Asia’s FORGOTTEN STREET FOOD | Amazing Cambodian street food in Battambang, CAMBODIA | KHMER food

Asia’s FORGOTTEN STREET FOOD | Amazing Cambodian street food in Battambang, CAMBODIA | KHMER food


Wow this is such an unusual set up! today we’re in Battambang northwestern
Cambodia and we’re here to get to the heart of the food culture we have got a
ton of delicious food lined up to share with you
Cambodia is a country with a rich food culture where influences from India
China and its Southeast Asian neighbors can be found in a cuisine which is
unique and exciting to discover this is our second video from Cambodia and we’re in Battambang a province famous for its delicious food
and produce we eat a quintessential Cambodian breakfast from an
out-of-bounds street stall where your food has to be passed over a fence and
take you into the heart of a traditional wet market where we snack on Cambodia’s
tasty street food we eat coconut rice flour pancakes which are deep fried to
perfection and one of the nation’s favorite snacks of sour fruits in this
Cambodia series we’ll take you into the heart of the country’s cuisine from off
the beaten path street food to traditional Cambodian recipes you don’t
want to miss this series get ready for some mouth-watering food I’m Thomas and
I’m Sheena and we’re Chasing a Plate we hope you’re hungry
let’s eat Battambang is famous for its food
culture as well as being the heart of Cambodia’s art and cultural scene this
region is really rich in agriculture and so there are a number of really special
dishes and unique foods to find here in the research leading up to this series
and particularly with filming in Battambang I got so excited because there are
a ton of markets to discover here there’s loads of street food we can’t
wait to show you what we find our first street food is a quintessential
Cambodian breakfast pork on rice so it sounds very simple but this is very
classic here and a delicious dish but what’s not simple is where we’re going to
eat it so check this out you can see all the tables lined up these are all for
different stands but as you might notice there’s a fence between the tables and
where the food’s being cooked that’s because in this big building here is a
school so actually all the cooking happens in the school grounds and they pass all
the food through the fence to their diners which I reckon is a really cool
setup so let’s go get some pork and rice for breakfast bai sach chrouk, okay muoi, arkoun chhnganh arkoun Wow this is such an unusual setup so as
Thomas was mentioning before the vendors are all inside the school the kids have
actually gone back to class now but before we started filming this piece all
the kids were actually eating on that side of the of the fence so inside
school you can’t like the public can’t get into
the school obviously so they have to sit on public property on the street outside
and the vendors pass the food through the fence it’s such a neat setup this looks like my kind of dish it’s called in Khmer bai sach chrouk so grilled sticky pork so there’s the pork on top served with rice and it comes with a ton of
different ingredients so we’ve got the rice we’ve got the pork and then we’ve
got this fried egg check out that yolk there it’s pretty much the perfect fried egg
we’ve got some cucumber and I think there on the side is pickled mustard greens
she also drizzled a sauce over the top I’m not really sure what it was but
there’s also a ton of customisation options on the table so there’s dried
chilli there’s fresh pounded chilli there’s some chilli sauce there’s I
think a fish sauce chilli mixture and then a garlic sauce here so you can customise
your bowl or plate of food as to how you want it to taste this is, the atmosphere is
just top-notch so we’re sitting right outside the school I can see the kids in
the classroom the vendors are yelling out to passing scooters and motorists and
they’re whipping in and getting takeaway and we’re right opposite the wats or
the Buddhist pagodas this just looks like the best way to
start your day so I think what I’m going to do is just not customize but just
get into the original dish first and see how we go so I’ve got tons of that yolky
rice there and then some of the pork a few spring onions on the top as
well that is amazing I can see why people like to start their day with this
dish so the pork is really thinly sliced it’s very sticky and what they’ve done
is cooked it over the grill and basted it with a marinade so it’s very sticky it’s
sort of a little bit chewy but also tender that egg the yolk oh my gosh it
just burst with gooeyness in my mouth all right I want to get another mouthful
