Palm sugar, which is gaining popularity as an alternative sweetner tastes like a combination of maple syrup, brown sugar and caramel- all rolled into one!
The Village of Pedawa, an isolated Aga Bali village in the northern mountainous regions of Bali is famous for their small natural production of this traditional product. The palm is tapped placing the sap into the large gourds that grow in the region. It is then boiled down over a wood fire for 6 or 7 hours. The sugar produced is a rich dark color and mouthwateringly delicious.
If you are in the area and are looking for a place to eat, Terrasse du Lac is a hidden treasure. The owners are French Canadian and Balinese, the food yummy and very unexpected in this rural area. Their number is 081 916 178874. Call for directions – it’s off the beaten track.
To find Pedawa you will need a map and someone who speaks Bahasa Indonesian. It is down a dirt track barely accesable by car.