I've been watching The Food Network a lot lately. Annie Sibonnay of From Spain With Love states that you can really learn a lot about a culture through its food. I definitely agree with her there.
I know this post (and some of my recent posts) have not been following the original protocol I had intended for this blog. I figured a little variety would be refreshing and interesting once in a while. Plus I have to let my family members recharge once in a while. Asking for stories about a traumatic experience can be quite draining, despite what I had initially thought. Oh well, live and learn, I say.
Anyway, a recipe is a type of story, and this Cambodian dish is one heck of a tale! My mother makes this dish at home a lot, and it is a hit with my family.
This dish is called Caw. It is a type of Cambodian stew typically made with pork, eggs, and tofu. It is savoury yet sweet all at once! It's delicious with rice.
Here's a recipe I got from Khmer Krom Recipes.
- 4 cups water
- 6 eggs
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups water
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 green onion, chopped finely
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups fresh coconut juice
- 1 1/2 lb pork meat
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Make caramelized sauce by putting 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a pot or skillet that is big enough to hold all of the ingredients. Stir frequently until sugar turns into a dark brown colour. Immediately pour 2-cups water over caramelized sauce and stir well.
Add garlic, onion, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and coconut juice. Stir well.
Add pork meat. Stir and cook on low heat for 40 minutes. Occasionally stir and remove any bubbles that form on top.
Add boiled eggs and simmer until the pork meat is tender.
Sprinkle with black pepper.
Serve hot with rice.