For those who are traveling toward Australia and its surrounding islands, you can be forgiven for rushing through any food you get in your stopover in Bali. You’re tired, hungry, and looking for a bed, but Bali is one of the very best places in the world for incredible food. If you are lucky enough to be spending any time on this island, Bali can give your taste buds a workout you will remember forever. Take some time out, find a good restaurant and enjoy all the flavors Bali can offer.
A lot of Balinese dishes uses a paste called Basa gede. This paste cultivates the most extraordinary combination of flavors from herbs and spices both native and imported. Shrimp paste and bay leaves make up an interesting texture, and the cumin, turmeric and ginger round off this combo with some intensely deep and warm flavors. Asian shallots, nutmeg, and palm sugar make the aromas from any dish using this paste incredibly appetizing.
Balinese food has been described as varied, but this doesn’t begin to explain how contrasting some of the dishes can be. The staples in Bali are rice that is grown in the local paddy, fish from just beyond the coral reef waters, and vegetables fresh from the island. Chicken and pork make up the meat choices for this primarily Hindu island. Bali is an extraordinarily diverse place when it comes to food, and yet the flavors are all so distinctly Balinese.
Spend any time in Bali, and you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s not just the fresh diet or the intense aromas of the dishes you will feast upon. The whole island is a photographer’s dream. The landscapes are outstanding, and make for some amazing wildlife habitats. Sadly there were many native mammalian extinctions in the mid-twentieth century. The people of Bali are now among the most environmentally conscientious in the world.
There are several luxury resorts to stay in while you are in Bali. Try a spa hotel in Bali or go up into the mountains for something a little more down to Earth. Wherever you are staying, make the most of all the local dishes you can find to really get to grips with the length and breadth of Balinese cooking. You can find street stalls and luxury restaurants, so try to take time to sample everything you can.
Balinese food is incredibly aromatic, but it seems to blend in beautifully with its natural surroundings. Everything tastes so fresh because it usually is. Bali is quite self-sufficient when it comes to local produce. But some of the luxury hotels and resorts do go the extra mile to provide American breakfasts and menu dishes that more closely resembles the food from home. None of it is bad, but try to make a point of sampling something from the local choices. Even if you don’t like spicy food, there is still plenty on offer that will set your taste buds on fire with flavor if not heat. Make Bali your exotic culinary vacation this year.