Bali Food

Red rice, Chicken Curry & ‘Ikan Bakar’ (Grilled fish)

Es un hecho: una de las cosas más atractivas de un viaje a Asia es su comida. Adentrarse en cualquier país asiático es adentrarse en un festival de sabores, colores y experiencias culinarias sanísimas y sin igual. Recuerdo mi viaje a Tailandia de hace unos años con sabores que jamás olvidaré y siempre vuelvo de mis viajes con recetas en la mente e intención de incluir platos exóticos en mi día a día madrileño.
¿Qué deciros de la comida de Bali? Exquisita, por supuesto. Indonesia basa su alimentación en tres pilares principales: el arroz, el pescado o carnes como el pollo, el pato y el cerdo, y verduras locales riquísimas.
¿Sus platos estrella (y los favoritos de todos los turistas occidentales)? El Mie Goreng (fideos salteados) o el Nasi Goreng (arroz salteado). Como sus propios nombres indican, cada plato lleva arroz o noodles fritos con verduras y pollo o con tofu y tempe, para los vegetarianos.
Si le preguntas a un Indonesio por su plato favorito, muchos te hablarán (si no son musulmanes) del Babi Guling, un cerdito entero asado a la brocha y caramelizado.
Si me preguntas a mi, alabaré el Nasi Campur (arroz al vapor mezclado con todo tipo de verduras, pollo, pescado, al gusto del cliente), que se convirtió en mi dieta principal, junto con el Cap Cay (verduras salteadas al estilo chino) y las increíbles frutas tropicales de Indonesia.
Echo tanto de menos el Salak (fruta de la serpiente), el Manggi, el Rambutan y el Dragon Fruit (Buah Naga en Balinés) que se me hace la boca agua con solo recordarlas.
¡Y el coco! Beber litros y litros de coco con una pajita sencillamente metida en el interior del fruto recién abierto es un vicio.
Podría continuar mencionando los miles de platos que probé allí pero os dejaré con fotos que fui tomando durante mi aventura, para darle sabor a este post, aunque solo sea con la vista y un poco de imaginació 😉

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It is a fact: one of the most attractive things about a trip to Asia is its food. Delving into any Asian country is tlike entering a festival of flavors, colors and really healthy and unique culinary experiences. I remember my trip to Thailand a few years ago with flavors that I will never forget and always come back from my travels with new recipes noted and intending to include exotic dishes in my daily life in Madrid.
What can I say about the food of Bali? Exquisite, of course. Indonesia bases its diet on three main pillars: rice, fish or meats such as chicken, duck and pork, and delicious local vegetables.
The main and most famous (and favorite of all Western tourists) dish? The Mie Goreng (stir-fried noodles) or Nasi Goreng (fried rice). As their names suggest, each dish is made of fried rice or noodles with vegetables and chicken or tofu and tempe, for vegetarians.
If you ask an Indonesian for his favorite dish, they will probably tell you about (if not Muslims) their Babi Guling, a whole pig roasted and caramelized on a brush.
If you ask me, I will mention the nasi campur (steamed rice mixed with all kinds of vegetables, chicken, fish, depending on what you prefer to order), which became my main diet, along with Cap Cay (sauteed vegetables, Chinese style ) and the incredible tropical fruit from Indonesia.
I really miss as hell the Salak (snake fruit), the Manggi, the Rambutan and the beautiful Dragon Fruit (Buah Naga in Balinese).
And the coconut! Drinking liters and liters of coconut water with a straw stuck just inside the newly opened fruit is a thing you can’t not fall in love with.
I could keep on mentioning the thousands of dishes I tried there for hours but I will just leave you with pictures I took all along my journey, just to spice up this post and give it a kind of flavour, even if it’s only by sight and a lot of imagination 😉

Dragon fruit

Dragon Fruit


Good Karma Restaurant, Amed

Lunch at Good Karma Restaurant, Amed


Padang Masakan, Ubud

Nasi Campur in Ubud, Padang Masakan


Snake Fruits

Snake Fruits


Rambutan

Rambutan


Balinese Sugar and Coconut Sweets

Balinese Sugar and Coconut Sweets


Rijstaffel at Ombak Sunset, Gili Trawangan

Rijstaffel at Ombak Sunset, Gili Trawangan


Cap cay and Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish)

Cap cay and Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish)


Ikan Bakar, Nasi Puti and Cap Cay

Ikan Bakar, Nasi Puti and Cap Cay


Chicken Cap Cay and Rice

Chicken Cap Cay and Rice


Coconut

Coconut


Seafood Soup

Seafood Soup


Breakfast in Gili Air

Breakfast in Gili Air


Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur


Cap cay

Cap Cay & Rice


Breakfast in Nusa Lembongan

Breakfast in Nusa Lembongan


Warung Farida, Gili Air

Warung Farida, Gili Air


Breakfast at Waka Gangga

Breakfast at Waka Gangga

 

Coconut Fish

Coconut Fish


Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate


Cafe Ana, Lombok

Cafe Ana, Lombok


Cap Cay

Cap Cay


Cap Cay

Cap Cay


Warung Mina, Ubud

Warung Mina, Ubud


Street Food, Bali

Street Food, Bali

 

Ikan Bakar & Cap Cay, Warung Mina

Ikan Bakar & Cap Cay, Warung Mina


Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

 

Fruit Salad, Canggu

Fruit Salad, Canggu


Ithaka Warung, Canggu

Ithaka Warung, Canggu


Breakfast at Pomelo, Canggu

Breakfast at Pomelo, Canggu


Ikan Pepe (Fish cooked into Banana Leaf)

Ikan Pepe (Fish cooked into Banana Leaf)


Tropical Fruit

Tropical Fruit