• Pchum Ben ceremony at Watt Khmer Metta

I’ve pointed out before that there are precious few opportunities in Chicago for non-Cambodians (without Cambodian friends or family) to try Khmer food, which can be described as somewhat similar to Thai but noticeably subtler in terms of the four S’s—spicy-sweet-sour-salty. It’s no ten-ton truck, but it draws on Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and French influences too and it’s damn good stuff. If you’ve never partaken, this Saturday there are a couple opportunities at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum in Albany Park.