It has been a long overdue, since my last blog post… And it’s shameful actually… to call myself a Bali Travel & Food Blogger with this long hiatus. The year of 2015 is the year of the new opportunity, our business has been shifted to one field that everybody would want to hear about us : How do you hold on to youth, How to feel, live, and look young. I have to apologize to our readers, from any part of the globe, if you visit our blog and kept coming back and found nothing new on the post. I had been wanted to write about this subject that was initially requested by one of our Twitter Followers @VillaBaliCom. As Jimbaran is our home, our neighborhood, we think it would be lovely to recommend what we, as the locals are used to do as the fun activities with friends and family. There’s definitely a long list to do in Jimbaran when you came to the island as a visitor or tourist or traveler, we just want to share what our family and communities around this area love to do on the weekend or in our everyday activities..Read more »
There are so many things I love about Bali, and so much passions about sharing the beauty, uniqueness and magnificence of this island where I have been living for more than 13 years now, to you, my dearest readers. Bali is world wide known for its rich and vibrant cultures, its sophisticated art forms, its extravagant religious ceremonies, its idyllic beaches, perfect summer weather, and eventually its friendly people. Many visitors also come to Bali to try the delightful cuisine, from the world class international food to the exotic fragrant local dishes, from the most elegant fine dining restaurant to the simplest warung eatery. The island has become one of Indonesia’s main culinary destinations.
Geo has now a year long new passport to visit cucina italiana land that belongs to a giant squirrel named Pipo, full of sweet treats, delectable food, fun and entertaining games, a green garden with colourful fences, and a smiley and super friendly white cap troupe ready to make his Sunday very special with different theme and activity each week. Yes, his Sunday will never be the same again, when he gets his passport stamped, at Prego, Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali.Read more »
We never thought we could be seating and enjoying buffer diner at this most famous and visited hotel in the middle of Bali tourist mecca, in Kuta. As a local resident, Kuta Beach and its chaotic tourist scenes is sometimes the last thing in our mind to have a peaceful relaxing time in the island of paradise. But there’s one place that has always captured my attention to visit because of its one stop leisure and entertainment facilities, and that’s Hard Rock Hotel Bali, located just right across the most famous and frequented beach in Bali – Kuta Beach. Although finding best hidden beaches and non-touristy spots is what we love, as a couple with a toddler, going to a place with easy access to everything we need to entertain your child and satisfy your appetite has now become our new interest we would love to share to our readers. And so to the Starz Diner at Hard Rock Hotel Bali we go…
A dough to make a crispy roti, and a nice sweet sauce or jam to dip in, with a glass of hot creamy beverage – this looks like a ingredients trio needed for one rainy day in Bali, these days…
MALAYSIA, TARIK YOUR TEA HIGH!
I never thought I could meet these three Malaysian guys in my neighbourhood in Jimbaran owning an eatery offering authentic favourite cuisine from their country, with affordable prices and tasted real good, so delightful that the Malaysians themselves will nod and agree that this is what they are serving on their own tables. Roti Canai-Roti Prata-Teh Tarik-Curry Laksa-Hainan Chicken Rice, these are my limited food vocabularies when people ask about my knowledge of Malaysian Cuisine. I wasn’t wrong, right Hans, Karl, and Chee Hang?Read more »
Have you ever walked-in to a great restaurant, you were greeted and welcomed by the Executive Chef/Owner itself at the door? For us : never, until we met Kevin and Virginia from the newly launched Cuca, in Jimbaran, Bali, rushing to the front terrace, when we thought we were entering the restaurant from the wrong door. This humble couple gave us a warm welcome, as if we were a family member visiting a house warm party! I knew that this was going to be a special night for me, Benny, and Baby Geo.Read more »
Lavish Bali Buffet in-style that has been taken by a six-star beachfront resort into another level. This might not take you by surprise if you are used to a hi-end service in food & beverage side of life..But wait until you see unique and rare in the world art pieces and sparkling water pounds surrounding your pathway to the place where you are going to enjoy your dinner fiesta, a huge establishment hosting not one, not two, but eight restaurants and bar venues. And your appetite journey has just begun…at Mulia Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali.Read more »
Benny and I have been living in Bali for more than 12 years now, one of our favorite cuisines is Sundanese – originally from West Java. And we are still in search of great and best restaurant and warung serving this special Indonesian food. Over the years, we have been seeing many new sundanese restaurants open in Bali, some of them can not survive. This is probably because some of the spices and ingredients used in the dishes have strange flavor for some people living in the island. Today, we’re visiting Pawon Pasundan, one of the pioneers in the island, that has been going through the test of time and still standing strong for 15 years now among other competitors. It is strategically located in Tuban area, Kuta, just right at the corner of Jl. Kediri and Jl Raya Tuban.
