Khmer Silver Fish Mum

January 29, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Khmer Silver Fish Mum

Khmer Silver Fish Mum is a traditional Cambodian dish that offers a unique blend of flavors and textures. The recipe emphasizes the importance of adjusting the salt to taste, as it plays a crucial role in achieving the right balance of sourness and preservation. To make this dish, you’ll need tiny silver fish or tiny shrimps, minced galangal, roasted rice, salt (with adjustments to personal preference), shredded green papaya, shredded carrot, and tamarind powder.

The preparation involves combining all the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring they are well-mixed. The mixture is then placed into a clean jar and left to sit for approximately a week. In warmer climates, the souring process may occur faster. For the first day, it’s recommended to leave the jar outside before transferring it to the fridge for later use. This allows the flavors to meld and develop, creating a unique and flavorful dish.

When it’s time to serve, additional elements are introduced to enhance the dish’s taste. Minced garlic, minced chilies, lime juice, and assorted herbs are added for a burst of flavor and aromatic complexity. This mixture is then served alongside fresh green vegetables, creating a vibrant and satisfying dish.

The Khmer Silver Fish Mum can be enjoyed with rice, offering a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. This traditional Cambodian dish showcases the creative use of ingredients and the importance of balancing flavors to create a unique and delicious culinary experience.


1 bag of tiny silver fish or tiny shrimps
1/3 cup of minced Galangal
1/3 cup of roasted rice
2 tablespoon of salt use American measuring spoon (do adjust the salt)
2 cups of shredded green papaya
1 cup of shredded carrot
1 teaspoon of tamarind powder

Directions to make Khmer Silver Fish Mum

  1. Mix everything well together put it into a clean jar and let it sits for a week, I keep it outside for 1 day then I keep it in the fridge for later use. It will sour fast depend on where you live with warm weather.
  2. When ready to serve add minced garlic, minced chilies, lime juice and assorted herbs serve with green fresh vegetable.

Serve with rice.


Related Recipe: Khmer Deep Fry Banana Cake

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 709

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏66g 24%
Cholesterol ‏100mg 33%
Total Fat ‏39g 50%
Saturated Fat ‏8g 40%
Dietary Fiber ‏7g 25%
Protein ‏32g 64%
Sodium ‏864mg 38%
Sugars ‏15g 30%


15 min


14 min




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