to Dining in Bali
Whilst is quite easy to eat very nicely (and cheaply) in Bali, most
of that is due to the intense competition of too many restaurants
serving too much the same menu. With not much menu differentiation
restaurants in Bali have, until recently, competed solely on price.
Good for the hungry yobos but where to go for a nice evening have
something different and get good value for the money? BTW, good
value does not always mean cheap.
One of the great things about Bali is the variety of cuisine from
around the Archipelago. Just to get you started, below we have outlined
some of Bali and Indonesia's most popular dishes:
Minced cooked pork, mixed with young jackfruit or long green beans
young grated coconut, completed by Balinese herb and spices.
Roast suckling pig stuffed with Balinese herb and spices.
Boiled water spinach with shrimp paste sambal.
Whole chicken stuffed with hot Balinese spices simmered slowly over
a low fire.
Miinced fish, chicken or pork, mixed with grated coconut and assorted
spices, the resulting paste is put on to bamboo sticks or lemon
grass stalks and grilled.
Thinly sliced young banana tree simmered in Balinese spices.
Fried Rice: The ubiquitous national dish. Usually served with grilled
chicken or beef satay & sometimes a fried egg on top.
White rice, surrounded by small selection of meats, vegetables and
condiments. Delicious and never the same twice.
Bakmie means noodles. Variation on Nasi Goreng only this time using
egg noodles but not usually served with satay.
Indonesia's original fast food, all dishes are precooked and served
. You are billed for what you eat. Beef Rendang (beef simmered in
coconut curry) is out of this world.
Shaved ice with a variety of seasonal fruits and jellied candies,
topped with boiled palm sugar. Yum.
Somewhat similar to an omelet, usually filled with minced lamb and
vegetables. Often served as an appetizer or accompaniment
Literally Full Moon, this dessert is prepared only at night at hawker
stands. There are many varieties of this dessert but the chocolate
ones are Absolutely sinful.
Goat satay. Usually served with a sweet soy sauce, no wedding buffet
in Indonesia is complete without this all-time favourite.
Featuring un-ripened fruit, mangoes, apples, pineapple and so on
mixed with a thick sweet, sour and HOT sauce that women seem to
prefer more than men.
Fried chicken. The Colonel had better watch his backside. Indonesia
has several fried chicken emporiums that put paid to KFC.
This is Indonesia's version of chicken noodle soup. Almost a meal
Oxtail soup (with the oxtail). Hearty soup always served with a
side of white rice.
Indonesian style meatballs. They're rubbery, they're everywhere.
Chili. Since most families have a Sambal recipe passed down from
generation to generation (think Korea and Kimchee) there's a good
chance that there are more types of Sambal concoctions than there
are dialects in Indonesia. Some sweet, some hot, some lethal. All
Below you'll find what could be Bali's only objective restaurant
guide. We say objective because BaliVilla.com does
not accept any advertising, sponsorship or freebies. We live here
and when it's our money on the table this is where we spend it.
Please be advised that when we say a restaurant is moderate or expensive
it is in relation to other restaurants in Bali. Scale is $ (Almost
Free) to $$$$$ (Very Expensive). With no further ado, the knife
and fork please.....