How to Make Cambodian Lime and Fish Soup (Sgnor Trey)

Khmer history is written in our food. Our ingredients. Many of our dishes are similar to our South-east Asian neighbours, adapted to our taste. Curry spices such as turmeric and star anise came from India, stir-frying came from the Chinese culture, and the use of banquette, and fondness for tenderizing meat with lime juice show traces of French cuisine from the time when Cambodia was a part of French Indochina. Khmer food, and food recipes were varied and abundant. However, during the Khmer Rouge atrocity from 1975 – 1979, Khmer food culture, took a crippling blow. During those brutal years of …

How to Make Num Banh Chok

While staying with my mother in Cambodia for a few months, I’ve learned to appreciate one of her favorite traditional breakfast, nom banh chok –rice noodle served with fish gravy and freshly foraged wild grown Cambodian vegetables (some of which does not have an English name), eaten with a few chilli peppers on the side. Like all our morning breakfast in Cambodia, it’s served at room temperature, in a plastic bag, delivered to our house. No, we did not make the call for delivery. Every morning, our local vendor would take her bike, filled her basket to the brim with all …

Ginger and fish, a surprisingly amazing combination! How to make Cambodian Trey Chean Choun

I LOVE ginger; it’s tangy and sweet with a little bite. However, I think ginger is one of those food item where either you love it, or you hate it. I obviously belong to the former; I can’t get enough of it. When I’m sick, I make my chicken soup with ginger and shitake mushroom. I would also boil some hot water, place a few pieces of crushed ginger, and turn it into ginger green tea. Of course, with a little bit of manuka honey for sweetness and to boost my immune system in order to combat the cold. I …

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