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Bali’s Best Local Food

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Let’s talk Balinese cuisine – a mix of rich and bold flavours, spice pastes loaded with coriander seeds, galangal, turmeric and candlenut, pork, chicken, duck and fish cooked over wood fires, grilled over coconut husks or slow-braised. Rice and a spoonful of sambal – a mix of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, sugar, lime and vinegar – to top it up. Want to experience Bali’s best local food on your next trip? Drop by these 5 amazing local warungs we love:

Warung Ibu Eny, Seminyak

Warung Ibu Eny is tucked away on the famous Petitenget street in Seminyak. Its leafy offering-scattered entrance and modest wooden furnishing make it a cozy spot to enjoy local food. Try their signature nasi campur, which can feature anything from whole roasted chicken in a betutu-style sauce to garlic and chilli-infused stir-fried water spinach, spicy pork steamed in banana leaves, deep-fried tempeh or braised tofu.

Warung Ibu Eny, Jalan Petitenget 97, Seminyak, +62 361 736 892.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Kuta

Betutu – chicken or duck wrapped in the banana bark with a mix of coconut oil and spices, and smoked for a day in an earthenware pot – is one of the great dishes of Balinese cuisine. Because it’s complex and time-consuming to prepare, you won’t often find it at your average Indonesian restaurant, but a small garage-like warung on Jalan Nakula, just outside Kuta, offers one of the finest versions on the island.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Jalan Nakula 19, Badung, no phone.

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Warung Makan Teges, Ubud

Located amongst the lush tropical gardens, in a traditional Balinese house, Teges serves best home-style Balinese cooking. Best-seller – nasi campur traditionally served on a banana leaf lending an appetizing aroma to the rice. Nasi campur here comes with two options — chicken or pork — all minced and cooked together with vegetables in coconut milk. The true highlight of the meal is the devilishly spicy sambal matah, the sauce made from fresh chili pods and sliced shallots and lime leaves.

Warung Makan Teges, Jalan Raya Cok Rai Pudak, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, +62 361 975 251.

Nasi Campur at Warung Makan Teges in Ubud.

Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

This warung specialises in just one dish- nasi ikan (fish and rice). Snapper cutlet, deep-fried and served with rice and a bowl of fish-head soup with green papaya,

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Editor’s Pick: Old Man’s in Canggu

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As frequent visitors to Canggu, we just love Old Man’s. After-surf drinks, sunset gigs, traditional beer garden bites and chill-out vibes all just few steps away from the shimmering black sands of Batu Bolong beach- what else could we ask.

Gaze at the stars from the plush sofas enjoying a glass of wine or sip margaritas by the bar mingling with fellow travellers and local expat crowd. With Dirty Ol’ Wednesdays and Salty Sundays the place turns into a huge beach party with beer pong, island’s best beats and attractive promos on beers, wines and margaritas promising a night you won’t forget.
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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Old Man’s serves meals excellent for sharing. Grilled seafood platter and hand cut fries or traditional beer-battered fish and chips are amongst favourites. For the health conscious- fresh salads is the way to go.

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Old Man’s have not forgotten the little ones as well. It’s a one-stop beach, play, eat adventure for kids and there are always other little people to muck around with. The menu is crammed with kid’s favourites like pancakes, fish and chips, pasta, fresh juices and, of course, milkshakes. There’s lots of space to run around, a box of wooden toys to play with and comfy cushions to lounge on or have a nap. Too much energy to nap? Head down for some fun in the sand or rent a colorful long board and test your skills.

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Aussie artist Lucas Grogan added funky vibes to Old Man’s with his signature blue murals, which act as a magnet for curious kids and art savvy adults.

Stay updated on Old Man’s events via their Facebook page. There’s plenty going on including monthly Saturday markets full of awesome vintage goodies and organic produce.

Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu
Phone: +62 361 8469 158
Open daily from 7 am till late

Feature image by www.rowetimson.com

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Spilling the Beans: Gado Gado Recipe

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Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But, of course, every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you here.

In this issue, the outstanding private chef at The Longhouse in Jimbaran reveals how to make one of Indonesia’s most popular dishes. Gado-Gado, with its spicy peanut sauce poured over blanched veggies, is a delicious treat. At the Longhouse, spices are ground and the sauce is made before your eyes at the dining table. Here is the recipe.

