My holiday to Indonesia wasn’t that long but I did finally visit Bali after the last time I went in 1996. Bali is changing a lot. I used to remember By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta and Denpasar area. Last May, I was lost. Not to mention we lost our luggage when we arrived at the Ngurah Rai airport from Surabaya. Our luggage was apparently sent to Ujung Pandang which is a different city on a different island. After long hours talking on phone and pushing these local airline staffs at the airport to return it to us, we got ours back on second day of our staying in Bali.
Anyway, we stayed at 100 Sunset Boutique hotel based on Cooking Tackle recommendation. Her choice is good. Sunset road is still in Kuta but it is not as crowded as Legian and Seminyak which are heavily popular among foreigners. All hotels that I used when I was holidaying in Indonesia was booked a month earlier through agoda.com and booking.com.
After checked in to the hotel, I left for my culinary tours with Bli* Yudi to Lawar Kartika on By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai, to Ubud where we visit chef Lambon who is really talented to create many Balinese leafy herbs into food at Warung Pulau Kelapa and to Pasar Senggol Gianyar for Nasi Campur Bali (A Balinese Mix Rice).
This Bali story will be divided into 3 parts. This is the the first part and the second part will be a story what is around the hotel area. Last but not least, the third part will be special about Chef Lambon’s cooking and Warung Pulau Kelapa’s garden.
Bali is a small island with high concentration of Hindu believers in Indonesia which is a bit different with Hindu in India. Balinese Hinduism is basically similar to traditional Hinduism, but also includes elements of Buddhism and animism, and the supreme is called Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. In Balinese diet, pork, beef, chicken, duck, fish and seafood are included. So yes pork is common to be eaten there. As I don’t eat pork where I was at Lawar Kartika, I had Lawar Daun Belimbing (Mixed Bilimbi Leaves Salad) with Sate Lilit Sapi (Bali Beef Sate) and Beef Lung. I’m so in love with the Lawar Daun Belimbing and the crispy beef lung.
This set came with sop sapi (beef soup) when I tasted I commented to Bli Yudi immediately. This sop sapi tasted like a Javanese soup, light and slightly sweet. Bli Yudi replied yes this place is a bit mix and it’s not quite Balinese authentic but a friendly place for those who don’t eat pork like you do.
Just like other corners in Bali business places. Lawar Kartika has a small corner where people give praise to the Lord and the ancestors which is called Plangkiran.
When I paid my bill I saw bags of crispy fish skin for sale. I can’t resist myself to not grab them.
* Bli is a Balinese word for brother to show respect.