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BUMBU BALI Restaurant – Rijsttafels

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on February 3, 2012 at 10:41

The BUMBU BALI Restaurant is one Balinese institution that you should definitely visit if you are ever in the area. I know that detractors would say that the best food can be found at a fraction of the price on the street but if you have limited time and would like to have a snapshot of how Balinese food is like then this is the place to be. It has always been our family’s must visit list everytime we are in Bali!

They have been around since 1997 and has been known to serve Balinese food the way you find it prepared in Balinese homes or during traditional ceremonies so some pomp and ceremonies can be expected when you dine here. Aside from this, I love the fact that they are also a cooking school that arranges for visits to the local markets to join them to shop for the ingredients that they would be using for the day but be warned you need to really wake up early for this as all the shopping would be complete like by eight in the morning! Ps the hotel pick up was at five-thirty in the morning but I had so much fun that day that I forgot to take photos during my class.

If you have no idea of what to eat I would really recommend rijsttafel. The Indonesian rijsttafel , a Dutch word that literally translates to “rice table”, is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from the Indonesian feast called nasi padang. It consists of many side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. Popular side dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts. In most areas where it is served, such as Indonesia, the Netherlands, and other areas of heavy Dutch influence ), it is known under its Dutch name.

Despite that the dishes served on rice table are undoubtedly Indonesian, the rijsttafel’s origins were colonial. During their occupation of Indonesia, the Dutch introduced the rice table not only so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting but also to impress visitors with the exotic abundance of their colony.

Rijsttafels strive to feature an array of not only flavors and colors and degrees of spiciness but also textures, an aspect that is not commonly discussed in Western food. Such textures may include crispy, chewy, slippery, soft, hard, velvety, gelatinous, and runny.

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  1. You’re so right Bumbu Bali is a must for anyone visiting Bali. The chef sometimes visits Dubai for special dinners at the Burj. I also love Sardine in Seminyak (needless to say seafood) and Mozaic in Ubud for a fine dining experience.

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