I don’t know about you but I get cravings for certain foods often if I have not been able to have it for a period of time. We are privileged in New Zealand to have such an extensive range of foods available to us. You name it, you can probably get it!
So currently while we are living here in Italy I am craving an extensive ethnic list of food! Don’t get me wrong, I love the food here, it’s wonderful! But sometimes I just crave something other than Italian style cuisine.
We were having lunch yesterday and the coffee that was served with lunch reminded me of the coffee we would get in Bali (Bali Coffee) which was ground so finely that you needed put it through a plunger, just pop it into the pot let it sit for a while and then pour. It had a great earthy smell and a sweet taste with very little acidity.
I am starting to waffle on a little now. So back to the coffee at lunch which reminded me about the coffee in Bali which then reminded me of course about the food in Bali (yummy) and of course then about the fun holiday that we had in Bali last September.
So since I don’t have access to any of the ingredients required to cook any of the dishes that we had in Bali (aside from fish sauce and the occasion bunch of coriander that I manage to get my hands on). I thought I would post a few photos, to satisfy my current craving.
While exploring the area we were staying in (Seminyak) the boys discovered a great little local Warung (what would be described as a small local café style place that serves traditional local Balinese food). It made a nice change from the slightly more mainstream Warungs that we had been going to in the heavily populated tourist areas. It seemed to cater more for the locals which was nice.
The food here was super tasty and super cheap… As was the Bintang! The people of course were very friendly too! They made a pretty good Sambal, which was one of the things that we enjoyed with every meal while in Bali.
I regret not taking more photos of the places we ate in while in Bali, the food seemed to have so much life and colour which in turn made for so much flavour in the dishes also!
Sambal is chilli based and used as a common condiment in the Warungs and Restaurants of Bali. There are many versions of Sambal, but one of our favourite was Sambal Matah which is of Bali origin (Sambals can been found throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Philippines) and consists of a lot of finely chopped Shallots, Lemon Grass, Birds Eye Chilli, Shrimp Paste and Lemon Juice. Yum!
As well as really liking the food in Bali, I really enjoyed the people of Bali. Some of them seem to have so little but they are the happiest looking people and they seem so content with life. The children just loved having their photo taken which made for some great photos!
We came across these two selling polished shells when we were staying on an island called Lembongan. A small island around 10km southeast of the Mainland.
We spent a couple of nights in Ubud (Eat.Pray.Love Territory) and found the local children here more than happy to have their photos taken!
While in Ubud we went on a mountain bike ride through several little villages and lots of Rice Fields. At the end of the ride, you end up at the owner of the bike companies house for a home cooked lunch. Great hospitality. And again a friendly bunch of people.
Would I go back? In a heart beat!