Warung in Indonesian means small house, guesthouse or roadside eatery. They are everywhere in Bali and are brilliant for experiencing everything about Indo. The noise, the food, the traffic….the vibe.
Near your correspondent’s spread in Ubud is a warung called Naughty Nuri’s.
On every hard bargained taxi back to base I passed Nuri’s and it was pumping. Westerners and locals alike…milling about and punching out ribs. Nuri’s was a rib place. I like ribs.
So I convinced Mrs botf and the three tin lids that Nuri’s was the place for our last dinner in Ubud. The ribs were brilliant (and it was just ribs – none of this vege stuff). The ribs were BBQ’d out the front of the warung and then plonked in front of you for consumption. They had been marinaded in something fragrant, rich and delicious. AAA+.
Beer of choice – Bintang.
After punching out endless Bintangs (with no complaints mind you) your correspondent has stumbled upon some local Balinese craft beers.
There are two breweries as far as I can ascertain and I enjoyed some output from Stark made at the Lovina Beach Brewery (Lovina is on Bali’s north coast).
The Stark Wheat made a pleasant change from Bintang – I have reverted though while writing this – and was tart on the tongue in that metallic way some wheat beers are. First comparison I made was with Hoegaarden just with less head.
Today’s meal accompaniment was Nasi Campur (pronounced champur). Two types of chicken – fried and BBQ – with the omnipresent rice and various flavourings. AAA+.
The much maligned AUD continues on its merry way northward. Gets 10,000 rupiah give or take a few bakelite throwaways. Changed a handful of pineapples today and almost needed a wheelbarrow to leave the bank. Reminded me of those 1920s photos of Germans during the Weimer Republic wheeling barrowloads of Marks just to buy a loaf of bread.
The food in Ubud is unbelievable. The strong Aussie banana means dinner for a family of 5 including a few Bintangs comes in at about AUD20-25.
What’s more the choice is amazing. While I have my daily Lund-inspired Nasi Goreng (more in a later post) there are a plethora of options with something new each day.
Today’s beerporn has the de rigeur Bintang together with some superb pork and crackling we had at a roadside warung. The pork arrived whole, as it were, on the head of motorcyclist who had shipped it in straight off the spit. It was then sliced onto plates in front of you for consumption.
botf is now set up in Ubud with the family. Your correspondent loves Indo and loves Bintang. Only issue….there’s only Bintang.
I have been set a challenge to get a fellow correspondent a Bala Hai T-shirt (the only other Indo beer we know). It will be difficult simply finding one to consume.
With the Pacific Peso above parity with the USD, Indo is a great place to be. Great food and drink is cheap with a longneck of Bintang coming in at about AUD2.