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King prawns marinated in
ginger and lime
700gm fresh headless green king prawns
1 cup of lime juice (lemon juice if lime is not available)
1 teaspoon of crushed ginger
1 teaspoon crushed chilli
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Peel and de-vein the prawns leaving the last section of the scales
and the tail. Place the prawns in a bowl with the lime juice, ginger,
chilli and garlic for about two hours while turning so the lime juice
marinates them. These can be served straight out of the marinate or
heated on a medium BBQ plate. Great ser ved with a green salad.
with Captain Chaos
Ispent the festive season travelling around Japan meeting up
with some of my family and friends I haven’t seen for years.
One Christmas, when I was living in Bali running a bar
and café, this was a time when the place was full of travellers and
surfers staying at home stays (or losmen as they were known in
those days) as there were only a few hotels in Denpasar, Sanur,
Kuta and Seminyak.
The hotels then were nothing like the hotels that are there now.
The places we stayed were situated on unsealed roads, they had
no fridges or phones. We were staying at a losmen called Sayan in
Kuta it had about eight rooms and a two-story house with a kitchen
and bar on the ground floor with an artist living above.
My partner Made wanted to branch out using his share of the
bar to get an inflatable and an outboard motor. We decided to call
the business The Uluwatu Express advertising six surf breaks in
one day. To send a message to someone you walked out of the bar
and handed the note to one of the many boys on bikes waiting to
deliver and return with an answer.
At that time the customs duty on outboard motors was costly
and we didn’t have work permits. Sitting around the bar we reckoned
we’d have to disassemble the outboard motor into small pieces
and stow them in our luggage to get by customs. It took four of us
to get all the parts into Bali. The inflatable was packed into a very
large suitcase with some Playboy magazines ... for the inspection
officer. Bali in those days was very laid back.
All the bits arrived safely over the next few months. Then we
got a welder to make a frame to carry the surfboards. With two
of us as crew we could fit four surfers and an esky with water and
the odd Bintang beer.
We took the boat down to the south end of Jimbaran beach that
in those days was miles from the tourist areas and with the help of a
few local fishermen we’d launch the boat. The bay was very shallow
so we had to wade out a fair way. Then we took off. We never got
to do six breaks because the guys found one break they wanted
to stay and surf. But the six breaks we advertised were Bagangal,
Dreamland, Bingan, Padang Padang, Uluwatu and Temples.
The Uluwatu EXPRESS
On our first trip we had four blokes and they wanted to surf the
famous Uluwatu break. We hove to just off the break and watched as
the surfers caught wave after wave. I rode a couple at the northern
end near the cliff on my boogie board until Made called to me.
“Hey Chaos the waves are building up. I think it’s time to go.”
I looked around and saw they were getting huge. I called out to
the surfers but they couldn’t hear me. Suddenly there was an ear-
piecing wail as Made used the bull horn to catch their attention.
Loaded up we headed in. Coming around a headland we found
that the break was right across Jimbaran Bay to the airport break.
“Chaos, I don’t think we’re going to get in. The boards make
the boat top heavy.”
“Hey you guys, grab your boards and surf this break into the
shore. We’ll bring the boat in.”
When they jumped off, the boat was light and riding high.
“Let’s go Made!”
He gunned the motor. Next thing we were on a monster wave.
We were flying down the face. I couldn’t see as the spray was
“Hold on Chaos it’s got away from me,” Made yelled.
We hit the bottom of the wave travelling side on. Then we were
turning over on to the racks. Both of us fell out and found we could
stand so we tipped the boat upright and discovered the motor had
come adrift. Luckily we had tied a line around it.
In a few minutes a couple of fishermen were out helping us get
the boat ashore. Behind us a couple more blokes were dragging
the motor through the surf. The surfers’ clothing was dry though,
as we had stored it in the empty esky.
“Hey, come back to my place Made. I’ve got some prawns
marinating. After all the rich food over Christmas they should
clear the palette.”
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