Have you tried drinking fresh sugarcane juice before? I first had a taste of sugarcane juice in one of Singapore’s hawkers’ markets almost six years ago. It was such a novelty for me during that time although I did not like the taste that much. It was like a bit bland for me and its like drinking a fruit juice that lacks its flavor and sweetness.
Sugarcane is technically a grass that grows a bit tall ad thick (looks a bit similar to bamboo) and is the main source of sugar and ethanol. There are many sugarcane plantations back in my home country and I remember seeing some vendors selling chopped up sugarcane on the streets. When I was a kid I used to buy one every chance. Although I’ve seen vendors selling sugarcanes back home, i never had the chance to see one selling sugarcane juice (not until I flew out to other countries).
This year, I find myself drinking sugarcane juice every chance I got and have learned to appreciate its taste. Luckily, there are so many vendors selling fresh sugarcane juice in Cambodia. It seems that it’s also a popular drink among locals here.
They usually add some lemon juice on it (maybe or perhaps other citrus) on the sugarcane juice which gives it a more refreshing flavor. It’s also not expensive, as of the time of writing it cost 1500 Riel for a small cup, 2000 Riel for a large one and just 500 Riel for a small plastic bag (yeah, they put it in very small plastic bags too).
If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend that you give it a try. Make sure that it’s icy cold though as it seems to highlight the taste of the juice.
Squeezing the juice out using this machine
Perfect refreshments to beat the hot Cambodian summer!!!