- Good morning, hope you're having an amazing day.
It's Mark Wiens in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
And today I'm gonna take you on a local food tour
starting with breakfast.
And then we're gonna have a typical lunch
and then a popular typical Cambodian Khmer dinner.
It's gonna be a great day of eating
and I'm gonna show you the typical meals
in a single day in Phnom Penh.
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It's about 7 a.m. and I'm starting off this morning
with what is probably the most popular
and the most common of all Cambodian Khmer
street food breakfasts.
And you literally walk outside of your hotel
or wherever you're staying and you can smell
the aroma of the grills,
you can smell that fresh meat in the morning.
And what they do for this dish is that
she scoops you a plate of rice.
It's broken rice, specifically, it's broken rice.
And then she tops on a piece of pork.
And the pork is marinated in a combination of
palm sugar and coconut milk and some other seasonings.
There might be some soy sauce in there.
And so it's a very thin piece of pork
and so it cooks really well done and really
almost kind of crispy.
And you can see that caramelization
on the edges of the pork.
And then she puts that over your rice.
I had to get it with a fried egg as well.
And then this dish is served with a side of pickles
and then a side of soup.
This is a very common breakfast dish that you will find
Oh, it's good.
And the pork is indeed cooked very well
so it's a little bit dried out.
But then with that scoop of oil that she added on,
that rehydrates it and that ...
It's so fragrant, it's so smokey.
And I think I can taste a little bit of coconut in there.
I would have preferred my egg to be a little bit runnier
but that's okay.
We've still got a little bit of a transparent yolk in there.
And follow that with some soup.
Oh, that tastes like a fishy soup.
Oh, that just completes the full meal.
If there happens to be a little bit of chili
on this table ...
Oh, which, yes there is,
this would just complete the full meal deal.
Add a little bit of chili on the side here,
or how about right there in the center.
Again, the same procedure.
Egg, piece of pork, chili sauce
and some of those pickles.
Oh, what a breakfast.
And follow with soup.
Really really good in the morning.
That's a great way to start your day
when you're in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
or anywhere in Cambodia.
And that's about as local and as popular
as you can possibly get.
And you can find it everywhere.
Literally, just take a walk outside
and you will find this dish.
(men speaking in foreign language)
- We're just cutting off a giant truck
and going the opposite direction on the road.
And we're going not too far away.
We're going to the old market.
And there's a lot of things to eat for lunch there.
There should be a good place to grab some
local, typical, Khmer Cambodian lunch.
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We made it to this area.
This is close to Psar Chas, which is the old market.
But we're just gonna look for lunch around this area.
This is exactly what I was hoping for.
There is some amazing food at this market.
Lots and lots of different grilled river fish
and some local Khmer delicacies for lunch.
Hello, how are you?
Look at that selection of proteins, fried and grilled.
There's pickles, there's ...
Oh, I can see the prahok, which is the fermented fish paste.
All sorts of grilled fish.
At this market they have about ten different
lunch time stalls that all serve
a beautiful assortment of different food,
especially lots of different grilled river fish.
There's some fried fish as well.
There's some bubbly stews going on.
There's some beautiful steamed
different Cambodian Khmer dishes.
Some prahok, lots of things going on.
And then you have the big pot of rice over here.
This is truly a spectacular display of different foods.
There's so much going on.
This is where we're gonna have Khmer lunch today.
Wow, that is a selection of fish.
These maybe are Snakehead fish, which she curls up
onto a skewer and then they slow roast.
They just sit here on the grill all afternoon
and just kind of slow roast over the coals.
That looks like a fish I wanna eat for lunch.
(woman speaks in foreign language)
Okay, thank you very much.
(Mark speaks in foreign language)
This is one of the meals where you break a sweat
before you even start eating.
I'm just dripping with sweat.
And actually, almost everybody just drives up
on their motorbikes and gets takeaway.
But we wanted to sit here and eat
and so the lady who actually ...
Her business is right in front of where
they're selling the food.
She kindly brought out a table, a little pop up table
for us to eat here.
Really really kind of her.
Thank you very much.
And this is some very local Khmer lunch food.
And this is a cool place.
The aunties cooking the food here are really friendly.
They were excited that we ordered all these foods.
My nose is detecting some definite fermented fish aromas
coming off of this table.
I'm gonna begin with this dish here.
And this is a type of prahok.
And it's a fermented ...
This one is one of the main fermented fish dishes.
