Beautiful Indonesian Food

Indonesian food is one of the great cuisines of the world, beautifully presented, its colourful and full of intense flavours. Rendang, Nasi Goreng and Satay are among the most popular dishes but when you visit Indonesia you realise there is so much more to it. Bali is a gastronomic adventure and these days you are spoilt for choice, with almost every type of cuisine on offer. From the michelin starred restaurants to the tiny little warungs, Bali has it all and it is delicious!

Here are a few of my favourites, from left to right;

The Traditional Chicken Sate from #sariorganik , The Crushed Peas from Nude Canggu, The Smoked Duck from Nude, The Spicy Chickpea Burger from The Spicy Coconut, The Broken Hash from Grow, The Mushroom and Coconut Sate from Milu, The Ahi Poke from Nook, The Corn Fritters from Nude, The Seafood Feast and the Breakfast Platter from Villa Bloom, The Chilli Crab Pasta from Sisterfields and last but definitely not least, the Ikan Asli from Clear Cafe in Ubud. 

Ubud

Ubud... It takes a while to get past the overwhelming hustle and bustle of the big city that is Ubud. Everything you read about Ubud before you arrive seems to be cultural marketing at its best. You are presented with a picture of beautiful green forests, amazing sanctuaries and an experience which will spiritually and physically heal you. When you arrive you are unfortunately presented with quite the opposite.
A good tip for anyone travelling to Ubud would be to stay outside the city, I am totally surprised that none of my friends who visit Ubud regularly gave me this advice. Outside of the city you do find the peace and tranquility which is depicted by its marketing and you don't actually have to go very far at all to find this. 

After being in Ubud for a couple of day's I did start to see the appeal, there are beautiful places to go, amazing restaurants with delicious food and good shopping, however I still think that what was once a beautiful, healing place has been bastardised by tourism and filled with pseudo hippies trying to find peace (or status) through yoga and green smoothies. It is sad to see tourism take over in such a way that the spirituality and healing medicine have become a commodity for the rich. Tourism benefits the local people to a certain degree but how do you find a balance..?