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January 13th, 2014 · 6 Comments · ~ Blog-related ~, ~ Moonshine! ~, ~ Personalities / Mixologists / Them experts ~, ~ Toddy shacks ~

Just for an episode tho, on American TV. A travel program on food n drink was in Malaysia a coupla months back. I was contacted to show ‘em some local brew. In this case, it was toddy.

It’s hosted by Zane Lamprey, an established drinker. I think he wants to be a celebrity drinker, like me.

Imposter!

I guess the diff is Zane has 141,000 likes on FB. (Probably all fakes.)

The show is called CHUG (Country Hopping Ultimate Guide), and is due to air on some networks, n on DVD.

Toddy is basically weak-ass coconut sap beer. Its sweet-sour n fizzy, and is consumed almost as soon as it’s made. It’s a common drink in many tropical / island countries around d world.

Toddy bar, pre-action

Toddy bar, pre-action

The guys met up with me at a toddy joint in Banting, before we headed to d plantation where d hooch is produced.
Its quite easy how its made, basically requiring an ability to climb. The guy goes up there, trims d flower stems n bunches them together, so they drip into a pot.
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What? Gettin high on his own supply?

What? Gettin high on his own supply?

After a few hours, the sap becomes booze! It truly shocks me how quickly this particular strain of wild yeasts work. The yeast that i use to make cider (and most strains of yeasts) take weeks to do d job. Weeks. So the toddy ones are super-yeasts!
Fuckin cool mutants.
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Fella had a GoPro stuck to his head

Fella had a GoPro stuck to his head

 

Monkeying around

Monkeying around

Soundman lovin it

Soundman lovin it

Anyway, we head back to d toddy shack to drink away, as well as enjoy food like turkey rendang, wild boar curry, etc. Good stuff.
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XL dog

XL dawg

Zane all eager n shit

Zane all eager n shit

Here we go

Here we go

It was a blast, and everyone was pretty buzzed by the time the afternoon was over. Haha. Coz I also made them do the toddy-Guinness cocktail, while biting on exotic meats, like monitor lizard. Ambik.
This toddy joint was featured in detail on this about blog three years back, and is a cool place to hang.
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Brain damage: 6.5/10
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6 Comments so far ↓

  • datanerd

    Congrats on the Zane Lamprey thing. I’ve been following your blog on and off for the past couple of years. I live in Washington, DC, and have visited Malaysia twice. Next time I pass through I’ll have to buy you a drink or two.

  • datanerd

    Hey Deep, this episode just aired on Nat Geo! They cut it down to a half hour episode from an hour episode, but the toddy shack and the eats afterward made it.

    And, OK, a drink or five :)

    • Deep

      Haha cool. Nat Geo eh? We get that channel here, but it might be different. Will look out for it anyway. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • Fireangel

    omg. you’re on your way to becoming FEHMES beyond your wildest dreams lol

    Please ajak me for your next toddy outing. I’d love to try it too!

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