Nom banh chok, the essence of Cambodian street food

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec7,2023 #Cambodian #essence
Nom banh chok, the essence of Cambodian street food 1
Nom banh chok, the essence of Cambodian street food 1

Traveling to the city of Phnom Penh, it is not difficult to see the voices of women running one after another carrying Nom banh chok noodles (five shores) all over the streets.

Indispensable vegetables for a traditional bowl of Nom banh chok.

One end of the Nom banh chok basket is a basket containing fresh vegetables, including banana flowers, papaya, lotus root, cowpea, celery, some herbs, mint leaves, lemon and chili.

Nom banh chok broth is the secret to the magical appeal of the dish.

Nom banh chok, the essence of Cambodian street food

To eliminate the unpleasant odor and retain the natural sweetness of fish, Khmer people use traditional spices such as wild lemon, wormwood vermicelli….

Looking at the steaming bowls of vermicelli and the fragrant aroma on the street vendors, few people know that the ingredients used to make it are cooked from fish sauce and do not have a fishy smell, it is still delicious, with a moderate sweet and salty taste.

In particular, Cambodian vermicelli does not contain borax, so it is often less flexible and chewy than vermicelli in other places.

When a customer wants to eat, the seller quickly puts the goods down and shaves the banana blossoms quickly.

Nom banh chok, the essence of Cambodian street food

In just 2 minutes, you will have a delicious, crispy bowl of Nom Banh Chok, priced at 2,000 riel (equivalent to 10,000 VND) to enjoy.

If you have the opportunity to visit Cambodia, don’t hesitate to sit in the middle of a crowded street and eat a bowl of Nom banh chok noodles to see the uniqueness of street food here.

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