with these pickled mustard greens because I think they’ll really cut
through the richness of the pork they do they’re perfect they’re very
tangy very crispy and the sauce that she drizzled over the top of the rice is
quite sweet this is such an amazing dish and again just the environment it’s not
something that we’ve ever come across before in our travels there’s something
like ten vendors lined up all along the side of the school I suppose at
lunchtime the kids will come out and get a feed of pork on rice I might slosh some of this garlic and I think it might be yeah fish sauce mixture over
the top and I might add a bit of chili too so I’m gonna go for this
fresh pounded chilli give it a bit of a kick all right let’s go for another
mouthful that egg again some of the the pickled mustard greens rice and
pork oh yeah mmm adding that chilli was fantastic
it’s a little bit spicy it’s not too crazy doesn’t burn your mouth off and
that garlicky fish sauce adds just another level of flavor there’s just
so much to take in here Thomas just pointed out the spiky fence what
they’ve done is actually just put a wooden pole across the spike so that
when they’re passing the food over the fence they’re not spiking themselves and
when they need to clean these tables what they do is is that they push a pole
through the gap in the fence and clean it with a a rag stuck on the end of the
pole and clean it that way that’s just such a great atmosphere we’ve come to one of the many local
markets here in Battambang and this is really to the heart of the street food
there is a ton of street food here in amongst all the actual the fruit and veg
and the meat and the fish it’s a crazy market with so much going on and there’s
definitely a bunch of things here that we want to show you so let’s go get
these street foods the markets in Cambodia are so colorful and such a hive
of activity we’re just wandering through all the different stalls now there’s fresh
fruit and veg there’s fresh meat it all just smells really beautiful and right
up ahead is our first food that we want to show you from this market it’s called
num chak chol which is a a coconut rice flour and tapioca flour pancake it
looks really good suostei, neak sok sabai dte num chak chol? num chak chol I think I pronounced it correctly num chak chol, bpee arkoun her set up is pretty basic so she’s just crouching down in
the corner she’s got her bucket of batter which is quite a runny batter and
then she’s got her wok which is filled with hot oil and she pours a cupful
of the batter into the hot oil and it bubbles away crisps up it’s in there for a
couple of minutes and then she whisks it out we’ve grabbed our num chak chol from
that amazing stand there and look at it like right amongst all the action of the
market got a bunch of pork being sold here some chickens over there fruit and
vegetables and she’s just sitting she’s sitting on a tiny little stool about
that high off the ground cooking these up and she’s doing a roaring trade
people are just constantly going in and grabbing these and that’s because they
look like a fantastic snack so very basic you saw that very thin batter that
was being poured in there when Sheena was at the stand and it’s just made this
sort of little pancake-y thing look how crisp it is on the end so the batter
is very very basic rice flour tapioca flour and then coconut milk as the as
the liquid so super simple let’s rip on in should be and you can see here
actually the big fluffy bit in the middle so it should be super crispy on
the outside but I’m gonna rip right through to
the middle oh look at that ohhh nicely aerated in the middle there
rip it in two ohhhh it’s really sticky which I like so that outside where it’s super
golden it has got a great crunch but it’s actually turned sticky very quickly
so it’s got a beautiful texture as you eat it the coconut milk flavor is very
strong so lovely burst of coconut milk and so this is a sweet treat but it’s
not very sweet at all it’s just got a very little underlying hint of sweetness
oh actually that’s coming on a little bit more now so as I’ve swallowed it the
sweetness is sort of coming out of it so it is quite sweet actually
I can feel it in my throat but it’s not crazy you don’t bite into it and
feel that sweetness so it took a while for that to come about it’s a really
good snack and just the environment I mean it’s crazy look down here these
chickens just hanging out here we’ve got some cut up looks like probably catfish
there everything about this market is great and we’ve got a bunch more to eat
here so let’s make our way through the market and find you some more food the outside of the market’s pretty
