Nary and Toot in their Battambang kitchen
Meet Nuon Nary and Keo “Toot” Touch. They’re your hosts for an enlightening cooking class in Battambang. You can read about this lovely couple and their modest little venture in my latest post for The Faster Times. Then take a spin through the photos here and consider booking a class on your next trip through the country. Toot will take you through the local market. Ask questions. Ask him anything you want to know about Khmer food and culture. Tell him you want to know the truth. Tell him you’re not afraid of prahok. And he’ll share his world with you—not a sanitized, tourist version. But the gritty down-to-earth realities of everyday life for Khmers, past and present. Then head to the kitchen with Nary at your side, and make yourself the most fragrant batch of amok you’ve ever had.
It just might be the best 6 bucks you spend in Cambodia.
Nary Kitchen Cooking Class
Battambang (two blocks off Psa Nath)
$6, half-day class
Produce in the Battambang market
A Battambang vendor with water grass (trou kuon) used in sour soup
Ingredients used in Khmer curry paste (kreung)
A Battambang vendor guts and chops her fish.
Shaving lemongrass in the Battambang market
Nary chops lemongrass in her kitchen.
Nary cooks a batch of sour fish soup.