Chef Nak’s Essential Cambodian Ingredients

Chef Nak’s Essential Cambodian Ingredients

Read the original article here BY EPOCH TIMES STAFF October 24, 2019 Rotanak Ros, better known as Chef Nak, shares nine foundational ingredients of Cambodian cuisine. Together, these ingredients—along with many, many more spices, herbs, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and pantry products—create the cuisine’s rich and complex flavors. Pepper The quartz-rich foothills of the Elephant Mountains provide the unique conditions to create Kampot pepper’s world-famous flavor. The organically-grown plant can produce green, black, white, and red pepper, depending on when it is harvested.  Cultivation practices have been passed down through the generations in Kampot Province for hundreds of years. In order to be authorized to use the Protected Geographical Indication, “Kampot Pepper,” accredited plantations are inspected by the Kampot Pepper Producers Association, as well as Eco-Cert, an independent certification body.  Pepper contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium, as well as vitamins B6, K, and E, niacin,...
Rotanak Admin - Dec 18, 2019
A Champion of Cambodian Cuisine

A Champion of Cambodian Cuisine

Read the original article here  BY CRYSTAL SHI October 24, 2019 Rotanak Ros, home cook turned ardent cultural ambassador, is on a mission to revive her country's ancient food traditions—before they're lost to history NEW YORK—As Rotanak Ros stands over the stove, peering intently at the thin, dark amber sauce she’s rapidly stirring together in a skillet, an incredible aroma wafts into the air.  Garlic and shallots, sautéed until browned and fragrant, form the backbone. To that, Ros has added brown sugar, caramelized to deepen its molasses-y sweetness; fish sauce, pungent and savory; and tamarind, a touch sweet but mostly mouth-puckeringly sour. Together, Ros says as she offers me a spoonful to taste, they perfectly demonstrate the balance of contrasting flavors—sweet, savory, sour—that defines much of Khmer, or Cambodian cuisine—what I’ve come to her to learn about, and what she’s traveled to New York City, all the way from Phnom Penh, Cambodia,...
Rotanak Admin - Dec 18, 2019
Sharing Khmer cuisine, from Phnom Penh to Putney, USA

Sharing Khmer cuisine, from Phnom Penh to Putney, USA

Read the original article here Cookbook author to share Cambodian flavors at local talks, tastings By Victoria Chertok, Reformer correspondent   PUTNEY — The Putney General Store has been in business at its current location on Kimball Hill since 1796. In that time, as far as anyone knows, it has never served Cambodian duck noodle soup to its customers, let alone for breakfast. But patrons who stop by Monday morning will have the option of trying an authentic Khmer breakfast staple, and meeting Cambodian chef Ratanak Ros, better known as "Chef Nak." Her efforts to revive and popularize Cambodian cuisine include a new cookbook, and week-long residency in Putney, the home town of her husband Sarub Chhuon and father in law, Charley Todd. "I'm so excited to be bringing Cambodian Cuisine to southern Vermont, and especially Putney which our family thinks of as our second home," Chef Nak told the...
Rotanak Admin - Jul 17, 2019
10 of the best new cookbooks for winter (and beyond)

10 of the best new cookbooks for winter (and beyond)

From spice-filled street food recipe books to back-to-basics guides, here are some of the best cookbooks for better winter cooking - and eating. See the article here...
Rotanak Admin - Jun 04, 2019
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Chef Nak’s Essential Cambodian Ingredients
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Chef Nak’s Essential Cambodian Ingredients

Read the original article here BY EPOCH TIMES STAFF October 24, 2019 Rotanak Ros, better known as Chef Nak,...
Dec 18, 2019
A Champion of Cambodian Cuisine
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A Champion of Cambodian Cuisine

Read the original article here  BY CRYSTAL SHI October 24, 2019 Rotanak Ros, home cook turned ardent cultural ambassador,...
Dec 18, 2019
Sharing Khmer cuisine, from Phnom Penh to Putney, USA
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Sharing Khmer cuisine, from Phnom Penh to Putney, USA

Read the original article here Cookbook author to share Cambodian flavors at local talks, tastings By Victoria Chertok,...
Jul 17, 2019
10 of the best new cookbooks for winter (and beyond)
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10 of the best new cookbooks for winter (and beyond)

From spice-filled street food recipe books to back-to-basics guides, here are some of the best cookbooks for better winter cooking -...
Jun 04, 2019