Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday thanked his supporters for attending nationwide noodle parties on Sunday.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said the parties resulted in friendship and solidarity among Cambodians.
“We must remember noodle day in order to strengthen solidarity, national unity and the love we have for our nation under the umbrella of peace and progress,” he said.
On Sunday, Tourism Minister Thong Khon announced that the government is planning to have Khmer noodles listed on Unesco’s cultural heritage list.
Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona yesterday said Khmer noodles should be listed because it is one of Cambodia’s unique dishes.
“We’ve been studying Cambodian dishes over the past two years to see what we could do to have something listed on Unesco’s cultural heritage list,” Ms Sackona said. “Clearly, Khmer noodles is one dish we considered.”
“Officials are now thinking how to file the application with enough convincing ideas in order to obtain positive response,” she added.
The noodle parties were announced last week by Mr Hun Sen who suggested that on June 9, former opposition party supporters eat noodles together on Sunday with CPP officials in order to show solidarity.
His suggestion followed criticism from former CNRP officials questioned by a provincial court for allegedly violating a Supreme Court decision dissolving the party during gatherings at a noodle shop.
Sin Rozeth, the owner of the noodle shop where the former opposition officials gathered, was given an outstanding advocacy award by CNRP supporters after Mr Hun Sen’s noodle parties gained popularity.
Ms Rozeth yesterday said she was surprised that her business boosted the popularity of Khmer noodles in the Kingdom.
“It’s not just me who did it, but all Cambodians too,” she said. “We made our Khmer noodles famous and the parties clearly showed solidarity.”
“I would like to dedicate this award to all Cambodians,” Ms Rozeth added.
Ms Rozeth was among 35 former Cambodia National Rescue Party members in Battambang province called for questioning by the provincial court.