Cambodia Forges Its Own Unique Culinary Identity

Cambodia Country Day is August 16 at Expo Milan 2015. As one of the largest producers of rice in Asia, Cambodia is participating in the Universal Exposition in the Rice Cluster. Visit the Expo website to learn more about all the exhibits. DuPont is a sponsor of the USA Pavilion at the Expo.

DuPont_rice_01_448pxSurrounded by the powerhouses of South East Asia cuisine – Thailand and Vietnam – Cambodia is stepping out from the shadows to forge its own unique identity as a foodie paradise.

Elusive, exotic and steeped in tradition, Cambodia has managed to carry the culinary secrets from its earliest origins up through the centuries – through war, upheaval and instability – to produce a cuisine that is uniquely its own.  Today, however, those secrets remain closely-guarded, as generations of women hand down recipes only to their daughters, rarely committing them to paper.

Officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, the country is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

Cambodian cuisine includes noodles, soups, grills, stir-fried, curries, salads, desserts, lots of vegetables, tropical fruits, and of course rice, which is the staple food for Cambodians.

Cambodians perfected the art of blending spice paste using many ingredients like cloves, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and turmeric. They add other native ingredients like galangal, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves to these spices to make a rather distinctive and complex spice blend known as “kroeung”.

Although noodles are also popular, almost every meal includes a bowl of rice. A wide range of curries, soups and stir-fried are usually served with rice. Being in a country that produces many rice varieties, you can enjoy the best aromatic grains and various types of glutinous rice. The latter is more commonly served with a salad or in desserts with fruits.

With a predominant rural population, agriculture is an anchor of the Cambodian economy, employing 67 percent of the workforce and accounting for about 37 percent of GDP in 2012 and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rice is the principal commodity, followed by maize, cassava and vegetables.

DuPont Cambodia is committed to enabling local farmers through advanced agriculture technologies and practices. The company is working alongside with local governments and communities to educate smallholder farmers on advanced agronomic practices and safe use of crop protection.

Saravuth Tuot, DuPont Cambodia’s Country Manager, says “We believe our company’s integrated science can play a critical role in supporting Cambodia’s growth priorities especially in agriculture and food.”

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