I’m a little sad this day has actually come–today is my last post about Cambodia. As you might have been able to tell from my constant gushing, I really, really liked Cambodia. It was exciting and different, the people were nice, and the food…oh man, the food is out of this world. Don’t know what Cambodian food is? That’s okay, we didn’t either until we got there. As it turns out, it’s not too different from Thai food. There’s a lot of curries, soups, rice dishes and lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Early on, we found a favorite dish, and then we had a hard time trying other things!
This was hands-down our favorite dish in Cambodia, and a top contender for our favorite dish of the entire trip. Here’s how Wikipedia describes this mouth-watering dish:
Freshwater fish fillet (commonly snakehead fish, or Mekong catfish) is covered with an aromatic kroeung (pounded shallots, lemongrass, garlic, kaffir lime), roasted crushed peanuts, coconut milk, and egg and then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed until it achieves a mousse-like texture. Unlike the Thai, Lao and Malaysian versions of the same dish, it is not intended to be spicy but rather fragrant, zesty and flavorful.
Yum! I can’t remember if we actually ever had it with fish, because the dish is also made with chicken or veggies only, and we typically got the veggie version. Yum yum yum!
Like Thai food, Cambodian food heavily features mixed meats and veggies, stir fried in a variety of delicious sauces. I can’t remember many specifics, but one favorite we found in Cambodia (and really, all over Southeast Asia) was cashew chicken. You can never go wrong with cashew chicken!
Soups are something Cambodia is famous for…but I’m sorry to say, we barely tried any. Our excuse? It was too hot! In theory, I wanted to try some of the famous Cambodian soups, but when it came time to order in usually outdoor restaurants, I couldn’t fathom slurping down a hot, steamy bowl of soup.
Fresh fruits and veggies
Like the rest of Southeast Asia, fresh fruits and veggies are plentiful and delicious. We ordered a few amazing salads, fruit platters and fruit shakes on days when it was too hot to snack on warm foods. You can’t go wrong with fruit in Southeast Asia!
Yum! Another dish that you can find nearly everywhere in Southeast Asia. We had both fresh and fried spring rolls in Cambodia…take a guess, which one do you think we liked better?? (The correct answer is…fried. Always fried.)
And last but not least, one of the happiest food sites we saw in Cambodia…
The grocery store cheese isle. Can you believe all that cheese??? You can not find cheese selections like that in other parts of Asia. Chalk it up to all the tourists or the French colonists influence, but good cheese is not hard to find in Cambodia.
So there you have it–the end of our Cambodia coverage! I can’t wait until the day we can get back there and explore it some more. If you have any questions about Cambodia, let me know! And stay tuned, because next up is…Vietnam!