How is Fish Sauce Made: A Visit With a Fish Sauce Maker

How is Fish Sauce Made: A Visit With a Fish Sauce Maker

There were many times when the mention of fish sauce during a dinner conversation at an Asian restaurant with non-Asian friends elicited disgust —that is if the person I was walking to had heard of its existence. Some appreciated its role in Southeast Asian food; others were repulsed by the thought of it. Even though I know it’s due to ignorance —the ones that were disgusted had heard it for the first time, it sill miffed me. I grew up with it. It isn’t something strange, it’s familiar, and infuses Asian dishes with so much flavour if used properly. Fish sauce is …

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Cambodian New Year: The Biggest Celebration in Cambodia

Cambodian New Year: The Biggest Celebration in Cambodia

When I was younger, and working multiple jobs, I avoided looking at the clock. I fear the slow passing of time that will only seem slower if I watch it progress. Now, I avoid looking at my calendar. I fear the quick passing of time that will only seem faster if I watch it progress. It’s funny how memories and time work. It felt like yesterday that I said goodbye to my parents at the Phnom Penh airport, but I don’t even remember what we talked about, or what they wore, what I wore. But I know, it’s been almost …

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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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