|Cambodian Lok Lak - Reflection
Cambodians celebrate Cambodian New Year around the beginning of April which lasts about a week or two. It brings Cambodian families closer because they spend time with each other.
During this holiday, the women prepare the food, the men of the family gamble, and the kids and teens of the family hang out and play outside. But since my grandpa is not the gambling type of person, he loves to cook instead. The dish that he prepares on this tradition each year is called “Lok Lak”. It is a dish with lettuce leaves, chopped onions, tomatoes, and beef with a side dip of lime, crushed black pepper, and crushed garlic.
My grandpa learned how to cook this dish from my great grandma. The first time my great grandma made this dish, everybody loved it, so we decided to make it a traditional dish each year.Whenever I ask my grandpa to make it, he will. When he finishes making it, everybody in the family rushes to the kitchen to get some before it is gone. My grandpa has continued to make this dish even after my great grandma had passed. I am still learning how to make this delicacy, and soon it will be my turn to continue this tradition. Lok Lak is a dish that brings everybody in the family closer.