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Indonesia March – May 2012 : Bali Part III

Warung Mak Beng. Pantai Sanur.
This place is a legendary I’m telling you. They only sell one menu only fish soup with fried fish and sambal. But always come early in the morning if you still want to get your portion of their menu since they run out very quickly.

Beautiful Sanur Beach early in the morning. I used to live like 10 minutes walk from this beach. Remember those days when I always go there in the weekend.

Bebek Bengil. Padang Tegal, Ubud.
Next up we went little bit further north to Ubud. This place is also some sort of legendary. But in my (ok our opinion, my friend and I) we prefer the traditional Surabaya style fried duck.

But the chicken caesar salad was good.

Sunrise in Sanur Beach. The mountain in the background is Mount Agung, the highest and most active volcano in Bali.

From sunrise to sunset.

Waterblow Nusa Dua. But at the time the current was too low to give us any blow at all. So sorry no pictures of the event but our pictures.

Bale Udang Mang Engking. Jl. Nakula 88 Sunset Road, Kuta.

This type of restaurant is now mushrooming in Indonesia. Usually built with traditional gazebo   urrounding a pond. With a warm ambience, it is very soothing in the middle of busy Denpasar city.

If you sees no food pictures on the night visit. Don’t be afraid, I went there again the next day with a different set of friends. See how much we love the place.

Look at the beautiful array of food. Our favorite was definitely the prawn dish on the right.

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Bali Part II

Bali Part I 

Surabaya

Malang

Madura

Gresik

Semarang

Bandung

Jakarta Part I

Indonesia March – May 2012 : Bali Part II

I’m almost going there again and my blog about last travel was not complete yet. Eeek bear with me I’m almost there. So where were we.

One of the most cliche tourist spot in Bali, Kuta Beach. You can avoid it if you don’t like crowded place but if it’s your first time I think you have to go there just to find out why is this one of the most popular beach in Bali.

Nasi Pedas Bu Andika. Jl. Raya Kuta Gg. Kubu no. 120 C (In Front of Supernova Supermarket)
If you don’t like anything super HOT. Don’t go there. The name of the food stall reveals it all. Nasi = Rice, Pedas = Hot, Bu Andika = Mrs. Andika.

Upon arriving you will be greeted with an array of side dishes that you can choose yourself to accompany your rice. It is only fair that every side dishes has it’s own price, thus the more side dishes you choose the more price you need to pay later. And big piece of meat/chicken of course would always be more expensive than a portion of stir fried tofu for example.

My friend Ferli is an avid street photographer. So one late afternoon I decided to follow him and his brother around to Pasar Badung. It is the main market in Denpasar and Bali. I don’t think I would ever be a good street photographer though. Because I was more interested in the food and buying them than photographing things that going on around the market.

When you go to this market. You are either an end customer or a reseller. But even if you are an end customer I bet you would need these girls to carry your shopping around. They will follow you while you make your purchase. And when you finish they would load it into your car. How convinient. But I’m amazed at their ability to carry kilograms of stuff on their heads. Thing that I would never be able to do.

But these bamboo baskets are holding an important role in the market. As you can see they are also used as container for the seller to put their wares.

Eeeeh the tray of eggs on the left looks very risky.

Janur or young coconut leaves is one staple needs of people in Bali. As the majority of the population are Hindu therefore they need this to make their beautiful offerings.

These are one of daily offerings made from janur and colourful flowers.

Young and old are all working in the market.

And how they are so creative in using their motorbike.

Ha probably the whole kiosk was on that motorbike.

My friend and his beautiful family.

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Surabaya

Malang

Madura

Gresik

Semarang

Bandung

Jakarta Part I

Indonesia March – May 2012 : Bali Part I

Although Bali is not my birth place but I had been living there for more than 20 years before I moved to Europe. It’s the place where I grew up, where all my friends are. That’s why most of my activities when I was there were just all mundane daily activities. Mostly about eating here and there. So I’m very sorry if this blogpost just turned into a mini food guide of (Denpasar) Bali. Enjoy the photos and don’t forget about me when you do get to visit these places.

Nasi Goreng Barokah Sugeng. Jl. Diponegoro, Denpasar. They do mean fried rice!

Denpasar most sought after snack tipat cantok (rice cake with vegetables and peanut sauce) and rujak kuah pindang (fruit salad with fish sauce).  This place has been a legend since long time.

Rujak Gelogor Jl. Bukit Tunggal n0. 27, Pemecutan Depnasar

Tipat cantok.

And for dessert, savoury, sweet, super hot rujak kuah pindang.

These were home cooked food, cooked by my bestfriend. There were from left, stir fried vegetables, sambal tomat (tomato sambal), ikan pindang in sambal (fried mackerel in sambal sauce), ikan pindang without sambal, sambal bongkot (torch ginger sambal), and fried chicken and tofu.

The highlight of the dish was this. One oh my favourites sambal. Sadly torch ginger is not available in Holland. So always eat plenty of this while in Bali.

My plate was full of sambal goodness, and for once forget about the veggies.

Siomay Bandung. Lapangan Renon Denpasar. There are many of this kind of card selling siomay Bandung around Lapangan Renon. Just go around the field and I’m sure you will spot them easily.

Hmm yummy steamed little morsels of siomay (dumpling filled with fish paste), egg, potato, cabbage, tofu and bitter gourd. Topped with peanut sauce and if you desire sambal and kecap.

But once in a blue moon we also went to a place without a cart like this one. Klapa Jl. New Kuta Beach, Pecatu Indah Resort. Didn’t take any photo of the food. Probably too busy chewing :p

Magnificent view.

Underneath is Dreamland beach.

Oh ok I promise you this is the last place without cart. There’s this place we haven’t been, my friend Ayu and I wanted to check it out. So off we go to Rock Bar in Ayana Resort Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali.

Whoa how did they build that on the rock?

Sipping passion fruit tea with the Indian Ocean as the background.

Sunrise or sunset in Bali never bore me.

Yes back to the reality to this little warung that sells nasi lawar kuwir. Nasi means rice. Lawar is a Balinese dish usually consist of minced meat, coconut, young jackfruit base genep (Balinese spice mix). Kuwir is barbary duck or also known as muscovy duck in English.

But no don’t ask me where this place was. We went little bit out of town from Denpasar-Kerobokan and along the way to Tanah Lot was this place. Maybe if you are curious you can always call them and ask the exact location.

My two lovely guides.

Until next time with Part II.

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Surabaya

Malang

Madura

Gresik

Semarang

Bandung

Jakarta Part I