From housewife to café owner on Kampuchea Krom

From housewife to café owner on Kampuchea Krom

10 Sokphorn Bun

Heart 2 Heart, a new café on Kampuchea Krom, is offering a Khmer New Year promotion through the end of May that includes a passion-fruit latte with French-fried sweet potatoes and curry mayonnaise for $2.50.

Heart 2 Heart is located near the corner of Kampuchea Krom and Street 261, roughly opposite The Pizza Company.

For owner Sokphorn Bun, the inspiration to open a café in Phnom Penh came as the result of a trip to California in 2010 where a friend of hers owns a food shop.  When she returned to Cambodia, she decided to study food and beverages
and got positive feedback from her husband and two children.

With her knowledge of baking cakes and making cocktails plus the support of her family Sokphorn Bun opened Heart 2 Heart on March 8, 2012, which was also International Women’s Day.

Since then, she’s attracted a lot of students especially from middle class families.  The Café is situated within walking distance of the Institute of Foreign Languages and the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

“We offer a range of food at lower prices than other coffee shops, for example in BKK and our food is free of MSG.”

In addition to a range of coffee, frappes and lattes, Sokphorn Bun also serves a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, at $2, including the popular blue margarita, the Singapore sling, the sweet lip cocktail, the long island iced tea and the pina colada.

Happy hour at Heart 2 Heart runs from 4 pm to 7 pm daily, buy one get one free, at a price of $2.50.

“Most of our cocktail customers are young adults, university students or office workers who like coming in the late afternoon,” Sokphorn Bun said.

One favorite drink is an avocado smoothie at $1.95.  Green tea hot latte is $1.65 and $1.75 if it has ice.

Heart 2 Heart is open daily from 7am to 9pm.

Sokphorn Bun was really inspired by her family and their praise for the food and drinks she prepared, which gave her the confidence to open her own shop.

“My family members love my food, and I am glad for the opportunity to open a successful coffee shop here,” she says.

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