frenetic but the inside is actually quite peaceful and it’s quite a big area
and there’s some really neat stuff in here so fermented sausages so lots of
sausages hanging up it’s mainly meat inside it looks like this is a great
market to explore so we’re just cutting through the market to go to our next
street food but oh there’s so much to look at in here all the fruit on the
ground I love this sort of place in Southeast Asia Cambodians love bitter pungent and sour flavors and our next street food is all
about sourness so mouth puckeringly sour flavors and its this which is
right behind me so sour fruits Cambodians love sour fruits and
this lady suostei this lady has got an array of sour fruits lined up so
they’re in big metal pans and they’re just resting on a few plastic buckets
I can see guava there’s mango there’s tamarind all sorts so let’s order some umm neak sok sabai dte? Sok sabai can I have mango guava tamarind maybe some june plums arkoun mmmm arkoun so she’s chucking on a bit of oooh yes please arkoun got some chilli that’s going to go over the fruit perfect arkoun chraen whoa so got a huge bag so a dollars worth of sour fruits these are gonna be great her stall is
just insanely colorful greens and reds and browns and yellows it just makes you
want to suostei it just makes you want to eat everything and this whole market is
just awash with color there’s a colorful fruit stalll there’s
a beautiful flower shop here it’s it’s just a real feast for the senses
this place is so invigorating please walk through it’s so invigorating to explore now I’ve got to
get into this bag of sour fruit so what’s in here
there’s green mango there’s tamarind there’s guava there’s I think
baby June plums and then she’s given me a little bag of dipping chilli and
salt in there so green chillies and red chilli so what you do is oh nearly lost
my fruits so you grab a fruit and then you just dip it in in the chilli salt
mixture now this one this mango has already got a ton of that on there so I
might just pop it straight in my gob whoa okay sour spicy salty it’s intense
so that was the green mango it’s picked very young and so it’s very sour
almost has a chalky flavor oh that’s really good
okay what else can I find I want to give this tamarind a go because I’ve never
eaten it whole before alright quite chalky and it’s relatively
soft so the inside is soft there’s a tiny bit of crunch on the outside spicy from the
chilli on top there and mmm quite bitter once you start biting into it mmm bitter
chalky sour spicy it’s midday but the market is already
starting to pack up and I can just see up ahead a snack we really want to
eat so let’s see if we can still grab it in time suostei wow beautiful arkoun chraen we made it
just in time to catch this lady who’s selling jackfruit amok which is jackfruit steamed arkoun chraen jackfruit
steamed in coconut milk I’m so glad we get to sample this let’s go and eat I’ve
whipped this jackfruit amok out of the bag and I’m a little bit concerned that
we don’t actually have jackfruit amok here there’s a few giveaway signs I don’t
think it is what we ordered so I think a language barrier issue has happened here
so you can see that it looks sort of cake-like I’ll just peel into it and see
what’s actually going on here so it’s got a sort of a coconut milk batter on
top yeah this is not what we expected oh so it’s like a cake I think it might be
a jackfruit product I’ll eat it and see what it is it’s jackfruit in a type
of sort of a muffin batter with a lovely sort of sticky coconut milk icing it’s
nice it’s not amazing it’s a little bit dry it’s definitely not entirely what we
wanted to show you this sometimes happens language barrier means you don’t
quite get you what you want sometimes so this this topping this coconut milk
topping so steamed milk topping on top that is essentially what we expected we
expected almost a batter of that with pieces of jackfruit in it so jackfruit
is a really lovely fruit that you find here in Southeast Asia big green fruit
they cut it open and there’s these nice yellow pieces inside but obviously
that’s not what we’ve ended up with but amok is arguably well is really the
national dish of Cambodia normally served with fish so the jackfruit version was gonna be
very interesting so we’re gonna have to get back to this market and try and have
it while we’re here in Battambang but so it’s sort of is that says what we
should have had but it should have been all of that white stuff on top with big
pieces of jackfruit in it and steamed in banana
leaf just like this little muffin has been so a nice little snack but definitely
not quite what we were after