It's a paste, I can see some lemongrass in there
and some herbs and some chilies.
And then this one they wrapped in a banana leaf
and grilled it.
That's pretty salty.
That's a great flavor, though.
It does have that fermented fish aroma to it.
It's really loaded with lemongrass.
A little bit of a smokey flavor from being roasted as well.
This seems to be one of the most popular
Khmer Cambodian dishes, a mixture of minced meat with egg.
And then kind of ...
I think this might either steamed or ...
I think steamed in this little bowl.
This is a nice little version of it.
It's almost like a little casserole.
I'll reach in with my spoon here.
Oh, the firmness of that.
Stick this onto my rice.
Has like a little bit of a fermented taste to it, too.
It almost sort of has that starchiness of yolk
And then you can taste little bits of minced meat
in there as well.
This is one of the more daring looking dishes
that she's serving for lunch today.
And it's little fish in kind of a dark, murky sauce.
Oh, you can actually see,
you get in really close there,
you can actually see some lime pulp in there.
And I think that's shreds of ginger.
I have no idea if these fish are raw
or if they're cooked, or if they're just fermented.
It's not nearly as bizarre as I thought it was gonna be.
It kind of has a ...
Okay, it's a little bit fishy.
But it almost has that smokey, fishy kind of taste to it.
I was a little bit hesitant going in with that bite,
'cause I had no idea what it is
and it looks pretty hard core fermented.
But it's actually, the flavor is wonderful.
As I keep on chewing, I can almost taste some cheese
in there, too.
Next up to the big fish and you can oh ...
You lift that skin and it's just like buttery,
buttery flesh underneath.
You can tell that this has been on the grill for awhile.
Oh, it's still nice and hot,
but they do this grilling style where they grill the fish
and they just kinda leave the fish hanging out
on the edges of the fire.
So it just kinda slow roasts and keeps hot
and sort of smokes at the same time for who knows
how many hours.
The actual flesh of the meat, you can taste that
And it sort of has that rubberiness as you keep
on chewing between your teeth.
Oh, eat this sauce, with the fish?
Oh, okay, okay.
We just failed to order the sauce,
but luckily, in those little plastic bags,
this is the sauce.
This is the sauce.
Fish, and I'll put this onto my rice.
And then for this bite, let me go in for
some of this sauce.
If you get a really close up look at the sauce,
you can see that there's just crushed nuts in it.
But that does smell very nutty.
That makes all the difference.
That's sour and it's nutty
and it's like ...
You can taste lemony, maybe lemongrass in there.
And maybe some cilantro as well.
Oh yeah, that's what it needed.
That's exactly what it needed.
The yellow topped minced meat egg dish.
It's okay, but it's honestly not my favorite dish.
However, the prahok dish, grilled, roasted
in the banana leaf, that fermented fish dish.
That one is really a complexity of flavors that I love.
And that fermented fish pickle looking dish
is quite a surprisingly delicious dish as well.
We got another fish and another one of these
banana leaf wraps.
They were pretty surprised and excited that we
wanted refills on these dishes.
This is specifically the dish of the meal.
Oh yeah, we just got a handful of vegetables, too.
Just the whole cucumbers and winged beans.
We'll just go ahead and set that into the bag, I guess.
And she has some chilies, too.
I think I can just ...
I think it's kind of self-service back there,
that little piles of plastic bags back there.
You can kind of help yourself.
Oh, thank you, arkoun.
I retrieved the final component of this meal.
'Kay, let me move in for some of this fresh banana wrap.
There's kaffir lime leaves down here, too,
giving it an extra citrusy aroma along with that lemongrass.
This is really a winner of a flavor.
That's gonna light my mouth on fire in a few seconds.
I can already feel that chili just juicing.
Oh, the chili's pretty sweet.
That was one of those meals where it feels like
I took a bath after finishing eating.
That was a sweaty meal.
That was some really good food,
some very interesting dishes.
Some of the dishes were kind of surprising with flavor.
Some of the dishes were pretty intense.
The grilled fish, in particular, was really good
along with that pistachio nut sauce.
It wasn't really pistachio, but I don't know what it was,
but it was nutty and green.
And then, I have to say that
this prahok, that was one of the dishes of the meal.
That dish right there was a little bit intense,
but had some surprising flavor.
That's a little bit of an adventurous one.
But really, there's quite a wonderful selection
of food here.
