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