Nom banh chok – Khmer noodles
Nom banh chok is one kind of noodles which is often sold by the vendor in the morning. The image of woman carrying it on baskets from a pole balanced on their shoulder selling Nom banh chok is easily caught and becomes a part of Cambodian life.
This food consists of noodles laboriously pounded out of rice, favored with a fish-based green curry navy made from lemongrass, turmeric root and lime. This dish is the perfect combination of fresh flavor of vegetable and rich sweet flavor of fish-based curry. Nom banh chok has another “Red version” which is usually served in ceremonial occasions and wedding festivities.
Khmer Red Curry
As it name, this food looks totally red. However, Khmer red curry is as not as spicy as in Thailand, so it is much easier to enjoy.
Khmer red curry is kind of coconut-milk-based, made from beef, chicken or fish, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, fresh coconut milk, lemon grass and kroeung. To fulfill the food, Cambodians often serve Khmer red curry with bread. Bread is soft and sweet while curry is salty and spicy, which is such a perfect combination. This delicious food is traditionally served at special occasions in Cambodia such as weddings, family gathering and religious holiday such as Pchum Ben or Ancestor’s Day to show honor to their ancestors.
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Bai sach chrouk – pork and rice
It is the most popular street food in Cambodia which is sold early every morning. Simple but amazingly delicious, bai sach chrouk is made from thinly sliced pork grilled over warm coals and rice.
The sweetness and soft of pork and rice will lure your taste. To enhance the taste, Cambodians often put fried onion on top of pork. The aroma of fried onion will stay on the top of your tongue and make you unforgettable. There are also salad of carrot, cucumber and a bowl of chicken soup with scallion to fulfill your meals.