A squeeze of lime to balance the sweetness of young coconut juice and palm sugar syrup
Kelapa muda (young coconut) juice is a common beverage in Southeast Asia. It usually comes in the form of a whole coconut with its crown whacked off and straw stuck in.
After a several-hour crawl through the Sunday market in Rantepao, in Sulawesi's Toraja region, we were thrilled to come across this mobile cart serving up an Indonesian variation of the popular refresher. Even better - it incorporates our all-time favorite Southeast Asian sweetener, palm sugar.
The technique's pretty simple: drain the juice of a young coconut into a glass (this bore a cigarette logo) and scrape the fruit's flesh in after it.
Follow with a bit of smoky palm sugar syrup made from the sap of immature buds of the aren palm, and then balance the sweetness with a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Stir and enjoy.
(We weren't the only happy customers.)
This treat's two in one, both beverage and snack -- fruit juice and soft, sweet flesh.
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Oh - and have a good one!