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Grilled fish in banana leaf with Bali Spices
500gms fish fillets cut in small pieces. 2 hot chilli peppers
5 shallots chopped
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
5gms palm sugar
Banana leaves or foil
Place chilli, ginger, shallots, garlic and palm sugar into a mortar
and pestle and make into a paste; in a bowl mix the fish and the
paste together then wrap in the banana leaf or foil small amounts
of the mixture in long oval packages. Place under the griller until
cooked this should take about five minutes.
Ser ve with boiled rice and a side dish of sambal.
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Iwas in Bali last month and headed for the Marina at Benoa
Harbour for a few Bintangs and meet up with some old sailing
mates. To my surprise a huge cruise ship was docked just next
to the Marina. I didn’t think I would ever see large cruise ships
docking in the harbour because years ago I dived at the entrance
and at that time it was a narrow shallow passage through the
An old friend, Karen was on a quest to eat at as many different
roadside food stalls as possible. We drove around the island
stopping at over 100 stalls and tasted everything in the vegetable,
insect and animal kingdom. I must admit as a food groupie if I
hadn’t been with Karen I might not have tried some of them, like
the dragon fly curry or the banana trunk soup. Karen always ordered
chopped chillies. I only saw her beaten once. No sooner had the
chillies entered her mouth, tears started rolling down her face.
Four Bintangs and a couple of bananas eventually put the fire out.
We were sitting at a beach side cafe in Sanur and my big
mouth got me into trouble ... again.
“ See that day cruise ship out there? ” I said pointing at a large
ship heading for the island of Nusa Lembongan.
“I used to go over to the island on one of those outrigger
canoes,” I said waving my hand towards the colourful fishing
boats pulled up on the beach.
“I bet you wouldn’t do it now, Chaos.”
Buoyed by several Bintangs I headed down to the fishermen.
A young Balinese called Putu said it was the wrong time to go out,
but for the money I was offering he would give it a try. We pulled
the canoe into the water and put up the small sail.
The strait between Bali and the island is dangerous. The current
roars through and boat-sinking whirlpools form. It’s not just the
Gods that are crazy ... with Putu on the steering paddle and me
in the prow, I figured we were invincible. I was enjoying getting
soaking wet as the canoe flew through the spray. I looked back at
Putu and he seemed to be happy. When we were about halfway
across, the current hit the canoe and we started to go sideways.
“I don’t think we should go any further. Look at that, Chaos,”
Putu said pointing off to starboard. “ That’s going to happen all
around us, and if we get caught we sink.”
I broke out in a cold sweat. Right next to the canoe was
the start of a giant whirlpool. I could feel the canoe starting to
gravitate towards it.
“I think you had better try the outboard. Let’s get out of here!”
I looked towards the stern at a rusty 20-year-old motor
hanging off the side. Putu jumped up and started to fiddle with
the fuel line, then he pulled the piece of fishing line that had
replaced the starter cord. He pulled and pulled and the motor
just seemed to turn over without catching. I glanced over at the
whirlpool and saw it was moving with the current. We were closer
but not going in to it.
VRROOOM! The motor caught and with a large cloud of oily
smoke rattled into a shaky rhythm. The motor wasn’t very effective.
We only seemed to be holding our own and the whirlpool seemed
to get larger.
“I think we’re getting sucked in!” yelled Putu over the clatter
of the motor.
“Hey you guys right? Do you need a hand? ”
We had been concentrating on how to get away from the
pull of the whirlpool that we didn’t notice one of the dive boats
nearly on top of us.
“Could you give us a tow? ”
It didn’t take long for us to get hooked up and on our way
back to Sanur.
“ You were lucky we saw the top of your mast, otherwise you
would have seen the bottom of the strait.
Coming ashore I was met by Karen.
“Guess I won the bet, so you can pay for the fish I ordered
from the stall over there.”
Too many Bintangs
lead to whirlpools in Bali Benoa Harbour.
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