Stuck in Singapore 

Not a restaurant, but shameless advertisement of a novel I’ve written. 

I think it’s pretty good. The Kindle version is only $3.

It is a novel, but there are plenty of descriptions of Asian food. It’s less Eat, Pray, Love and more Bourne with bumbling people. 


Caprese Panini

I wouldn’t have guessed that I would be able to get a good sandwich at the Bali airport in Denpasar, but lo and behold, I did.

Fresh mozzarella (I’m not sure if it was made from water buffalo milk) basil leaves and tomatoes were stuffed into a panino. I liked it and the mint pineapple lemonade.

The Denpasar Airport was much nicer than the old one I saw in 2011. My driver liked Guns n Roses. It was a nice end to the trip. 

Spicy Grilled Duck Leg (Bebek Bakar Woku)

This was the last dinner I ate in Bali, one week ago. This was at Gapet, which was rated number one a week ago on Tripadvisor. 

While the server and the menu warned of its spiciness, I didn’t think it was that spicy.

The roasted duck was cooked well as the fat was rendered nicely. The chunky sauce was made of lemongrass, chilies, shallots, lime juice and garlic. There was sambal, a shallot-chili relish and a spicy cabbage side salad. 

It was good, but I could have eaten two portions. 

Fish and Chips (My Man Frydays)

Back in Bali, last week, I decided to have some beige food and went to My Man Frydays, a British-themed pub, I guess.

It turns out that mahi mahi is good battered and deep fried. The fish was fresh. 

Of course I needed tartar sauce and the mushy peas sounded very English, so I had those too.

That’s a lot of beige food! 

The locally brewed cider was too sweet to my liking, but I had two anyway. 

Steak Tartare

Believe it or not, although I’ve raw beef many times, I had never had steak tartare until last night, tired and sunburnt from scuba diving. 

There was a lot of food on that plate! That was a huge mound of raw beef as well. There were capers present in the mince, but it was a little bland. I should have added salt, which I usually don’t, deferring to the expertise of the chef. I ate about 75% of the steak tartare. The fries were good. I just didn’t have the room to eat the salad. 

First I had this tomato goat cheese salad. The tomato was skinned and seeded and reassembled with goat cheese and basil pesto. There were a few pieces of tomato jelly as well. 

It was delicious and very rich. It would have been good to share, sadly I came alone. 

This was at The Junction, near Seminyak Square. 

The local rosé wasn’t terrible.

Babi Lalapi

Not too hungry, I went across the street to this unnamed Balinese restaurant.

Fried pork, raw cabbage, green beans, sliced tomatoes and cucumber were served with two types of sambal. One was made of shallots, garlic and chili, the other roasted chilies and garlic. 

Earlier today I had walked down to the beach.

One more full day in Bali as I return to Singapore Sunday afternoon. 

Shrimp-Tuna Satay

I used to think that satay was chunks of skewered meat, grilled on a charcoal flame and served with a peanut sauce. At this place and at Warung Nia, I had seafood mince wrapped around a stalk of lemongrass and then grilled.

I saw Sambal Shrimp a few times while riding around. But I had first read about it on Tripadvisor where it is highly rated. 

The presentation was very nice, the skewers bound together with a chili pepper. I liked these skewers and I could have eaten more. 

Oddly, the shrimp and vegetables of the shrimp gazpacho were served separately. Regardless, it was delicious. I can’t remember the last time I had gazpacho. I liked the smoky flavor of the roasted tomatoes. 

I didn’t feel like drinking booze, so I had this guava juice.

So I had dessert, a Thai basil-yogurt sorbet. I loved this.