A Cambodian Cooking Class Plus Recipes

I’m going to take a break from the temples (even though I have plenty more pictures to come) and head in the food direction. We were able to take a Cambodian cooking class and learn some really easy Cambodian recipes! Food is one of my favorite parts about visiting a country and Cambodia was no different. Right next to our hotel was a quaint little restaurant in which we first fell in love with the Cambodian curry dish of a mok. So when we found out that they offered cooking classes, we jumped at the chance. When we showed up we were pleasantly surprised to see that we were the only students in the class. Perfect.

Cambodian cooking class, siem reap, cambodia

Our teacher started out with a tour of the nearby market, pointing out necessary ingredients, how to pick ripe fruits and veggies (something I tend to struggle with) and pointing out the local vegetation. Below are two different Cambodian recipes: spring rolls and a delicious chicken a mok.cambodian market Plus we got to wear awesome chef’s hats, always a bonus to get blackmail pictures of Jeremy.try a cooking class in cambodia!

A lot of times I have difficulty following complex recipes online when I can’t actually see someone else do it first. I’m always worried that mine doesn’t look right! Our teacher taught us how to make everything from scratch but while we were still in town, we went by the market and grabbed a few packets of the a mok spices that are already blended. It makes it really easy when you’re in a hurry or you can’t find all of the spices that you need!
easy simple recipe for cambodian a mok
easy simple recipe for cambodian a mok
Khmer A Mok (serves 4)
What you need:
+ 1 teaspoon turmeric
+ 4 cloves garlic minced
+ 1 tablespoon ginger minced
+ 1 tablespoon lemongrass minced (about one stem)
+ 1/2 onion
+ 1 cup water
+ 2 chicken breasts
+ spinach
+ two cups coconut cream
+ 1 teaspoon salt
+ 1 tablespoon sugar
+ two eggs
+ 2 tablespoons fish sauce
+ peanut (added on top)
What you do:
Chop turmeric, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and mash in blender or food processor. Alternatively, you can use a mortar
In a pan, heat first half of coconut milk, mix in the paste and chopped onion
+ Lower the heat, add the chicken
+ After a few minutes, add water, stir 1 minute
+ Then add spinach along with the other half of coconut milk, salt and sugar. Continue to cook gently for about 10 minutes until thickened
+ Crack two eggs on top and fry
+ Final touches: add fish sauce and peanuts on top.
Serve with rice

great easy recipe for spring rolls

Spring Rolls (serves 4)


What you need:
+ Rice paper
+ 1 chopped garlic clove
+ 2 tablespoons water
+ handful of bean sprouts
+ 1 carrot sliced
+ 1 cucumber cut into long thin strips
+ Handful of basil leaves
+ Chopped lettuce

+ 1 tablespoon fish sauce
+ 1 teaspoon brown sugar
+ 2 garlic cloves crushed
+ 1 teaspoon chili paste

What you do:
+ Dip each rice paper in the water just enough to get it wet, set aside on plate
+ Add veggies, start to roll halfway, tuck in the sides and tightly wrap it the rest of the way
+ Rub a small amount of oil on the outside of the spring roll
great easy recipe for spring rolls
  • Allison Clementine

    What’s the name of the restaurant, if you remember? We’re going to Cambodia in a few months and would love to do a class.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      Shoot, I’m so sorry but I don’t remember the restaurant name! I do however know that it’s directly to the left of the Apsara Centrepole Hotel in Siem Reap! I hope that helps!

  • http://www.searchingforsubstance.wordpress.com/ searchingforsubstance

    that’s awesome you learned to cook Amok!! i’m khmer and never even grew up eating Amok until i was older. khmer cooking is so challenging and requires so many steps.. props to y’all for learning! =D

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      It’s one of my favorite dishes! I bought a bunch of the spices so hopefully I can continue to make it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08300509693671365389 Sam M

    I stinking hate those spring rolls. In the villages they always put bitter herbs in them. Bleh. I would love to try that amok recipe though, they don’t make it much in the village since it’s expensive, but I’d love to try it and see if it tastes like Cambodia. It’s hard to copy their recipes since they don’t measure anything, I only came home with a banana tapioca pudding recipe. That picture made me miss the always abundant sow mow and ply mien…oh right rambutan is sow mow in English. We bought some ply mien from a Cambodian store in Utah and it we bad, it was so bad. I love it ripe though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04858677566752448486 Britta Marie

    this is such a fun idea to try while you are traveling!! not to mention the food looks amazing :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02227163395973219648 Amy Lee Scott

