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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