Open Monday To Saturday 10:30am to 8pm.
Sunday 11am to
920 East Lake St. #114 Minneapolis, MN 55407
Cambodian culinary secrets are rarely written down; the recipes
were instead handed down from mother to daughter verbally. From an
ancient origin has come a traditional cuisine of unsuspected
treasures: a unique blend of flavors and colors that enhance the
natural ingredients used. Cambodians perfected the art of blending
spice paste using many ingredients like cloves, cinnamon, star
anise, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and turmeric. They add other native
ingredients like galangal, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, cilantro,
and Kaffir lime leaves to these spices to make a rather distinctive
and complex spice blend known as “kroeung” .Although noodles are
also popular, almost every meal includes a bowl of rice. A wide
range of curries, soups and stir-fried are usually served with
rice. The latter is more commonly served with a salad or in
desserts with fruits.
There are two other unique ingredients that give Cambodian cuisines their fabulous typical flavor. One is a pungent fermented fish paste known as pra-hok and the other, the kapi, a fermented prawn paste. These require an acquired taste for most but they are beloved by some who used them in many dishes or even taken as a dipping sauce. Collectively, these ingredients have become an important aromatic combination commonly used in Cambodian cuisines.
Typically, a Cambodian meal is served with rice and at least three other dishes. It usually includes a soup (samlor), served alongside the main dishes. Each of the individual dishes will either be sweet, sour, salty or bitter; these exist side by side in harmony, sometimes even within a single dish, to offer an original melody. Chili is usually left up to the individual to add.
Sothy K. Minh, the heart of this operation, left her Cambodian roots to stay at a Thai camp during the communist regime. Due to her early knowledge of food, she was left to help feed her seven other siblings while her single mother was working two jobs. This inspired a blend of Cambodian and Thai foods, mingling different spices with different Thai vegetables. After moving to the United States, Sothy kept her giving by volunteering at the Cambodian temple, Wat Munisota, or any other community event, by cooking and cleaning for those who needed her expertise.
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