Sunday, 14 August 2011

Bali Part #1 - Flight Meal and Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

It's been such a fun, although I am not completely satisfied for some reasons..
Welcome drink from Bali Swiss Villa

..but as I promised, I got some food porn that are ready to be posted! The vacation was great, although I am rather disappointed cause I didn't found quite epic food there. Don't get me wrong, great foods are heaps, but none of them really catch my breath if you know what I mean. Or maybe it's just me.

Anyways, I was really reluctant to go by plane again though it's only 1 hour and 45 mins flight. It turned out that the flight still seemed to be too long for me as I got nausea in 15 mins. Uuh. The pre-booked meal, which was chicken rice helped a bit, the chicken is tender enough and the rice is fragrant.

Chicken rice flight meal

Upon arriving, we (FYI, I traveled with my mom's big family) were greeted by surprisingly cool breezes. As we went outside the airport, my eyes immediately caught some sesajen on the road. Sesajen is a form of daily ritual performed by the Balinese, as a symbol of their gratefulness to their gods. You can find it almost everywhere in Bali, in shops, restaurants, even on the roads.


Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

Our first stop before going to the villa was a recommendation from Mr Komang, our tour guide. Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk  is said to be one of the best eating spots in Bali due to its special braised chicken and duck.

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk icon

The interior is pretty simple, but it seemed that most tables are already booked. True enough, not long after we arrived, a huge group of people packed this place.


The menu varies, but the recommended here are the ayam betutu gilimanuk and sate lilit.


While waiting, we enjoyed the appetizers, which were fried peanuts, sambal matah (shallots, chilli, and garlic) and this plecing dengan sambal terasi (boiled veggie with shrimp paste chilli sauce). I thought it was kangkung (water spinach) at first but I found it quite different as this one has bitter taste, although the texture is pretty similar with kangkung. The chilli sauce is spicy, but not spicy enough to make me sweat.


I opted for soto ayam (spices soup with chicken, vermicelli, and egg) as I am not hungry. The soup is refreshing, but I'd love more shredded chicken and vermicelli in my soto.

Soto ayam - IDR 10,000 ($1.1)

Now for the famous chicken. Ayam betutu gilimanuk is Balinese braised chicken which is said to be very spicy. The marinade involves garlic, turmeric, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, chillies, bay leaves and kaffir lime leaves. When it arrived to the table, I don't believe that it'll be spicy. It doesn't look fierce for me. This piece of chicken didn't belong to me so I just tried a piece, which was deliciously tender and flavorsome. It is obvious that the chicken had been cooked for quite a long time. It was mild at first, but after a few seconds I can taste the spiciness from the chicken. I wonder how spicy it would be if I eat the whole piece of chicken.

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

As for the sate lilit, I could taste many spices which mix together nicely. The satay has fish cake-like texture, so I was wondering what is this satay is really made of. In the end, after asking the chef, I found out that it is very finely minced chicken. Wow. It's just so smooth I can't believe it's chicken.

Sate lilit - IDR 2,000 per piece ($0.2 ea)

After the meal, most of the family said that the meal was very very spicy, but I can't find any excessive spiciness in any of the dishes that night. I should try the braised chicken and prove the spiciness for myself next time.

Done for the day, we headed back to the villa. It was awesome, one private pool for every villa o yeah! And we got some welcome drink. I was attacked by sudden hunger, so I open one of the snack box and found this delicious bika ambon, a famous cake from Medan, made from egg, flous, and coconut milk. Oh yum.

Bika ambon

Rating (Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk): 4/5 (Recommended)
Authentic Balinese menus with great spices explosions, place is spacious and clean, service is quick, price is OK.



Jln Merdeka no 88
Renon, Bali

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