South East Asia is rich in their flavours and it is shown in their delicious cuisines. Let’s see the 10 traditional Khmer cuisines. You can find these cuisines in many parts of Cambodia, but most of the recommendations here are based in Siem Reap.
Yes, you heard it right. Crocodile burger in Cambodia. The meat is seasoned well and it was not as tough as I imagined. It tasted really great although it is quite unique. Somehow, I think it tastes like Kangaroo’s meat.
Eat them at Banana Leaf.
Like the burger, this is now a pizza. The meat is seasoned and topped with crocodile meat. It’s a great dish to try out when you are there. Unfortunately, no, this is not the happy pizza that you know. It is real crocodile meat.
As you know, lemongrass is an essential flavour in many South East Asian cuisines. Instead of the usual lemongrass tea or lemongrass dishes, why not try out lemongrass cocktails? You can try Lemongrass Collins. Drink them at Miss Wong Cocktail Bar (Image by Emily Clifton)
A signature Cambodian cuisine, the Fish Amok is fish steamed with coconut and banana leaves. It is fragrant with the sweet coconut milk and the fish is tender as ever. It is a definite must try when you are in Cambodia.
Bo Luc Lac
The Bo Luc Lac is a typical Cambodian stir-fried beef. It is lean cubed beef stir-fried with oyster sauce served in a bed of lettuce and Cambodian sauce of lime juice, salt and Khmer pepper.
Fried Pepper Crab
Cooked in Cambodian dried black pepper, this fried pepper cab is one of the best cuisine from Kampot, Cambodia. You can find it in many of the small family run restaurants. (Picture by Black Plam)
Khmer Red Curry
Another highly recommended dish would be the Khmer Red Curry. Beef, chicken or fish with fresh coconut milk, lemongrass and Kroeung paste; Khmer curry is similar to that of the red curry in Thailand, but this is more European style stew. They are usually served with green beans and potatoes and French style buns. It is traditionally eaten during special occasions, but you can find it almost everywhere now. (Picture by Gemma)
Green Mango Salad
You must have heard about this in Thailand. A salad with shredded green mango, dried fish, dried shrimp with onion and roasted peanut with the unique Kampot pepper and diced grapefruit. The Khmer pepper spice the dish up and it is a great started to your meal. (Picture by PostKhmer)
Khmer Beef Salad
Another salad, this is served with lime and marinated slices of seared beef. The salad dressing is mixed with mint garlic shallots, Asian basil, green beans, famous fish sauce, lemongrass and finished with red and green bell peppers. It is salty, sweet and sour all at once and you will feel an explosion in your mouth. (Picture by Angkorer)
This Khmer delicacy is a soup and curry dish, with country style green vegetables with freshwater fish or village chicken. The soup is made from ginger flower, lemongrass, tamarind tips and coconut. It is popular in the rural regions. You can find it in Siem Reap and Phnom Pehn. (Picture by Andy Booth)
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