Sunday, 20 December 2015

Toddy Coconut Wine Shop in Johor Bahru JB JK1341 椰花酒

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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).

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The tody shop is in this small old building along quiet Jalan Sulaiman.

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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.

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This little building built in 1920, I am told, belongs to the Malaysian Customs.

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Creaky vintage wooden windows with louvres.

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Peeping through the wire mesh grille - it looks rather spartan inside.

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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.

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Other than the "drinking hall", there is the kitchen where the tody is scooped from large plastic tubs on order.

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The price list is clearly displayed: 1 mug RM3, 1 big jug RM11 and 1 bottle (1.5 litre) RM12. Simple.

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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 drinkers LOL.

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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.

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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.

->> 想喝椰花酒? 新山这里有.

Restaurant name: Kedai Tuak Awam 
Address: Along Jalan Sulaiman, downtown Johor Bahru, Malaysia (across Jalan Wong Ah Fook from Komtar JB. Near Tropical Inn.) 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zYeC 
GPS: 1.464262,103.761633 / 1°27'51.3"N 103°45'41.9"E
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm  

Non Halal  

Dates visited: 6 Jun 2012, 18 Jun 2012, 18 Dec 2015  

Return to Johor Kaki homepage.

8 comments:

  1. Why is it banned in Singapore?

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    1. A simple Google would have found many answers to your question. http://publicopinion.sg/174/few-things-to-know-about-spores-history-of-alcohol-ban

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  2. Sg used to have 3 toddy shops in Sungei Rd, St George and Ord Rd (Clarke Quay) until around 1980's. The main customers were mainly odd job labourers (mainly middle age Indians). It was controlled by Customs Dept and each plastic mug costs 0.50 cents. No take away was allowed and it had to be consumed within its parameter.

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  3. Thanks for the interesting article! It shall be one of our destinations for this weekend's trip. Just wondering, is it is allowed back through Singapore customs for personal consumption?

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  4. Thanks for the interesting article! Just wondering, can I bring it back through Singapore customs for personal consumption?

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    1. I understand that tody is banned in Singapore.

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  5. Third from the bottom is Burmese, they have toddy there themselves.

    http://www.u-strasse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/toddy-2.jpg

    Below that is Italian. I think the language after the Vietnamese is Bengali.

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