Nom Banh Jok Cambodian Khmer Curry - With Fish or Vegan / Vegetarian Fish Substitute

Nom Banh Jok Curry is a traditional Khmer dish usually made with fish and handmade rice noodles. However, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’re in luck because we have a perfect substitute for that fishy flavour without the need of mock meat. 

First we will cut lemongrass into very small pieces. If you have blender you can blend it into a fine powder, or if you prefer the traditional way of preparing it, you can pound it on stone with other spices. Once the lemongrass has turned into powder like form, add in turmeric and blend it or pound it together with the lemongrass. In a separate bowl pour in your peanuts and then blend or pound them into powder like form. 

Now lets start frying our lemongrass mix in a wok or deep pan for about 2 – 3 minutes. Add in the coconut milk and stir it for a few seconds. Add some water and wait for it to boil, but while you wait, don’t forget to share this menu with your friends and family. 

Traditionally, in Cambodia this dish is made with fish, but we will use our specially fermented tofu and mushrooms which will be our fish substitute to replicate the fish flavor in this Nom Banh Jok Curry. To make fermented tofu and mushrooms, you can read or watch our ‘ fish substitute – fermented tofu and mushrooms recipe from Brodega‘. However, if you are pescaterian or you just want to eat fish, the recipe is the same and you can still use your favorite aquatic victim. Add it in as follows through the recipe instead of the fermented tofu and mushrooms. Anyway, once the water in the pan is boiling, we can add our fermented tofu and mushrooms, turn the heat to medium and let it cook for 5 – 10 minutes. While waiting, you can share this recipe with your friends and family as a delicious healthy meal. 

Next we will cut some cucumbers or any other vegetables that we would want to eat and set them in a separate bowl. Leafy and or crunchy vegetables are what is most commonly used in a typical Khmer cuisine, but you can add almost any vegetable that you prefer to eat raw and fresh. For the purpose of this recipe, we will keep it simple with cucumbers. Simple like sharing this recipe from Brodega with your friends.

After the pan has had 5 – 10 minutes of cooking on medium, lets add in the peanuts we blended earlier and a bit of salt and sugar. Stir up the Nom Banh Jok Curry for a few seconds on the stove and its ready for the stomach.

In your bowl, add some of the cucumbers that were cut earlier. Then add the handmade rice noodles to the cucumbers and pour the Nom Banh Jok Curry from the pan on top of your bowl and get down to eating. 

Congratulations, you are now eating Nom Banh Jok Curry! You did it and it was quick to make which means its great for sharing with your fam or your pals. Enjoy. Eat fresh and live forever.

Ingredients(3 Servings):

Lemongrass – 

Turmeric – 

Peanuts – 

Coconut Milk – 

Water – 

Fish Substitute – Fermented Tofu and Mushrooms or Fish – 

Cucumbers – 

Salt – 

Sugar – 

Handmade Rice Noodles – 

Recipe:

  • Cut lemongrass into very small pieces or blend
    1. Add in turmeric and blend it with lemongrass
    2. In separate bowl pour in peanuts and then blend or pound them into powder like form
    3. Fry lemongrass mix in a wok or deep pan for about 2 – 3 minutes
    4. Add in the coconut milk and stir it for a few seconds. Add some water and wait for it to boil
    5. Once the water in the pan is boiling, add fermented tofu and mushrooms, turn the heat to medium and let it cook for 5 – 10 minutes
    6. Cut some cucumbers or any other vegetables
  • After pan has had 5 – 10 minutes of cooking on medium, add in the peanuts
  1. Add salt and sugar and stir up the mixture for a few seconds on the stove and its ready
  2. Mix cucumbers handmade rice noodles and Nom Banh Jok Curry in your personal Bowl
  3. Eat

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