Delicious Khmer food – Asian food with a difference

 

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Delicious Khmer food small servings contrasting flavors and textures

About Khmer Food

Khmer or Cambodian cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines, passed down through generations. Despite the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970’s Cambodian Cuisine  has made a remarkable recovery.  Cambodian cuisine renowned for its simplicity, freshness and use of seasonal ingredients. Unlike the hot and spicy Asian food from  neighboring countries, Cambodian food  noted for its subtle use of spices. Khmer  food is  usually presented in small servings of different dishes, with contrasting flavors and textures within the meal, and not from a single dish for each course. Khmer food always served with plenty of fresh herbs, dipping sauces, edible flower, and garnishes.

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food -Asian food with a difference

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food -Asian food with a difference

Famous aromatic Black Pepper

Black Pepper used for hot spicy dishes. Black Pepper grown in Cambodia by the Khmer people since the 13th Century is much sought after for it flavor, aroma and medicinal uses. During the French Rule from the late 1800’s until the 1960’s, black pepper became a chief export of Cambodia, famous internationally for culinary purposes.  Khmer food does share many common dishes with the Asian food of  its neighbors, but with the use of pepper instead of chilli.  Chilli, introduced to Cambodia by the Portuguese and Spanish in 16th century but never taken up in Cambodian cuisine as it has in Asian food in neighboring countries.

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food-farewell dinner

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food-farewell dinner

Rice – Staple food of  the Khmer

Rice is the staple food of the Khmer, consumed every day with all meals using a variety of cooking methods. There are hundreds of varieties of indigenous Khmer rice as well as wild, brown and sticky rice. Sticky rice is usually served as a dessert with tropical fruit like dragon fruit (red outer skin, white flesh and black seeds), mango or Durian.  Do you know what a Durian is??

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food dessert with Dragon Fruit

Restaurant Phnom Penh delicious Khmer food dessert with Dragon Fruit

On our last night in Phnom Penh we enjoyed delicious Khmer food (Asian food with a difference),  at what was formerly a French Restaurant. Very old world restaurant, lovely surroundings, food served up beautifully with some really nice French wine. Tomorrow Battambang….


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