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Reviewed 2 January 2024 via mobile

100% recommend!! The guy who served us was so insanely lovely and so funny! The food was so good and I like how you can customise the meal for your preferences and spice levels! I got a big plate of noodles for $2 dollars so...it is a very good find! You can also do cooking classes for Khmer food which I think would be an amazing experience. Overall 100% recommend !More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

A family run restaurant serving delicious Cambodian food for really cheap prices with vegan and veggie options!! I went three times during my time in Battambang and ordered the Khmer curry for $3.50, Chicken Amok for $3.50 and Chha Khney Ginger, all their dishes come...with rice included in the price! They also offer a cooking class in their countryside family home which is an amazing way to delve deeper into the culture, you go to the local market prior to collect your ingredients and then head to their home where you prepare and cook everything from scratch (even the coconut milk!). Vannak speaks Amazing English and explains all the ingredients/flavors and recipe steps perfectly. Couldn’t recommend their restaurant & cooking class enough if you’re in Battambang! 5/5 stars ⭐️More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

Don't miss the Smokin' Pot. So you come to Battambang and where do you eat? Obviously everyone tells you Jaan Bai. And why not? The food is great, the service attentive, the ambience relaxed and friendly. But then the next night? Just one hundred metres...from Jaan Bai, down the somewhat ramshackle Street 1.5 is the Smokin' Pot. Here you can taste some truly delicious and authentic Khmer cuisine, and the bill at the end won't hurt. The chef-patron here is Vannak, a man who is passionate about preserving the art of Khmer cooking, and his passion sings in every dish. So don't be put off by the street or the fact that the Smokin' Pot maybe closed when you walk down 1.5 during the day, this is a not to miss restaurant and a jewell (or at least the rought diamond) in Battambang's culinary crown. Cooking school. So once you've eaten, you'll want to take Vannak's wonderful morning cooking school. Take a trip out of town to a village market to buy fresh meat, fish, vegetables and herbs. Then spend a couple of hours with Van as he teaches you to create a Khmer paste which you can then combine with other ingredients to create authentic fish amok, chaa mrah prow or chaa khnei sach ko. As a European who has been cooking With East Asian food for 30+ years, I found Vannak's lessons invaluable in getting to the heart of some Khmer techniques. So whether a novice or seasoned cook, Vannak's cooking school is worth every one of the $12 several times over.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2023

This place offers exceptional food and very welcoming atmosphere in the restaurant. Also a cooking class and city tour are offered. Especially the cooking class is a MUST, as the teaching is very good, it is very nice to hear stories about the food culture...in Cambodia, and the end result is delicious. The owner is a passionate chef, whoch can be seen in the restaurant and the cooking school. The tour is also very good as it’s very deep and again the owner hs very nice way of storytelling.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 October 2023

Had a great day with the tour guide and his 7 y/o son! Very enthusiastic people who really want to show you the best of Cambodia. Had dinner in his restaurant and the food was great! Would absolutely recommend this tour or restaurant!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

I had an excellent dinner here! The food selection is local with an option for chinese if you want it. The owners are incredibly nice and communicative if you so wish. I hope that business will pick up for them and they’ll get the recognition...they deserve! The dinner was so pleasant, that I inquired about breakfast and they opened up the restaurant just for me.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

My husband and I have enjoyed many cooking classes in numerous countries around the world over the years but the Smokin Pot cooking class owned by Mr Vannak has been by far the BEST class we’ve ever participated in. Mr Vannak picked us up from...our hotel and took us to the local Battambang market where he bought the fresh fish, veggies, herbs and spices we required for our dishes, explaining the purpose of each ingredient as he acquired things. We even stopped to grab a fresh iced coffee for the trip back. Vannak spoke with clarity and his English was perfect as he explained to our small class fire he learnt his cooking skills from his mother, one of the very few chefs who survived the Khmer Rouge Genocide from 1975-79, soo his cooking style is truely authentic, traditional Khmer cuisine . We carefully prepared the pastes for our fish Amok and Beef Lok Lak plus a vegetarian option for one student and proceeded to cook both courses on our individual traditional hand made clay fire pots, this was so much fun. Vannak’s attention to hand hygiene and general cleanliness of our work area could not be faulted. All ingredients were properly washed by this helpers ( family) . Vannak was patient and very witty whilst supervising the cutting, shredding, squeezing and timely adding of our prepared ingredients. After three fun hours with Vannak we sat together and enjoyed the fruits of our labour knowing that what we were eating was genuine Khmer food made from scratch. A very satisfying experience. If you choose to do a cooking course in Battambang you must see if Vannak can fit you in, it will be the highlight of your stay. We also asked Vannak if he would take us in a city tour after the cooking class and we’re thrilled he could. 10 out of 10 for his knowledge and sites he showed us here too.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

This is a five star cooking school. We travel around the world and do cooking classes in many countries. The chef is professional, a great communicator but most of all he has a deep passion for Cambodian food. The setting for the class is at...his restaurant so it has a wonderful local flare to it. The trip to the market to buy all the ingredients was the topping on the cake. Don’t miss this !!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023 via mobile

Best fish amok in Cambodia! Really great restaurant run by a lovely family who take pride in serving authentic Khmer food! Loved the food so much that we booked the cooking class for the next day! Definitely a must when in Battambang!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

We went to Vannak’s cooking class today, and it’s safe to say that it made our trip to Battambang worthwhile! The day started off being picked up by Vannak and his family on their way to the local market (which was an amazing experience in...itself) we made 3 dishes - each was amazing and a true taste of Khmer flavours. Vannak himself was a brilliant host with so much knowledge of the history and culture, and his family were such nice people. All in all it was a 10/10, wholesome experience and would recommend to anyone who decides to visit Battambang!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023

If you’re keen to witness the true Cambodian lifestyle and culture, while avoiding the tourists traps, this cooking class is the experience for you! The teacher, Vannak, took us into the local market to gather ingredients for our three course meal. Once we arrived in...his home kitchen, Vannak showed us the method and skills to cook authentic and traditional Khmer food. The outcome was delicious and it all came at an incredibly cheap price. Vannak had great insight and wisdom into the traditional cooking methods of Khmer food and provided us with lots of history and cultural information about Battambang and Cambodia! We cannot recommend this enough for anyone wanting a true cultural experience and a memory to cherish.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 14 June 2023

Really good Khmer food and a nice atmosphere. The owner Vanak is great and ready to help with any question. Thank you I took a curry and the jackfruit smoothie and both was really good.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023

This was a fun and tasty cooking class! Vegetarian options are available, too. Definitely a recommendation.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023 via mobile

We were lucky enough to chance upon Vannak’s restaurant on a stormy night, he called out to us passing and offered us a ride home and then wouldn’t let us pay. The immediate rapport with him meant we booked a tour with him for the...next day, he, along with his young son, were amazing, informative guides, we all loved his passion and detail. Vannak’s real passion is his food, and we asked to finish the day at his family Khmer restaurant, the food was fresh and true. Today, we met again and did the cooking class with him, again, an incredible informative experience, from the market to his family home. And the food was delicious! Can’t recommend Vannak and his family enough, truly something none of us will forget.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023 via mobile

Visited Smokin Pot after a great day sight seeing with the owner, Vannak. The food and service was outstanding. Vannak and his family made us feel welcome and spent time explaining the dishes and their story. Wonderful experience with lovely hosts. Could not recommend enough....Looking forward to the cooking course!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Hi, Trip Advisor have sent your question re cooking class availability direct to a previous reviewer of this cooking school. Sorry don't know the answer. Check direct with The Smokin Pot Richard
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Smokin' Pot is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5