Dining On Balinese Food -Enjoy a Variety of Foods in Bali.
February 1, 2020
Dining On Balinese Food
Besides swimming and diving, beautiful things during return always make me smile again, I enjoy a variety of foods in Bali.
Balinese food is every bit as diverse as it is delicious. I used to think that I knew Balinese foods growing up. You see, we used to go out to Balinese and practically every weekend. They were a couple of Balinese restaurants in the neighborhood, and they were perfect for us kids. They were greasy, flavorful, and we got a cookie at the end of every meal. What more could a child ask for?
What I didn’t realize was how much better Balinese food could be than what my experience of it was. A lot of Asian cuisine in America is actually nothing like the traditional style. It is much too greasy and dominated by a simple array of flavors that don’t really capture the complexity of Balinese cooking.
I wasn’t really aware of any of this until I moved to San Francisco. If you can picture an Asian food, this is it! You can get Thai food, Vietnamese food, Japanese food, Chinese Food, Balinese food – you name it. Although all of the Balinese gourmet food there is tinged by local cuisine – traditional Balinese cooking more spices, for example – there still is quite a bit of authenticity to it.
In my opinion, the very best way to enjoy Balinese food is to cook it yourself. You never really understand any kind of food until you cook it. I did not start cooking until I was 18. My mother always made meals growing up, and it never occurred to me to try it out. Once I did, I was blown away by how much fun it was. It had seemed like it would be a chore, but it was anything but. I can tinker with the heat, the ingredients, the proportions of different things, and any number of other factors. I can spend as much time experimenting as I want, and eventually cook up the perfect meal.
When I went to an Asian grocery store, I was overwhelmed by all the ingredients I saw there. At that point, I had been living in San Francisco for a year and a half, and I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Balinese cuisine had to offer. I was surprised at the hundreds of different ingredients that I had never seen before. It turns out that traditional Balinese foods incorporate a lot of things that just generally aren’t fed to Westerners. Exploring these aspects of Balinese cooking has been a joy for me.