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Kari Sach Moan (Cambodian Chicken Curry)

February 02, 2023 - 117 views

Kari Sach Moan, or Cambodian chicken curry, is a hallmark of the country's cuisine. Let's learn more about this delectable dish in our article below!

Cambodian Chicken Curry

Cambodian curry is one of the most popular names in the country's cuisine. Locals usually cook it for special events such as national holidays, weddings, ceremonies, or family gatherings. 

Chicken curry is a great combination of chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggplants, coconut milk, lemongrass, and Kroeung (a red/yellow curry paste). The fresh aroma flavor matches the gentle creamy texture of coconut milk, making it a mouth-watering dish.

Kari Sach Moan is said to be similar to Thai curry. They may look somehow identical, but it's less spicy than their Thai counterpart.

Cambodian Chicken Curry

Cambodian Chicken Curry

Cambodians also separate the dish into the chicken red curry and chicken yellow curry with the difference in the curry paste. The red Kroeung is made from red chili, while the yellow Kroeung is made from yellow chili which is less spicy than the red version.

The dish is often served with sliced baguette, fresh rice noodles, or white rice.

Ingredients Of Kari Sach Moan

  • 2 large chicken pieces (preferably cutlets)
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 eggplant
  • 5 yardlong beans 
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar 
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prahok (fish or shrimp paste)
  • 2 tablespoons red/yellow curry paste (Kroeung paste)
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 3 cups of boiling water

Raw chicken cutlets

Raw chicken cutlets

Ingredients For Kroeung Paste

  • 3 shallots
  • 2 stems lemongrass 
  • 1 (2 inch) piece galangal
  • 3 teaspoons fresh turmeric
  • Zests of 2 kaffir limes
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 dried red hot peppers
  • 1 fresh red hot pepper (or more, depending on your preference)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Kroeung Paste Ingredients

Kroeung Paste Ingredients

Making Process Of Kroeung paste

Step 1. Clean all ingredients. Chop the lemongrass, shallots, and lime leaves. Dice the galangal and slice zests of 2 kaffir limes into thin strips.

Step 2. Put the kaffir lime leaves and zests into a mortar and crush them until they're smooth.

Step 3. Add lemongrass, galanga, peppers, and turmeric and pound them together.

Step 4. Continue pounding until your mixture is dark red, then place shallots and garlic inside.

Step 5. Keep mixing and stop when you have a smooth blend.

Kroeung Paste

Kroeung Paste

How To Make Kari Sach Moan

Step 1. Turn on your stove at medium heat. Add oil and the Kroeung paste inside a big pot and constantly stir for one minute.

Step 2. Add the chicken and half of the coconut milk. Keep stirring it for two minutes on medium heat.

Step 3. Gradually put potatoes, eggplants, yardlong beans, and onion inside and mix them.

Step 4. Pour the water. Add the rest coconut milk, salt, palm sugar, fish sauce, and shrimp paste.

Step 5. Mix the blend well. Cover the pot and leave it for 15 minutes.

Step 6. Reduce the fire to low-medium level, and cook it for 15 minutes more.

Step 7. Take out and enjoy with bread, hot rice, or noodles.

Samlor Kari Sach Moan

Samlor Kari Sach Moan

Where To Try Kari Sach Moan

Once you travel to Cambodia, don't miss out on your chance to try this wonderful delicacy at one of the addresses below!

  • Davids Noodle
    • Address: St 13 #166, Phnom Penh Cambodia
    • Opening time: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Average price: US $5

Davids Noodle, located 1.5 miles from Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, serves Asian and Cambodian cuisine. The restaurant, receiving much positive feedback from customers for its food quality and service, is a highly recommended place to try Cambodian chicken curry.

  • Eleven One Kitchen BKK1
    • Address: 123 #37 Street Corner of 460, Phnom Penh 12000 Cambodia
    • Opening time: 07:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    • Average price: US $4 - 8

You shouldn't miss Eleven One Kitchen BKK1 if you want to try authentic Khmer food in a great outdoor setting. The green environmental theme makes it a comfortable place to enjoy your dish.

  • Malis Cambodian Restaurant
    • Address: 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh 12101 Cambodia
    • Opening time: 06:15 AM - 9:15 PM
    • Average price: US $8 - 35

Having high-quality traditional Cambodian food served in a charming and relaxing atmosphere is what you can expect from Malis Cambodian Restaurant. Besides, you also can find delicious seafood presented in an attractive way. 

  • L'Orchidee Restaurant
    • Address: No.82, Street 464 Sangkat Toul Tumpung I, Phnom Penh Cambodia
    • Opening time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Average price: US $2 - 7

L'Orchidee Restaurant provides you with a peaceful ambiance to enjoy your local dishes. Besides great food, it also offers a strategic location (0.8 miles from Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) and good service. 

  • Banana Tree Restaurant
    • Address: # 4B Street 21, Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh 12101 Cambodia
    • Opening time: 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Average price: US $3 - 10

Banana Tree Restaurant has top-notch authentic food, including their favorite Cambodian chicken curry. It's a suitable place for friends and family to dine in. Plus, traditional performances are presented to you while your food is served.


Cambodia's tourism has become increasingly popular, and the Cambodian chicken curry has become more well-known beyond the country's border. Besides the delicious Kari Sach Moan, the Kingdom of Wonders has many delicacies that can satisfy your tastebuds. Let's go with BestPrice Travel to explore Khmer cuisine and much more!

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