Visit and taste the “Island of the Gods” without leaving your kitchen in David Barratt’s book, “A Traveler's Guide to Balinese Street Food.”
The small island of Bali is rich with a union of religion, tradition and people. Barratt shares his guide to Balinese food culture, emphasizing street food and festival dishes, recipes included. No visit to the island's culture would be complete or satisfying without understanding the spiritual implications of food, so co-author to the text, I Wayan “Budi” Budiasa, serves as a Bali-Hindu cultural guide. “Introducing clients to our dishes is both delicious and fulfilling,” Budiasa said.
Many of the recipes can be made vegetarian or vegan as needed. Check out this Recipe:
Pisang Goreng (Fried banana godoh)
This is an Indonesian classic. Try it topped with coconut ice cream or drizzled with honey.
5 dessert spoons white rice flour
2 teaspoons tapioca or cornflour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons white sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 tablespoon shredded coconut
1 cup water
Oil for frying
1. Mix rice flour, sugar, salt, and coconut.
2. Stir in water, a little at a time, and mix to form a thick batter.
3. Peel the bananas, and cut each down the middle.
4. Completely coat each banana slice in batter and then fry in hot oil until golden.
5. Drain on paper towels. Serve at once.