Location : Kampung Gumbang,Bau District, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
After nyobang in Krokong its happy hour in the jungle at Gumbang for some bush tuak or palm wine but locally called Nyok. It’s always better and sweeter when tapped from the fallen trunk.
Enjoying the wine
Nyok is from Arenga Pinnata or ‘ijuk’ palm in the Padawan area. Most villages we have trekked into would chop down the whole tree in order to tap from the tree trunk while Kampung Kiding (Padawan) taps from the cut stem of the maturing inflorescence (cluster of flowers) which is more sensible and sustainable way. Check out our post on Nyok / Ijuk Of Kampung Kiding here.
Taking off the many layers of covering to prevent insects, rain water and wind from interfering a good harvest
Skinning off the old layer with a knife to allow faster dripping
Innovating a plastic funnel to allow the dripping juice to flow into a waiting bottle
Bitter tree bark (kǔǔn) hammered once again and put back into the fermenting juice giving it a unique taste