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Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

One of the things we are certainly not missing this year is the hotel breakfast. The repetition of crowded breakfast rooms, people eating like there is no tomorrow, and overcooked or runny eggs has seen us skipping many a hotel breakfast in the past, particularly...
Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a True Surfer’s Paradise

Bali, a true Surfer’s Paradise. When I was a kid starting to surf in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast (no, not the Gold Coast) in Queensland, Bali was a mythical destination. Surfers would return from Indonesia with tales of epic surf, friendly locals and cheap...
The Dish, Part 2: Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu

The Dish, Part 2: Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu

In the first part of this post we gave you the recipe to make a good batch of delicious — and often fiery — Balinese Sauce. In this part we’ll put it to good use to make two dishes, a Balinese-style saté and ayam betutu. To make...
The Dish, Part 1: Basa Gede or Balinese sauce

The Dish, Part 1: Basa Gede or Balinese sauce

While perusing the bookshelf at our delightful Villa Tukad, I discovered myriad guidebooks on Indonesia and Bali. There’s a rather dry but informative old copy of a Dorling Kindersley-style Knopf guidebook, a conservative Insight Guide, a detailed Rough Guide to Indonesia, and a couple of...
Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in a village like Tumbak Bayuh in Bali, as we have been, you could find yourself a little frustrated by shopping in Bali, and might be happy to hand over the task to your villa cook if you...
Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

The gamelan and its music had always intrigued me as a musician. I’ve always found the Indonesian ensemble of metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and various other instruments wonderful to listen to, but I had little idea as to how the hell they made that enchanting noise. Was there...
Local Knowledge: Kiki from Bali

Local Knowledge: Kiki from Bali

For travellers who need some handholding, the only thing they’d probably miss from a holiday rental is a concierge. Being travel writers, we’re not the types to depend on one other than to score us a hard-to-get restaurant table, although we can certainly appreciate a...
Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia

Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is to Australians what Mallorca is to the British and Cancun is to Americans, a cheap beach holiday destination. But one person’s popular vacation spot is another’s exotic off-the-beaten-track escape. Our Bali is altogether different again and, somewhat surprisingly we’re besotted with it. We...