Taste of Bali : Nasi Ayam Bali

Nasi Ayam Bali

Remember about the idea of me exploring more Indonesian local foods and write a series of blog post about Taste of Indonesia? Well, the first one went really well nearly a month ago. I wrote about BPK, the famous Karo-styled roast pig from North Sumatra, Indonesia. And everyone was like : “Look at that! You make me hungry.” or “God! It does look really good. It’s been ages since the last time I had BPK”. Well, you know, things like that.

And for now, since I just got back from Bali, I’m gonna write a brief review about the famous Nasi Ayam Bali (Balinese Chicken Rice). I know.. I know.. People might be expecting that I write about Balinese Suckling Pig instead since that’s the only thing people would probably think about Balinese dish. But I found it to be overrated. And besides, I like this Nasi Ayam even better!

So… what exactly is Nasi Ayam Bali?

Well… I found it to be a set of meal consisting of steam rice, Balinese shredded chicken, some vegetables, sate lilit (minced fish satay), peanuts, chicken skin, and a slice of boiled egg. Yes, it might not look tempting for some people. And without the veggies, it’ll be too dry.

I didn’t even think I’ll finish mine at the first time. But then, I found myself enjoying every bite of it.

It tasted exactly like any other Balinese cooking – sweet, kinda spicy but not so much, and so rich in flavor of traditional herbs. And the taste of each ingredients somehow blend with each other really well. There are no part of the dish tasted stronger and more dominant than the other – that’s what I call by The Taste of Bali. And the more important thing is… they use fresh ingredients! So it tasted just like what local dish should be. Fresh and authentic.

Balinese Nasi Campur
Balinese Nasi Campur

A part of Balinese cuisine you should never forget is the delicious sambal matahI love it! It’s some kind of Balinese style raw sambal with Lombok chilli, onions, oils, and many other things.

Believe it or not? I never found nor heard about sambal matah else where. My first impression about sambal matah wasn’t very great. It didn’t look tasty at all for me. Instead, it looks really raw and oily. And it’s a kind of complement you would want to put away. Not a kind of chili sauce you’ll dip your chicken into. But later I found it to be a perfect sambal for both grilled chicken or fish.

Nasi Ayam Bali

I even asked my friend who’s been living in Bali for years about how to make sambal matah at home. The basic ingredients are only Lombok chilies (it’s small and fat), garlic, onions, lemon grass, and virgin coconut oil. But you can also use olive oil if you like the smell of it. And just like any other Indonesians, Balinese also loves to use grated terasi (dried shrimp paste) as one of the ingredients for making sambal matah. Just to build up a stronger flavor and smell.

Got a sense of what it tasted like?

Well, herbs and spices are very essential in Indonesian cookingBalinese is no exception. So you might find a complicated ingredients in Indonesian dish recipe. And each island does have their own local taste. Balinese cuisine usually has a rich flavor of herbs and a spicier taste than the one in Java island. While the local foods in Sumatra tend to be hot and spicy and rich of coconut milk.

Ah, Indonesia does offer so many kind of foods I can’t refuse. I really can’t wait for my next local food tasting experience!  

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26 Komentar

  1. ryanakbarx berkata:

    wah enak nih shar, gua masukin list deh kalo kesana hahhaha

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hahaha asiiik 😀 Ada byk tempat sih yang jual nasi ayam bali. Yang terkenal itu Warung Khrisna, Nasi Ayam Bu Mangku, sama Nasi Ayam Bu Oki. Yang lain gw belum tau 😛

      1. ryanakbarx berkata:

        iya shar akhir taun mo kesana, kasih tau yah list makanan sana yang layak dicoba hahahaha

        1. Sharon Loh berkata:

          Wah asik dong yan! Selamat bersenang2. Okay hehehe ntar ku susun list yg udh pernah ku coba.

  2. Cindy Kartikasari berkata:

    Make me miss Indonesian food more!!

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Come back next summer and we’ll go to Bali AGAIIIIIN!

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Tasted extremely good too! 🙂

  3. hermitsdoor berkata:

    So many local variations of flavors that we do not get her in the USA. Today is Thanksgiving here. Turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing (bread & herbs, usually cooked inside the turkey), brussel sprouts, etc. Not much subtly in flavors, but that is our standard. Anyway, one of our traditions for today is to express gratitude to people. Thanks for dropping by during the year and for sharing your travel experiences. Hmmm. Now where can I find Indonesian food around here…. 🙂
    Oscar

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hey, that makes us equal. It’s hard to find turkey, chicken stuffs, and a kind like that. There are some 5 stars hotel serving turkey for thanksgiving. But it costs a looot of money.
      So I haven’t even tried a single bite of the famous thanksgiving turkey!

      And thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Happy thanksgiving, Oscar!

  4. Danny Tumbelaka berkata:

    Interesting and informative blog. Keep on writing and sharing, Sharon.

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Thank you so much Danny! A comment like this is exactly what I need to keep writing for more. 🙂

  5. Ceritaeka berkata:

    Kok baru tau oal nasi ayam Bali ini yah… Hmmm taunya cuma nasi Babi guling Bali 😀 hahaha

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hahaha iya aku juga baru tau pas kmrn kesana. Kayaknya emang orang lokal / orang yang udah lama tinggal disana baru tau deh hihi. Babi Guling Bali emang lebih terdengar ya 😀

      1. Ceritaeka berkata:

        Oh babi guling Bali itu NUIKMAAAT. Bikin liputannya dunk 😉

        1. Sharon Loh berkata:

          Hihihi siappp! Tunggu ke bali lagi deh ya. Blm ada foto yg cihui hehe

  6. wow, fingger licking good assorted balinese chicken rice!
    livin it even more if the shredded chicken is tossed with torch ginger lawar dressing….

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Sluuurp. Never had ginger lawar dressing before. But would love to try!

  7. bucathy berkata:

    Great post! Is ‘matah’ Balinese for mentah? That is my absoslutely favourite sambal too!

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Not sure if it stands for ‘mentah’ or not. Probably! 😉 Thanks, Bu Cathy!

      1. indeed, ‘matah’ is raw in english, raw is ‘mentah’ in Bahasa

        1. Sharon Loh berkata:

          Thanks Dedy! 🙂

  8. Dianne berkata:

    I heard the hospitality is exceptional from the locals. I’m actually contemplating a stop over when I visit a friend of mine from Guam.

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Yes! They all are just too friendly and helpful!

  9. Anggara berkata:

    Layak banget dicoba nih, kalau nanti ke Bali

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Yup! Enak nih 🙂

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