Indonesia

Indulge your Taste Buds at Cempedak Island

Cempedak Island’s chefs have excellent cooking skills and produce some amazing food, so I couldn’t help but to dedicate a post just on the food itself!

We jumped straight into lunch when we arrived at the island and were immediately impressed by the food and also the polite and friendly service by the wait staff!

You can either dine at the restaurant itself or at more “private” tables located nearer to the water’s edge. Three of these tables are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The dining menu is handwritten on little blackboards placed on the table, which is located at the entrance of the restaurant and usually only the menu for the current meal and the next will be displayed, unless the boards haven’t been changed yet, to show what you can expect for the next meal.

Apparently, the menu is fixed for each day of the week, so if you are staying there long-term, you will probably see the same dishes come the same day in the new week. However, guests always have the option to request the staff to prepare something else to their liking, but you’ll have to give them advance notice so that they’ll have ample time to prepare it.

With the aim to prevent food wastage, a standard portion of food will be served to all diners, but those who have larger appetites can ask for second helpings. If you like a particular dish and want more of it, the staff will also gladly oblige to your request.


Saturday Lunch

Soto Medan

This was a really tasty soup, with fresh ingredients and a rich chicken broth that is much more flavourful than the average Soto Ayam that you’ll find in Singapore. I have to say that it was a nice start to the meal!

Steamed Fish Pepes with Sautéed Veggies and Sweet Corn Rice

This Gurame fish was fresh and very meaty, plus it was almost a complete meal by itself! Prior to this, I’ve never had steamed Gurame before, as most places usually serve it deep fried “flying fish” style.

I was extremely impressed by this dish as it was deboned for us! This was probably my first time being served with a whole fish (except for a missing tail) without the fish bones! However, I still found a bone near the stomach area, so you’ll still need to be careful when you eat the fish, as the kitchen staff could have missed removing a couple of the bones.

Nonetheless, I felt like I was being pampered by the extra effort that was put in for our dining experience! (and this was only our very first meal there!)

The sautéed veggies were a nice accompaniment to this main course and we found sweet kernels of corn hidden in the mound of rice on the plate.

Do note that one fish serves two persons at the table.

Strawberry Tartlet

Haha…fancy a western dessert to end an Asian meal! I had no complaints as it was good and tasted exactly like how a strawberry tart should be. However, it felt more like a chocolatey strawberry tart to me, as its pastry shell was lined with chocolate. The plate was also decorated with a strawberry coulis, which we mopped up and devoured together with the tart.

Coffee/Tea

We ended our meal with some coffee and tea. There are several standard options that you can choose from, so do check with the staff for the complete list of available choices.


Saturday Dinner

Breadsticks

These are served at every meal only during dinnertime, so I won’t be repeating the picture of the breadsticks in the subsequent meals listed in this post. There are two types of breadsticks served, one flat and one a bit roundish, like an oversized pretzel. I preferred the flat version as it had more flavour in them. Bread is also served at the same time as the breadsticks.

Tuna Salad

Not being a fan of tuna salads, I was initially wondering whether I should have this for dinner, but since I didn’t ask the staff to prepare something else, I decided to just try whatever was on the current day’s menu. To my surprise, it was really good and my hubby was shocked that I actually ate it!

Grilled King Prawn with Nanyang

Loved the presentation with the three fresh and plump king prawns intertwined and stacked to make a “prawn tower”, which sat atop rice mixed with wild ferns (paku pakis), seasoned with Indonesian spices. Melinjo cracker bits were scattered next to it.

We couldn’t quite figure out what the “Nanyang” meant in this dish, but overall the harmony of flavours could bring a song to my lips.

Papaya Gaul (pictured below on the left)
Lemon and coconut sorbet, with fresh papaya hidden beneath.

I don’t like papaya and had informed the staff during the previous meal, so they suggested replacing it with mango and I was fine with that, as I love mango! The combination was very refreshing and I loved my dessert! (pictured above on the right)


Sunday Breakfast

It isn’t everyday that you get breakfast with a view (yes, we managed to get one of the “private” tables this morning!)

We were served with a selection of fruit, as well as pastry.

The items labelled as “pastry” were served in a quaint little basket, which I absolutely adore!

Bread Butter Pudding
Somehow this looked more like a muffin to me.

Sarang Semut
Literally translated as “Ant’s Nest”, this cake derived its strange name due to its cross section resembling the appearance of an ant’s nest.

Although the piece of cake doesn’t look appetising, its dark brown colour is due to the caramel in the cake and its taste is actually quite nice! In terms of texture, it was springy to the touch and chewy, so it wasn’t exactly my favourite choice of cake, but I have to say that this cake probably requires some skill to be able to create the nest-like appearance.

I would consider this to be one of those experiences where you travel to a foreign country and try their local food, which is unfamiliar to you.

Mango Lassi
A blend of fresh mango and yoghurt.

