A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published October 12th 2019
Taste Fish Amok, Cambodia's National Dish
Little Khmer Kitchen in Central Market Arcade in the Adelaide CBD has now been up and running for one year. I am a regular customer and enjoy all of the dishes on the menu that has been carefully crafted by the owner Sreymom.
Little Khmer Kitchen - Adelaide Central Market Arcade
But one dish stands out and for good reason. It is the Amok. A national dish of Cambodia and a favourite of 'everyone' who has tried it. Amok is presented in a banana leaf wrapping having been prepared and steamed before being serviced with rice and a small dollop of coconut cream and a few slices of chilli on top. Mouth watering loveliness right there on the plate.
Cambodia is the owner Sreymom's childhood home and is a developing country that has experienced civil war and subsequent poverty and hardship. The Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers and lake system are central to Cambodia's way of life and the fish that have been drawn to that lifeblood of water has been what has sustained the population and forged the traditional dishes and food customs of the nation. The dish Amok, has as a result, remained a precious and special dish.
Subtle curry flavour with hints of coconut milk and a special 'secret' paste that Sreymom grinds and prepares herself each week. The banana palm dish that holds the delicious ingredients has fresh greens at the bottom which are a delicious accompaniment as you work your way through, scraping the bottom wanting more.
Little Khmer Kitchen - Adelaide Central Market Arcaden
Like all countries food remains central to culture and in Cambodia Amok has a very special place. We are so lucky in Adelaide to be able to access this food through Sreymom's menu at the Little Khmer Kitchen, which is open daily (except for Sunday), for late night shopping on Fridays and on Saturday mornings to early afternoon.
You will not regret trying this wonderful dish at Little Khmer Kitchen easily accessible on the Western side of the Adelaide Central Market. And, like me, you can then return time and again to work your way through the remainder of the menu and take the explanations from the chef Sreymom as to what each dish represents and what special ingredients have been used.
For a very tiny shop Little Khmer Kitchen packs a very big flavour punch, big servings and wonderful food. Highly recommended and right here in Adelaide's CBD.