Many of the dishes on a Cambodian menu feature tuk trey which literally, means 'fish water'. But it is so much more than just fish sauce. Tuk trey, as a finished product in the Cambodian kitchen, is fundamentally fish sauce combined with lime juice, garlic, salt, sugar and water. Variations can include crushed peanuts, pineapple, chillies, shredded carrots and much more.
Cambodian cuisine draws from the great civilisations of China and India and is also influenced by neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand. There are also traces of French inspiration from the time when Cambodia was part of French Indochina. Baguette or the long French bread, for instance, has come to be Cambodia’s national bread and it is common to find sandwiches made from baguette in Cambodia.
Cambodian tuk trey will add zest and fire to your meals – whether it is pasta or steak or fried chicken, the tuk trey can bring a tang of Southeast Asia to the table and make everyday meals taste different. The tuk trey is an essential ingredient in many Cambodian dishes.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.