We LOVE to eat. We love food. We love talking about food, eating great food, cooking nice meals, and telling stories of meals we’ve eaten with others. As such, we introduce you to Foodie Friday, where we bring you gastronomic delights from half way around the globe.
Just because we are on a tight budget doesn’t mean we aren’t eating well. In fact, cheap, good food is one of the reasons we came over to this part of the world. Indonesia has been filled so far with lots of fruit, rice, noodles, curries, chicken, pork and fish.
Breakfast, usually included in the cost of the “hotel,” consists of any of the following: fresh fruit (usually papaya, watermelon, and pineapple),coffee/tea, eggs, crepe-like pancakes with banana and/or coconut, toast (with butter and jam). Indonesian breakfast would usually be fried rice/noodle with an egg and possibly a vegetable or two. If we have to go out for breakfast, it usually costs $4-$5, for both of us.
Lunch is our biggest meal and it’s usually local food. However, when a fresh salad with vegetables is available, we have a hard time saying no. Lunch is usually around $3-$5/person including drinks, although we had an amazing lunch the other day for 75 cents.
Dinner is much lighter for three reasons: 1. Portion sizes are smaller here and our stomachs have shrank a bit. 2. Our money needs to last almost 6 months. 3. We want to look good for our wedding and don’t want to be the only people who gain weight backpacking ;). We can sometimes share a dinner, which is plenty of food especially if there is rice involved, for around $7-$10 USD (this includes drinks and a starter and could be much cheaper if it’s local food).
We’ve both been amazed at how much Western food is available on menus. We occasionaly eat it as a comfort, but we mostly try to stick to local food…plus its cheaper and “double-double animal styles” have not made their way to this part of the world yet.
Fruit. Oh the fruit, so much variety and so good. Amando’s favorite is passionfruit and Erika’s is asian pear first, next passionfruit (Kiasu remember). Mangosteen, snakeskin fruit, sour passionfruit, green oranges, lychee, and another lychee lookalike are absolutely delicious.
Then, there is Durian. A wikitravel article describes it as the following: “Both smell and taste defy description, but eating garlic ice cream next to an open sewer comes to mind. ” I (Amando) insisted on trying some. It has the consistency of stringy roasted garlic and chicken fat, kind of looks like a pile of chicken fat, and tastes like rotting chicken fat. All I could think of was,”why?” No matter what else they served it with, it still tasted like the description above.
Overall we have been incredibly impressed with the food. From the whole grilled snapper in Jinbaroon, Bali – to the Babi Goleng (roasted pig) in Ubud, Bali, it’s been flavor overload. We have dedicated ourselves to finding some way to have the Balinese spice sauce served with the roast pig at our wedding.