The cuisine of these two neighbors owes much to the
influence of the country that they both border which is Thailand, and the
abundance of fresh fish caught in the Mekong River in landlocked Laos or
the Gulf of Thailand in Cambodia. The fish are cooked simply with aromatic
herbs or citrus marinades, while other soups, meat and vegetable dishes
may be flavored with garlic, ginger, peppers, galangal and lime leaves and
scattered with bunches of fresh basil, coriander and mint.