peasant dish of Indonesia
facts & tidbits
Where did you first
taste an authentic
It was on the Indonesian island of Bali, a tropical paradise. The Balinese are culinary artists. Their food is full of color and flavor
and it is the hottest in the world (even counting such cuisines as Mexican,
Ethiopian, Indian, West African, and Sichuan).
Where did Nasi
It was born long ago in nearby Java and literally
means, "fried rice." Nasi Goreng is more complex than its name suggests, and there are more versions of it
than there are sauces in France. The Balinese version is one of the best.
What is the Indonesian
island of Bali like?
Whenever and wherever I traveled to this tropical Indonesian island, I encountered enchanting sights: peaceful, palm-lined beaches; steaming
volcanoes scraping the blue sky; thousands of family-owned temples adorned with
offerings of fruit and flowers; secluded villages consisting of clusters of
thatched mud brick huts standing as islands in a sea of verdant rice paddies.
you most about Bali?
I was won over by the Balinese, a people who are immensely generous, attractive
and artistic. The majority of the inhabitants of the
isolated villages I visited were dedicated amateurs in at least one art form.
Some created exquisite wood or stone carvings; others painted vibrant folk
scenes. Yet others (especially the beautiful-eyed young maidens) danced to the
bright, tingling rhythms emanating from small ensembles of flutes, xylophones,
and bell-like bronze instruments. Their purpose was not art for art's sake, as
is often the case in most countries, but as one coffee plantation owner told me "to
please the many spirits that roam Bali."
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