Bali Hai

This summer I completed my own version of Eat-Pray-Love…the travel and food version. I have just returned from the most exotic place I have ever visited – Bali, Indonesia.

 

Bali

Bali

I had no experience with Indonesian food and wondered what I might learn from this trip. I was fortunate enough to join a very talented cook while he prepared a beautiful lunch for us. We had requested an authentic Balinese meal and he transformed some very simple ingredients into one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. He started with diced garlic, shallot, green pepper, red pepper and stir fried it in some oil.

Diced and ready to stir fry.

Diced and ready to stir fry.

Then he added purple cabbage, carrot and bok choy tossing it over high heat he added leftover white rice, paprika and some soy sauce. After some more tossing and seasoning adjustment – here’s the result:

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Really delicious – then he tossed some cubed chicken breast in salt, pepper and chopped garlic. Arranged them onto bamboo skewers and grilled brushing with dark soy sauce.

Chicken breast for skewers.

Chicken breast for skewers.

Turning them into this:

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Yum – Finally he took the legs and wings from the whole chickens he had dismantled for the skewers and browned them in oil adding red peppers, green peppers, onion, carrot, coconut milk and a magic curry packet:

Magic Curry Packet

Magic Curry Packet

We ate this way almost every day we were in Bali – amazing food.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

And an amazing place.

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6 thoughts on “Bali Hai

  1. Hope you, Ed and the family can take other trips throughout Asia. It is truly a world’s treasure of tastes. Did you walk through any of the markets? What a wonderful summer you have had!

    • Hi Chris!
      We came away from the trip with a whole new view of what’s possible for travel…Edward has traveled throughout Asia for work, but the girls and I had never ventured further west than Hawaii. Knowing that we were flying over Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore etc…made me realize how much I have been missing. We did visit the market in Ubud, but feel like there is so much more to see. It was a great summer.

  2. Hi Renée,
    It was lovely to meet you and your family in Bali. I just checked out your blog and I think it’s wonderful. Your pictures are beautiful and I want to try all the recipes! Especially the last one, I’m craving for Nasi Noreng now that we are back in london. Hope to see you soon again. Bx

    • Hi Benedicte!
      It was so nice to meet you and your family too! I made chicken curry last night even though I was about to fall over from jet lag! I hope to see you when we visit Dan in London – probably in June 2014. Maybe we can cook something English together and I can post about it! If you are on Facebook let’s connect. Thank you for checking out my blog :-)

  3. That would be lovely to see you in london. But I’d rather cook French than English! No Facebook, but I’ll check out your blog and we can talk then.
    Very brave of you to cook a curry, we ordered pizzas! Bx

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