Bali’s hospitality and eating culture
Our International Hospitality management students learn besides general hospitality management also about Bali’s specific eating culture.
Nasi, Nasi, Nasi! A meal without rice, cannot pass as a meal. This could be the mantra of the Indonesian food culture. Rice is always served. Almost every dish and food in Bali is lovingly prepared with rice. Rice cultivation has been a main component of culture for generations, which can be admired in the (mainly inland) rice terraces. The rice came to Indonesia long ago with Indian traders and became the main staple food. During your studies at Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden you will get familiar with the variety of nasi dishes Bali has to offer.
Exotic spices, native and imported, provide a wonderful variety of flavors added to the dishes in an intensity that is hard to find somewhere else in the world. A small selection of commonly used spices: ginger, chili, cardamom, turmeric, curry, nutmeg, coconut, cloves, soy, cinnamon, lemongrass, vanilla, tamarind, garlic, kencour, turmeric, pepper and more.
It could be said that Nasi Goreng is the absolute national dish of Indonesia.
Rice, a bit of vegetables, optional some meat and an omelet on top. So simple is Nasi Goreng. It tastes great even in the heat and is one of the favorite inexpensive dishes in Bali. Also, Mie Goreng is well known and often eaten. The one main ingredient is instant noodle. Mie Goreng is again, rounded off with different vegetables and a boiled egg. You can get a good Nasi or Mie Goreng here at Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden in our canteen!
Nasi Campur (which means mixed rice) is another traditional Indonesian dish which will cross your way everywhere. It is a serving of rice, to which there can be different types of meat, vegetables, fish, eggs, peanuts and sauces selected. Sometimes you choose from a type of buffet yourself and sometimes you just get the “style of the house” on the plate. Without a dose of Nasi Campur, your Indonesia “Food Bucket List” will have a huge gap!
You can find the cheapest prices for all these foods in the so called Warung’s. Warung’s are small and mostly family-owned restaurants or café’s in Indonesia. They offer food and daily products to a fair and local price. Nowadays, Warung’s can also be found in touristic areas and the look and feel of these to tourism dedicated Warung’s tends to be more modern and western looking, the prices there also tend to be higher than in the local Warung’s. Here in Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden’s neighborhood our students can find many cheap local Warung’s.
The Indonesian eating culture is welcoming and bringing people together, you definitely have to experience some traditional food to complete your study in Bali experience.