This authentic ambience of Bali gathers food from Aussie backyards

Of all a Australian tourists who’ve trafficked to Bali and been bewitched by a pleasant delights of a Indonesian island, how many have indeed tasted normal Balinese cuisine?

Balinese cook Juliana Mitry explains that – notwithstanding good intentions – few Australian travellers get to knowledge genuine Balinese food, off a renouned traveller trails on a island. Balinese restaurants are also a monument opposite Australia, even yet we’ve been holidaying there in flocks given a 1970s and around 1.14 million Australians trafficked to Bali in 2016.

“I couldn’t find any restaurants in New South Wales that offer normal Balinese food,” says Mitry, who initial came to Australia as a 17-year-old student. “I missed my enlightenment and cuisine, so we motionless to start my possess Balinese griddle during my maternity leave in 2014.”

Today, a four-year-old Balinese Spice Magic – situated in Wollongong around dual hours south of Sydney – is a abounding dairy-free griddle with a informative mission.

Juliana Mitry (second from right) with a Balinese Spice Magic group

Juliana Mitry (second from right) with a Balinese Spice Magic group


“We are perplexing to showcase that Balinese food is not what we get in a touristy areas,” says Mitry, conduct cook and owners of Balinese Spice Magic.

“Balinese food is not customarily boiled rice and boiled noodles. They are a dishes that were newly introduced when a Chinese migrated to Bali in [the 1900s].”

So what is Balinese cuisine? “People mostly ask us if we identical to Vietnamese or Thai. we contend ‘we are in-between’. We have a mutation of Vietnamese dishes though we have curries like Thailand.”

Traditional Balinese dishes are customarily stewed or steamed. Fresh, not dried, spices are customarily ever used. Pastes are never grinded too excellent – you’re meant to ambience a multiple of mixture and recognize particular piquancy flavours in a mix. Most importantly, Mitry says, in gripping with normal ways, authentic Balinese food uses internal furnish sourced with a clarity of village spirit.

Balinese Spice Magics slake empol

Balinese Spice Magic’s slake empol

This food truth is positively reflected in Mitry’s menu. On a new visit, we started with sate empol, a tender spiced pig chop wrapped on a palatable sugarine shaft stick, served with a heat-charged “black dipping sauce”.

“We grow a possess sugarine shaft from a garden during a home in Port Kembla and a pig comes from a village plantation in Warrawong,” she explains.

“We like to have people from a village who are flourishing things for us.”

Our categorical plate is a normal Balinese beef rendang, that Mitry explains is opposite to a mainland variety. As described in a Bali partial of Wonderful Indonesian Flavours (the second of dual episodes screening from 6.30pm Tuesday 10 Apr on Food Network, afterwards SBS On Demand), many exemplary Balinese dishes are rite and dictated to uphold a hint as good as a body. Herein lies a informative hint of Balinese beef rendang. Mitry explains that many Balinese do not eat beef though they do eat late bulls for rite purposes.

Created regulating her grandmother’s recipe, the Balinese Spice Magic chronicle of a famous plate is done with locally grown turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, ginger, chillies and coriander. “The spices are formidable and they are full of uninformed organic locally grown mixture and baked for 8 hours as a minimum.”

Both dishes are partial of “combo magic nasi campur”– a ‘plate for one’ designed for griddle first-timers. Offering a representation of 9 Balinese dishes, it also includes soto ayam (chicken soup), be gerang dan kacang (fried anchovies with roasted peanuts) and be sisit wayah (shredded stir-fried duck in spices). Vegans have a choice of selecting a ‘vegan sorcery nasi campur’ with tahu basa barak (stir-fried tofu with chilli, garlic and coconut sugar), sambel matah (spicy coconut sambal) and soto wong (Balinese fungus soup).  

The cooking menu also facilities Balinese candy including charming pandan rolls (Balinese crepes with roasted coconut sugarine filling), black gummy rice and pisang goreng (deep-fried banana), and drinks including jamu kunyit, a blended turmeric, tamarind and sugarine drink, and Indonesian ice tea.

There’s customarily one word of counsel to impending diners – try not to tumble too deeply in adore with a dish’s essence on a initial try.

“Because of a approach we source a produce, all of a spices demeanour and ambience opposite all a time,” Mitry says. “So we can’t pledge that a dish will ambience a same [every time we revisit here].

“But everybody who frequently comes here loves that this is a approach it is. If we grow something tiny in your backyard, we customarily put a lot some-more adore into it. That’s what creates Balinese food here ambience unequivocally good – there’s a genuine suggestion in it.”


Balinese Spice Magic Restaurant and Catering

Lunch Thursday and Friday 11am to 2.30pm; Dinners Tuesday to Thursday 5.30-9.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30-11pm.

130 Kiera Street Wollongong, NSW, 2500; 02 4227 1033.

Food images pleasantness Balinese Spice Magic / Tess Godkin  

Watch Wonderful Indonesia Flavours 6.30pm on Food Network or SBS On Demand

The classical Indonesian tipat kuah gets a complicated makeover from Rinrin Marinka.

This Balinese sambal is quite good with seafood. 

This is one of my family’s favourite desserts and we consider it is everyones favourite really! In Indonesia we use dim palm sugarine to supplement a palatable honeyed essence to a rice, a benevolence is afterwards offset out with coconut cream drizzled over a tip to serve.

This Indonesian recipe involves blending a sharp pulp with pig chop and afterwards moulding it around sugarcane sticks, nonetheless we can use wooden skewers. They are afterwards placed in a frying vessel or on a griddle and baked until brown. 




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