ginger cha (ឆាខ្ញី—cha khnei)

Bold ginger flavor dominates in this cha(ឆា), or Cambodian-style stir-fry. A signature Cambodian spice mix of black pepper and garlic compliment the spiciness of the ginger.

Ingredients are simply sautéed together, adding a little water to simmer briefly. Once everything has softened to the perfect texture and flavors have mixed in evenly, cha khnei(ឆាខ្ញី) is ready to be enjoyed.

Serve hot over rice or family style with other side dishes like bok l’hong(បុកល្ហុង)(papaya salad).


(serves 2)

1 cup ginger root, shredded
20 black peppercorn, crushed
2 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
¼ tablet palm sugar
1 cup mushroom, chopped
1 carrot, finely sliced(optional)
2 shallot, finely sliced or 4 green onion, chopped(optional)

• saute garlic, mushroom, carrot, shallot
• add water, salt, pepper, sugar, ginger
• simmer
• serve