Mee Nhom - Not Thailand, in Cambodia now

Thai foods are famous for its super spicy taste. You can almost feel the spiciness by just seeing red chilly in the foods. Thai foods are also famous in Cambodia. Tong Yam Gung and Som Tam, famously known as spicy papaya salad, are some examples of it. However, there is another new dish from Thailand getting famous in Cambodia now.

Mee Nhom / Photo by Muong Vandy Have you ever heard about ‘Spicy Mixed Thai Noodle’ or known in Khmer as ‘Mee Nhorm’? I think you would if you have been to Thailand. Now you do not need to go to Thailand because it is also available in Cambodia.
After I heard about this food, I really wanted to find out what that food is; therefore, my friend and I decided to go there to taste it. When I arrived first time in early time, I fantasy I was in Thailand because of the smell of Mee Nhorm. I was there around 4:30 p.m. It was silent like no customer was coming; however, after a few minutes later while we were eating, I saw that there were many youths coming and they were enjoying Mee Nhorm as well.
After being ordered, two minutes later, Mee Nhorm is cooked and brought to the table with the delicious smell and colorful plates. The taste of the dish is deliciously spicy. You will feel it the first time you put the noodle in your mouth.
Phal Lim, Mee Nhorm’s seller, 32, has been selling the food for nearly a year already. She said, “Mostly my customers are students at adult age. They come very often to eat the noodle as their lunch or dinner because they like spicy food.” She added, “I sell it from 12 p.m to 8 p.m every day. I can get income from $40 to $50 a day.” Phal Lim stated that many ingredients needed to make Mee Nhorm are from Thailand.

Mee Nhom / Photo by Muong Vandy The dish is cooked step by step to make it delicious. Mee Nhorm need to be done with a set of ingredients such as Tong Yam, chilly, sugar and other basic ingredients to add more flavor to the dish. There are four different kinds of meat such as pork, shrimp, squid, and hot dog. To complete the dish, two kinds of vegetables, edible aquatic plant and cabbage, are added. Mixing all these ingredients together, the Mee Nhorm is now ready to be eaten.

Pen Sreykeo, 18, a regular customer said that Mee Nhorm is her favorite food. She often eats double noodle (Orange plate) with her friends and she told us that she knows Mee Nhorm from her friend. She tried it for the first time, and then she likes it so much. Nowadays she still takes her time to eat Mee Nhorm. 

One thing I notice is the difference between the colors of the plates which are in orange and green. I really wonder what actually the difference between the two plates is. I decided to ask Phal Lim, who is the owner of the shop. In fact, there are two colors of plates that define the price of Mee Nhorm. The green plate costs 3500 riels while the orange costs 4500 riels. The added price is due to the orange plate doubles the meat and noodle.

For people who like spicy food, Mee Nhorm is the best choice. To me, I also like it; even it is a bit hot and spicy. Do not forget to try Mee Nhorm. I recommend you to taste it yourself.

Article by: Muong Vandy & Song Kimsour
E-mail: vandy_happymuong@yahoo.com & kimsour_song@yahoo.com
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Vandy profileMuong Vandy is a junior of Media Management at the Department of Media and Communication. She loves writing in the hope that she can share information she knows to inform, entertain, and educate people in the society. When she has free times, she reads various pieces written by other writers to improve her knowledge in different fields, and she writes on different sections to practice her writing styles. Besides that, she mostly spends her time with the family and friends because she does not want to be isolated all the time. She has worked as a freelance reporter for a local media since she was in year 1 and started working….She started working for the CambodiaCircles in November 2011. She said she wanted to be a professional journalist in the future so that she would be able to keep informing people what they should know.

Kimsour's profileSong Kimsour is a junior of Media Management at the Department of Media and Communication (DMC). "To be honest, at first, I did not like writing and I would choose speaking to express my ideas," said Kimsour, adding that she completely changed after joining the CambodiaCircles team. She said she had more chance to spread information through writing and publishing on new media - the Internet. She has worked as a freelance reporter for a local media since she was in year 1 and started working for the CambodiaCircles as a reporter since the existent of the website. "I will keep writing to inform my readers useful information that could benefit them in many ways," said the 20-year-old reporter.