Hi folks. This is a delicious Cambodian recipe that I picked up when we were in Siem Reap. You can use Beef or Shrimp too. It was a favourite with Devon, who liked to order it everytime. If it was not on the Menu, it was a disappointed Devon that quietly ate whatever was served. It is more like Chicken Stir Fry but ‘Lok Lak’ or Luc Lac’ is what it was called there. It is usually served on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber and with steamed rice, potato wedges and a small bowl of Pepper Sauce on the side. A piece of chicken is wrapped in a piece of the lettuce leaf, dipped in the Pepper Sauce and then eaten. I barged into the hotel kitchen and watched how the chef made it. It was done in a huge very hot iron wok and took less than two minutes to be ready. When I made it, I increased the cooking time and tweaked it a wee-bit to suit our taste.
Easy, quick and delicious….. now that’s what you looking for, right ?
- Chicken -500 grams (boneless and sliced into bite sized bits)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Salt to taste (go easy on the salt –as soya sauce already has salt)
- 1-1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chilli sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red chillies –coarsely crushed
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons soya sauce
- 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, chopped
- Lemon – 1 big
- Spring Onion and lemon grass –for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoons oil for frying the meat
For the pepper sauce:
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 large lemon
(For Pepper sauce – mix all together and serve in small-mini sized bowls)
- Mix sugar, salt, pepper, oil, soy sauce, chillie sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, lemon juice, crushed chillies and garlic in a mixing bowl, add chicken and marinate for 1-1/2 hour.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil to a wok or non-stick heavy-bottomed pan, sautee onion until brown and add marinated chicken and stir fry on high heat 5 to 10 minutes, until done. It is meant to be dry, however if you need it a little moist, just sprinkle little water and stir-fry for some more time.
-Garnish with chopped spring onion and lemon grass.
Serve on a bed of cucumber , tomatoes and lettuce (I did not have it so managed without it); accompanied with rice and potato chips/wedges.
For rice :
2 cups rice – boiled and drained.
1 teaspoon of soya sauce
Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon of crushed pepper
A bunch of spring onions- chopped along with green stalks
Salt to taste
Butter – 2 tablespoons
In a wok add butter and sauté the spring onions, add crushed pepper, soya sauce and cooked rice. Add in the lemon juice and stir. Add salt if required. Garnish with a few spring onions and serve hot.