Tuak

Sidemen is famous because of its red palm sugar, which is by boiling the juice of sugar palm tree. The sugar (gula merah) is sold in half circles on the markets. The juice of the palm is, just after it’s cut off from the trees, drunken fresh as well. The sweet juice is then named ‘tuak manis’. Gusted into foaming, alcoholic palm wine it’s simply called ‘tuak’. Further north is a nice coffee house nears the mountain pass of Pusuk. When the weather is clear you have a nice view over the Gili Islands from here. From Pusuk the road descends to Pemenang, which passes groups of monkeys, which wait for gifts from passers-by.

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