Cambodian cuisine is usually overshadowed by that of its neighbor Thailand, whose food as we all know is beloved throughout the world. In Thailand, cooking classes are offered in practically every hotel all over the country, but one wouldnt really expect there to be similar offerings in places like Phnom Penh.
Enter the “Cambodian Cooking Class”, the first of its kind in Phnom Penh. Organized and held at the Frizz Cafe and Restaurant on the Mekong River, this is the only place where travellers can try their hand at Khmer cooking in Cambodia.
Similar but with some pretty big differences to Thai cooking, Cambodian cooking is big on flavour but low on heat. Unlike Thai food, where the chillis are cooked within the dish, Khmer cooking puts its spices on the side, leaving the degree of edible fire to the diner.
Historically, Khmer cuisine actually dates back to the time of the Khmer Kingdom (in Angkor) a thousand years ago, whose empire included most of South East Asia. This means that the origins of South East Asia cuisines could very well be attributed to Cambodia. Also, the absence of chilli is also explained by its ancient roots as Khmer recipes originate way before the 16th century when chilli was introduced to Asia by the Portuguese.
But back to the cooking course. Read on below, but for more information visit the Cambodian Cooking Class website.
” Our cooking school offers you two standard cooking courses and a vegetarian course to choose from.
In principle Course 1 is conducted on even days of the month and Course 2 on odd days of the month. But of course we can always combine dishes just the way you like it. There is also a vegetarian Course 3. This one can also be combined with other dishes. E.g. the famous Khmer ‘Amok’ is not mentioned in the vegetarian course, as this dish traditionally is made with fish. However, it can be done using tofu as well. So, we can change courses to your needs, just let us know at the time of booking.
There are cooking classes every day of the week, except Sundays as that is our teacher-cook’s weekly day off.
Cooking class size is limited to 10 people, to ensure maximum participation and individual attention. All courses are $20 for a full day of fun, including transport to and from the cookery school and a colourful 16-page recipe booklet. ”
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