Fish amok is one of Cambodia’s signature dishes, with the creamy coconut fish curry – which is traditionally steamed and served in a banana leaf – available on many menus across the capital. Here are some of the best restaurants to try amok in Phnom Penh.
Frizz Restaurant – which operates one of the capital’s longest-running cookery classes, where budding chefs can learn how to cook up the perfect fish amok – serves some of the best amok in town. The restaurant prides itself on cooking the Khmer favourite in the traditional way – steamed and served in a banana leaf.
Run by Cambodian celebrity chef Luu Meng, Malis serves up fine Khmer cuisine with a contemporary twist, which is dubbed as living Cambodian cuisine by Meng. With many of Cambodia’s traditional recipes wiped out during the Khmer Rouge regime, Meng has made it his mission to revive the unique flavours his homeland is famous for. A hearty menu is bursting with delicious local dishes, with fish and fish head amok featured on the menu.
Nestled in a tropical garden, this laid-back eatery serves up authentic and delicious casual Khmer cuisine. Boasting a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, Eleven One Kitchen cooks up a range of local treats – with a bargain set lunch menu to boot. As well as serving authentic fish amok, it offers a fish amok burger, where a fish fillet smothered in amok sauce is served in a home-made bun. Wash it down with a fresh fruit smoothie or coconut.
Serving as a training restaurant for Friends International’s hospitality and culinary students – who are marginalised youth – Romdeng is set in a stunning colonial villa, complete with a swimming pool. It serves a range of creative Cambodia dishes that see traditional dishes given a modern and fun spin. Fish amok features on the menu and is a good way to wash down a starter of tarantulas or fried crickets.
This family-run restaurant, located in Anise Hotel, serves a range of Southeast Asian specialities, with an obvious and firm focus on Cambodian cuisine. All of the usual local dishes are on offer, including amok and a range of rice and noodle dishes, authentic Cambodian curries – which are much milder and sweeter than its neighbours’ – and seafood options.
Nicknamed Titanic, this restaurant is popular with affluent locals throughout the day. Perched over the Tonle Sap River, the diner is spacious and kitted out in traditional Khmer style. The menu is as authentic as it gets and isn’t toned down for tourists’ taste buds. Tuck into a steaming hot fish amok served in a coconut, overlooking the water.
The Foreign Correspondent Club Cambodia, known affectionately as FCC, is popular with tourists catching happy hour and sunset views from the colonial building’s balcony that overlooks the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. FCC serves drinks and food throughout the day and night, with fish amok included on the menu.