Cambodia is a country that is located in Southeastern Asia. It shares a border with Vietnam and Thailand. Visitors to Cambodia are immersed in a very different culture than most are used to. There are a number of things to see, such as the Angkor Archaeological Park, which holds the ruins of the Khmer civilization, and Phnom Penh, which is the capital.
The cuisine in Cambodia is known as Khmer Cuisine. This food ranges from simple fare to fanciful dishes that were created for royalty, and is a cuisine that must be tried by anyone that loves food. One mainstay of Khmer Cuisine is prahok. Prahok is a fish paste that is created when fish are cleaned and ground together. It is then left to sit in the sun for at least 24 hours, salted, and sealed in a jar that s full of salt. It takes at least twenty days for the Prahok to be considered rip, but most let their Prahok ferment for up to three years. Prahok gives a distinctive flavor to any dish that it is used in.
When it comes to spices, most people who live there use a variety of basil, heartleaf, chives, coriander and perilla in their dishes. Chili was brought to Cambodia in the sixteenth century and is now used in a number of dishes. Other popular spices include star anise, tumeric, Kaffir lime leaves and ginger.
Vegetables and Fruits
The country does have a number of unusual fruits to offer the casual tourist. Some of these include bitter melon, yardlong bean, winter melon and luffa. These are often added to stews and soups. Squash is used often in dishes, as is baby corn, broccoli, snow peas and bok choy. These are often mixed up, fried, and made into a stir fry dish. Fruits are extremely popular in Cambodia as well. The durian is one popular fruit, as are the mangosteen and the sapodilla. Other more traditional fruits, such as mango, banana and papaya can be found in the country and bought for very little. Many inhabitants of the country believe fruit to be a dessert.
Amok trey is one traditional and simple dish that is served in Cambodia. It is a fish that has been cooked in a coconut milk along with curry, wrapped in banana leaves, and steamed. Bai cha is also served at restaurants and is a fried rice that is made using garlic, soy sauce and Chinese sausage. A meal may be started with Bok l’hong, which is a salad that is made using papaya, string beans, cherry tomatoes and roasted peanuts. Sometimes fish sauce and crabs are included in the salad.
Loc Lac is a stir fry dish that is made using beef, red onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Lime juice is served alongside of it so that consumers can dip their food into the juice. Cha knyey is another popular stir-fry dish, made with a spicy chicken, jalapenos, peppers and beef curry. This dish is extremely spicy, and some visitors find that they can not handle the heat of the dish.