6 Delicious Rice Cakes In Cambodia
Cambodia not only attracts tourists with its beautiful natural attractions or ancient temples that contain many stories of history and culture. Cambodia also attracts tourists with delicious rice cakes.
Most Cambodian rice cakes have been around for decades and are usually made around the holidays. However, due to the increasing demand of diners, these cakes have become popular and can be found anywhere in this country.
Let's move to our top list of Cambodian rice cakes and their recipes.
Top 6 Delicious Rice Cakes In Cambodia
1/ Num Krok
Num Krok is often made and sold on the streets of Cambodia and Thailand. This is an incredibly delicious and flavorful cake. It is also simple to make this cake.
- 31/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1/2 cup of water (do add water little by little in case the batter is too thin)
- 1/2 cup of coconut flake grind to powder
- 3 T of uncooked rice, grind to powder
- 2 cups of rice flour
- 1 t of salt
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion or chives
- 1 cup of coconut cream
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 T of tapioca starch
- Mix them all together in a small bowl set aside
- Heat the oil pan and add each part of the flour mixture, cook until the cake is almost thickened, then sprinkle sweet coconut milk on top, fry a little.
- Flip the cake over and cook the other side until the dough and cream are done.
- Remove to cool and place on a plate.
2/ Num Ansom
Num Ansom is sticky rice cake wrapped in banana leaves that are considered the symbol of Cambodia. When enjoying Num Ansom, you will feel the aroma of sticky leaves and the sweet taste of red bean paste. In addition, these cakes can also have a sweet taste because they are made from jaggery.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 ripe mango (optional)
- 1 - 1/2 cups sweet glutinous rice, soaked for at least 6 hours or overnight
- 3/4 cup freshly grated coconut
- Salt, to taste
- Banana leaves, 6 of about 15cm x 20cm pieces
- Mix oyster sauce with rice and grated coconut
- Prepare green bananas, peel them, cut them in half, and sprinkle some salt on top so that the bananas don't darken.
- Place a small portion of the rice and coconut mixture on the banana leaf in a horizontal line along the longer side of the banana leaf. Then, place half a banana in the center of the mix and add strips of ripe mango if desired. Then add another layer of rice on top to cover all the filling.
- Roll the banana leaf tightly and fix it with a string
- Steam the rolls in the water bath for about 60 minutes. Once done, let it cool and enjoy it later.
3/ Num Kom
Num kom is also known as a rice cake. This is a dish that Cambodians often make on special occasions like Weddings, Khmer New Year, or Pchum Ben. Nom Kom is a rice cake with coconut filling and jaggery. It has a sweet taste.
- Glutinous rice/sticky rice
- Sesame seeds
- Jaggery syrup
- Banana leaves to wrap
- Soak the rice and make a paste by taking some glutinous rice flour and mixing it with rice flour, and turning it into the consistency needed to make Num Kom.
- Dry roast black sesame seeds, then turn off the heat, add grated coconut and jaggery juice
- Make small balls of rice flour with coconut sesame palm jaggery
- Wrapping cake with banana leaves
- Boil the cake for about 30 minutes
- Cool and enjoy
4/ Nom Akor
Nom Akor (Steamed Rice Cake) has been around for decades and has a distinctive taste. It has a sweet taste and aroma of coconut. In addition, this cake is bouncy and soft when you bite. How to do it is also extremely simple:
- Rice flour
- Corn starch
- Coconut milk
- Warm water
- Shredded coconut
You just need to mix the flour and put the filling in the middle of the cake, thoroughly steam each part of the dough in small cups to form a circle, and then drizzle with coconut milk to make the cake fragrant.
Kralan is a Cambodian dish of rice cooked in bamboo tubes. This dish is unique in that the rice has a natural aroma from bamboo and the greasy smell of coconut. This will be a dish worth trying if you come to Cambodia.
- 1kg Glutinous Rice (soaked and drained)
- Fresh Grated Coconut
- 80 grams of Sugar
- 25 grams Salt
- 80 grams of Black-eyed Peas
- Coconut Husks
- Prepare young bamboo, about 5cm in diameter and 30cm in length
- Mix sticky rice with coconut, salt, sugar, and black beans, then pour into bamboo cavities and seal with coconut shell.
- Place the bamboo over the charcoal and bake it slowly for two hours. Turn back sometimes.
- After cooking, the bamboo is removed from the fire, and the outer layer burns.
- Scrape off the burnt outer layer with a knife.
- You take out the coconut husk to eat and peel the bamboo like a banana.
- Its delicious and has its packaging!
5/ Num Kroch
Cambodian num kroch originated in China; it is the same as these sesame-sticky rice balls that are popular in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. In addition to the traditional way, you can use coconut milk to make the dough to make the cake more fragrant.
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1/3 cup rice flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup dal or orange lentils
- 1/2 coconut milk
- 1/2 cup coconut meat
- 1/4 cup brown sugar or to taste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Sesame seeds
- Oil for frying
- Boil coconut milk, add salt and sugar, stir to dissolve, then add copra and beans, stir until there is no water, then turn off the heat.
- Round each part of the mixture
- Mix glutinous rice flour with rice flour and salt, then add coconut milk and stir well.
- Put the filling into the cake batter, then sprinkle the toasted sesame on the surface.
- Fry the cake in an oil pan
- Remove, drain the oil and enjoy.
Best Places To Eat
1/ Travancore Indian Restaurant
- Address: 733 Street No. 7, Siem Reap Cambodia
- Opening hours: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
- Average price: $3 - $35
2/ Tonle Bassac Restaurant
- Address: 34 Preahmonivong Blvd Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh.
- Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
- Average price: $9 - $30
3/ Eleven One Kitchen
- Address: House 20, Street 334, Phnom Penh
- Opening hours: 07:00 AM - 09:30 PM
- Average price: $2.5 - $6
We hope that the recipes in this article will help you to successfully make Cambodian rice cakes for your loved ones to enjoy. Or you can book your food tour now and tantalize your taste buds!