Local Lunch│Mengwi. Today we bring you another post from Bali, Indonesia – a delicious lunch with friends at a small local restaurant in Mengwi. We liked this little spot, which had a view of Mount Batur in the distance (Mt Batur is the active volcano that Catherine climbed while we were on the island of Bali). We ended up at this roadside restaurant on the recommendation of our driver, after a visit to Mengwi Temple. Mengwi Temple or ” Taman Ayun Temple ” literally transited means beautiful garden, and this temple, situated in the village of Mengwi, 18 Km west of Denpasar, is indeed one of Bali’s most picturesque temple.
We sat on a elevated floor section to the side of the restaurant. There was a small river right next to us, and a pretty view of a cloud covered volcano behind the rice fields which surrounded the back of the restaurant. By no means fancy at all, this place was rustic but still clean and with good service. We ate with our friends, Kevin and Charity, who we had been touring with for the day.
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavor. It varies greatly by region and has many different influences. There were a number of dishes that we loved to order during our time there, but the two that we ordered the most were Nasi goreng and Mie goreng.
Nasi goring (pictured above), literally meaning “fried rice” in Indonesian and Malay, refers simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including stir fried rice in small amount of oil, typically spiced with sweet soy sauce, shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli and accompanied by other ingredients, particularly egg, chicken and prawns. Fried shallot and traditional crackers are often sprinkled upon to give crispy texture, pickles are added to give sour freshness in otherwise rather oily dish, while chili paste is to add the zesty spiciness according to one’s preference. Elijah and mommy especially loved the prawn crackers that come with this kind of dish. Above you can see the prawn crackers – four spiraled worm-looking things on the front edge of the plate.
Mie goring (pictured below) is a flavorful and spicy fried noodle dish common in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, pork, beef, or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbage, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and other vegetables. It can be found everywhere in the country, sold by all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants. It is an Indonesian one-dish meal favorite, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with nasi goreng (fried rice).
Considering that we were traveling with a young one, the Indonesian cuisine was great since we could always find some sort of rice/ noodle dish to suit our little man’s palate. Nothing was too spicy, and if we asked, then the spice could be taken out all together.
Not too bad for meals served at an informal little streetside warung.
Check out some of the sights that we saw earlier that day: Tanah Lot│Taman Ayun Mengwi│Sangeh Monkey Forest│Luwaks and Giant Bats│Pura Batu Bolong