One more meal before I leave Bali, and the airport has many good restaurants, thankfully, that are opened since the tourist started coming back.
A warung is an Indonesian style food-stall, usually on the side of the road, where the local people drink their coffee and have a little sweet snack, and gossip about the day-to-day life in the village. Made’s Warung was a little roadside stall like that in the sixties, started by her grandma, followed by her mother, and assisted by the daughters, catering to the villagers in Kuta, which was still a sleepy fishing village.
Bakso is Indonesia meat ball made from beef surimi, a meat paste of minced beef and starch. The trick is the proportion of starch vs meat. Too little starch, you get Italian meatballs; too much starch, you get nothing. These bakso beef were bouncy, with great bite and enough beef to still call them meat ball. Served in a clear stock made from boiling chicken, it had strips of egg omelette and cabbage as well to make a healthy and hearty soup.
Indonesia’s answer to the salad, gado-gado. It is a salad with raw, slightly boiled, blanched vegetables, with hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu and tempeh, and lontong (boiled rice cake), served with a peanut sauce dressing. I loved it as a starter, but this was a mains portion.
Indonesian food is not just nasi goreng. There’s also nasi campur. Nasi campur is feast on a plate. It is essentially a scoop of nasi putih (steamed white rice) in the middle of a large plate surrounded by small portions of a number of other dishes, which includes meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried-shrimp krupuk, accompanied by the fiery sambal. Unlike economic rice 杂菜饭 in Singapore, you cannot choose what you will get. But it’s always a mind-boggling array of little bites.
At the Ngurah Rai Airport “store”, it was adjusted to airport needs. As we have less time to enjoy, so service will be quicker and the menu smaller. But the popular items are available. Leave early for the airport, as the traffic in Bali can be unpredictable. And when you get past immigration, there’s Made’s for you to have that meal before boarding.
Made’s Warung (after Immigration)
Ngurah Rai International Airport, International Terminal, Bali
Visited Mar 2023
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