Eclectic, creative and pragmatic, the Khmer cuisine is one of the most prominent in South East Asia. Severely overlooked by its heavyweights neighbours (Thailand and Vietnam), Cambodian cuisine is starting to find the international recognition it deserves.
Khmer cuisine is an aesthetic pleasure, where the presentation of the meal is as important as its ingredients. Heavily influenced by its french colonial background, Cambodian cuisine has undertaken some of the French specialties, such as the widespread production and consumption of baguettes. Typically chinese products, such as dumplings and have also been absorbed by Cambodian cuisine.
The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Influencing language and culture, rice is consumed with all meals, using a great variety of cooking styles and techniques.
Here are two Cambodian dishes that will delight any hungry traveller:
Fish Amok : This fish curry delight is considered the national meal. Beautifully presented and carefully elaborated, gets its magical flavour from Kroeung, an aromatic curry paste made with lemongrass, galangal, shallots, garlic and chili. Served in a banana leaf cup, Fish Amok is an essential choice for food lovers.
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Applying for a visa to Cambodia for US citizens can also be arranged by ordinary mail. For additional information, contact the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Washington . In order to visit Cambodia, visa requirements for US citizens are not hard to meet. Should you have any issue during your stay or application process, do contact your closest consulate.