Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Roger Mooking Cooks up Justice! Recipe for Cambodian Tilapia Ceviche

Roger Mooking is a young Canadian chef with a bright and colourful palate. He is as warm-hearted and down to earth as he is talented, and is one of my very favourite chefs.

Recently he paired up with World Vision Canada and made  the trip to Cambodia to exchange information and ideas about child nutrition, and to bring awareness to the issues of healthy food and clean water for families in all countries.

He has created a Cambodian-inspired dish for you to try at home.

While in Cambodia, Mooking traded in his chef toque to be the student, learning from local families how to prepare nutritious, authentic Cambodian dishes.

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Cambodian Tilapia Ceviche
Roger Mooking, for Cooking Up Justice
Tilapia fish fill the ponds provided by World Vision Canada, so it's fitting that we share a tilapia recipe. All the elements of this dish were inspired by our trip. - RM


1 tilapia fillet (very fresh)
1 passion fruit
Juice of 1 lime
1 garlic clove, pureed
2 tsp cilantro stems finely chopped

Cut tilapia in half lengthwise, then across the grain in ½” slices. Lay the pieces of fish on a plate with a rim. Set aside in fridge.

In a stainless steel bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the top of the tilapia pieces. Allow to sit in the juice for seven minutes. Remove the fish only from the sauce.

The passion fruit, which grows locally, is memorable. Our first day in Phnom Penh, the hotel bartender was making a passion fruit juice with lime. -RM


Fresh picked cilantro leaf
Fresh ginger, very finely sliced
Maldon sea salt, large flakes
Sesame oil drizzle


1/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp shrimp paste
2 lime leaves, smashed
2 tbsp water
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a clean bowl and rest on the counter for 10 minutes. Strain through fine sieve and set aside for service.

I ordered that drink and it is my first food memory of Cambodia. The coconut milk and shrimp paste in the sauce are common flavours in that region. The Lok Lak pepper sauce is the secret ingredient in a Khmer dish. Lastly, cilantro is everywhere - hence the sprig of it here. -RM


1/2 tbsp black pepper, cracked
1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp fish sauce

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and set aside for service.

*Original recipe created by Roger Mooking for World Vision Cooking Up Justice Campaign 

Roger Mooking discusses Cambodia, World Vision, nutrition, and cooking at the St. Lawrence Market.
About Roger Mooking:
Roger has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s premier chefs. He is the host and co-creator of his own internationally broadcasted television series Everyday Exotic, which airs Tuesday at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Food Network Canada. With multiple television guest appearances and as a contributor to various publications for food commentary, you could say Roger maintains a full plate. In addition to his passion for the culinary world, he is a recording artist and creator of Soul Food, a unique food and music project released by Warner Music. Visit to learn more.

About World Vision’s Cooking Up Justice campaign:
Cooking Up Justice is engaging Canadians from coast-to-coast on the issues of nutrition and food security with events in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Canadians are learning about nutrition in their own backyards and the challenges faced by families and communities in developing countries.

About The Dam:
The Dam is a place of community for youth and young moms offering them hope and help. They are committed to being a welcoming and safe community for youth. The organization offers drop-in programs designed for youth who need a place where they are accepted, supported and challenged to reach their full potential.