Food from Belgium to Bali

19 Apr
Manneken Pis is following me - Belgian Restaurant!

Manneken Pis is following me - Belgian Restaurant!

Seminyak is the upmarket section of South Bali (see also Bali Villa post). The streets are lined with boutiques, selling clothes, jewelry and souvenirs at far too expensive prices (compared to local Indonesian stuff). There are restaurants for all tastes: French, Mexican, Australian, and even a Belgian restaurant named Manneken Pis (he’s following me!). Most of them had a fancy décor, lounge style sofas and dim lighting. And if you looked carefully, you could also bite into local cuisine – both Balinese and from other parts of Indonesia in the traditional Warung.

Warung What?

The Warung food show case

The Warung food show case

A warung is basically a display counter of trays and bowls of food (with a curtain to keep the flies out). You pick your type of rice (scooped on a plate) and you point at the different foods you want to add (mostly without knowing what you are choosing). According to what you take, they calculate a ridiculously low price (1,7US$ was the most expensive warung meal I had so far) and give you a little card with the price. You can order drinks, or sweets, or additional food – and add to your collection of price cards. At the end of the meal, you take your price cards to the cashier and pay. Interesting system.

A banana leaf full of yummy

A banana leaf full of yummy

But oh so tasty food: soft marinated beef, satay (chicken skewers) with peanut sauce, sweet glazed eggs, tempeh (tofu like spicy condiment for the rice), yellow nasi kunning, nasi liwet with chicken and coconut, timlo spicey soup, mie noodles,… – and of course it always comes with spicey sambal. Too much to taste it all.

In some of the warung, they bring a bowl with water to wash your hands and use them as scoops to feed yourself – lots of fun (except when you have a cut in your finger – sambal does hurt!). In other place you get a piece of banana leaf that you can use as a spoon to stuff yourself.

Most of the local food is sold on the sidewalks. Mostly they have a spanduk (same word as in Dutch = banner) indicating the types of food they sell. Mostly a ‘mama’ scoops up the food from her pots onto a banana-leaf (sometimes put in a basket holder). And you sit on a mat (or little plastic stools) on the side walk, watching the world drive by.

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2 Responses to “Food from Belgium to Bali”

  1. maya anastasia 2 August 2010 at 09:41 #

    please send me the exact address because i want to go there and difficult to find the address for mannekepen pis rest.
    thank you for your cooperation

  2. Tony Geudens 3 August 2010 at 06:55 #

    Hello there, the Manneken Pis Belgian restaurant is on the main road from Kuta to Seminyak (on right hand side), it is already in Seminyak area, just after the Jln Dhyana Pura street that goes to the (in)famous Mixwell or Bali Joe bars (so you continue a little bit further on the main street). I did find a website for the bistro http://mannekepis-bistro.com/index.php?id=home – so that should get you there, no? Enjoy! Tony

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