Due to its tropical climate, Southeast Asia has a large number of native aromatic plants, most of which are preferred fresh in local cuisine. All these herbs feature prominently in at least some of the Cambodian dishes. Basil, coriander leaves and mint are popular as a fragrant decoration.
In Cambodia spice usage is less dominant than in neighbouring Thailand.
Get to know some of the traditional Cambodian ingredients:
Enjoy the tropical fruits of Cambodia.
Nowadays, tropical fruits are available in almost every supermarket in the West.
But, eating fruits after their long travel is incomparable with eating them close to the source: much more enjoyable.
Fresh fruits are an important part of a healthy balanced diet.
So, stay healthy in Cambodia and enjoy the wonderful and tasty fruits of this country!
Some guide books say Cambodia's cuisine is nothing to write home about and a poorer cousin to Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Now, that is completely untrue.
A thousand years ago the Khmer Kingdom, which centred on Angkor, ruled an empire that included most of south-east Asia.
Hence, many of the Thai and other regional dishes have their roots in Khmer cooking from that time!
While there are similarities, Cambodian cuisine should be taken in its own right.