74 thoughts on “Asia’s FORGOTTEN STREET FOOD | Amazing Cambodian street food in Battambang, CAMBODIA | KHMER food

  1. As always…yummy. I’m going to Little Cambodia (in Long Beach, CA) this weekend. I now have a craving for the food.

  2. Hi gang, we fell in love with Battambang- so excited to bring you videos from here! Remember to follow us in real time over on Instagram stories @chasingaplate and if you enjoyed this video please give it a 👍 Thanks for watching! Big love, Thomas & Sheena 😘

  3. I am happy to see that you guyz are not afraid to get food from those little food vendors. Tourists are often afraid of those because of the hygiene standards but they really need to rely on selling their items for a living. Thanks for the lovely video! Keep up the great work.

  4. this series is really eye opener.. wow… I never know Cambodia serve food in such setup..!
    the market is also very unique.. the jackfruit coconut amok seems great.. you guys really great!

  5. Your vlogs are always edited so well; it’s obvious that you spend a lot of time working on them.
    It’s appreciated…….I never miss one! 👍🏻

  6. Lol, your face when ate the sour fruit! Hey wanted to wish yall a Merry Christmas to you both. Where will you spend Christmas? Blessings from Texas.

  7. Beautiful video…Would LOVE to try those fruit that sheena had – tamarind, guava, green mango ❤️ – so quintessentially SEAn. Having left SEA so long ago as a kid, I have yet to learn so many more things about the food culture there.

    There are some people who think that delicious things should be delicious and complete on their own. I beg to differ. I feel that there are things that are meant to be eaten together with something else and it can be as simple as having to dunk a cake into tea. Such is the case with some very dry cakes or biscuits in Asia which are actually meant to be eaten with tea or some other thing to obtain full appreciation of it; some dishes must also be paired with a certain other dish. I am not saying that what Thomas said about the jackfruit cake is invalid at all. I do trust your tastebuds unwaveringly but am just wanting to raise the fact that there are some other people (that I have come across on other shows and in personal encounters) who don't understand that food and tastes are dynamic and don't always fit one set of 'rules' eg the thing that 'food must not only please the tongue but the eyes as well' is rubbish to me because some food just do not come with that 'aesthetic' factor and one culture may view beauty a different way.

    That said it is generally true that street food being street food (in all countries), it is the unfortunately rule rather than the exception that authenticity or quality is usually sacrificed at the expense of cost – sometimes you might think it's not delicious when actually the real thing is even better, or, sometimes you might think it is too good when the real thing is exponentially better 😄

  8. Cool street food from battambang where I was born, not been back though. Good video and nice to learn cambodian street food 🙂

  9. 3:00 I must say, that has got to be the best school food in existence!

    What are the poor kids in the US eating in their schools? ☹

  10. That is the perfect fried egg to go with that grilled pork. And then the pickled veggies – yum! Such a cool setup with the fence too!

  11. Superb Great Jealous making vlog. I like Battambang, but I'm a Siem Reap supporter. Why does that make me sound like a football supporter? So HANGRY right now.

  12. Morning t&t, the environment looks exciting, food is do interesting. How similar is Cambodian food to Thai or Vietnamese?thoughts?❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  13. Eating the Num Jak Chol l had visions of Sheena behind the camera going Nom nom nom aka the banana and sticky rice episode with the locals!!!

  14. That really cool School/restaurant set up has got to be the highlight for me. What an excellent way to also make a sustainable living for the vendors feeding the locals as well. Would love to have seen the chaos at lunchtime with all the children out! School canteen lunches in Australia was a "Four n twenty" pie and a donut from the same brand!!
    What is your favourite fruit (besides Durian) to eat in SE Asia when your not filming? 👍

  15. lol sheena dont think any holy moley was needed with the sour fruits. Not seen that expression on your face in any other video lol but well done trying it anyway

  16. Your vlogs always go by so quickly! Each frame is a riot of color and texture and amazing sound. And short of being able to smell and taste the flavors of a place myself, I’m always thrilled by your descriptions. Yum!

  17. Sheena your khmer is awesome….I hope you guys try the real authentic stuff like prahok katiss, salaw kago, salaw machu kreung..enjoy 😊

  18. Very happy to see that you guys are eating from local basic food vendors in Khmer markets this way you are helping to promote their little businesses. Because I was in tight budget during my Cambodia trip I eat from lots of these places and I can say they gonna make people surprise

  19. Such a vibrant culture! I admire how you do your best to interact with local vendors even with some "language barrier"… Friendliness and a smile are universal! Such a treat to watch this one!!!