    This. Is. AWESOME!!! And the spring rolls look ridiculously good. I also get super intimidated by long lists of ingredients so having someone (i.e. Youtube) walk me through things is so helpful. Cooking classes sound like such a fun way to get to know a country!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13868822702400290130 Tiffany Khyla

    Oh my gosh! This sounds like a blast! Y’all look too adorable cooking together. And those spring rolls look delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12050447967374041694 Rachel

    Random, but I want your arms. ha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13291679498617665983 Amynath

    Those recipes are so easy to follow. I think I will try them out this week :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18243551025002985614 Kate

    What an awesome idea! I’d never think to do something like this on a trip, it’s a great idea.
    Also, you two are actually adorable in your aprons! 😛

    Kate | Diaries of a Essex Girl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09546422221367269342 Melanie Fontaine

    I would love to take a cooking class when I’m in South East Asia next year! I really love Asian food and learning how to prepare some authentic dishes there would be great! I have never had Cambodian Food before, but some of the ingredients look pretty similar to Thai – do you think the cuisines are at all comparable?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

    you are making me want to jump on a plane to Cambodia right now (instead of in February) just for this delicious looking food :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08468452077289444925 Setarra

    I’m half Cambodian and I love, love Khmer food! I sent the link to this post to my mom (She’s from Battombong) an hour ago. Her response, “Makes me happy to see people learn how to cook our food. But I will have to taste her meal to determine if she cooked it right.” lol. On another note, I’m glad you were able to visit before the major flooding hit the country :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16762990554546214626 LuluG

    That looked so much fun and the food……delicious!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02036362902000775806 Just Dont Tell Anyone

    oh my! everything looks so damn GOOD! :)) And you two – just perfect together!
    I love how fit both of you are! hah :))) especially your arms, girl ! (this my sound weird..gosh!) but they rock!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

    Mmm! I love Khmer food and so wish I could go back to Cambodia this week, but will make do with that recipe instead! Thanks for sharing. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07177081269343759076 Treasure Tromp

    how fabulous! I think that I would like to try those spring rolls!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08178401162208967646 Sarah Shumate

    What are those prickly fruit things in the picture?! They look similar {just way more colorful} to the things that used to fall from our trees in Tennessee and you always had to avoid if you were going barefoot!

    I’ve never taken a cooking class before, but I do love trying new things – even cooking them if they’re easy enough!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05920354862781838330 The Happy Type

    You are both adorable and now that my kitchen is ALMOST ALL UNPACKED…I finally found my spatula and knives today I’m going to have to make these recipes for myself.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07238434752028472905 Jenna

    This is amazing! Sounds like so much fun :) Apparently they offer a cooking safari in the Cape Malay region of Cape Town… but it works out to about $60 a person. Still, I’m tempted.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03653068236478873089 Nadja

    Sounds like fun! I need to try this!:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04734384095337669496 miho

    this is amazing!! i want to eat every single thing. it doesn’t look too complicated either for the average home cook – i will have to bookmark this :) x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17178043947050984024 Natalie Britton

    Yay! This looks delicious! And how cool that you two were the only two in the class :) Lovely pictures, as always!

    ♡ Natalie of LIVE TEACH ALASKA

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08797568345510218583 Megan C. Stroup

    That’s awesome that the cooking class took you through the entire process, including the grocery shopping. Ingredients are key!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06720694596549999667 Caroline

    Ohhh it looks so good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01840314026818615727 Asia Reynolds

    The Khmer A Mok sounds really good! Might have to try it :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15491893490987800723 Kayli Schattner

    Okay, first off- you guys are the cutest!! Second, this looks like such a fun activity :) I’ve always wanted to take a Vietnamese cooking class :) I think I’ll have to try this if I ever visit Cambodia though!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174774989199314006 Beka

    These look delicious!!! Reminds me of the Indian cooking class. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to try these recipes out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543581308363689982 Chantal

    Oh those spring rolls look good…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16854777936938098466 Michaela Marie Cisney

    you two are so cute. :)