Nursing my sudden Bali nostalgia with Balinese-style Fried Chicken

My trip to Bali happened last February, and while that seems like ages ago, at the same time it still feels so fresh in my mind. Guess that’s nostalgia for you. It hit me like a wave that washed over my whole being as I was writing my Bali travel diary and editing my travel video. I was literally reliving every photo and every video clip I shot. It was like that for the duration of my preparation for these entries. I kept wanting so much to transport myself back to those three days I spent with my best buddies doing real temple runs and getting sunburnt but still loving every moment.

I think I managed to somehow include some of the best moments from the trip in the video below, which is why I feel like the video is something of a masterpiece of mine (despite the shakiness of it) because of the sentimental value it holds for me. My first self-curated trip with my best friends in a place I have never been to. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

From the clips above, I think you can imagine the trip was a riot! By the way, to see the other places we visited in the video, check out the posts in my Bali travel series:

  • Bali Day 1: Kicking off a first solo adventure abroad with the Bajra Sandhi Monument, Tanah Lot, and the lovely Uluwatu Temple
  • Bali Day 2: Some unusual temple experiences at the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, Pura Besakih, Temple of the Holy Water, and Pura Gunung Kawi
  • Bali Day 3: Discovering some of my favorite temples such as the Ulun Danu Temple, and the Goa Gaja Bedulu, as well as the Taman Ayun Temple

Without a doubt one of the best things about traveling alone is the immense sense of freedom and adventure you get. You make your own schedules and have the choice of visiting the more interesting non-touristy places. You get to pick one random place to eat and figure out which item in the menu to order. Gilbert did all the heavy-lifting and made all the bookings for lodging and transport so I made us a long list of restaurants to try out from TripAdvisor to help.

We got to try a lot of local Indonesian and Balinese dishes, such as the ever-famous Babi Guling and Fried Bebek. We also sampled their veggie dish with peanut sauce called Gado-Gado (which I also hope to replicate at home). We even got to try grilled seafood from a random restaurant near our inn. Curiously enough, despite the specialties we got to sample, we didn’t get to eat any Balinese-style chicken dish. It’s probably why it was the first thing that jumped at me as I was looking for Indonesian recipes to make in my attempt to somehow squash this major nostalgia moment I am currently having.

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this recipe at this point since, as I said, I wasn’t able to try this dish, but one thing is clear: It’s a mighty tasty take on fried chicken!
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