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JB Drink 🔞: Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine @ Bandar Johor Bahru

Hidden behind Fives Hotel in Bandar Johor Bahru, opposite KOMTAR Shopping Mall, there is a coconut wine shop in a gated premise. The shop sells only air nira / tuak / toddy / 椰花酒 / coconut palm wine — more accurately, from the natural fermentation of the sap of coconut trees' palm shoots.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine Shop

The shop does not have a name and is just called "Kedai Tuak" or "Coconut Wine Shop", and it is dated as since 1920.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine Shop

The shop is entirely self-service, cash-only and carry yourself. There are tables and chairs for drinking-in.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine Shop

The coconut palm wine (toddy) is sold in glass, jug or 1.5L bottles as shown on its menu above the counter. There are actually two types of toddy: normal and special. One glass of normal toddy is RM4 whereas a glass of special toddy is RM6 — not on the menu.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine Menu

For first-timer, it will be best to try both the normal and special toddy to know the differences before deciding one's own preference — which I did.


The normal toddy is light and mildly sweet-acidic in taste. It has an immiscible appearance — doesn't mix well. The alcohol content is also much lower.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine: Normal

The special toddy is stronger in taste, sweeter and has a near-milky and consistent appearance. The alcohol content is also higher — probably after some distillation treatment to remove some water. Special toddy is definitely my preference.


Kedai Tuak Awam Coconut Wine: Special

Didn't realised that my photo of the special toddy is out of focus. I will go again and take better photos next time.


Make sure you are of legal age to drink.



Address:

467, Jalan Sulaiman, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia



Opening Hours:

10:30am to 3pm | Daily


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