Typical Breakfast in Cambodia
Cambodia people are eating heavy breakfast, because it has become a habit of eating full to get more energy for a start of working day. There are many various kinds of food that Cambodia people eating for breakfast. Find out below some outstanding and most popular breakfasts in Cambodia.
Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer
Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer is among traditional Khmer foods and has become all time favorite for Cambodia people. Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer is Khmer noodle with Khmer fish soup. Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer is not typically find in modern restaurants, but it’s sold at the normal food courts and also selling along the street in Phnom Penh, which the sellers are carrying on their shoulders with a yoke or bar across. There are also food courts that sell only Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer, can say that it’s their specialization. The Khmer soup for Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer is made of fish flesh pounded with the Kreung (several kinds of Khmer spicy pounded) and of course the important ingredient is the so called Cambodian fish paste, Prohok. Num Banh Chok Samlor Khmer is eaten with many kinds of fresh vegetables included banana flower, long bean, cucumber, water lily stem (prolit), bean sprout, truy raing, pka kamplork, pka snorw… Also added some salt and dried pounded chili or fresh chili. You can add lemon if like to have a bit sour taste.
Kuy Teav Kok (Drained Chinese Noodle)
As its name showing that, the dish is originated from China, even so Chinese Noodle has become a typically food in Cambodia for centuries and has turned it to be Cambodia-Chinese-Noodle with unique flavor. Chinese Noodle is one of the most favorite breakfast for Cambodian middle class. Since it’s quite expensive and some with low incomes cannot afford it. Mostly people would enjoy Chinese Noodle with all family members at a particular restaurant in Phnom Penh in the weekends and during public holidays. However, there are many people would have Chinese Noodle as their daily breakfast as well. Chinese Noodle is sold at the restaurants only, not the food courts. The cheapest would be 4,000 Riels per serving, and the highest can be 8, ooo Riels. The difference between price is depend on the flavor of each restaurant, but mostly it’s depend on the services of the restaurant. It’s true that we must pay higher for the same bowl of Chinese Noodle, if we were sitting in a nice restaurant with air-con.
In the picture above, it’s a bowl of Kuy Teav Kok or Drained Chinese Noodle. It was prepared the same way as the normal Chinese Noodle. The difference point is the soup is not wolfed into the bowl of noodle, but put in a separate bowl. So that we can wolf how much of soup as we like. I like to eat the drained one than the normal one. Because the normal Chinese Noodle is always too hot with its soup wolfed, and made the noodle become a lot in the bowl that I feel I can not finish it.
Bay Srob (Wolfed Rice)
Bay Srob is another most popular breakfast for all classes of Cambodian. Bay means rice, and srob means wolfed. It’s called so because the rice is wolfed with meat and pickle when eating. Cambodia people like to have rice, because rice can keep them feel full for longer hours than other foods. That’s why Bay Srob is popular. The meat can be grilled or fried, chicken and pork, add fried egg or cooked egg. Pickle is an ingredient needed to serve with Bay Srob, even it’s only a bit of it, but Bay Srob would not full of flavor without it. The Bay Srob pickle of Cambodian is made of green papaya, carrot, and cucumber soaked in sweet fish sauce with chili.
Bobor (Rice Soup)
Bobor is popular for those who don’t like to eat heavy in the morning, however, they might need to eat some snack before lunch time arrived. Because the rice soup is 50% rice and 50% water, we would get hungry sooner than eat rice. Bobor differ from each other by the flesh, there are: Bobor Trei (Fish-rice-soup), Bobor Sach Chruk (Pork-rice-soup), Bobor Morn (Chicken-rice-soup). Mostly they would be eaten with bean sprout, then added soy bean (seang) or pepper or chili or fresh sliced ginger, depend on the favorite of each person. A bowl of Bobor cost from 2,000 Riels to 5,000 Riels. Bobor is easy to find in restaurants and food courts.
Cambodia foods is getting effect from many other countries, especially its neighbor countries. Banh Sung is a kind of Vietnamese food was brought into Cambodia through Vietnamese immigrants and slowly gaining popularity from the local Chinese and Khmer. Banh Sung is a kind of food make of rice paddy flour. It’s added some vegetables like herb leaves, cucumber, fresh bean sprout, peanut, and add some meat, then eating with fish sauce.
Num Pang Sach (Bread eating with meat)
Bread is also very popular for Cambodian. Num pang sach is a kind of food that bread is ate with meet and pickle (made of cucumber and green papaya). Num pang means bread, and sach means meat. The pickle is an important component to make Num pang sach delicious. Num pang sach is eating as breakfast, especially when people having a trip to the province and must get up in the early morning, has no time to sit and eat breakfast properly, they would order Num pang sach to eat in the car or bus. However, Num pang sach is more popular to eat as evening snack. People get off from works at around 5:30pm, then go for it with co-workers or friends, before having dinner at home. It’s cost about 2,500 Riel to 4,000 Riel per serving.