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The French chef on a mission to save Cambodian cuisine

The French chef reinventing Cambodian cuisine

Discover traditional ingredients and updated classic dishes at this Siem Reap restaurant.


Words by Ute Junker

Photos supplied

Originally published in Traveller

When he was growing up in France’s Loire Valley, Christmas dinners at Joannes Riviere’s place were a little unusual. The family’s yuletide feast featured not just traditional dishes such as oysters and foie gras but also larp, a minced meat dish from Cambodia, served with sticky rice on the side.

“It was our special occasion dish,” Riviere recalls. “We also had it for birthdays, and I remember my dad once cooking it for a wedding.”

Packed with flavours of fish sauce, lime juice and mint, larp became part of the family’s culinary repertoire thanks to Joannes’ uncle, who served as a pilot in Cambodia in the 1970s, where he was visited by various family members. It was not so surprising, then, that Joannes in his turn headed east to serve a stint as a volunteer cookery teacher at a hotel school in Siem Reap.

Continue reading this story:

https://www.traveller.com.au/cuisine-wat-damnak-cambodias-best-resturant-how-joannes-riviere-transformed-local-cuisine-h1cwy5

When he was growing up in France’s Loire Valley, Christmas dinners at Joannes Riviere’s place were a little unusual. The family’s yuletide feast featured not just traditional dishes such as oysters and foie gras but also larp, a minced meat dish from Cambodia, served with sticky rice on the side.

“It was our special occasion dish,” Riviere recalls. “We also had it for birthdays, and I remember my dad once cooking it for a wedding.”

Packed with flavours of fish sauce, lime juice and mint, larp became part of the family’s culinary repertoire thanks to Joannes’ uncle, who served as a pilot in Cambodia in the 1970s, where he was visited by various family members. It was not so surprising, then, that Joannes in his turn headed east to serve a stint as a volunteer cookery teacher at a hotel school in Siem Reap.

Continue reading this story:

https://www.traveller.com.au/cuisine-wat-damnak-cambodias-best-resturant-how-joannes-riviere-transformed-local-cuisine-h1cwy5


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