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thyme (sarah)

The food looks so different, I would be spending my entire meal scribbling down the names of so many hard to pronounce titles. I would love to try it all. Your descriptions are wonderful in creating a palate idea of what these food combinations taste like. What a wonderful "I know Not the name" find!!

Sharon Miro

Cannot wait to try this last place in January when I am there.


We are planning a trip to Siem Reap and I'm sooo looking forward to your suggestions!

Lisa in Toronto

Hmm some ideas for my local Cambodian restaurant. They don't really make fish ... maybe they can't find what they are used to here in Canada.
Looks delicious indeed!


Hi Lisa -- I should think you have access to some good freshwater fish in Toronto? Which of course is what they use here. This was probably a catfish relative, white and somewhat mild.
Michelle -- be *sure* to have a meal at Cuisine Wat Damnak too. Incredible food.
Sharon -- will have more suggestions for you!
Sarah - it does have a name and I jotted it down as we passed last night. Now if only I could find the slip of paper I jotted it on!

Mark Wiens

I am fully with you when it comes to the noni leaf (I think it's "bai yaw" in Thai). My girlfriend's mother, from southern Thailand, cooked a huge pot of catfish curry yesterday. She mixed in a bunch on those leaves and I would have been extremely happy without any fish at all - those leaves really have an amazing flavor. This entire meal looks fantastic, I'll remember for next trip to Siem Reap!


That looks like a great find. The soup is "samlor machou yuon" - literally Vietnamese sour soup - it's the Cambodian version of canh chua cá lóc. That version of amok is very much the recipe that Khmer people tend to eat more - the version that is more like the Thai hawmok tends to be more popular with Westerners.


We love making samlor machou at home. Our family loves to add more tamarind and fried garlic with the oil. It's a great summer soup.

Have you tried the dried fish that's sweet? They usually throw it on the grill before serving, so I'm told by my relatives. It's called tei gniet.


Hmmm! yummy....Thank for this interesting post and sharing with us.


Didn't know Cambodia has such good food. We have similar stuff here esp the meat skewed stick. Also known as 'satay' on our side.

Food Science Recruitment

Asian cuisine is really delicious, I always enjoyed the food in asia, great post!


Great tip! I'm living in Siem Reap and passing by this restaurant every day. Shame on me that I never tried it! I know where to go for my next lunch! ;)

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