Khmer Sticky Rice Cake
Num Ansom or Khmer sticky rice cake is a traditional cake that Cambodian ancient make during big celebrations of the year such as Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben Day (Ancestor Day). During this time, mostly every house in the countryside of Cambodia will make num Ansom as offering to the monks and their ancestors as well as being a special gift for relatives or friends from the city visited them. If you have ever wonder how the Khmer sticky rice cake been make, read further to find out.
Num Ansom or sticky rice cake is make of sticky rice, the filling is made of mung bean and pork. The cake is then wrapped by banana leaves and tie with string.
Num Ansom is consider a traditional cake for Cambodian. From the ancient time, Num Ansom was made in the important annual festivals only. It’s in Pchum Ben and in Khmer New Year. Num Ansom is a cake made of sticky rice with filled of green bean and pork. Normally Num Ansom is eaten alone as cake, the taste is slightly salt, because there is a little salt mixed in the sticky rice and its filled also has been seasoning to the right taste. Some people who like sweet also eat Num Ansom with sugar. But Num Ansom can also be fried and eat with sauce and vegetables. Anyway this way of serving Num Ansom is not widely known by all people.
Pchum Ben Days
Pchum Ben is a Cambodian annual religious festival. It’s celebrated from the 1st to the 15th day of the waxing moon of the 10th Lunar month, Phutrobot (ភទ្របទ). Pchum means ” gathering together” and Ben means ” offering “. Thus Pchum Ben may translated as Gathering together to make offering. For Cambodian Buddhists believe that after dead, people would involving reincarnation. But for the bad karma that people did during the living, their souls would be stored in hell to receive suffering as punishment. It’s believe that the gates of the hell are opened and the ceased may visit their relatives for 15 days. During this time, foods are offering to the monks (cham hanh) everyday in every pagoda, as it’s the way to generate merit that indirectly benefits the ceased.