The Best Warung in Nusa Dua
About 6 months ago, I posted a story about this establishment. Just recently, I was back in the neighbourhood and stopped by for lunch. Nothing had changed – it was still unbelievable, so much so that I decided to re-spread the love – all over again.
This warung truly epitomizes the old adage - ‘you cant judge a book by its cover’. From the outside, it looks like nothing, explaining why so many surfers continue to pass it without bothering to have a look.
Some old expats guard their favorite warungs fiercely, like precious jewels, but I’m happy to share. Besides.. the whole Bali ‘secret spot’ thing is a pretty redundant these days; and at the very least these women deserve a some recognition – their cooking is just that good.
Originally from Madura (island off North/East Java) – these women really know their craft and pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients. But beyond my froth-ridden ramblings, the most undeniable validation of this warung’s excellence is its clientele. Frequented primarily by labourers working in the area – these guys don’t muck around wasting their hard-earned wages on over-priced, second-rate food – no sir!
Now, the stand-out dish of this establishment – without a doubt – is the sweet sauce chicken – just writing about it is causing the hair to stand up on back of my neck. This is one the main reasons I’m a fan – it’s just that unbelievable. Also, their version of a KFC-type battered chicken is equally worth mentioning. They also have several extremely fresh vegetable dishes, fish and the deep-fried prawns, which are twice the size of any seen in other warungs. I also once had some sensational rendang here, but they’ve never made it since. And when I ask(I always ask) when they’ll make it again – the ibus just cackle and explain, when they find the right meat – they make it. There’s never a set schedule with these ladies.
During this recent visit, I went for two portions of the sweet chicken, some prawns, a couple of veggie dishes, some noodles, rice and an iced tea. This all came to the grand total of 12,000 Rp ($1.30) – which when you think about it, is just so ridiculous – it’s really insane!. To eat like a prince for this price. Again, I’m reminded why I live here – that, and a few other things regularly romanticized on this blog.
If you’re ever in the area, drop in for lunch/dinner, the ladies are genuine, and their food…well, I think I’ve said enough…