  20. My parents home town. When I was there 10 years ago there was so much good food. Not sure if this place is there but there was a good congee place next to our hotel that open late. You could get braised organs or pork to eat with the plain congee. Across the place was a good noodle shop. Both places were off of the street next to the river. Love the videos.

  21. my goat doctor ' his wife has a cousin who live in malaya and her neighbour is khmer ' he said he don,t understand ur spoken khmer !!!!!! #sorrytosay

  22. Love watching your travels , just keep reminding myself it's not ladylike to speak with an entire mouth full of food … Food looks so wonderful I'm afraid I'd make a pig of myself !!

  23. I'm Cambodian currently study in the US. My hometown is Paoy Pet which is near the boarder of Thailand. There are 3 main markets in downtown area. However, I don't think my hometown has variety of foods like Battambang is. If you have chance, I hope you visit my hometown because I was being away from there for about a year now. I really wanted to see a video of my hometown.

  24. How innovative is that with the school cooks?! 👏 Cambodia seems action packed!!! Sheena u did make me giggle when u ate the pickled fruit! 😄

  25. That first place was very unique I would love to have that experience eating like that ❤️
    Keep up the great work love from 🇮🇪☘️👏👏👏😘

  26. So fun seeing you two try a spot/food for the first time without knowing everything going on. Don't get me wrong, I greatly appreciate and enjoy when you film your videos after scouting a few times and give us all the details — "they've been here since 1964; their rice is from cousins in a neighboring village; the grilling technique was invented by their grandfather…" — but I absolutely love when you jump in cold (like meat and smoke alleys, Mexico) and we see your reactions. So pure. Even though the num jak chol didn't blow you away, it's interesting see you try it. Outstanding day. Love pretty much any video from a fresh market. 😀👍

  27. WOW! I really appreciate your last couple videos on Cambodian food and markets! I will be moving to phnom penh in just under a month and your videos have highlighted some great spots outside of the normal tourist areas. while i was visiting thailand and vietnam i always enjoyed the local markets and areas over the beaten tourist trail! more videos!!! love em!

  28. bay sach jruk ! just means pork meat with rice! im khmer but im live in canada! bay is rice! sach means meat and jruk is pork!

  29. Now i can see why you were excited to see i was going to visit Battambang😀. Although im only there for a day and half its still going to be awesome. We going out to visit Kampong floating village and tide bikes out to some of the cottage industry locals and share some on some of the lical foods
    There's going to be some time to explore so im definitely going to check out some of your delicious suggestions 😍

  30. It doesn’t make from jackfruit but it makes from palm fruit. I meant the last dessert you ate!!! We call it palm cake.

  31. In this video, the last dessert looks like sugar palm rice cake (with coconut milk on top) and in khmer language it is called Nom Akor Tnout (with Ktis Doung).
    Thank you for visiting Cambodia and made vlog about local khmer food!🙏

  32. Hi guys I was born in Battambang I only lived there for about 5year my family’s left in 1975 I am now 50year old I am so happy that u two r there one day I will visit my hometown thank you for sharing u two seem to be a wonderful people Battambang have the best food keep up the good work I am khmer love khmers

  33. We’ve been to Siem Reap many times but never been to any other cities. We would definitely like to visit Battambang next time!

  34. Hi guys thanks for sharing this video make me miss my country a lot especially Battambang is my hometown and all the places that you show I been there a lot before and my school, oh not try to correct you but that sour tamarins you have to spite the seed out because the seed is really bitter and the cake on the banana leaf it’s not jackfruit it’s palm fruit, thanks again for sharing I really miss my hometown

  35. I miss Cambodia so much. I'm visiting my country next month and I can't wait to sample the food again. I missed out on a lot last time.

    I had a lot of what you guys had all my life. But one thing I have always wanted to try was the Portuguese-Khmer deep fried goods they make in some Phnom Penh and Siem Reap markets. Things similar to Tempura and special crab ball croquettes with sticky rice breading.

    Hopefully you two have luck finding it.

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