Nasi Pecel Bu Tinuk, Bali
Guess everything's fine and dandy now.. I could load my photos at lightning speed today...woohoo!Anyways, high time to write about Bali food, so here goes..
We were bugging our driver for food at warung (stalls) which he could not seem to comprehend. He wanted to bring us to clean, expensive restaurants; where tourists usually goes to..
Kami nak makan kat warung! (we wanna eat at stalls!) we chimed in unison while our driver, Ketut, feared that we'll get diarrhoea
Jangan usah! Perut kami pun Made in Indonesia! (dont fret, our stomachs are made in indo!) we joked, but we suspected Ketut didnt find that funny ._."
Ketut didnt really bring us to any warung, but he said that the nasi pecel at Bu Tinuk is delicious and popular amongst the locals. Though it was rather late for dinner at 9:00pm, Bu Tinuk was still pack, with patrons queueing up to select their food.. Obviously, we ordered the nasi pecel with a selection of dishes. All the dishes are pre-cooked except for ayam kalasan, which they'll deep fry it immediately after you placed your order..The pecel is the vegetable served with spicy peanut sauce. The sauce was somewhat like our satay sauce, just more diluted..Reminds me of peanut butter with water. Bu Tinuk has spicy peanut sauce and sweet peanut. i told them to mix both sauces for my pecel.
I ordered daging goreng (deep fried beef) and veg.. The beef was a tad too sweet (from sugar and msg?) but still tolerable. The keropok they served was actually pretty tasty, some sort like pampadam with beans added to it. I enjoyed the pecel, slightly raw; the vegetables was sweet and rather crunchy; the sauce complements the vegetables nicely.
Bollywood Queen had ner nasi with daging bakar(barbequed meat). The meat, though looking unappetising and sorta like dried tree bark; was surprisingly tasty. Though it looked very dry, it was not that dry when we ate it. Very much like beef jerky, except that the daging bakar was more tender in texture.
WF's had her rice with quail eggs and veg.. Looking very much like the chinese lou dan (braised egg), Bu Tinuk's quail eggs tasted like, well, erm, quail eggs. I could not detect any 'extra' flavours to the egg..
Lastly, SM had her rice with begedil (mince meat and potato patty) and veg.. I must say, Bu Tinuk serves the smallest begedil I've ever seen.. about the size of 2 or 2.5 quail eggs? (Could you see it in the pictures? Just next to the carrots..). Average tasting begedil though, Bu Tinuk's is without meat.. Finally, our ayam kalasan is served.. Looks so succulent, I had to quickly take the picture before I attacked it. It does taste as good as it looks.. juicy, tender meat, sweet. I'm not sure what they used to marinate the chicken, but it's one tasty chook!
The ayam kalasan was meant to be eaten with their homemade sambal, which was so, so fiery, SM's face was red the second (yes, you read right, the second) she took a taste of it.. Not for the faint hearted definitely, this sambal was so spicy that our lips was numb by the time we finished dinner.
Talk about once bitten twice shy. Guess I never learnt my lesson? Remember the vile tea I had in Singapore?Well, since Bu Tinuk was serving Teh Botol Sosro, heck, I'll try again before I ban this tea for life. After taking a sip, I am banning it for life. WF, SM and me find it repulsive. Bollywood Queen liked it though, said it tasted like herbal tea ( trust me, it dont)...
Nasi Pecel Bu Tinuk is located at Jln Legian Kelod, No 354 Kuta. Tel: (0361) 750 667