Khmer Bok Choy and Pork

Here is the first recipe for y’all! This is what we had for supper Wednesday evening. It’s super easy but it does use oyster sauce, A large majority of Khmer foods use it. so if you want to try a lot of Khmer recipes, I’d suggest buying some!

You should be able to find it in the Asian isles in Walmart. But if not, in the notes, I’m sharing an amazon link to the brand that they use here. You could try substituting it with fish sauce or soy sauce but no promises!

Khmer Bok Choy and Pork video

~Khmer Bok Choy and Pork~
1 ½ C. Ground pork
1 Tbsp. Oil
5 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp. Chicken bouillon
2-3 Tbsp. Oyster sauce
1-2 Tsp. Sugar
¼ Medium onion Diced
1 Lb. Bok choy
Green onion (optional)

Fry the garlic in oil until the garlic turns golden brown. Add the pork, chicken bouillon, oyster sauce, and sugar. Once the pork is almost cooked, add the onion and cook until soft.

Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Cut bok choy in half lengthwise. Add the bok choy to boiling water and blanch.

Arrange the bok choy on a platter in a circle with ends facing outward. Pour the meat mixture on top and garnish with green onion. Serve with rice.

Notes: Chicken bouillon, powdered not cubes.

This is the Same brand of oyster sauce that they use here.

A Khmer Evening

I had a fun evening the other night! It was a good ending to a not so great day. The place where Dallas was drilling. The guy that Dallas was drilling for had a pig that was dying. He was more than happy to sell it to Dallas for a good price. After work, Dallas and Dad butchered it and put it in the freezer. It ended up being a lot cheaper than buying it at the market. So it was a bargain on both sides.

Then I went with Dallas and took the innards and Hocks over to Sen’s to give them. In Khmer culture, if someone helps kill or butcher it, you cook up the innards, skin etc, and get together to eat it. So after they were finished butchering it, I went over to Sen’s with Dallas to give it to them to cook. When we got there, it looked like they were already preparing a feast!

The night before, a deer had gotten trapped in Davie’s Dads’trap. It’s a rare occurrence that they ever catch a deer, so Chhum’s family went out to Davie’s homeland late in the evening. And were helping them butcher and eat it into the early morning hours. They barely got any sleep that night, but they did get a small cut of the meat to bring home and let the others taste. The majority of the Khmer people hadn’t had it before.

The ladies were sitting on the tables, busy with preparation. We chatted for a bit, then they set us to work cleaning the intestines for them.

While I picked and cut herbs and vegetables for her, Pan sliced the deer meat super thin. She then squeezed lime juice all over the meat and thoroughly coated the meat with it. Then she added chilies, lemongrass, basil, and a couple other ingredients, gave it a good toss and seasoned it with salt. The result was an AMAZING “Ceviche” of sorts. The sourness of the lime balanced on the spicy chili perfectly. Don’t worry, the lime cured the meat. It still looked raw, but it was Oh SO tender! The dish is definitely something you have to get used to. But it has become one of my favorites!

For the pork, we parboiled it. Then slathered it with a mixture of chili salt and oyster sauce. And finished it off on the grill. It was delicious! It had a hint of sweetness that balanced out the chili and salt. Honestly I think it’s a shame that most Americans are grossed out at the thought of eating the majority of animals’ internal organs! If you know how to prepare them, they are so good! And it cuts down on a lot of waste!

After we were finished eating, We sat around and laughed and talked until the children started complaining of being sleepy. Then we all went back to our homes and slept till the break of dawn.

So that was our fun evening of the week.

( On a side note… If anyone would like to see easy Khmer recipes let me know. I’ve thought about sharing some before, but didn’t know if anyone would want them!)

Heather for the Helmuths


Hello, to everyone. Hoping this finds you in good spirits, and getting some rest between the holidays!

For Thanksgiving this year we Americans took the day off and went to kulen mountain for the day. Spending the day by the River. The day was lovely and very refreshing! I will try to get you more details as soon as I can find the time. But until then, here is a little video for you to enjoy of our day. It’s not the best, but it gives you an idea of where we were and what we did.

Thanksgiving 2021

Also, if you go to the channel. There is a video of camping in the first the year that I never got around to sharing. You can check that out here, Helmuth Family Channel

So until I find more time, Heather for the Helmuths