Just for an episode tho, on the National Geographic Channel!
A travel program on food n drink, CHUG, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 checked-out in detail on this about blog three years back, and is a cool place to hang.
Note: This episode featured on Nat Geo in Nov 2014.
Brain damage: 6.5/10
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.
Thanks. A drink or five? Sure man, drop me a line next time ur in d country.
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 🙂
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!
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!
Sure girl. Bout an hour from here