Le table khmere – twin burger fish amok
Fish burger with special khmer curry sauce and lettuce, served with french fries
Hailing from a city consumed by gourmet burger chains, I’ve grown accustomed to craving pimped-up patties. In this series, I hit the streets of Phnom Penh to sniff out the very best burgers on offer.
The Burger Joint
In the popular street 278, Le Table Khmer offers a relaxed dining experience where the east meets the west. With cooking classes also available, they take pride on making sure their cuisine excites your tastes buds. I ventured in to scope out their gourmet burger section.
Having not yet experienced ‘Amok’, the traditional Khmer dish, I decided to give it a try. This slightly sweet curry is often presented in a banana leaf bowl, and has more of a custard consistency thanks to a signature steaming step in preparation. At Le Table Khmer, they toss up their amok on two small soft burger buns, complimented with lettuce to recreate the ‘burger’ experience.
On the Side
Being so close to hostel hotspots, I wasn’t surprised to meet the $6.50 pricetag, thankfully fries were included with this. The fries were thin and crispy, already coated with pepper. These packed a lot of flavour and I was thankful they didn’t scrimp on cheap oven chips, a complimentary mixed garnish of ketchup and mayonnaise was given with this meal.
Although it was quite a lengthy wait before our food arrived, it was absolutely worth it. The amok taste was an absolute delight and I could immediately tell why it was so popular with the locals. Having it served on small burger buns gave the illusion that I was indeed eating a gourmet burger – although it didn’t really taste anything like a burger experience… perhaps only the bun putting me in familiar territory. The delightful tangs and flavours oozing out the sauce complimented the freshness of the fish, making this an absolute delight. As much as I’m a connoisseur for spice, I decided not to add any chilli to this dish as it felt a must to experience amok as intended whilst in Cambodia.
I’d thoroughly recommend anyone passing through the city to give amok a try, and in my FVB fashion, why not experience it on a burger. I’d give the Twin Burger Fish Amok 8/10 – ranking so highly as the care taken to prepare these fantastic Cambodian flavours did not disappoint and felt like a fresh new taste experience like no other burger joint I’ve ever visited across the world.
11B Street 278, BKK1