Here’s a dish that I’ve had a few times eating out. This is the first time it was made in my kitchen by a friend. It’s amazing how different it is from my own style of cooking. The only work making this dish is preparing the vegetables and cutting the meat. The cooking time is minimal and the way it’s cooked and ate in little bits is just perfect for a leisurely late afternoon lunch drinking beer and eating this wonderful and very easy Khmer dish! Compared to my often hours of cooking time after the preparation this is a welcome change!!
Now about the name – Here’s the cooking grill needed to make the dish originally – See last picture below. That’s the ‘mountain’ and obviously the cow climbs it because on the raised bit goes the beef (or any other cuts of meat, fish or seafood for that matter). The veggies go in the side where there’s water and as a soup with noodles. The meat and veggies are cooked with a big paraffin lamp or butane gas flame under the grill. I don’t own one so we just used a wok and my portable gas cooker. Worked just as well.
The beef is cut super thin and in small triangular shapes!
So here is a post of the dishes without recipes from the dinner party with Tin’s family. It seemed such a shame not to use the pics that I spent so much time editing. So why no recipes, I hear you ask? Got eaten by the dog…we don’t have a dog?? The hamster? No? Okay, I simply didn’t write them down…or did and can’t find them anywhere. Many a recipes get lost in the ether again, I guess only to be channelled down to surprise another unsuspecting cook!
So here are some pics of the Lemongrass Fried Crispy Prawns and Sayur Masak Lemak!
Prawns Galore and Squids at Ease
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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.
Here’s a glimpse of the food of the day or shall I say night! I’ve divided the pics up into separate posts so as not to bore anyone to death….or if you’re hungry not to make you salivate all over your keyboard! 🙂
Flamed banana leaves for putting the fried finger food on!
The title brings all sorts of ideas to mind!! All of these ideas are errmm…. not true!! It wasn’t a party where everyone massaged one another in oil which then became a full blown orgy. You didn’t think this?? Oh, I guess it’s just me with my dirty mind 🙂
When I first came here last year I had never been for a massage (where I had to pay) because back in Germany or England I couldn’t afford it! I hadn’t been to Thailand yet and had no idea. Being single for over a year I was soon overcome with the number of massage places here that offer traditional Khmer massages at a price that is ridiculous. For an hour of full body massage you can expect to pay anything between US $ 5-15. This is a pittance compared to the 60 euros in Berlin. Of course it depends on which type of massage and what additional favours you wish which will push the price up.
Tuek Dey Massage near the Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap, soon became my favourite! Mainly because then I fell for the first girl I had a massage from…and then proceeded the following 2 months chasing after her of no avail. That was last year. I became friends with many of the girls who worked at this particular place and the owner, S. who runs it.
I was shocked to learn that the girls & boys earn between $30-80 a month as a fixed wage. This is so little even for here. Not enough to pay for a room and hardly enough for food. They actually live off the tips they get. They also get a small commission per massage.
So if you ever come here to Cambodia and go for a massage-GIVE A TIP of at least a dollar!!!!! This won’t kill you and will feed the boy or girl for the day!! Usually the monthly wage they earn goes towards feeding their family. And families here are big!!
Last year – I was here on an extended holiday-I went for a massage almost everyday!! Totally amazing and well worth it!! I was new here and was invited to a party at the above named place with lots of Khmer food and Khmer whiskey.
This year – 2 months ago I made a big dinner as a thank you for all who worked at this particular place! It was also a test to see if they would like the food I cook. Being Khmer-like in bangladesh-they like Khmer food and are very suspicious of anything different. I am glad to say the party went on till 2am until everyone was drunk and most of the food was finished 🙂 !!
“Come and join us…!!”