7-8 Million People Expected to Eat Num Banchok This Weekend

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has expected that between 7 and 8 million people across the country are expected to eat Num Banchok - Khmer traditional noodle - this Sunday.

While presiding over here this morning the graduation ceremony of 1,356 medical students of the University of Puthisastra, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said after his call for eating Num Banchok of solidarity and national unity this weekend, there would be from 7 to 8 million people joining the call.

The Premier strongly hoped that this solidarity and national unity movement will promote the use of local products and would break the world record [...].

On June 3, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, also President of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), appealed to all his party's members to eat Num Banchok on June 9.

The call was made in response to an opposition group who had set this day to eat Num Banchok for their political motivation.

Patriotic Num Banchok is a strategy used by the opposition group as an ideology that all Num Banh Chok eaters are their supporters against the government, therefore Samdech Techo Hun Sen requested all CPP's members to open a forum to eat Num Banchok across the nation.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also rejected some comments over the solidarity eating of Num Banchok, stressing that there is no behind the scenes of this movement.

"Some people said this is a step toward political negotiations. Don't confuse, I talk only about Num Banchok and the solidarity as well as national unity through eating Num Banh Chok on June 9", he said.

Num Banchok is a well-known dish in Cambodia. It is often served for breakfast. This rice noodle is eaten with different soups made from fish or chicken or pork or beef with a mix of vegetable.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press