The Island of Gods
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- Spoken language:
- Indonesian, Balinese, English
- Indonesian Rupee
Passport: necessary, with a residual validity of at least 6 months from the date of departure from Indonesia.
Entry Visa: Contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country
- Power and Sockets:
- 230 V / 50 Hz - Plug Type C, F e G
Balinese cuisine is characterized by fresh spices that are used to flavor any dish, whether meat or fish. Turmeric, ginger, garlic and chilli are often combined with coconut, soy sauce, peanuts and shallots. The result is often a very spicy dish, full of flavors, sometimes too much for our western stomach accustomed to more delicate and balanced combinations.
If you want to be sure to taste the real traditional food you have to eat from the many Warung (kiosks) that are on the street.
Eating like local people is important for discovering new flavors and getting closer to the culture of the country that hosts us, considering that the Balinese are a very sociable people and eager to let tourists discover their best dishes, but you should never forget to take a few precautions with both non-bottled drinks and street food. Our suggestion is to alternate local foods with a little Western food (easily found in the many restaurants distributed throughout the island) to allow our stomach to get used to the dishes so spicy and different from ours.
One of the typical local products is the Balinese coffee called Kopi Luwak, which has as its peculiarity not so much in the type of coffee plant but the way it is treated. In Bali a particular species of civet (small mammal) called Luwak lives, which is very greedy of coffee beans. Unfortunately, his stomach is not able to digest it well and so ejects it partially intact. From these beans then you make the coffee that is sold at exorbitant prices (a cup can cost even more than 50 euros).
In different parts of Bali you can visit the coffee plantations, see the Luwak and of course taste the famous Balinese coffee.
Ingredients for 4 people: 500 gr chicken breast, 1 tablespoon honey, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons oilseed, 1 teaspoon curry, 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 grated peel of lime.
Ingredients for the sauce: 1 onion, 125 gr of peanut butter, 125 gr of milk, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon oilseed
Preparation: start by combining soy sauce, oil, spices and lime juice. Cut the chicken into strips and marinate it in the mixture just obtained. Then thread the chicken on the skewers, place in a deep oven pan, pour the remaining marinade over it and let them rest in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce browning the chopped onion with a little oil in a pan, then add the peanut butter and milk. After mixing well add the soy sauce and lime juice. Put everything to cook for 5 minutes and then blend until you have a smooth and compact sauce. Take the skewers and cook on a non-stick hot-plate for 5-7 minutes turning them from time to time. When the chicken is cooked, serve the still hot skewers accompanied by the sauce.
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