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Sombai Infused Cambodian Liqueur: Workshop Visit and Liqueur Tasting

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    After picking you up from your hotel in Siem Reap, your driver will take you to the workshop in Salakamreuk village, located just beyond Wat Damnak Pagoda.

    After taking off your shoes (as it is the tradition in Cambodia and also for hygienic reasons when entering a food processing workshop), a short set of steep stairs will take to up to the infusion room, a characteristic typical of the houses in Cambodia. Don't worry, as there are normal stairs if you are not comfortable. Once there, you will get to see more than a hundred glass jars full of local fruits, such as mango, banana, coconut, pineapple, lemon, tamarind and orange, herbs such as lemongrass and green tea, spices including anise seed, cinnamon, ginger, galangal and chili, all soaking in the alcohol until the infusion is completed. You will be amazed at the color of the infused alcohol that changes with time, and how the fruits evolve along the weeks. Through the window, you can have a peek at the "laboratory" whenever the production staff is at work. With hygiene rules perfectly respected, you will understand that the product is really home-made there. Your guide will be on hand answer all your questions about the production process.

    After this 15-minute visit, you will be rewarded by a tasting of the 8 flavors. It will start by the flavors that are less sweet, through the spicy ones, the sweet and sour, the digestive and ending with the sweet dessert tastes. Offered, along with a bottle of cold water, are local snacks composed of taro chips, banana chips, cashew nuts or flavored peanuts to accompany your drinks. Once you have chosen your favorite flavor, feel free to shop around if you wish to bring back a unique souvenir (no obligation). To add to your culinary experience, you can also taste the aromatic salts and infused cooking oils that are prepared at the workshop.

    Once you are done (after approx. 30 minutes), your driver will bring you back to town or to your hotel.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    I had already seen the Sombai products were seen in many places, like the DFS Angkor and Phare circus prior to making a trip down to the actual Sombai Shop itself. The visit to the workshop was good, because there was in-depth explanation to how...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank IvanS225
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    I enjoyed this experience a lot, spending a couple of hours learning about the process and then tasting the different flavours of rice wine infusions and alcoholic jams. Very cute hand painted bottles, cups and other souvenirs available which make great gifts and keepsakes. Worth...More

    1  Thank poojap105
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    From the moment I walked into the shop Van took care of me to be finest detail. Not only was he very knowledgeable around the whole process he was more than happy to have a chat whilst tasting which as a solo traveller was much...More

    1  Thank benjewe
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We took ourselves to the workshop and were warmly welcomed and then given our own tour. We also met the owner and after discussing all of the tests they had to run to get the optimum receipe we began to appreciate the care and attention...More

    1  Thank Stephen T
    Sombai, Owner at Sombai, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Stephen, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our shop. The visit of our small homey workshop is done by one of our friendly staff who will show you around the infusion room, tell you about the process and if...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    My husband and I visited this place right after we finished temple hopping at Angkor. We arrived at around 3pm in the afternoon, the staff welcomed us warmly and immediately proceeded to the tour. The place has a homey vibe. The tour is free of...More

    1  Thank paulingaudan
    Sombai, Owner at Sombai, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Paulin, Our heartfelt thanks for sharing your experience with us both live and through Trip Advisor. We chose our workshop because it was a traditional Cambodian wooden house that we turned into a shop, with comfortable sofas and strong wifi to allow anyone who...More

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