Siem Reap, Cambodia: Khmer Kitchen

by gigi on August 3, 2011

On our second day in Siem Reap, Jenkins and I woke up at the crack of dawn (literally) so we could see the sun rise over Angkor Wat. It was a great experience and it also meant that we were up much earlier than usual. As a result, our guide gave us some extra time to catch a nap in the afternoon and it also meant that we grabbed lunch a little earlier than usual. I had done some research in some guidebooks and found that Khmer Kitchen came pretty highly recommended.

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Since it was still fairly early for lunch, the restaurant was fairly empty but that didn’t deter us from stepping into the brightly coloured interior. We weren’t very hungry despite our early start and we decided to order a couple of dishes and save some room in our stomachs for snacks later on.

First came a ground pork and eggplant dish. I thought it would be spicy but it wasn’t spicy at all and was flavoured with a little bit of fish sauce. The eggplant also seemed to be stewed which gave it quite a mushy texture. I didn’t mind this since I ate it with rice but Jenkins thought this dish was quite bland overall.

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He much preferred the Amok curry, which we ordered with chicken. Again, there was no hint of spice but the flavour profile was very similar to a yellow Thai curry but with less coconut milk and not as sweet. As you would expect, this went really well with rice and I also liked the abundance of root vegetables in this curry dish, including the multi-coloured carrots.

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Khmer Kitchen had quite an extensive meal and I would have liked to go back and try their other dishes, but we only had so much time in Siem Reap. They also had a very extensive fresh juice menu but Jenkins and I didn’t get an opportunity to try that out either.

Details:
Mondul I, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Cambodia
Tel: (855) 63 964 154

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SixBalloons August 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

That’s odd that the dishes were bland, eh? You’d think they would kick it up with some spice. Maybe they identified you as tourists and went easy.

gigi August 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm

SixBalloons – hmm..good point, i didn’t even consider that! The curry was actually quite good and I wouldn’t say it was muted…I don’t think it was supposed to be spicy. As for the eggplant, I didn’t mind it but Jenkins thought it had an odd taste but I like eggplant a lot more than he does :)

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