26 Apr '18, 4am

Getting Tipsy on Tuak and Durian

There's a sign on the wall of the small local bar that warns of the ill-effects of "overdosing" on tuak and durian. "Dear guests, this is not a place for fistfights or duels. It's just for those who enjoy tuak . Happy drinking." We're in Medan, North Sumatra, at a lapo —or street-side bar—near the river in the city's Sei Batanghari neighborhood. We're there to drink some tuak , a local alcoholic drink made from fermented palm tree sap and coconuts. The resulting drink is milky white, sort of sweet, and only slightly alcoholic. But with enough tuak , and some durian meat thrown in the mix for good measure, the crowd of mostly young men are known to fight. "When someone overdoses, fights break out and that person usually ends up vomiting," one of the drinkers explained. Tuak up close. Tuak is the alcohol of choice across much of North Sumatra. Look at Indonesia from a distan...

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