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Photos: Foods of Bali

by Michael on January 10, 2015

Satay grilling over coals made of coconut shells . . . fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves . . . fragrant coconut rice . . . these are some of the tastes of our recent visit to Bali.  The island’s cuisine relies heavily on its abundant fish and produce, using techniques that are similar to its parent country of Indonesia.  Somewhere along the way, however, a spice or a fruit or a special touch manages to make it uniquely Balinese.  The minced meats for satays are mixed with shredded coconut.  Three varieties of fresh ginger are used to prepare a basic curry blend.  Tiny limes the size of marbles give a salad a refreshing tang.  Wash it all down with a Bintang beer and go back for some more tomorrow . . .

Bali food ingredients

Lemongrass, candlenuts, fresh turmeric, galangal, sweet & hot red chillies and shrimp paste are among the ingredients in base gede, the ubiquitous Balinese yellow sauce.

Bali food mushroom soup ingredients

Mushrooms, lemongrass, red chillies, limes, Thai basil and kaffir lime leaves for clear mushroom soup.

Food of Bali

Jukut Urab – A salad of coarsely grated grilled coconut and chopped snake beans tossed with base gede and garnished with crispy shallots.

Bali food chicken sate

Chicken satay is served over flaming hot coals right at the table. A peanut sauce is on the side.

Indonesian rijstaffel

The ultimate in Indonesian food, rijstaffel, which is Dutch for rice table. The multi-course, multi-dish meal is a treat. The Balinese style satay is wrapped around lemongrass stalks.

True Balinese food connoisseurs may have noticed that we left out Kopi Luwak, the famous coffee whose beans are, um, extruded from the working end of a civet cat. Look for an upcoming video with a Kopi Luwak taste test.

Like it? Share it . . . Pin it!Fresh vegetables, succulent curries, the aroma of grilling wafting through the air . . . the foods of Bali make this island paradise even more special

Monica | Gap Daemon January 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

Mmm, I love Balinese food and these photos look delicious. Fresh fish with coconut milk and wrapped up in banana leaves is definitely my favourite. I’m always trying to recreate these dishes at home but can’t quite get it the same!

Us January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

We took a cooking class here but it’ll still be difficult to make it the same at home. We can all keep trying though!

donna January 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

1-12-12 It’s finally really windy and getting so wintry cold here in SE Pennsylvania, seeing these bright sunny colorful pictures make me happy, Thanks for the bright spot in my day. Have fun and thanks for the education. I love to cook and to learn.

Us January 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Glad we could warm up your day. By the way, try making an herbal tea by boiling fresh ginger and lemongrass for about 15 minutes. Strain and add honey. We had this in Bali and it was yummy! (and believe it or not, in the mountains there it gets chilly in the evenings). Thanks for checking in.

Jesse April 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

hmm, no nasi goreng, that’s what the Balinese eat every day…!

Us April 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

We did eat plenty of nasi goreng though. In Malaysia we really liked the mi goreng. Thanks for checking in.

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