As my stomach sometimes doesn’t agree with yoghurt, I opted to just have the mango juice by itself, so as not to jeopardize the rest of my holiday. Pure fresh blended mango juice is just heavenly! (oh yes, I am biased to mango)

Cempedak Style Nasi Goreng with Sunny Side Up

A hearty breakfast and the fried rice was delicious.


Sunday Lunch

Indonesian Food – (clockwise from top left:) Ayam Bakar, Udang Sambal, Yellow Fish Curry, Beef Rendang, Nasi Kuning, Urap; with Sambal Bilis Kacang and some extra sambal chilli (upon request) in the centre.

This was a seriously huge lunch for two people! Judging from the reactions that I happened to notice around me, most people were taken aback when presented with the portion of food at this meal!

Here’s how it looked after I put a bit of everything on one plate!

The Sambal Bilis Kacang (i.e. spicy anchovies with peanuts) was so good that we asked for a second helping! My other favourites were the Ayam Bakar (i.e. grilled chicken) and Beef Rendang, but I was too stuffed to ask for more.

Pisang Goreng with Coconut Ice

This was a nice and sweet ending to the meal, although I would say that the fried banana may have been a bit heavy, especially after such a huge main course!


Sunday Dinner

Calamari Salad

A refreshing salad with the calamari and crackers providing a different dimension of crispness from the vegetables.

BBQ Lamb Loin with Cous-Cous and Pita Bread

I was initially quite skeptical about this main course as I generally don’t like cous-cous, but this was really good!

The lamb was tender and the pomegranate seeds provided an extra crunch to each mouthful. Overall, the entire dish was a burst of flavours on the taste buds.

Spicy Chocolate Tart

This chocolate tart came with a surprise message, as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary a few days earlier with this trip. There was just a hint of spiciness in the chocolate and it was quite nice.


Monday Breakfast

Pastry:
Kue Apam
One of the traditional cakes in this country, it tasted alright but wasn’t exactly my favourite of cakes.

Strawberry Muffin
This wasn’t the best muffin that I’ve had in my lifetime, but it will taste just fine if you aren’t a fussy eater.

Melon Madness
A blend of rock melon and yoghurt.

Again, mine was just pure melon juice without the yoghurt.

Pulut Hitam

Fancy having this as a main course! I usually think of having pulut hitam as a dessert, but this version only had a small amount of coconut milk over the black glutinous rice and was topped with cubes of fresh mango. It was a savoury dish and was quite filling.

Omelette, Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato & Toast

This mushroom omelette was cooked just right and it was a satisfying breakfast.


Monday Lunch

Indonesian Beef Spring Rolls

Crispy spring rolls with a beef filling and the combination of ingredients had a nice balance of crunchiness.

Chicken Taliwang, Sauteed Vegetables and Steamed Rice

An Indonesian style roast chicken, which was quite nice.

Lemon and Basil Tartlet with Lemon Sorbet

The lemon sorbet tasted similar to the one from Saturday night and the tart was alright, but nothing to rave about. Overall, it was nice citrusy ending to the meal.


Monday Dinner

Broccoli Orange Salad

I liked this salad, as it had a nice balance of flavours.

Poached Fish, Sauteed Asian Beans and Baby Potato

The fish was minced and shaped like the potatoes on the plate! Although it didn’t look that appetising, the fish was well marinated with Asian spices and the flavours shone through.

Chocolate Indulgence

A plate for sharing, but we were reminded we could ask for more if we wanted extra. It was a little too sweet for me and not really the type of chocolate that I like. I felt that the taste of the macaron could be improved and probably the best thing on the plate were the slices of banana, which were slightly caramelised.


Tuesday Breakfast

Pastry:
Carrot Cake
This is one of the better versions of carrot cake that I’ve tasted.

Onde-Onde
Not the usual type of Onde-Onde that I’m familiar with! This one is coated with sesame seeds and was quite chewy.

Jamu Beras Kencur
A herbal tonic of sorts and somewhat an acquired taste, this was served warm.

Pineapple Crepes

Absolutely delicious! The crepe filling was juicy and the pineapple was cooked with spices like star anise. Overall, it was a savoury delight!

Soft Baked Egg with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Toast

This one took me by surprise, as it sounded ordinary, but tasted so wonderful! The tomato sauce really whet my appetite and the medley of flavours pleased my stomach so much that I felt tempted to ask for seconds! I’ve never been as satisfied with a breakfast egg dish as I have with this one!


Tuesday Lunch

Rujak Segar

An appetising salad that whet my appetite for more food!

Grilled Butterfly King Prawn with Coconut Rice Cake and Veggies

Here’s another look at the dish with the coconut rice cake.

The prawns were not overcooked and were done just right, while the coconut rice cake was more like an enhanced flavoured ketupat.

Bubur Sum-Sum

It was my first time having this dessert, which seemed more like a type of rice pudding, served with a palm sugar syrup.


