Teuk Kroeung – A Popular Khmer Dip
‘Teuk’ means ‘water’ or more specific here is ‘dip’. ‘Kroeung’ is the mixture of some Khmer herbs, used in most Khmer foods. Even though the name is Teuk Kreung, but the dip doesn’t contain any Kroeung. It’s a kind of dip made of cooked fish flesh and prohok sauce only. It’s doesn’t require much time to prepare and nothing to do much with fire.
- 0.5 kg of fish. There are many kinds of fish in Cambodia, you can choose any kind which are less bones and more flesh. Trei Rors is most selected for Teuk Kroeung. Because the flesh is still very tough (ស្វិត) after pounded, which we can feel the flesh when eating.
- 50g of prohok
- 5 cloves of garlic, 2 red chili
- 2 lemon, extract for juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons peanut (optional)
- A branch of kemangi (ជីរនាងវង), slice into small pieces and top on the dip for adding flavor
- Fish can be boiled (ស្ងោរ) or grilled. If you boil the fish you would have the fish soup for making prohok sauce instead of boiled water, which made Teuk Kroeung has more fish flavor. If you grill the fish, it would have a good smell (ឈ្ងុយ) of grilled fish. It’s optional. After the fish is cooked, remove its bones and take only flesh. Then put the fish flesh in the mortar, add garlic, sugar, and salt, so the fish flesh will be mixed well with seasoning. Now start to pound, it’s depend on you of how much you want to fish flesh to be fine.
- Crush prohok in a bowl with 250ml boiled water or the fish soup to get the prohok sauce.
- Now take the pounded fish flesh out from the mortar into a bowl, then mix it well with prohok sauce. You can add more boiled water or fish soup if you think it’s too thick with fish flesh and need more water.
- Then add lemon juice and start to adjust for your flavor. The Teuk Kroeung original flavor is a bit sour and salty, less sweet. The food is ready to serve when top with peanut, chili, and kemangi.
Teuk Kroeung is served with many kinds of fresh vegetables included cucumber, green tomato, water spinach, long bean, eggplant, water lily, pka snorw, kanh chhaet, pka kom plok, popea, sdov, and more. In short, Teuk Kroeung can be dipped with any kind of vegetables of your favorite.