Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Brem Balinese Rice Wine


We hopped down to Made's Warung (a local institution near the Bemo Corner in Kuta, 755-297) for a late night snack tonight, where I picked up some brem, a local rice wine that is apparently made from black glutinous rice and coconut milk. It tasted a bit like soy sauce when I first tried it but my tastebuds eventually gave way to think of it more as something like prune juice. It doesn't sound very appetizing, but I grew to like it very quickly.

Prawn LumpiaWhile I was at it, I grabbed a quick plate of lumpia, this one being cooked (and with little shrimp) this time. It was surprisingly good. Although the skin was thick, the tasty and finely diced stuffing made it all worthwhile.

I was also excited to see that they had babi guling, a crispy skinned suckling pig unique to Bali (remember: Bali is largely Hindu rather than Muslim) that I have been wanting to try. They also required one day's advance notice for it, but it turns out that it is so big that you need five people to finish it. The waitress told us that the alternative is to go to the night market for individually sized portions, but it is only open from 5 PM until 10 PM, by which time we'll be leaving Bali. Oh well. No babi guling this time, but I'll definitely take note of this next time I'm here.


Anonymous said...

Next time you are in Bali, try Babi Guling Ibu Oka all the way up in Ubud, an hour from the airport but it's worth the trip. It's the best babi guling ever!!! it's so famous, every taxi driver will know where it is.

And if you don't have time to spare to go to Ubud, you can go to the one in Nusa Dua. It's called Babi Guling Dobil. It's good too, spicier. But it's not as soft and the pork skin is not as crispy as Ibu Oka.

I will fly to Bali just to eat those 2!!!

nev said...

I'll second that recommendation of Ibu Oka's babi guling in Ubud. Possibly the most famous in Bali. While in Ubud, try Bebek Bengil and Nasi Ayam Kedewatan as well, fantastic! And Naughty Nuri's BBQ pork ribs... you haven't lived til you've tried that. Some pics of food in Ubud here