Bali, a gourmet destinationPosted by Petty Elliott · 0 comments
Bali, the island of the Gods needs no introduction. I lost count how many times I visited Bali. It has been famous as a tourist destination for decades. Although its very crowded in the last few years Bali has been building a fresh element to its unique personality among the most special places to visit in the world – its food. Visitors both local and international have shown interest in both classic flavours and in modern twist.
This appreciation is evident in the growing numbers of articles in many international travelogues, food magazine, and women’s journal even international food award for top Bali restaurants. With Bali’s rich heritage, culture and its charm.
The best way to learn about Balinese local cuisine is to visit some warung, small restaurant and also the market in Ubud, fish market in Jimbaran or visit Denpasar market for wider selections. All market in Bali and Indonesia are still very traditional – a far cry from Borough Market in London or central market in Barcelona and Florence. You can find fresh seaweed, artisan salt and many interesting local sweet dish for breakfast.
Bali markets are the most beautiful markets around Indonesia as you will find many different flowers which the vendors sells for daily offering ceremony. Balinese cuisine is a mixture of Javanese and Indian cuisine. There are plenty of curry dishes. The character is complex with layers of strong flavour and spicy.
There are many pork, seafood and duck dishes but not beef. After all, Balinese are Hindu. Famous Balinese dishes are sate lilit, minced seafood sate in lemon grass skewer, bebek betutu, roasted duck with spices cook in special way which buried under ground; jukup urap, mixed vegetables salad with spicy coconut dressing and many more. There are some high-end restaurant offers modern Balinese cuisines with avant-gardes cooking style.
You can also find many world cuisines easily in Bali from a small hotel to beautiful world-class resort.
My gourmet ingredients from Bali are Bali sea salt, coffee and palm sugar.