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

Sauce
+ 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

The Art of Gluttony in Bangkok

With so many choices for delicious, unique food in Bangkok, it’s hard to not leave the city with a pot belly as a souvenir. But that was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Living in Korea, a variety of different country’s foods are not exactly readily available. Sure we can get American, Italian, Turkish, and Indian but the restaurants for each type are far and few between when compared to Korean restaurants that fill every nook and cranny of this country. And while we actually really enjoy Korean food, sometimes you just need a break. Here were our favorite choices of what to stuff your face with and where to do it in Bangkok.
One of the great things about Thailand…the street food. There are vendors selling a variety of meat dishes, noodles, fruit and juices lining every street. This was one of our favorite places to try new food and for cheap. Noodles and main dishes will run anywhere from $1-$3 and snacks can be even cheaper.

where to eat in bangkok thailand
If you’re looking for a great vibe head over to Soi Rambuttri Road which is a hidden bohemian paradise inclusive of eclectic restaurants lining both sides. If we were to do it again we would grab a room at one of the many hostels to really enjoy the vibe of the area. We stopped at this local eatery, Sawasdee House and grabbed one of our favorites, mango shake. yumm. I know that as married couples, you’re supposed to share, but whoever said that wasn’t in Thailand at the time. I had a very strict no share rule for pretty much the entire trip.
Soi Rambuttri Road bangkok thailand
 Soi Rambuttri Road bangok thailand
RubarRoon Cafe was another favorite of ours while in Bangkok. It was close to a lot of the large tourist attractions so it made for a quick meal before we hit the pavement again.
RubarRoon Cafe bangkok thailand
Our favorite food that we tried was a Roti pancake or a Thai pancake. They lay out dough flat on the skillet, crack an egg, add banana and fry it up. It’s safe to say we had these every time we passed a cart. And for about a dollar a pop, they were even harder to say no to.
roti pancake thailand
 Oh, and we had Dairy Queen. Something I’ve missed so much from back home.where to eat in bangkok thailand

 

Seoul Food

Seoul is by far one of our favorite cities in Korea. A major part of this love is the food that is available. Our island is fairly westernized and we are able to both buy and eat a lot of the food that we crave from back home. But this is still nothing compared to the vast assortment of foreign foods available in Seoul. We went to visit last weekend and therefore spent about 48 hours gorging ourselves on all of the delicious availability.

Breakfast restaurants are far and few between in Korea, especially restaurants that don’t overcharge and you can leave feeling full. Oh how we miss Denny’s. We did however find a new breakfast spot that wasn’t outrageous (although still much more expensive than prices we are accustomed to back home) and had large portions. Suji’s is located in the neighborhood of Itaewon and offers a wide selection of delicious breakfast foods at a reasonable price. The french toast we had was 12,000w and the eggs were 15,000w.
We opted for the french toast which came out with massive Texas toast slices topped with bananas and walnuts. There was also the free of charge option of other toppings such as blueberries.

We also got my favorite, eggs benedict. Neither choices disappointed and both the hubs and I left feeling very full. A feeling that the hubs does not often encounter here in Korea.

We look so happy because we finally get breakfast food.

One of our favorite eating experiences of the weekend was at the Copacabana Grill which is an amazing little locally owned Brazilian Steak House (similar to Fogo de Chao). The owners are a sweet couple, she is from Brazil and he is from Korea. On the weekend, the all you can eat buffet was 30,000w per person but we were told it is cheaper at lunch during the week.
They have a fantastic buffet complete with rice, salad and various authentic Brazilian dishes.
The waiters came around to each table offering different options for meat and would slice it off for you at the table. Each type was only cooked with salt and I can honestly say each one was delicious. I know because I tasted every.single.one. Oh and we never got a picture of it because it disappeared too quickly but for dessert they brought around pineapple cooked and sprinkled with cinnamon. I would have never thought to combine the two but it was absolute heaven!
How full we felt afterwards…so.worth.it.
One of the most amazing streets in all of Seoul. This little street is lined from beginning to end with different restaurants from every nationality. You won’t be disappointed. This street is located just behind the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon.

Our last morning was spent at the Flying Pan, also in Itaewon. This place has very unique dishes but it is more expensive with smaller portions compared to Suji’s. (The french toast was 15,000w compared to Suji’s price of 12,000w). They used to have a great early bird special where they offered a dish along with coffee for 10,000w but they have recently stopped offering this. We split the french toast which may have just been the best french toast I have had. It was made out of a type of flaky pastry bread and was topped with strawberries and ricotta cheese. YUM.

We’re already planning our next trip back.