នំបញ្ចុកសម្លខ្មែរ – Num Banhjuk Samlor Khmer
Num Banhjuk is a popular Cambodian dish and it’s typically consumed at breakfast and brunch. Num Banhjuk is also served at special occasions like ceremonies, funerals, births, etc.
There are 3 types of sauces which is used to top the Num Banhjuk : red curry, nam ya curry and green curry..
Num Banhjuk in Khmer means Feed the Cake (num means cake while banhjuk means feed) and its a common joke at food stalls where the customer might say ” If you really feed me, I will order a dish”.
The recipe below is Rice Noodle with Green Curry consisting of rice noodles, topped with a fish based green curry that is made from lemongrass, finger-root, turmeric and coconut milk.
- 1.5kg Num Banhjuk (Cambodian Rice Noodle)
- 500g Snake-head Fish or Tilapia, cleaned
- 1 Tbsp fermented fish paste (Prahok), finely chopped
- 500ml Coconut Milk
- 200ml Coconut Cream
- 1 Tbsp Palm Sugar
- 1.5 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1 tsp Chicken Powder to taste
- 1.3 liter Water
- 8-10 Tbsp leafy part of Lemongrass
Fresh Vegetables for Side Servings:
- 1 Banana Flower, thinly and soaked in vinegar/ lime juice water for a few minutes. Then wash and drain.
- 2 Cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1/4 Cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 handful Water Hyacinth Flower, washed well
- 1 handful Basil, washed well
- Ground dried Chilly/ Bird’s eye Chillies (optional)
- 1 Lime (optional)
- Other prefer vegetables
1). In a mortar pound or blend the lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, fingerroot and garlic into a fine paste. This is called Kroeung.
2). In a pot, add water and bring to boil, cook the fish fully. Drain the fish and remove all bones. Keep the boiled water to use later.
3). Add the boiled Fish into the kroeung above and pound or blend lightly (not too fine). Transfer into a bowl and pour in coconut milk and mix well.
4). Heat up the water that was used to cook the fish. Add prahok, palm sugar, fish sauce, salt, chicken powder, while stirring.
5). Add the kroeung and bring to boil. Add coconut cream and bring to boil again, remove from heat. This is the green sauce.
6). Mix all the vegetables together.
7). To serve this dish, put a bit of mixed vegetable on a curved plate, add some Num Banhjuk and pour some green sauce over it .
8). Accompany with fresh or ground dried chilly and lime juice.
Note: You can use other vegetables like Bean Sprouts, Sesbania Pea (Phka Snor), Waterlilies, etc which can be eaten with this dish.