If you all didn’t know, I am Khmer AKA Cambodian. Both of my parents were born somewhere in the little country of Cambodia (yes, in the large continent of Asia). It may seem obvious to you but a grown man once confidently stated that he believed Cambodia was in Africa. Anyways… my parents came to America and met each other somehow in Minnesota and made 3 children together. I was one of those 3 children. While my parents were together my mom made us dinner every night, she would always make traditional Khmer dishes. They’re hard to find since there aren’t many restaurants serving Khmer cuisine out there.
When I was in Elementary school, they asked us to draw a picture of our favorite food and write “My favorite food is ___” the only thing I could think of was my mom’s Prahok but I was smart enough to know that my teacher would think I had made a spelling error or something… which I probably would have if I did try to spell it out at that age.
I simply wrote, “my mom’s stinky food!” because other than Prahok, I loved a few other “stinky” dishes so I’ll start my list of favorites with those:
Prahok (every kind)
Tuk Kreung (made with Mackerel or Tuna)
Sorry, this video is the closest I could find to what my mom used to make! The lady in the video (above) is speaking Khmer but the ingredients are listed in English if you really want to try making it on your own!
My mom didn’t make this one as much as my Grandma did. I would get so excited to go to Grandma’s house and eat some Kapi!
Somlor Tapeng Sach Mean
Somlor Machu Kreung
Somlor Kor Ko
My mom would make this one with beef.
Somlor Machu Trey
In this recipe I found on Khmer Krom Recipes they use fish and in the photo above they use shrimp. My mom would use either/or and sometimes even both.
Other soup dishes my mom used to make that I loved but are considered Vietnamese Cuisine are Pho and Chicken Congee… yum!
My grandma used to make so much of this, she would sell it to all of her friends and give it to us for free. 🙂 Yummy. Better than pickles.
Num Som (pork and/or banana)
In the video (above) she is making pork ones!
I sure wish there were more Khmer restaurants around or maybe that I lived closer to my family but I don’t and I’m sure to mess up trying any of these recipes– if YOU end up trying any of the recipes I provided in the links above I’d love to know how they turned out and if you enjoyed eating them. 😀