The Longhouse Gado-Gado

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Serves 4
Special equipment: pestle and mortar/grinding stone. (If not available, you can substitute with a food processor.)

INGREDIENTS:

100g spinach, washed and blanched
100g bean sprout, washed and blanched
100g long beans (green beans), cut into 5cm pieces, washed and boiled
1 large fresh tomato, washed and cut into wedges
1 fresh cucumber, washed and cut into half-moons
200g fresh tofu, cut into 2cm cubes and deep fried

4 tbsp sweet soy sauce to serve
Fried shallot to serve
Prawn cracker to serve

Peanut Sauce:

400g fried peanuts
4 fresh shallots, peeled and cut in half
4 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
2 tsp black soy bean paste (available in Asian Markets)
1 fresh bird eye chili
4 tbsp palm sugar (brown sugar is a substitute)
3 cups water
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp salt

PREPARATION:

  1. Peanut sauce: grind peanuts, shallots and garlic in the mortar stone until smooth. Add black soybean paste, chili, palm sugar and grind again very well. Add water little by little continuously until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Add lime juice and salt to taste.
    2. Toss the vegetables in the peanut sauce and divide onto plates.
    3. Serve topped with crisp prawn crackers.

SALAMAT MAKAN!

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Street Eats Go Gourmet In Indonesia

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Deep fried bloated fish with baby spinach and tiny tomatoes side with fermented shrimp paste chilli terawsi

Dade Akbar is the creative mind behind ‘Warteg Gourmet’, a project that aims to show that just because street eats are cheap, it doesn’t mean it can’t be presented in an interesting way — and thus, appreciated more.

A warteg is a casual Indonesian food joint where you choose from an array of intensely flavored dishes kept in stainless steel containers in the shop (or cart) window. Traditionally, ingredients are scooped up and unceremoniously dumped on top of a pile of white rice served on a plastic plate. But with Dade’s creative touch, a meal from a warteg that costs 15,000 rupiah (USD $1.20) is presented with the panache you’d expect to find in a fine-dining restaurant.

All photos are from https://instagram.com/warteggourmet/

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6 of the Best South Coast Restaurants in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s south coast is home to some of the island’s best restaurants outside of Colombo. Galle is Sri Lanka’s premier tourist town and it is no surprise that this increasingly cosmopolitan hub attracts the most diverse range of eateries. The streets of Galle Fort are lined with restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafés, and the beautifully renovated Galle Dutch Hospital, a precinct of restaurants and boutiques, is the fort’s newest dining venue. From Galle to Tangalle, here are 6 of the best south coast restaurants in Sri Lanka:

The Tuna & The Crab

This outlet in the Galle Dutch Hospital follows in the footsteps of its popular sister-restaurants Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi in Colombo. This is the place to try succulent export quality Sri Lankan crab doused in beautiful sauces (we love the garlic and chilli), served with local kade paan (bread) and (optional) sticky garlic rice, or the delicately flavoured crab linguine. Also on the menu are steaks and a selection of fresh sushi and sashimi. Bring your own alcohol.

Address: Galle Dutch Hospital, Hospital Street, Galle Fort

Website: https://www.facebook.com/thetunathecrab

Fortaleza

A striking coral and lime wall, showcasing the centuries-old heritage of the beautifully restored building in which it stands, backs this open-fronted restaurant in Galle Fort. This is a popular place for a rest stop whilst touring Galle Fort, and the eclectic menu includes Singapore style burgers, table barbeques and sesame crusted tuna salad as well as coffee, beer and juices. Tables spill from the fan-cooled interior onto a convivial courtyard edged by banana plants.

Address: Church Cross Street, Galle Fort

Website: www.fortaleza.lk

Wijaya Beach Restaurant

This casual beach restaurant on Dalawella’s idyllic beach, 8km east of Galle, is a hot favourite amongst the region’s expats. Families and groups of friends converge here to dine on very reasonably priced seafood, pasta, salads, curries and excellent wood-fired pizzas, all served up in an open-sided pavillion with dashing views of the Indian Ocean. The sandy beach here is kid-friendly and the lagoon-like sea a reliable place for a swim. Sunsets from here are spectacular.

Address: Matara Road, Dalawella

Website: www.wijayabeach.com

Talpe Beach Club

Talpe Beach Club is another favourite with expat families thanks to its swimming pool, open-plan restaurant and varied menu of international dishes.

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