I don’t know if I told you that my parents like fresh Tuak (Palm wine) which is produced in one of the Regencies of Bali, Karangasem. In the same region, Arak is produced, too. In the wikipedia article it’s not mentioned but the Arak in Bali is being made from Tuak which is made from the coconut palm. Being in the region, we of course couldn’t resist to visiting an Arak distillery.
After visiting the distillery, we decided to have a walk in the jungle because we had heard that a lot of the Tuak is produced directly outside of the village.
After a few meters, we met a very friendly smiling guy who greeted us sitting comfortably on the trunk of a palm tree (I have absolutely no idea how he could do this without any belts or leashes… 😯 ). When we told him that we were interested in seeing the production process of Tuak, he pointed to a black bucket under a chicken cage and told us that this one was still fermenting, so we could not taste it but if we wanted, he would get us fresh one.
Of course we couldn’t resist and within 5 seconds, the man had climbed the majestic palm tree in front of his hut. Can you spot him? If you hover your mouse over the picture, it’s easier. 😉
After a few minutes, he came back down with a white container half filled with a milky white liquid. As it contains alcohol (even in only small quantities at this stage), I was not allowed to taste it but Pande and my parents told me that it was very sweet.
When we got back to the village, we were greeted by another friendly guy and had the surprise of our life when that guy asked us if we had stayed in his hotel 4 years ago (!!!) when Pande was still working there too. Mom and Dad then noticed that the guy indeed had looked familiar to them and Pande was happy to meet his work colleague. We then came to know that Pande’s friend’s uncle was the owner of another Arak distillery and he invited us to his home.