Cambodia Cooking Class – Taste of Khmer

4.21.13

*Note, that my iPhone was pretty smeared and not cleaned appropriately so I wasn’t able to take good pictures this time*

Today, Jasmine and I decided to take part of a cooking class in Cambodia since we were not sure what exactly do the Khmers eat. The course was 3 hours which includes: a market tour, certificate, recipes, and hands on cooking all for $13USD. In this book that my guesthouse provided, it noted that Khmer cuisine is basically similar to Thai; however, it uses less spices.

Tigre de Papier is a restaurant that provides a cooking class located on Pub Street and has been open since 1999 and is very popular with the travelers.

Tigre de Papier

Once we had arrived, our teacher, Samann, greeted us warmly and introduced us to our class. We were fortunate to only have two other students in our small class. We headed towards the market where Samann  went to buy some extra ingredients for our meals that we had chose early on.

Pig Banana Flower Top Left Corner Fishes Spices

Here you will find all sorts of vegetables, fish, meat, and spices. She had pointed out a fruit called Banana Flower and I have never seen such a thing and decided at the last minute to make a Banana Flower salad rather than a Mango salad.

Our Class

After the market, you wash your hands and start prepping. You basically make your starter and main dish at the same time. This recipe was taken off the Tigre de Papier Website (http://www.letigredepapier.com/en/cooking.php)

Banana Flower Salad:

Banana Flower w/ Water and Lime Juice Banana Flower Salad

  • Ingredients

– Banana flower …………….. ½ pcs clean and cut slice
– Small carrot …………….. ½ peeled and greated
– Sweet Basil …………….. 25g
– Lemon juice …………….. 2 pcs
– Sugar …………….. ½ tea spoon
– Sweet Chili …………….. ½ pcs
– Chili coriander dip …………….. 3 table spoon
– Peanut …………….. 1 spoon
– Chicken powder …………….. ½ spoon
– Asian coriander (cilendral) …………….. 25g
– Shallot …………….. 2 pcs

  • How to do dressing sauce:

Shallot …………….. 1 chopped
Garlic …………….. 2 chopped
Cilendral root …………….. 1 chopped
Sweet chili …………….. ½ chopped
Lemon juice …………….. 1 put when water cold
Water …………….. 1 ladle
Chicken powder …………….. 1 spoon
Sugar …………….. 1 spoon

  • How to do:

Clean and slice banana flower sock into cool water by putting lemon juice and tries. Add greated carrot , basil, lemon juice, sugar, salt, chili, shallot, and chili coriander dip mix together and serves.

After tasting my salad, I added a bunch of limes. Check out my cool presentation 🙂

Khmer Chicken with Bok Choy

Ingredients Paste Added to Chicken Khmer Chicken with Bok Choy

  • Ingredients

– Chicken leg …………….. 1pcs clean and take the bone out
– Bok choy …………….. 3pcs cut into long
– Lemon grass slice …………….. 2pcs
– Kaffir lime leave …………….. 1pcs chopped
– Galangal …………….. 4 slice
– Turmeric root …………….. ½ pcs peeled and sliced
– Finger root …………….. ½ pcs peeled and slice
– Roast peanut …………….. ½ table spoon
– Salt …………….. ½ tea spoon
– Sugar …………….. ½ tea spoon
– Oyster sauce …………….. 1 table spoon
– Coconut cream …………….. 2 table spoon
– Garlic …………….. 2 pcs
– Shallot …………….. 2 pcs

  • How to cook :

lemon grass, kaffir leaf, turmeric, galangal muss or blend in the machine blend already put garlic and shallot then take mix with chicken, 1 spoon of coconut milk, 2 spoon of oyster sauce, 1 coffee spoon of chicken powder, 1 spoon of pea nut keep 5 minutes.
Put 2 spoon of olive oil then chicken 10 minutes cover then change.
fry bok choy: 1 spoon of olive oil, ½ garlic, ½ brown sugar, 1 spoon fish sauce, put bok choy stir change put 2 ladle of water, 1 spoon of oyster sauce, ½ coffee spoon of chicken powder, ½ coffee spoon of black pepper, ½ coffee spoon of corn powder with water.
Put bok choy on the bottom and chicken on the top and serves.

This reminded me of Adobe Chicken from the Philippines but I probably would add more sauce to the Bok Choy and pour it over my rice since that was a bit plain for me.

Vera and Arne Bon Appetit

Other than that, I enjoyed it and it was definitely worth my money and time!

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