A Travelers Guide to Balinese Street Food
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While Kathleen is sitting on the beach and “overgramming” sunsets and snorkeling I am sitting here with wool socks, sweaters, and hot tea. I can’t help but be a little jealous of her current beach vacation life. Although, she is one of the most deserving people in the world to be living in the lap of luxury. I’m sure she knows I am envious because she sent me our current ebook, “A Travelers Guide to Balinese Street Food” by David Barratt and I. Wayan Budiasa. This little gem was a perfect escape for me from our freezing temps and dreary days.
Kathleen knows me sooo well that she knows as soon as it turns cold I become a hermit pouring over books and especially cookbooks. I love reading cookbooks and food memoirs so much that when asked about my shirt that proudly proclaims “Readers Gonna Read” (designed by Samantha our blog partner and talented vinyl lady) what my favorite genre of book to read is I immediately said “COOKBOOK!” The nurse I told this to looked at me oddly and said, “oh.” That was it. “Oh.” To some this may be a weird book to “read” but if you aren’t reading your cookbooks you honestly should. There is a depth of stories intertwined in the best cookbooks. These stories weave so much more than good flavor into your foods it creates a connection to the culture and the roots of the meal.
While reading “A Travelers Guide to Balinese Street Food” I was able to take a mini trip to Bali escaping the dreary wintery weather that is falling upon us. David Barratt’s narrative really takes you down the streets along the food carts as he explains where to eat and what. He describes sound of the food carts and smells and things to look for. Plus, there are great pictures, secretly and possibly childishly I can’t trust a cookery book without pictures.
This book feels very insider as he has spent a great deal of time on the island living and eating with the locals. I am a firm believer that the best way to connect with people of different cultures is to break bread with them. It seems to ease everyone and create common ground over a love of food. From what I read the Balinese people agree with me sharing their culture through food.
During my mini Balinese vacation, I found so many familiar and comforting things that coincide with my own culture. We like to think how incredible the “new” food truck craze is here in the states but street food has been a thing of history. Selling food has and always will be one of the foremost ways to experience local culture and usually the most cheaply way as well. The majority of the recipes in the book are street foods and many of which I found familiar to my Philippine heritage, such as lumpia. The ingredients for these dishes are of a profile that I know and love as they are reminiscent of the smells of my Lola’s (grandmother’s) home. The flavors of Balinese food are an exciting mix of chili, sweet, sour, and sea, all the layers of flavor will flow through your pallet creating an exciting show for the taste buds.
Now I am sure you are jealous of my Balinese food adventure. So might I suggest escaping the cold and heading to the island? Start your day by cooking up a big pot of starchy rice in true Balinese style then head to your local Asian market and pick up some things you have never heard of but look good to eat. Then you can pick up “A Travelers Guide to Balinese Street Food” in print or in an ebook form here. The ebook is handy to have right there on your phone as you shop the aisles of mysterious ingredients preparing to break bread on the streets of Bali. All the best kitchen adventures to you! Bon voyage and appetit.