Feeling super relaxed after 5 glorious days poolside in Bali. Lots of swimming, eating, reading and not much else. Sounds like bliss right?
I left the Boyf at home and met up with an old school friend, Mel in Seminyak. Mel had also left her Boyf at home and our goal of the holiday was to do as little as possible and eat as much local food as possible. Coming in to the end of the year we were both slightly frazzled from work and life so we didn’t want to be travelling around sightseeing or filling our days haggling over Balinese trinkets we didn’t really need. Our only aim for the day was to fill our quota at the buffet breakfast then lounge by the pool or beach until we ventured out of the resort for an early dinner in the late afternoon. After dinner we’d get a massage and head back to our rooms for an early night. Usually when I travel I’m always on the go sightseeing and moving around cities or countries so this holiday was one of the most relaxing I’ve ever had.
Back to the food…. Mel and I both love Asian food and we’re not afraid to eat at local spots that most other tourists would turn their noses up at. We found some pretty amazing Nasi Campur restaurants dotted around Seminyak and ate somewhere different each day. All of the meals we had were above average with a couple being exceptional. One of my highlights was a Roti place we stumbled across on the back streets of nowhere just before it began thunder storming. There were so many roti with different fillings to choose from it was hard to make a decision and in the end I went with a plain roti, chicken curry and ice tea tahrik. Portions were small so Mel and I went in for round two… Murtabak filled with lamb and veges and a sweet roti topped with condensed milk to finish us off. We were so full and satisfied after this meal and the best bit was it cost less than $10 for both of us and the thunder storms had passed by the time we were done eating.
We had three yummy dinners of Nasi Campur. My favourite one was completely vegetarian but so flavourful and just the right amount of spicy. We ventured to Kuta one night after a hard day by the beach and I mixed things up by ordering Mie Goreng with chicken satay skewers for dinner. A yummy change from Nasi Campur.
For our final meal we decided to eat on Seminyak beach while watching the sun go down. I even splashed out and had a couple of Bintangs too! Woahh, talk about crazy! Mel and I parked up on the bean bags of Seminyak beach around 5.30pm, had a couple of beers, watched the sun go down and enjoyed a yummy chicken curry. It was a great way to end our mini-holiday before jetting back to the real world.
Now I know Bali is filled with amazing Western bars and restaurants like Motel Mexicola, Potato Head and Ku De Ta but you can get that kind of experience here in Australia. If you’re looking to get a sense of true Balinese flavour, hit up the small local restaurants – go where there are no tourists, eat without fear of Bali belly (charcoal pills help – get these from any pharmacy in Bali) and most importantly, ENJOY.