What is “amok”? If you’re visiting Southeast Asia on our culinary tours in Cambodia and Vietnam, you’re sure to hear of (and taste) Cambodian amok, but what exactly is it?
An amok Khmer recipe is a traditional Khmer (Cambodian) dish usually made with fish, although chicken and beef amok are also popular. The food is traditionally a bit like a curry stew served in a boat made of banana leaves. An amok Cambodia can be served with or without rice.
If you sign up for our culinary tour Cooking and Culture of Vietnam and Cambodia you take a Khmer cooking class that will likely feature a Cambodian fish amok recipe. Or, if you can’t wait until then, try this fabulous fish amok recipe from our Khmer cooking class in Cambodia.
Cambodian Fish Amok
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Cook method: Pan Fry
- 120 g Fresh boneless fish fillet (some type of white fish)
- 50 mL Coconut milk
- 30 mL Water
- 20 g Carrot
- 20 g Cabbage
- 20 g Kale (destemmed)
- 10 g Mushrooms (preferably oyster)
- 1 tsp Oyster sauce*
- 2 Noni leaves*
- Egg, beaten
- 1 tsp Fish sauce*
- 1 tps Chicken broth
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 tsp Shrimp paste*
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Amok paste (recipe follows)
- Banana leaves for serving*
Garnish: red bell pepper (julienned), coconut cream, kaffir lime
*Available in Asia groceries or at specialty food shops.
1. Cut the fish into bite sized pieces and set aside.
2. Clean and slice the vegetables.
3. In a large skillet, heat the curry seed oil, amok paste, shrimp paste, and coconut milk. Heat thoroughly, cooking until fragrant.
4. Add the vegetables except the kale, the fish, and the rest of the seasoning and cook for about 5 minutes.
5. Add the kale and egg.
6. Serve in a basket made of banana leaves, if possible, and top with coconut cream, kaffir lime, and bell pepper.
Amok Paste Recipe:
- 2 pcs lemongrass, minced
- 5 g galangal, minced*
- 5 g turmeric (fresh or powder)
- 3 pcs kaffir lime leaves*
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
*Available in Asian groceries, online, or at specialty food shops. If you cannot find galangal, use fresh ginger.
Blend all ingredients together to form a paste.
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By Peg Kern
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