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25 Easy And Useful Khmer Cooking Utensils Vocabulary

May 30, 2022

Are you just starting to learn Khmer, or have you been learning for a while? Either way, do you want to learn more specific vocabulary? Well, you're in luck because today we have 50 easy and useful Khmer cooking utensils vocabulary to share with you!

Khmer definitely isn't a language for the faint of heart. Learning Khmer takes time and dedication, but continuing to expand your vocabulary is what helps distinguish you from an intermediate to an advanced language learner. That's why we're here to teach you about Khmer cooking utensils vocabulary, that way you're prepared the next time you go into a Khmer restaurant or kitchen!

So, we'd better get started! But, first, we'll go over some of the basics of Khmer and where Khmer is spoken. Next, we'll briefly introduce you to Cambodian cuisine. Lastly, we'll talk about vocabulary.

The Basics Of Khmer

khmer cooking utensils vocabulary

For your convenience, we've compiled some of the essential points to know about Khmer below.

  1. Classified as an Austroasiatic language (a large language family in Mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia)
  2. Heavily influenced by Sanskrit and Pali
  3. No inflections, tones, or conjugations
  4. Word order is subject - verb - object
  5. Official language of Cambodia
  6. Three different dialects within Cambodia (Central Khmer, Phnom Penh, Khmer Khe)
  7. Three different dialects outside Cambodia (Northern Khmer, Khmer Krom, Middle Khmer)

Now that you know some of the essential points about Khmer, let's move on to Cambodia!

Quick Facts About Cambodia

Here are some quick facts to keep in mind about Cambodia! These are especially important if you plan on traveling to Cambodia in the near future!

  • Location: Southeast Asia
  • Borders: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam
  • Official Language: Khmer
  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Population: Over 17 million
  • Currency: Cambodian Riel ($1.00 = 4,058 Cambodian Riels)
  • Religion: Buddhist (97%)

There's so much to cover about Cambodia, so we encourage you to continue researching on your own! After all, if you're going to be traveling there, you should know about the country, its customs, traditions, and, what we'll be talking about next, its food!

Brief Introduction To Cambodian Cuisine

khmer cooking utensils vocabulary

If you're interested in learning about Khmer cooking utensils vocabulary, you probably like Cambodian cuisine. That's good because that's exactly what we want to talk about now!

Food plays such an essential role in a country's identity and culture. We couldn't resist adding a section about food to this blog post! We want to go over some of the most commonly used ingredients in Cambodia so that if you visit Cambodia, you can understand some of the words when you walk into a restaurant.

Commonly Used Ingredients In Cambodian Cuisine

  • Basil ភាសាខ្មេរ
  • Fermented fish paste prahok ប្រហុក
  • Galangal មើមខ្ញី
  • Ginger khnhei ខ្ញី
  • Lemongrass sloekakrei ស្លឹកគ្រៃ
  • Rice bai បាយ
  • Turmeric rmiet រមៀត

Maybe you've heard of all these ingredients, or maybe you've never heard of one of them. Either way, we hope you remember these words and can use them the next time you visit.

Top 6 Most Popular Cambodian Dishes

Before we move on to the vocabulary section, we want to take a quick look at the most popular Cambodian dishes. That way, if you visit, you know what to try first!

  1. Steamed coconut fish in banana leaves amok trei អាម៉ុកត្
  2. Sweet and sour soup with fish samlor machu trei សម្លម្ជូរ
  3. Cambodian sausage twa ko ត្វាគោ
  4. Khmer noodles nom banh chok នំបញ្ចុក
  5. Grilled pork and broken rice bai sach chrouk បាយសាច់ជ្រូក
  6. Stir-fried beef with vegetables lort cha លតឆា

Well, there you go! Now you know the most commonly used ingredients in Cambodian cuisine and some of the most popular Cambodian dishes. If you weren't prepared for your visit before, you should be now!

Of course, when you arrive in Cambodia, make sure that you explore and try even more dishes than the ones we've listed here! Trying new things is always what makes traveling so exciting!

Khmer Cooking Utensils Vocabulary To Know

khmer cooking utensils vocabulary

Here are 25 Khmer vocabulary terms to know and the English word equivalent!

EnglishTransliterationCambodian
Bowlchanចាន
Chopstickschangkuahចង្កឹះ
Cup/Cupspengពែង
Forksamសម
Knifekabetកាំបិត
Napkinkansaengកន្សែង
Platechanចាន
Scissorskantraiកន្ត្រៃ
Spatulaspatulaកូរ
Spoonslabapreaស្លាបព្រា

Other Terms To Know

EnglishTransliterationCambodian
Cutting boardkta r katក្តារកាត់
Dishwashermea​ so​ ei​ n​ long​ chanម៉ា​សុ​ី​ន​លោង​ចាន
Frying pankhteah​ chaខ្ទះ​ឆា
Kettlekamsievកំសៀវ
Lidkomrobគម្រប
Microwavemikrau vevមីក្រូវ៉េវ
Mortarbayoaបាយអ
OvenI
Pestlesatvalaitសត្វល្អិត
Potphaengផើង
Refrigeratortour tukakakទូរទឹកកក
Rice cookerchangkranbayចង្ក្រានបាយ
Saucepankhteahខ្ទះ
Stovechangkranចង្ក្រាន
Wokwokខ្ទះ 

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  • Lessons in over 60 languages
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  • Retainable and relevant vocabulary and phrases
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