Cambodian Stir Fried Clams – Cha Leah

It’s smack dab in the middle of the humid summer here in DC. And when I say humid and hot, I mean every word of it! Summers here are almost unbearable. One of the joys I do find in this heat is the abundance of yummy seafood. I don’t know why, but heat makes me want to eat seafood! I think it’s because of my early memories of going to Yorktown with my family in the summertime to fish, go crabbing and find clams. As a young girl, it was…

Cambodian Ratatouille (Samlaw Koko)

Since having our son, my husband and I have made it a point to introduce him to both of our cuisines, Vietnamese and Cambodian. And since my mom lives 2 hours from us, it’s really hard for me to learn recipes directly from her. But I am very nostalgic and miss the flavors of home and really want to give it a good effort to make traditional Cambodian cuisine in my own kitchen! So with a combination of searching for recipes online and calling my mom to get her version,…

Chicken and Lime Soup

The day started off with a wintry mix and I’m feeling a little under the weather. So when it comes to dinner time, I really wanted some good ole comfort food that my mom used to make to lift up my spirits. Not wanting to venture out on the roads, I looked to what I had already on hand. Lucky for me, I had stopped at MOM’s Organic market a few weeks ago and had a whole chicken sitting around. I’ve made my mom’s chicken and lime soup before, but feel as…

Num Banh Xeo – Khmer Meat Crepes

My mom always makes these crepes (thin pancakes) during the summer when her vegetable garden is in full bloom with fresh baby lettuce and herbs. Over the weekend, I had a huge craving and decided to call her up and ask her to walk through the recipe with me. I’m quite impressed with myself that I attempted this on my own! And for my first try, I think it turned out pretty well. Cambodian crepes tend to be very thin and soft in texture, quite different from the Vietnamese version, which…

Lemongrass and Garlic Shrimp

I’m trying to add a bit more diversity in our dinners and tonight I made a dish I remember my dad making when I was younger. Nothing says easy to me more than a quick shrimp saute. The key to this dish is getting the sauce correct. My dad would make this using shrimp with the head and shell still on. I remember how much fun it was getting my fingers sticky and enjoying the delicious sauce! But for this version, I decided to remove the head and peel the…

Cambodian Beef With Lime Dipping Sauce (Loc Lac)

  We were on the West Coast for a long weekend and tried out this amazing Japanese restaurant in LA. One of the dishes that people were raving about was the Kobe Beef teppanyaki. It was amazing! The sauce was an intoxicating mix of soy sauce and slight hint of sugar and wine. I’m really craving it again, so I wanted to take the dish we had and recreate a version that I remember my mom making. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 5-10 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons kosher salt 3…

Bai Mouan – Cambodian Chicken and Rice

  Since it’s a long holiday weekend, I want to spend some time making  delicious and comforting foods. I know that the next few days will be filled with lots of cookouts and BBQ, so I wanted a small taste of home first. This classic Cambodian chicken and rice dish has just about everything: tender chicken, flavorful rice, a rich broth, veggies, and an amazingly lively garlic and lime juice, all prepared in a way that is completely customizable to suit each individual taste. Traditionally, the best way to eat…

Banh Ja’neuk – Sweet Mung Bean Dumplings for Cambodian New Year

We were in Richmond this past weekend to celebrate Cambodian New Year with my family. Technically this year, the New Year begins April 14-16, but the Richmond community celebrated a weekend early. So what does this mean, my mom cooks up a storm in her kitchen! On the car ride down, my brother and I were actually craving the same dessert, the sweet and coconut infused mung bean dumplings. It’s actually a glutinous rice flour that has the similar consistency of tapioca and the filling is a sweet mung bean…

Cambodian Hot Pot (Yah Hawn)

One of the dishes that always reminds me of home and brings me so much comfort is the hot pot dish my mom always makes! Every time I go down to visit, I always ask her to make it. I just assumed it was this really labor intensive and tedious process and just figured I’d never be able to master it. But lo and behold, once I got my hands on the recipe, I realized pretty quickly it’s an easy meal that I can whip up in no time! This dish…

Cambodian Stir Fried Crabs

The weather is getting warmer and Spring is just right around the corner. So what does that mean, it’s almost crabbing season! I love picking the delicious and oh so sweet meat from the Maryland blue crabs. And I know I’m pretty partial when I say this, but my mom makes the best stir fried crabs – it’s a fantastic combo of salty, peppery and oh so savory! And one of the reasons I’m in love with this recipe is that it’s a good change from just steaming the crabs, not there’s there’s…