Cambodian Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are a famous dish in Asia cuisine. The dish originated in China, before the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). They are usually eaten during the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year as a traditional new year’s dish as well as a symbol of wealth.
In Cambodia, spring rolls are made from fresh vegetables, meat, and Khmer herbs, wrapped with translucent rice paper (fresh spring rolls), and the deep-fried version is fried spring rolls.
Cambodian spring rolls are very versatile and can be eaten as a refreshing appetizer or a healthy snack. In Cambodia, spring rolls are one of the national cuisines, and you can find them at almost every street food vendor, market, or restaurant!
Spring Rolls - Traditional Dish Of Cambodia
This dish is quite easy to make and you can even cater to your own needs. They take literally no time to cook, you can use some leftovers in your fridge, and even store them for a few days before consumption.
Fried Spring Rolls
Cambodian fried spring rolls are made of spring roll pastry with corn starch, meat (marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, oyster sauce & cooking wine), and typical Asian vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, or mung bean sprouts. They are deep-fried until golden to make them crispy and flavourful.
Cambodian Fried Spring Rolls
- 200g Grounded chicken
- 1 Yellow onion
- 3 cloves Minced garlic
- 2 cups Shredded cabbage
- 1 tbsp Fish sauce
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ½ tbsp Black pepper
- Roll wrappers
- 1 Egg (Use eggwhite only)
Step 1: Mix ground meat with onion, garlic, cabbage, and carrot. Marinate with fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and black pepper.
Step 2: Assemble the mixture and place it on ⅓ of the shell.
Step 3: Wrap the roll tightly and seal the end with egg whites.
Step 4: Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok at a medium temperature.
Step 5: When the oil is hot, place the spring roll in the skillet/wok and deep fry till it's golden brown.
Step 6: Remove the spring roll, and rest it upright in a colander covered with a paper towel to drain excess oil. Serve hot with lettuce, mint, or mixed herbs, with a sweet fish sauce for dipping.
Fresh Spring Rolls
Cambodian fresh spring rolls are usually used with fresh, raw ingredients consisting of meat, raw veggies, and thinly sliced rice paper served with sweet peanut sauce. It is very light, refreshing, and nutritious for a quick meal or grab-and-go snack, especially in the hot summer.
Cambodian Fresh Spring Rolls
- 0.5 kg Shrimp
- Glass noodles
- Rice paper
- Hoisin sauce
- Fresh mint
Step 1: Peel the shrimp and add them to the pan.
Step 2: Place the noodles in a large bowl, and cover them with boiling water.
Step 3: Add cold water to a large, shallow dish to a depth of 1 inch. Dip 1 rice paper sheet into the water until soft, and place it on a flat surface.
Step 4: Spread 1 teaspoon of hoisin sauce in the center of the sheet. Top with 3 shrimp, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce, noodles, 1 teaspoon chopped basil, and 1 teaspoon chopped mint.
Step 5: Place roll, seam side down, on a serving platter. Cover to keep from drying.
4 Best Places To Try
Khmer Kitchen Restaurant:
- Address: Corner of Street 11 and Alley West, Old Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Working hours: 09:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m
- Price Range: US $2 - 10
Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
This family-owned restaurant is owned by Perk Sophal, who started a cooking journal. This led to it becoming one of the most famous authentic Khmer restaurants, serving locals and aid workers from the UN and the Red Cross since 1999.
- Address: Wat Damnak, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
- Working hours: 11:00 a.m - 10:30 p.m
- Price Range: US $2 - 5
If you are looking for a finger food restaurant, Wild is an ideal place! Their whole menu is dedicated to spring roll lovers. They took spring rolls to the next level with different varieties of flavors: sweet, sour, and cheesy.
- Address: Pokombo Ave, along Siem, Reap riverside, 50m before Preah Prum Rath pagoda
- Working hours: 10:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m & 6:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m
- Price Range: US $6 - 10
Charney Tree Restaurant
A green restaurant with a contemporary setting in the heart of Siem Reap’s riverside district. Charney Tree has the mission of bringing Cambodian cuisine to international grounds, with premium ingredients from local farms and creative food presentation.
- Address: 0142, Group 5, Pave Road, Wat Damnak Village Salakomreouk Commune, Siem Reap
- Working hours: 10:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m
- Price Range: US $3 - 5
Spoons Cambodia Restaurant
Spoons Cafe and Restaurant is not only a restaurant but also a student training facility for the underprivileged! 100% of the restaurant profits are used to support SPOONS Cambodia Organization and its students.
Cambodian spring rolls are truly unique, tasty, and irresistible. They can be a side dish or healthy snacks that are hearty and fulfilling on every occasion. Let’s find your best Cambodian tour below for our newest promotions and a detailed itinerary!
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