Khmer cuisine from Cambodia is influenced by the food of neighboring countries of Thailand, Vietnam, China & India. Dreaming about the amalgamation of foods from all these countries, I imagined it to be a burst of exotic flavors. And extraordinary it was, but with a taste that was predominantly sweet. So if you like Asian food and don’t mind the sweetness, this is the cuisine to try. Rice and noodles is a staple here but all kinds of meat, chicken, beef, seafood and reptiles are consumed. Coconut is used in their curries, like the Khmer curry, which is definitely a must-try. The spring rolls, fresh as well as fried, are some of the best I’ve ever had.
After trying the common curries and noodles, I decided on trying the steamboat at a Cambodian BBQ restaurant. A steamboat is a way of social eating, where you can cook meat on your dining table, and is very common in Asian cultures. A huge common pot with a simmering broth is kept in the middle of the table. The hand-made noodles and fresh vegetables like carrot, cabbage & beans are cooked in the broth and the meat can be cooked on top of a sieve covering the pot. There are different types of meat and sauces to choose from, to season the meat. And to top it all their local beer called Angkor, goes well with all the food, and is cheaper than water!