What makes Cambodian food unique?
Unlike the cuisine of neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam (which can really pack a spicy punch), Cambodian food is subtler with its spices. Sturdy ingredients include garlic, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric and galangal, which are usually pounded into a kroeung (paste) and commonly used in cooking.
What is the national food of Vietnam?
Pho is the national dish of Vietnam and is sold everywhere from nice restaurants to street corners where grandmothers set up makeshift kitchens. For this version, all of the components—noodles, beef brisket broth, herbs, chiles—are served separately.
Are there any Khmer foods that visitors may find unique or different?
8 Best Dishes in Cambodia
- Fish amok (steamed coconut fish in banana leaves)
- Samlor machu trey (sweet and sour soup with fish)
- Char kroeung sach ko (stir-fried lemongrass beef)
- Twa ko (Cambodian sausage)
- Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles)
- Bai sach chrouk (grilled pork and broken rice)
- Kuy teav (noodle soup)
What are the hallmarks of Cambodian cooking?
The hallmark of Khmer cuisine is prahok, a fermented paste made from a small fish called trey riel (Henicorhynchus siamensis). The grey or brown color, strong odor, and intense flavor can intimidate the uninitiated, but prahok is the cornerstone of Khmer cuisine: even the national currency is named after the trey riel.