La Table Khmere – Cambodian Cooking Class

One of the highlights of my last visit to Phnom Penh was the cooking class I did, booked through Frizz, a restaurant on Street 240. I had a blast at my last class, but was keen to see what else was out there. Although the food I’d made last time was delicious, the cooking class was up on a hot roof, covered in tarp, and it was hot.

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So when I heard about La Table Khmere, I was intrigued, but the air-conditioned kitchen was what really sold it to me.

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La Table Khmere has two classes a day, a morning one commencing at 9am, and an afternoon one at 3pm. The morning one includes a trip to the market, and is a dollar more than the afternoon class. For me, the choice is a no-brainer, and so we set off for Street 278 bright and early to hit BKK market.

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BKK market, like all markets in Phnom Penh is a shock for the senses – the smells, colours and sensations in particular. The highlight of this trip for me was picking up some shrimp paste and seeing coconut being dessicated by a machine.

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Back in the air-conditioned cool of the kitchen, we were set to work – chopping, grinding, boiling and squeezing until we had our three courses.

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The first course was a green mango salad – made with shredded mango, dried shrimp, carrots, chillies, shallots, basil leaves, peanuts and chicken knorr powder. The mangoes give the dish a tart sourness, which goes well with the creaminess of the peanuts and sweetness of the carrots.

green mango salad, La Table Khmere, Cooking Class, Phnom Penh

The main, like last time, was fish amok – the national dish of Cambodia. A coconut milk-based curry made with chillies, keffir lime leaves and galangal, my fish amok was delicious. The curry differs from what we in the West might be used to – made with an egg, it is steamed and becomes almost like a souffle.

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fish amok, La Table Khmere, Cooking Class, Phnom Penh

The third and final course was a dessert known as Chek Ktis, a sweet coconut jelly. I loved the flavour of this dessert, particularly the sweetened coconut milk, but wasn’t a fan of the gelatinous texture.

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The cooking class at La Table Khmere was really enjoyable, in a lovely setting with charming instructors. It’s definitely more of a slick operation than the one at Frizz, though I did prefer some of the dishes at Frizz, especially the dessert. The Frizz class was definitely the ‘rougher, backpacker’ option – if you can handle the heat, and the longer hours then it’s definitely worth considering. But if you are up for a more leisurely class, in a nicer setting and at a lower cost, then La Table Khmere is the class for you.

The morning class was $20, and La Table Khmere can be located at 11E, Street 278, Phnom Penh.

4 Stars (4 / 5)
  • themayfairy

    This blog made me hungry. I love your photos – they’re just so vibrant!

    • erin.niimi

      Thank you! It was so nice to meet you yesterday! Xx

  • This sounds like so much fun! I love how you went to the market for some fresh ingredients beforehand as well! If they did cooking classes in London for $20, then I’d totally go!!!!

    Olivia x

    • erin.niimi

      It was! I’d love to do some more here – my boyfriend gave me a couple of cooking courses at Leiths for my christmas present which I’m excited about, but they definitely weren’t $20!! xx