Food Trip Friday: Cambodian Kari Nom Yah

I’m hopeless when it comes to cooking Khmer dishes (mainly coz I haven’t tried hard enough..yet) but I love eating Khmer food. I’m actually passionate about home cooked Khmer food. And thankfully, I have a really awesome mom-in-law who indulges my cravings. Whenever she cooks up some of my favorite Khmer dish, then she’ll always send some to our house.

And this was what she cooked for Mother’s Day. I was feeling bit blue that day coz Hi-ace was on a trip so it was just me and the kiddo at home. And so of course, this made my day.

Cambodian Kari Nom Yah with Nom Ban Chouk noodles.

Cambodian Noodles: Kari Nom Yah

Nom ban chouk noodles are freshly made and usually served with a fish based sauce – check out my previous post about the typical Nom Ban Chouk noodles. But Kari Nom Yah is slightly different. It still uses fresh nom ban chouk rice noodles, same kinds of veggies goes in, but its the sauce that makes the difference.

Cambodian Noodles

Fresh Nom Ban Chouk Noodles Wrapped in Lotus Leaves

The sauce still uses flaked fish, but its flavored a bit like curry and its red. The ‘curry’ is not as heavy as the meaty Kari Nom Ban Chouk, its lighter in flavor and consistency. And the taste? I love it. very very tasty and I like the balanced flavor.


Cambodian Noodles: Kari Nom Yah

veggies: basil,peppermint (+some more greens, I don’t know what to call), lotus stem, sprouts, cucumber and can’t do without chili


Cambodian Noodles: Kari Nom Yah

The Sauce. This tasted so good, I swore I’ll learn how to make it!

I also like adding a lot of peppermint leaves for extra zing and chopping in a lot of lotus stems for the extra crunch. I ended up liking it so much that I asked M-I-L for another set last Thursday. I know I’m getting too spoiled here. Lol.

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  1. jellybelly

    May 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Delicious! I so love these Southeast Asian food. Visiting from Food Trip Friday!

    The Twerp and I

    1. Lui

      May 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      yes, it is really delicious and healthy too..:)

  2. Pearl

    May 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    looks so delicious, and easy to make. Happy FTF!

    1. Lui

      May 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      @pearl, thanks. the sauce too is a bit hard to make. lots of spices and you need a lot of pounding to achieve a smoother sauce..

  3. Luna Miranda

    May 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    it looks like our palabok…i like peppermint flavor. i didn’t know lotus is edible.:p

    1. Lui

      May 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      yup it does look a bit like palabok but the taste is really much much different. lotus stems are edible, i just learned that here and i was scared to try it at first, but i loved it when i did. its crunchy and the taste isn’t bad either..

  4. FoodTripFriday

    May 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Whenever I see bean sprout in noodles, it reminds me of Phad Thai. 🙂

    1. Lui

      May 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      @FTF, sis I think Indochinese countries have a crazy love affair with bean sprouts. I think most (like 98%) of noodles here has sprouts.

  5. Jessica Cassidy

    May 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    the noodles looks delish 🙂 we have spaghetti last night 🙂 Dropping by from Food Trip Friday

  6. cheerful

    June 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    wow, this one looks so yummy, parang i tried something like this before sa ngon but not sure! 🙂 visiting late from FTF, see you around. have a great week. 🙂

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