Prahok for export market ?

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Prahok for export market ?

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:47 am

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Prahok for export? Definitely a niche market.
The soul of traditional Khmer cuisine resides in a barrel of pungent fermented fish paste whose signature aroma is loved by most Cambodians as much as it is loathed by most foreigners. Prahok, a concoction of crushed and salted fish left to ferment until it acquires its potent distinction, is a versatile condiment served with nearly every meal.

Produced each year between December and March when thousands of trey riel, a type of small mud carp, swarm into Cambodia’s rivers, prahok originated as a way of preserving fish for the leaner months in villages where even today refrigeration is uncommon.

But its production cycle – involving murky water, rotting fish mash and crude processing techniques – leaves a whole lot that can go wrong. And given prahok’s odiferous qualities, telling the difference between a good batch and one that has “gone off” can prove challenging.

To protect consumers – and to open the door for exports – the government has drawn up the first-ever industry standard for Cambodian prahok producers. The new standard, introduced in September, defines the characteristics of traditional prahok, including its accepted colour, odour and preparation process, while setting limits on chemical additives and pathogen counts. Samples of the product must be analysed in licensed laboratories before receiving certification...
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by AE86 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:42 pm

I remember seeing it at a few Cambodian marts in Long Beach before.
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:47 pm

Yeah, I've only ever seen it in Khmer grocery stores. I guess that's who they're targeting, the diaspora.
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by Babble » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:28 pm

I love the taste, but those pictures make me vomit and I will struggle too eat again until that vision has left my brain.
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by hanno » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:36 pm

Babble wrote:I love the taste, but those pictures make me vomit and I will struggle too eat again until that vision has left my brain.
I hate the stuff and just this week I found a jar in my fridge :bad: :bad:
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by Babble » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:49 pm

hanno wrote:
Babble wrote:I love the taste, but those pictures make me vomit and I will struggle too eat again until that vision has left my brain.
I hate the stuff and just this week I found a jar in my fridge :bad: :bad:
I've never kept it at home. I do enjoy it with raw vegetables.

In my last home, the neighbors were so kind preparing that stench at 7am. This was when I developed a love for 630am Coffee every morning.
New place doesn't have the smell but I still have a habit.
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by Babble » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:05 pm

I'm prahocked you don't.
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Post by Jamie_Lambo » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:35 pm

i use it as toothpaste
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Re: Prahok for export market ?

Post by prahkeitouj » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:36 pm

I can't stand when anyone put Prahok in Khmer soup, but I do like Prahok when it is alone.

Btw they are important food for Khmer people. But just the way they pack it isn't good looking.
The red one is called Ka Pi' or Kampot people call it Kii.
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