This month's Kitchen Trotter box has arrived and it's one of those destinations that had me totally non-plussed about what I'd find inside - I had absolutely no idea at all of the cuisine of Cambodia.
Nestling inside, I discovered some bird's eye chillis, some Kampot black pepper (reputedly one of the best peppers in the whole world apparently), a jar of lemongrass paste and - the most intriguing ingredient - powdered galanga. It is apparently a root similar to ginger with medicinal and (according to some) aphrodisiac qualities, but it smells like Vick's vapo rub to me !
There was also a bottle of guava essence.
Some salted grilled pumpkin seeds and some sticky black rice, used for desserts.
For this month's novelty gadget, there was a tropical fruit ice cube tray.
I also got a bonus gift of a little bottle of lemongrass and rice shower gel.
The first recipe is for an ingredient called kroeung that will be used in three recipes. It's a paste made with lemongrass, shallots, garlic and spices.
The first recipe, Noum Protchok Khmer, is a surprising dish - a fish soup with noodles, cucumber and salad. Hmmm not too sure how that will turn out !
Then Sath Ko Ann, marinated beef skewers.
Amok (I wonder if that's where the saying"to run amok" comes from !) - a steamed fish and vegetable dish.
Roasted mango with sticky black coconut rice for dessert.
And finally Teukolok, which looks like a smoothie made with condensed milk.
I love it when the kits take me out of my comfort zone so I will be intrigued to see how it all turns out - and of course, I'll be sharing the recipes with you over the next couple of weeks.
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