The mousseline fish curry steamed in a banana leaf container is one of the few Cambodian foods that consistently strikes a chord with foreigners from everywhere.
Cambodian Cuisine and Recipes
Many of the dishes on a Cambodian menu feature tuk trey which literally, means 'fish water'. But it is so much more than just fish sauce. Tuk trey, as a finished product in the Cambodian kitchen, is fundamentally fish sauce combined with lime juice, garlic, salt, sugar and water. Variations can include crushed peanuts, pineapple, chillies, shredded carrots and much more.
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Cambodian cuisine draws from the great civilisations of China and India and is also influenced by neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand. There are also traces of French inspiration from the time when Cambodia was part of French Indochina. Baguette or the long French bread, for instance, has come to be Cambodia’s national bread and it is common to find sandwiches made from baguette in Cambodia.
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Tuk Meric is one of the most simple dipping sauces to make and can be found in southern Cambodia – it is nothing more than fresh lime juice blended with ground black pepper. The quality of your pepper is going to make a huge difference to the end result, and if you can get your hands on some Kampot pepper so much the better.
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Cambodian tuk trey will add zest and fire to your meals – whether it is pasta or steak or fried chicken, the tuk trey can bring a tang of Southeast Asia to the table and make everyday meals taste different. The tuk trey is an essential ingredient in many Cambodian dishes.
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