In Cambodian cuisine palm sugar is preferred to the white refined sugar used in Western kitchens

Cambodia Cooking Class - Khmer Recipes

Here we provide you with two delicious recipes for main Khmer dishes: Grilled Chicken and Tamarind Beef Curry. These by the way are not dishes we make during cooking classes nor are these recipes included in the booklet which you get when taking part in a cookery class.

It's just a little extra to show you how diverse Khmer cuisine is.

Khmer Grilled Chicken (Mouan Ang)


  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4 large Chicken Thighs

Put oil, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, pepper and salt in a shallow dish and mix well.

Add the chicken and turn to coat, rubbing the mixture into the flesh. Cover with clingfilm and leave to marinate for 1 hour, turning once during the marinating period.

Preheat the grill to hot and line the grill pan with aluminium foil. Place the chicken in the grill pan and cook for 20-25, turning from time to time or until the chicken is cooked through and browned on all sides. Serve immediately.

Charcoal Stove

In Cambodia, grilling is done on a charcoal heated stove, which gives whatever you put on the grill a nice, smoky flavour.

Doing this at your home might be a bit difficult, but why not prepare this dish for your next outdoor BBQ?

Khmer Grilled Chicken Recipe

Tamarind Beef Curry (Samlaa Ko Phet)


  • 25g Compressed Tamarind Pulp
  • 150ml Boiling Water
  • 450g Beef Fillet
  • 2 Large Chilies, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh Coriander
  • 5cm Fresh Root Galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 teasp Ground Galangal
  • 1 stalk of Lemon Grass, chopped or 2 Teasp Ground Lemon Grass
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 teasp Sugar
  • 1 x 40g tin Coconut Milk
  • 150g Aubergines (eggplants) cut into 2.5cm/1-inch cubes
  • The Juice and grated rind of 1 Lime

Place the tamarind pulp in a small mixing bowl, pour over the boiling water and set aside to soften for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the meat into very thin strips 12mm/1/2inch wide and 5cm/2inches long. Set aside.
Place the chilli, coriander, galangal and lemon grass in a food processor and process to a paste. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, add the onion and garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the curry paste and fry stirring for 3 minutes then add the beef and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add the fish sauce, sugar and coconut milk and the water in which the tamarind has been soaking to the beef (discard the tamarind pulp), mix well and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the aubergine, lime juice and grated lime zest and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the aubergines have softened. Serve immediately.


The Cambodia Cooking Class is recommended by:

Lonely Planet Cambodia Edition 7 (2010)
Footprint Travel Guide Cambodia
Frommer's Cambodia & Laos (2010)
National Geographic Cambodia 2010
Food and Travel Magazine, UK
fah Thai magazine (Bangkok Airways)
TripAdvisor recommendations
Sarika inflight magazine Siem Reap Airways
AsiaLife Cambodia

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