Cambodian New Year 2014

After I launched Refugee Kitchen, I said I would do only Khmer recipes for the month of April in celebration of Cambodian New Year. New Year has just passed and I have 2 weeks left in April to get a few more recipes in, this by no means I will stop Khmer recipes on this…

Redux: Salmon Lok Lak

I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now. I’m not reinventing food, I’m not improving, I’m just putting a little twist on it. I’m notorious of doing redux recipes of Cambodian classics, I draw inspiration from my surroundings and Californian upbringing while still (hopefully) keeping true to Cambodian flavors. Cambodian-Californian is what…

Traditional: Khmer Lok Lak

My mother would make Lok Lak for one simple reason, to get us to eat vegetables. Not that we hated veggies, we just liked our veggies better with a side of seared beef! Lok Lak is a glorious hot salad with a bed of crisp whole lettuce leaves, juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers and sharp raw…

Campbell: Chez Sovan

Oh me oh my, I had this post in the draft section since March 30th??? At least I had intended to post soon after I ate out, I just.. didn’t! Can we say WOW!? Posting 2 days in a row!?? I took my brothers J, M and M’s gf Mo to Chez Sovan on our…

Chili Caramel Pork Chops

I initially set out for a new glaze for chicken wings, only to find I didn’t have any wings on hand. Substituting with pork chops I bought a few days earlier, I started pulling different ingredients from the cupboards as well as the fridge. I stared at everything for a bit, trying to figure the…

Cha Khuyteav as only my Mother can

My mother is a great cook, amazing even. With 4 children and a husband to take care of, she still finds time to work her growing business, make great meals and never misses All My Children. This was a nearly 20 years ago, now she’s older and works here and there, her 4 kids have…