It is wedding season in Cambodia and that usually means people are complaining about endless invitations. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed that, and wedding plans have been delayed or cancelled to help curb its spread.
Having been told to socially distance and avoid unnecessary travel, some people are now nostalgic about the idea of sharing a table with friends and enjoying ample food and various hors d’oeuvres that come with wedding receptions.
Have no fear. You don’t have to venture out on a nervous trip to the grocery store for the proper ingredients or have the culinary skills to prepare a proper wedding or party meal.
That is where the chefs come in – especially when it comes to preparing healthy dishes like black chicken soup or mixed vegetable soup with freshwater lobster.
While people are encouraged to stay home, Seng Hok Heng Catering Services, one of the largest catering companies in Cambodia still offers cuisine services for wedding receptions, parties and other gatherings, as well as grocery delivery.
Starters to various mouth-watering main courses and even Khmer desserts are offered online from Seng Hok Heng. Delivery arrives hot and quick.
Its general manager Touch Ratha tells The Post: “We launched Hengmart online in March, and it is a brainchild of Seng Hok Heng. We sell packed food and groceries in Phnom Penh with easy and fast delivery to our customers’ front doors.”
Delivery includes everything from chicken with cashew nuts to Svay Rieng-style deep-fried bacon, roasted dried beef and marinated fish cake as starters, and shark fin with crab soup, black chicken soup, river prawn mixed vegetable soup, fried rice and fried noodle with various meats, including roasted goose, roasted duck and chicken. Even a whole roasted pig is listed for Hengmart delivery.
“Hengmart is serving Seng Hok Heng’s food and is recognised for its standard tasty selected foods while maintaining a high quality of hygiene, product safety and good price. Hengmart is a newly established online mart amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In Cambodia, there is a high demand for online delivery services,” says Ratha.
One delighted fan of Hengmart, Clara Nouth, recently posted a few of its cuisines and her picture in an elevator with some words expresses her feelings.
“It’s convenient, speedy, tasty and hygienic. Whenever you want, you just access Hengmart’s page,” Clara wrote on her Facebook page.
Ratha says people can access Hengmart’s Facebook page and place orders easily for fast delivery with high product safety, good service and a good price.
“First, you just select any items based on the pictures on the Hengmart Facebook page. Then choose any product – cuisines and groceries you want and tick on the products via edited pictures on your Facebook Messenger.
“After that, you just send the pictures of the selected items back to messenger along with your phone number, time to deliver, address, street number and Google Map, and that’s it,” Ratha says.
Aside from the good service and suitable price, many people are concerned over maintaining hygiene that keeps the products safe, especially items that can contract the virus.
Ratha says: “From our product supplies to the customer’s front door, we maintain the cleanliness and hygiene to ensure that our products are virus-free.
“Having a reliable supply chain of food and materials is a number one concern for a growing company like ours. We must ensure that all purchase orders are fulfilled and the final product is delivered to customers. The delivery service works perfectly to ensure social distancing.”
He said although the Hengmart shop just offers services in Phnom Penh, Seng Hok Heng is already recognised as one of the biggest catering companies in Cambodia and can provide food catering for any event including parties, wedding receptions and other ceremonies.
“Chefs from Seng Hok Heng are always paying attention to quality, especially product safety, high standards, and easy and speedy service with responsibility. Our slogan is ‘Happy Customers, Happy Seng Hok Heng’.
He said quality service comes from the well-known Seng Hok Heng chefs who are professionals and have years of experience.
Qing Ming – the traditional Chinese tomb-sweeping festival – is an occasion the shows how Cambodian-Chinese are celebrating in the Kingdom. And now they don’t have to take trips to the markets for food.
“For many occasions, including New Year, the Hungry Ghost Festival and even this Qing Ming, we offer food delivery to our customer’s door,” said Touch.
He said that the most popular orders for these occasions are roasted goose, duck and especially roasted pig (seven to 15kg).
In September last year, when Seng Hok Heng served ambok with coconut juice, the Khmer traditional dessert, at a wedding reception, it went viral as the Khmer dessert is never served in such a ceremony.
Hengmart accepts orders from 6:30am to 7:30pm and is located at #615, St. 2004, Sangkat Kakap, Khan Pursan Chey, Phnom Penh.
For more details, visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/hengmartdotcom or contact 010666455 | 077666455.