Num Ansom Chek Recipe: A Popular Cambodian Dessert

Num Ansom Chek Recipe: A Popular Cambodian Dessert

In Cambodia, Cambodian New Year is one of our greatest national holidays and during this time most family will be making many Cambodian desserts —Num Ansom Chek is one of the more popular Khmer dessert during this festivity. It is three to four days of festivities, so, therefore, cooking is a large part of our whole morning routine. I remember my mother cutting and prepping everything overnight and waking up earlier than the birds (at 4 am) to start making all the dishes she wants to serve at the local wat (temple) to appease the spirits of our ancestors. And …

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Cambodian Chicken Curry Recipe (Somlar Kari Saek Mouan)

Cambodian Chicken Curry Recipe (Somlar Kari Saek Mouan)

Cambodian Chicken Curry: Somlar Kari Saek Mouan One of my favourite Cambodian food recipes is Cambodian Chicken curry recipe, but Cambodian Curry is still very obscure among the many curry recipes. When people think of curry, the first thing that comes to their mind is either Indian curry or Thai’s.  Don’t get me wrong, I love them both although they are quite different in taste. However, my favourite curry has always been Cambodian curry. The fact that I was raised on it may be a small factor, but I think the main reason I love it so much is because …

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Cambodian Spicy Papaya Beef Salad Recipe (Lahong Plea Sach Ko)

Cambodian Spicy Papaya Beef Salad Recipe (Lahong Plea Sach Ko)

Plea sach ko (khmer beef tartar) and bok lahong (khmer green papaya salad), were my dad’s favourite dishes. Plea sach ko is a Cambodian dish which consists of lime-cured beef and prahok tossed with fresh herbs, shallots, finely shaved radish and sprinkled with crushed roasted peanuts. It is a very popular main dish which can be served hot or cold. Bok lahong is a dish of Laos origin that is served at many food stalls throughout southeast Asia, and is especially popular in Thailand and Cambodia. This dish combines the five main tastes of southeast Asian cuisine -sourness from lime or tamarind, spiciness …

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Phnom Chisor Temple: Ascending The Mountain of the Sun God

Phnom Chisor Temple: Ascending The Mountain of the Sun God

Phnom Chisor: An Ancient Hilltop Temple in Phnom Penh I love Angkor Wat, just not the large amount of tourist that lingers there, packed together like sardines in a can, where breathing fresh air is a luxury. I prefer to get off the beaten track, to feel more like an ancient explorer, not a tourist. Lucky for me, 50km from Phnom Penh lays a hidden gem from Khmer history, older than Angkor Wat, and relatively unknown to tourists; Phnom Chisor Temple, also known as Sri Suryaparvata or Suyagiri (Mountain of the Sun God) in the Angkorian period.  Ascending The Mountain of the Sun God Although it is named Mountain of …

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