Pawon Pasundan is serving this special cuisine typically from West Java, called Sundanese, that has been known for long period of time with its savoury crispy fried chicken or fish, with steamed rice, Sambal (fresh chilli based sauce) and fresh raw vegetables Lalapan abundantly offered not as a garnish but really as the condiments. This is one of the big differences I love from Sundanese menus. Specially because Benny and I are big fans of ‘green stuffs’ on our plate. And Sundanese food is always generous with Lalapan!
As this place is located in the middle of the hustle and bustle Kuta, the place has been growing bigger and expanded to cater more guests, in particular those who come in big buses in big number of pax (Yes, Tourist!). No wonder the restaurants is packed during lunch and dinner time, that walk-in guests often must face disappointment as the place is full, so an advance booking is strongly advisable. But if you want to eat peacefully in more tranquil hours, try to come early for lunch at eleven am and at five or six pm for an early dinner, like we did.
It’s been years since our last visit to Pawon Pasundan, our impression when we first entered the place : hmm..it’s still haven’t changed a lot except for the new expanded wing, the interior looks slightly a little dull seeing the cushions on the japanese sitting style area Lesehan, and as Baby Geo came along with us, he obviously needed a high chair we tried to find one. There were actually the rattan one that looked very old and another one with newer model we used but was a bit dirty. Seems like not so many toddlers sit nice and quite like our Geo while dining..This is an open style dining area, so you want to make sure you put on your cardigan or jacket in the evening, or scarf just to protect yourself from the breezy wind while enjoying your meal.
Our recommendation when you go to Pawon Pasundan : try their Nasi Timbel Komplit. This is a combo of steamed rice, fried chicken, gepuk (tender fried beef meat cooked for hours with special sweet sauce), fried salty fish, clear tamarind vegetable soup, fried tofu and tempe, Sambal, Lalapan, that go along with water or tea, fresh sliced fruits, and Cin Cao cold beverage (a special shredded black jelly with sweet milk) – all for just Rp 49,000 or about US$ 5.
It’s a Feast!
And have you seen flying fish lately? Baby Geo did. With a special frying technique (I wish we were invited to see how they did this), Flying Gurame was served as one of the speciality everyone loves at Pawon Pasundan. Unlike the ordinary fried gurame where you can still feel this muddy after taste, the Kitchen Team of PP managed to eliminate the odor leaving extra crispy yet tenderness on the meat we just couldn’t stop to pinch until the last crispy tail left on the bamboo plate..oh sorry that one we ate it too 🙂
The famous Soto Bandung (clear tender meat soup with soy nuts and white radish, very..very..Bandungish!) we didn’t like it so much because they added this glass noodles makes the clear soup heavy. If you ever wonder whether the locals (read: Balinese people) would find Sundanese cuisine matched their taste and palate, a special raw vegetable dish with peanut sauce and strong Kaempferia galanga/sand ginger will prove there’s a similarity between Karedok and Tipat Cantok in terms of strong peanut sauce & garlic used. Some of their local guests affirmed this fact of flavor.
For dessert, you are obliged!…to try their Es Puter Kopyor, a coconut based traditional indonesian gelato, that’s how I called this scrumptious icy sweet delicacy. Pawon Pasundan made a delicious Es Puter, garnished with green fermented sticky rice Ketan on top. You can’t get wrong with this. I will always come back for this sweet dessert!
Es Puter Kopyor – Indonesian gelato #foodporn
It is not very easy for people from Bandung like me who knows where to get the best Sundanese food at its origin place, and to expect the same taste bud experience will be equally indulged in the island of Bali. But if you’re looking for the classic sense of taste of West Java cuisine, you come to the right place. Pawon Pasundan serves also Vegetarian Menu either Ovo or Vegan.
Jl. Kediri no. 2, Tuban
Kuta – BALI
Tel : (0361) 755833
Home Delivery available, just call (0361) 8880606
Sunday late afternoon – sunset dining time – Kuta Beach, Bali. Sounds like a perfect lazy time in the heart of paradise island? Eeek..not really for us the Jimbaran based family. We could only imagine the traffic to get there, and to even survive from the currently built Kuta-Simpang Siur underpass project was the first thought when we were heading to a dinner invitation at FEAST Restaurant at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. Surprise surprise, the food goddess must had spelled its magic words to Kuta traffic as we arrived sooner than we predicted.Read more »