I stumbled upon Johor Bahru's one and only licenced toddy shop (the beverage is also known as tuak, air nira, கள்ளு, coconut wine or "coconut juice").
The humble toddy shop is tugged away in an inconspicuous corner of busy downtown JB near Hotel Tropical Inn.
The interior of the shop was clean and had only the most bare bones set up and basic furniture. There was hardly any customers on both the afternoons that I was there.
A mug of toddy goes for RM3. You can ask for your drink to have "extra kick" at no additional cost. The toddy man just adds in last night's "coconut juice" - which has greater fermentation.
The toddy was served at room temperature on a blistering afternoon, but I definitely felt its instant cooling effect. The toddy was sweet as well as slightly sour and fizzy in a pleasant way. The effect of alcohol kicked in pretty fast for me, and one mug of "extra kick" was just about it for me :-D
A video on how toddy is made and enjoyed :) Cheers!
->> Get initiated on toddy here :-D The rest is up to you ;-p
Restaurant name: Kedai Tuak Awam
Address: Along Jalan Sulaiman, downtown Johor Bahru
Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Dates visited: 6 Jun 2012, 18 Jun 2012
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