Fish Amok

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Fish Amok - Cambodia Backpackers Hostel
Fish Amok - Cambodia Backpackers Hostel

Fish amok is one of the most well-known Cambodian dishes, but you’ll find similar meals in neighboring countries.

The addition of slok ngor, a local herb that imparts a subtly bitter flavor, separates the Cambodian version from the pack.

Fish amok
Fish amok

Fish amok is a fish mousse with fresh coconut milk and kroeung, a type of Khmer curry paste made from lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal and fingerroot, or Chinese ginger.

At upscale restaurants fish amok is steamed in a banana leaf, while more local places serve a boiled version that is more like a soupy fish curry than a mousse.