These aunties are friendly
and this is a proper Cambodian Khmer street food lunch
in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh.
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We're back in a tuk tuk again.
We're gonna head back home just to hang out
for a couple hours.
And then we'll re-emerge again for Khmer dinner tonight.
We spent most of the afternoon inside the house
and it's a good thing, too,
because it downpoured for a couple of hours.
And now, Phnom Penh is ...
Our street is flooded and I'm sure the streets
in the main part of the city are pretty flooded as well.
So we're hoping that the driver for this tuk tuk,
I think he lives right down there.
And he's coming to drive us.
We are in luck.
We got a tuk tuk, on our way to dinner now.
Whoa, whoa, we almost tipped ...
Whoa, that's pretty deep.
Oh, there's some pot holes in that flood.
'Kay, and we are on our way to go eat Khmer barbecue
And that rain ...
That rain really made a difference.
It's nice and cool now.
And that's actually why it was so blazing hot
when we were having lunch.
Hello, Phnom Penh afternoon traffic.
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For dinner tonight, we're at a local Khmer
And they have some really unique and interesting
dishes on their menu.
I wanna first say a big thank you to
Lina Goldberg from Mukhta, Cambodia for this recommendation.
This is kind of a ...
Okay, it's very much a beer garden, but they also have
a huge menu full of food.
But this is a very popular meal to eat Khmer barbecue
for dinner and to come hang out with your friends.
They've just started playing some live music
so I hope you can hear me alright.
But a couple of the dishes have just arrived,
including this awesome dish that I can't wait to try.
It's fried goat with ant eggs.
So you could basically order this with whatever
type of meat you wanted.
So when I saw goat on the menu, I had to go for the goat.
There's goat chunks in here.
I think that's the skin.
These are kaffir lime leaves, but I also smell
a curry aroma to it, so I'm not sure if there's curry leaves
in here, too.
Oh, that is insane.
Oh, that goat meat is so tender.
And those ants have a little bit of a sour crunch to them.
The skin is kinda fatty and creamy,
well, fully fatty and creamy.
And then it has this amazing basily citrusy flavor to it.
Oh man, that's good.
The next dish over here are the fried riblets.
And these are deep fried ribs.
Oh, that's just deep fried crunchy rib goodness.
Fully crispified, so like ...
A little bit oily, it's salty,
you can taste the pepper on there.
There are a few more meat dishes that are on their way,
but we also ordered just a plate of random mixed vegetables.
Just their straight up stir fried ...
It kinda has a tangy, garlicky taste to it.
The ribs are amazing, but this fried goat
with red ant eggs is just the superior dish
of this meal so far.
That is insanely good.
That is really really quality ...
That's a dish to remember.
In English, it's known as Lok Lak sometimes,
or as shaken beef, but this is more of a saucy version
that I don't know if I've ever had before.
These are nuggets of beef.
They look like calf.
They look nice and medium rare.
There's an egg on the side, there's french fries.
This is a fantastic looking dish of beef.
Oh, that is so juicy.
Oh you can taste the blood of that rareness of that beef,
just kinda gushing with juice.
This is the type of restaurant where you just want
to sit here and you wanna be snacking on a dish
and then you wanna order another dish.
And you just kinda sit here, enjoy, hang out with friends,
and keep munching throughout the night.
We just ordered another dish.
This one is eel stir-fried with chili.
It's said on the menu.
And you can see these whole ...
Just the whole pieces of chopped up eel.
And what I love is there's just a pile of herbs on top
and that is so fragrant.
I gotta take a whole bit of herbs first
without even any eel.
I only know the Thai names for these herbs.
But that has a little bit of a licoricey taste to it.
Wow, that's an herbacious just explosion in your mouth.
Oh, that's buttery, wonderful eel.
And with those herbs, man, that's good.
That is probably the tastiest Khmer meal
that I've ever had.
That food was unbelievably delicious.
The flavors were just actually perfect.
The herb mixtures, you could taste the lemongrass,
you could taste the pepper.
They were salty and it is a beer garden type of restaurant,
but not only that, but also a really cool
Cambodian experience because they have a live band
and they're playing Khmer music.
And that's gonna complete this full day of
local Khmer food in Phnom Penh.
Breakfast was delicious,
lunch was an adventure and a very very local
street food meal,
and then dinner is just a classic Cambodian Khmer
barbecue feast with live music.
This was a fantastic day in Phnom Penh.
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