Tody or toddy is fermented sap from the flower of coconut palm - an alcoholic treat which I enjoy whenever it is available. Toddy is banned in Singapore but we can get it at the tody shop here in old JB town, near the JB CIQ :-D The tody shop is actually just across Jalan Wong Ah Fook from Komtar JB (where the Angry Bird theme park is).
The tody shop is in this small old building along quiet Jalan Sulaiman.
This is the most international signboard that I have seen in JB. There is Tamil, Malay, Chinese, English, Vietnamese, Hindi, Portuguese, Korean and other languages I could not identify.
This little building built in 1920, I am told, belongs to the Malaysian Customs.
Creaky vintage wooden windows with louvres.
Peeping through the wire mesh grille - it looks rather spartan inside.
Bare cement floor, wooden benches and tables covered with chequered vinyl floor mats. The floor mat/ table cloth were peeling due to age. The place was quiet today.
Other than the "drinking hall", there is the kitchen where the tody is scooped from large plastic tubs on order.
The price list is clearly displayed: 1 mug RM3, 1 big jug RM11 and 1 bottle (1.5 litre) RM12. Simple.
Mr Maniam is the proprietor of this tody shop. Mr Maniam said that his shop is the only one in Johor Bahru that has all the 4 different licences required to serve toddy. Mr Maniam said he gets a lot of international visitors ;-D He is most impressed with Korean lady drinkers LOL.
The cloudy coconut "wine" looked like boiled barley water. Tody is served at room temperature. Tody tastes sweet with sourish notes and a slight natural fizz. I am not sure about the alcohol content but guess it's between 5 and 10%. The alcohol kick comes on quite quickly for me and I am usually done after just one mug.
Tody has a "cooling" effect on a hot day and a "warming" effect on a cold day.
Today, I bought a 1.5 litre bottle to enjoy later at home :-D Maniam said it can keep about a week in the fridge.
->> Want to know what is tody? You can check it out here :-D It has a quite a kick :-D This drink is no longer available in Singapore.
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Restaurant name: Kedai Tuak Awam
Address: Along Jalan Sulaiman, downtown Johor Bahru, Malaysia (across Jalan Wong Ah Fook from Komtar JB. Near Tropical Inn.)
GPS: 1.464262,103.761633 / 1°27'51.3"N 103°45'41.9"E
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Dates visited: 6 Jun 2012, 18 Jun 2012, 18 Dec 2015
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