Best Dishes in Cambodia

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Fish Amok
Fish Amok

Cambodian cuisine include a variety of dishes which make the difference of Cambodia. The article lists 5 dishes you should taste in Cambodia.

Fish Amok 

If you can only try one dish in Cambodia, you’ve gotta try Fish Amok! It is the national dish and it’s pretty damn tasty.  The word “amok” refers to the process of steam cooking a curry in banana leaves. This dish can be served in many ways , but the main ingredients that are always used are thick coconut cream, a wide range of leaves, lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, ginger, spices and of course, fresh fish fillet. Feel free to mix the rice with the amok for a perfect meal!

Khmer Red Curry

 Khmer Red Curry
Khmer Red Curry

Khmer Red Curry is not the same as the red curry that comes from Thailand.  Yes, it is still made with coconut milk but these isn’t an absurd amount of red chilies and the ingredients are slightly different.  You can get your choice of meat- beef, chicken or fish- along with eggplant, green beans, potatoes, lemongrass and kroeung.  This isn’t one of the most common dishes.  Cambodians like to enjoy this dish at special occasions, such as weddings, family gatherings and religious holidays.

Pork and Rice 

Pork Rice
Pork Rice

Known as Bai Sach Chrouk in Cambodian, this dish is a local favorite for breakfast. In a nutshell, it is thin slices of meat served over broken grains of rice. The distinct flavor mixed with a variety of spices will blow your mind.  Almost always, the pork is marinated with soy sauce, palm sugar and maybe a hint of coconut milk. The meat is grilled until dry and crispy, and placed on a huge pile of rice. Common side dishes include a bowl of broth, cucumbers, carrots, shredded mango and pickles. It is sold on nearly every street corner in Cambodia’s biggest cities (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh), with each vendor serving their own unique version. This dish is top-notch and super cheap!

Red tree ants with beef and holy basil

Red Tree Ants with Beef and Holy Basil
Red Tree Ants with Beef and Holy Basil

But the dish most appealing to foreign palates is stir-fried red tree ants with beef and holy basil. Ants of various sizes, some barely visible and others almost an inch long are stir-fried with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, shallots and thinly sliced beef. Lots of chilies complete the aromatic dish, without overpowering the delicate sour flavor that the ants impart to the beef. This meal is served with rice, and if you’re lucky you’ll also get a portion of ant larvae in your bowl.