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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.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Cook method: Pan Fry
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.
*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.
Try your hand at other wonderful Khmer recipes, including:
If you want to learn more about our culinary tours in Cambodia, Vietnam, and around the world, please contact us!
By Peg Kern
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