Apart from water, the beverages served during breakfast, plus coffee and tea, are included in the meal package. All other drinks are charged separately.

These were some of the drinks that we had tried…

Homemade Sodas

Soursop Soda – this wasn’t great as I felt it needed more soursop in it.

Mocktails
Alice’s “Drink Me” Potion (fresh pineapple, coconut cream, rosella syrup) and Island Temple (rosella syrup, lemonade) – both drinks were quite refreshing.

Banana Fantasy (banana, milk, honey) – probably a banana lover’s dream come true! Haha.

Juices
Orange and Pineapple – freshly squeezed juices that tasted great!

In order to be eco-friendly, instead of plastic straws, bamboo straws are used for the drinks. It was my first time encountering these bamboo straws, which can be washed and re-used.

In conclusion, the food on the island exceeded our initial expectations and there were more hits than misses! The wait staff were very friendly and polite, plus they took time to explain what the dishes were and also tried to remember our food preferences. Overall, the dining experience was great!

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Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant

This restaurant was recommended to me by one of my colleagues as it is famous for its crispy duck (otherwise known as “dirty duck”) and is also located next to some rice fields.

Looking at their website, it seems that the restaurant is also popular with celebrities, government officials & foreign dignitaries.

There was a little koi pool at the entrance to the restaurant.

Views from the dining area:


Menu:


Strangely, mango juice was also unavailable at this restaurant although it was on the menu. The waitress explained that this was because it wasn’t the season for mangoes. Hmm…. anyway, strawberry juice was available so I ordered that and it was very refreshing especially on such a warm day!!


…and now for the food…
Deep-Fried Crispy Duck – When this was served, it didn’t look appetising but the moment you take a bite of the duck, you’ll fall in love with it!! It wasn’t oily at all, had a nice crisp to it and was very well marinated with multiple spices. Kind of reminded me of how KFC used to taste in its early days!


Sate Campur – This comprised of beef, chicken and pork sate (2 sticks of each type). The pork sate was extremely tough and dry so I didn’t enjoy it. The sate gravy also could have been better.

The only interesting thing about this dish was that it was served on a mini ceramic grill filled with charcoal bits which were still burning.


Address:
Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant
Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Br. Teges, Peliatan,
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Phone: +62-361975656

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Tegenungan Waterfall

The Tegenungan waterfall is located in the Tegenungan Village, Kemenuh, Sukawati district, Gianyar, Bali. It’s approx. 5 km south-east of Ubud.

Upon entering the vicinity of the village, at the entrance of the road leading to the waterfall, the parking attendant in-charge will collect IDR 5000 from each person visiting the waterfall. Hmm… wasn’t aware there was an admission charge before I went! Anyway, I couldn’t find any official tourist info on the web about this place.


It’s about a 5-min walk from the parking area to the observation point where you can get a top-down view of the falls.


The waterfall is quite impressive and the force of the waters is quite strong.


You can walk to the base of the falls via a steep flight of 121 steps. Those who have knee problems may want to think twice about walking down and take the necessary precautions if you do so (cos each step is quite high). It takes about 10mins to walk down (but a lot longer trying to climb back up!!).


The paved path ended and we had to hop over several rocks, trying very hard not to lose our balance in the process and fall into the water or onto the other rocks.


I don’t have a picture of the path and the rocks which we had to hop over as I was concentrating hard on making sure I didn’t lose my footing.


You can’t get directly under the falls but it was a close enough view to appreciate it! Hopped onto a tiny sandbank by the side of the stream and captured these shots…

It was a gruelling climb back up to the parking area and worse when the weather is unbearably hot and humid!! However, I still think the view is worth the effort! (i.e. if you love waterfalls as much as I do)  🙂

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Made’s Warung at Seminyak

This restaurant was recommended by some friends and I had also noticed that it’s also recommended by several travel guide books.


Stepped into the compound of Made’s Warung and found that it housed a number of specialty shops from handicrafts to chocolates.


At first I was wondering where the restaurant was, as there were tables and chairs placed outside the shops with no sign of the restaurant or the service staff. It wasn’t until we walked further in then we saw the bar and restaurant counter.

There were many Japanese students and their parents and teachers and it looked like they were preparing for a performance of sorts.


Wasn’t particularly hungry after a heavy breakfast earlier so I didn’t order much to try here.
Ordered the gado-gado and the spicey pork sate and they were really good!!

The sate didn’t come with any sauce but it was well-marinated and the pork was very tender. Nice!!


In addition, the gado-gado tasted better than the versions we’ve had in Singapore!


Washed it down with some honey melon juice – my 3rd choice after finding out that both mango and strawberry juices weren’t available that day.
Ohh…the ice lemon tea was good too!

Will definitely go back to try other dishes if I go back to Bali again!


Address:
Made’s Warung Seminyak
Jalan Raya Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.
Tel: +62 361 73213

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