Cambodian fish amok recipe

Sebastien

Cambodian fish amok is a traditional Cambodian curry made lemongrass, chilli, coconut milk and amok “ngor” leaves, served in banana leaf.

The freshwater Trei fish is traditionally used. But a common supermarket fish like halibut or cod can be used instead.

Trei fish for sale near Phnom Penh's night market
Trei fish for sale near the night market in Phnom Penh

Beef or chicken can be used instead and it can be adapted for vegetarians by using tofu.

The Amok “ngor” leaves are unique to Cambodia but kale or spinach leaves can be used as an alternative.

Traditionally Amok is served in banana leaves, which can be purchased from a good Asian supermarket. But baking paper can be used instead.

Some of the ingredients for Cambodian fish amok
Some of the ingredients for Cambodian fish amok in our cooking class in Siem Reap

 

Ingredients for Cambodian fish amok paste

  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 3 stalks of lemongrass, the ends removed and the stalks finely chopped
  • 1 inch piece of galangal, peeled and finely chopped (or ginger as an alternative)
  • 2 Kaffir leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 red chillies deseeded and chopped
  • juice from 1 lime
Stefan with freshly made Cambodian fish amok
Stefan with freshly made Cambodian fish amok in our cooking class in Siem Reap

Ingredients for Cambodian fish amok

  • 300g of white fish like halibut or cod, skin removed and chopped into small 1 inch pieces
  • 100g of oyster mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 200g of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 amok “ngor” leaves or use kale or spinach leaves as an alternative
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Kaffir leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 2 banana leaves to serve (or baking paper)
Stefan showing off freshly made Cambodian fish amok
Stefan showing off freshly made Cambodian fish amok in our cooking class in Siem Reap

How to make Cambodian fish amok

  1. In a pestle and mortar (or food processor) combine the ingredients for the Amok paste and pound until they form a fine paste.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan on medium heat and add the chopped onions and chillies and cook for 2 minutes, medium heat, uncovered, occasionally stirring.
  3. Mix in the Amok paste, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 200g coconut milk, 2 sliced Kaffir leaves, 1 tablespoon of sugar and teaspoon of salt.
  4. Mix in the chopped fish pieces, oyster mushrooms and kale/spinach leaves, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered for 3-4 minutes – until the fish is cooked and remove from heat.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and 2 tablespoons of the Amok sauce from the pan, then pour and mix in this egg mixture into the Amok.
  6. Serve the Amok in a bowl covered with banana leaves or baking paper and with steamed rice.
Cambodian fish amok
Cambodian fish amok – freshly made after our cooking class in Siem Reap

You can read more about our experiences discovering food in Cambodia and watch our Cambodia travel video.

Sebastien

Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of nomadicboys.com. He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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