April 13 - 15 was the official Cambodian Khmer New Year this year, and there was no better way to celebrate than with some good food.
Normally, we should be with family visiting the Buddhist temple, but since they are too far - we could only do the next best thing. Make tasty food that reminded us of home and head to the next most serene place, the park.
One of our favorite foods we eat at home in San Jose are Lee’s chicken banhmi’s. I know it’s not quite Cambodian, but it’s a nostalgic little number for us. So for our picnic, I made a 5 spice spicy chicken banhmi accompanied with lots of fruit, savory bites, and fresh pastries from near our home, then took it all to Shinjuku Gyoen for a warm, sunny Sunday picnic.
It was a nice day and very yummy way to start the Cambodian New Year.