilled fish, locusts and spiced frog legs!

Hungry for more? Check out these five Cambodian ingredients you've probably never heard of.

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  • Run Amok said on

    Discovered a fantastic private cooking class in Phnom Penh on a recent visit, the chef Veasna uploads videos of Khmer Food to Youtube every week and archives these at I still can't get over how good the Fish Amok in particular is, we still eat this regularly. Sometimes in a Banana Leaf rather than a coconut, but any container that allows it to be steamed works.

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