Learn how mushrooms are made in Siem Reap. The province is famous for its farms, and many hosts like Sarat’s family has a small farm in the backyard. You can go inside and experience the change of climate and the typical smell of fresh mushrooms.
The way the oyster mushrooms are grown in mushroom farms in Siem Reap ist by using plastic bags with a nutritional soil and spores. The basis is the spawn. It contains the mycelium, the vegetative growth of a fungus. Then it is mixed with the substrate, which is usually made of straw and some soil. The straw is cut into little pieces, and better boiled before used. It can also be mixed with wood chips. Important is that some moisture is left. Now plastic bags are filled with the mix of spawn and substrate and then put in racks.
Exclusive food experience in Siem Rep
It takes a few weeks until the first mushrooms will grow out of the small opening in the plastic bag. When they about as big as a small hand, they can be cut. Our hosts sell them at the market, but will also fry them for you with a delicious tempura. After the farm visit you cook with locals three different dishes. This is a very exclusive food experience in Siem Reap since you usually cannot find those homemade dishes in restaurants.