THE BEST WORLD PEPPER IS CAMBODIAN!
Even if Valentine's day this year will be a bit different than previous years, it is more than ever the time to share your love and care to someone special to you! It is said that the direct way to a person's heart is through his/her stomach... And it's true that one of the best expressions of love is to cook something special, just for your cherished one. Instead of sharing love over dining at a restaurant, why not treating your partner into a romantic dinner at home?
There are plenty of easy to make, but impressive dishes' recipes to help you craft the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner menu. Bodia had selected some original recipes that will make your night even more special. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here! This non exhaustive list includes pork, chicken, beef, fish, and even a vegetarian and a dessert!
Whether you’re looking for something extravagant, like the beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower, or something more casual, like the creamy shrimp and grits, there is certainly THE dish which will suit your date night vibe. Of course, it is a well-known fact that seasoning is your best ally to make dishes even more delicious! And it's about one of the best seasoning from Cambodia that we are going to talk about today, you got it: the amazing Kampot Pepper!
Kampot pepper is a very popular spice in Cambodia, and also in starred restaurant in France and in Europe. As celebrating the day of love outside is, for most of us, impossible this year, it is time to think about preparing a dazzling dinner at home on the occasion of Valentine’s day; and invite some exotics flavors on your dining table!
You should be asking yourself: Which kind of food can be cooked with Kampot pepper? Follow the guide and let us give you our favorite Cambodian recipes!
RED KAMPOT PEPPER CHICKEN:Chicken lovers, this recipe is for you! How about you add one of the best seasoning on your favorite chicken food? Either crispy or juicy chicken? Just pan fried it with robust Red Kampot pepper and garlic to create an astonish dish! Simple and delicious, this dish will surprise your loved one.
Pepper growing in Kampot has a history pre-dating even the ancient civilizations of the Angkor Empire. Before the Khmer Rouge came local farmers could produce peppercorn up to 8,000 tons per year and exported to France. But sadly, during the Khmer Rouge period of control during the 1970s, the industry was all but terminated when farmers were forced to grow rice instead, and the pepper plantations were abandoned to the forest. In the early 1990s as peace returned to Cambodia, pepper farming families started trickling back to their ancestral lands to begin rebuilding their ancient craft, assisted by development organizations.
Nowadays, the quality of Kampot pepper is rising again and being rediscovered by the world of haute cuisine around the world. The top restaurants of Europe, Japan, and Korea are helping to lift Kampot’s traditional pepper farmers out of poverty. Meanwhile, Kampot pepper has now become the first pepper in the world to be awarded Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) by the European Union, a certification that recognizes products of exceptional quality that can only be produced in a designated region.
Pest control: Many pepper farmers in Kampot produce today natural pesticides based on local plants, from the knowledge transmitted by their ancestors. And also the geographical indication’s book of specifications recommends using natural pesticides. Only pesticides of class 2 and 3 are allowed in the production of Kampot pepper, if natural treatments prove inefficient.
Harvested from February through May, Kampot peppers come in several types: black pepper, red pepper, green pepper and white pepper, and are used for different kinds of dishes to make sure their taste won’t be wiped out by the meat and sauces. As we are talking about food seasoning, have you known that seasoning is also a medical herbs for your health? Yes, you heard it correctly! Our Cambodian Kampot pepper is not only a seasoning but it acts as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory; it also ease digestion. And there are the benefits hiding in different kinds of Kampot peppers. Let us introduce you to the magic of the star of Cambodian spice!
Green Kampot Pepper
Can be called ‘younger pepper’ because farmers harvest it when the pepper is still young on the vine, Kampot green pepper aromas literally explode on the palate with a very mild pepperiness. This fresh pepper is perfect for a grilled seafood dish such as calamari, or white meat as chicken.
Benefits of Green pepper: The youngest pepper in Cambodia is not only an appetizer but it is also used for boosting health such as calcium, Betacarerotin and Phosphorous are essential for reducing toxins in the body. It can help to relieve headache, arthritis ache, treat diarrhea and has the power to stimulate the nerves.
Kampot black pepper delivers a strong and delicate aroma. Its taste from intentionally spicy to mildly sweet, reveals hints of flower, eucalyptus and mint. This black pepper will suits all kinds of dishes and distinguishes itself in particularly with grilled fish and red meat. Kampot pepper’s specificities come from the mildness of their spices, the freshness and complexity of their aroma and their exceptional lingering taste.
Benefits of Black pepper: Black pepper is the spice most commonly use. It is also good way to boost the capacity of gastric for dissolving food, increasing health’s stomach, supporting nerves, helping fight cholesterol levels, helping to fight diabetes, preventing liver disease and preventing gastric ulcers.
Harvested when the berry is fully matured on the vine, Kampot red pepper delivers a powerful and fruity aroma. Its taste combines the spicy flavor of black pepper with a sweetness scant. Perfect to add in a dessert such as Chocolate, and fruits’ salad.
Benefits of Red pepper: On the other hand Kampot Red Pepper is the perfect ally to boost capacity of gastric for dissolving food, increasing stomach’s health, supporting nerves, against breast cancer, reducing cholesterol levels, helping to fight diabetes or preventing liver disease and gastrics ulcers.
Red and white pepper are quite rare due to the difficulty of harvesting. For each year the farmer produces only a few hundred kilograms by soaking the red berries in water for a fews days. White pepper is coming from the red one, collected berry by berry. Skin is removed, so it is really the essence and the kernel of the pepper. White pepper has a strong spicy taste and carries notes of fresh grass and lime. Fish, salads and sauce are the perfect dishes to add this special pepper in.
Benefits of White pepper: not only used as the spices on favorite food, it also prevent cancer, help dissolving food, increasing teeth’s health, nourish skin, help losing weight and is very useful for bone health.