Dinner Party for Tin and his Family

I invited Tin and some of his family round for dinner after we got back to Siem Reap. Another challenge. To make food that Cambodians like that isn’t Cambodian. Of course I carefully picked dishes that I’d never cooked before. Isn’t that something one shouldn’t do with new dinner guests?

Tuek Trey Koh Kong Fried Baby Squid

Lemongrass Fried Crispy Prawns

Sayur Masak Lemak

Soya Sesame Chicken in Banana Leaves

And of course I had raw vegetables and mustard green leaves to eat with the dipping sauces. If all else failed, my guests would definitely eat this as this is staple food for the Khmer. I really miss all the fresh greens and veggies everyday.

The Lemongrass Fried Crispy Prawns dish and the Sayur Masak Lemak I won’t be posting as recipes because I didn’t write them down and really don’t remember the details. The Sayur Masak Lemak wasn’t great anyway. I put way too much shrimp paste in and the whole dish tasted like…well shrimp paste! It was also the only dish that was hardly touched. Everything else never saw the light of day again.

Sayur Masak Lemak is a simple Malaysian vegetable dish. The recipe can be googled. Sounds a bit rude doesn’t it? Here’s the  name of the dish-google it if you want to cook it…..! I could shorten my blog to a few words…..ending in google it..?? Heh heh-naaah!!

The hit of the day was definitely The Soya Sesame Chicken in Banana Leaves. It was fiddly, messy and time consuming to make. But Oh My God, was it worth it! In fact it is still my number 1 favourite new dish that I have cooked since starting this blog.

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You can see how dark brown-almost black the banana leaf parcels are. Unfortunately there are no pictures of the chicken in the parcel as they point blank refused the nude shoot…..

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2 thoughts on “Dinner Party for Tin and his Family

  1. taher

    Hi, i was delighted to chance upon your blog. I think we share many of the same favourites when it comes to fruits, especially Boroi and mangos. You seem to have travelled extensively in Asia, please can you write more about a suggested culinary itinerary, please can you be specific about time of year as I know a lot of the fruits are seasonal. Do you know where you can buy fresh boroi in London? What time of year can I get them? I wanted to make boroi chutney with spices, salt and tamarind. Also, where can I get green mango in London? I wanted to make the chutney with salt, and spices too. I love this type of bengali food.

    Thanks
    Taher

    • Hello Taher. Now is mango and jackfruit season in Asia. You can get mangoes and boroi in whitechapel market right outside whitechapel tube station. Boroi season was around October – December I think. Brick Lane also has many Bengali grocery shops. You should be able to get green mangoes there. Bethnal green road also has many bengali groceries where you can get almost everything Bengali.

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