VIDEO: Cambodian Cooking Class

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In this travel video we head over to Nary’s Kitchen for a special Khmer cooking course learning how to make Cambodian cuisine such as Amok, Lok Lak and Spring Rolls. Our class first began with a trip to a local wet market where we loaded up on cooking supplies as well as learned about the different kinds of ingredients used in typical Khmer cooking. Upon returning we ventured straight into the kitchen where we spent the next two hours preparing food, cooking and ultimately serving up our own tasty meals consisting of Amok, Lok Lak and deep fried spring rolls. One of the most fascinating aspects of the cooking course had to do with making our own curry paste. We pounded away in a stone bowl with a mortar for nearly 10 minutes to get the perfect consistency. We both really enjoyed the level of detail provided by our cooking hosts Toot and Nary. Overall, this was an excellent experience and for $10 it also represented great value for our backpacking budget lifestyle. We highly recommend you check it out.

Video Script:

This morning we’ve got a special activity planned. We are taking a cooking class – a Khmer cooking class. I’m all thumbs in the kitchen but I’m going to give it my best shot.

Right now we’re at the local market and we are going to pickup some ingredients for the cooking class and it is raining.

It’s a red curry paste and this is a chili paste. They are fresh vegetables.

And then they say ginger. It is not ginger. It is galangal.

Coconut and then she grates it to get a coconut milk.

So we’ve got our aprons on and we’re ready to cook.

Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville they converse and they change how to make fish Amok. They make shortcuts for three or four minutes.

I’m trying to slice lemongrass.

These are our ingredients so far. They smell really good.

What might you be doing? I’m just crushing the ingredients. You’re making the curry paste here. It looks so good.

We’re really earning our meal here. We’re making our curry paste. We’ve been pounding away for almost ten minutes now.

Now we’re slicing up the snake fish. I still haven’t cut my finger.

Here is our Amok. We made a little curry type thing and put it into the banana bowl that we’ve prepared and now it is going to be steamed.

Here is the meal we prepared today. We have spring rolls with a nice dipping sauce, lok lak (a kind of beef meat) and over here Amok, which is fish in a coconut cream sauce.

I’m going to try my Lok Lak. Let’s see how this turned out. It is really nice. I cooked it myself.

I’m going to try one of the spring rolls we made. I still can’t believe I didn’t burn down the kitchen and it is delicious by the way.

We just finished our cooking class. I didn’t cause an International Incident. I didn’t burn down the kitchen, so overall it was a success. If anyone wants to come the Kitchen is called Nary’s Kitchen and they have a morning and an evening class. It costs ten dollars a person.

This restaurant and cooking school is run by Nary and her husband Toot. They will take you to the market and you will spend an hour there just looking at different vegetables, picking up ingredients and then afterwards you come back to the school you cook for two hours and then you get to enjoy your meal. We highly recommend it. Excellent food.

Cambodian Cooking Class in Battambang, Cambodia

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