Bebek Bengil @ Ubud, Bali
We had Gado-Gado, an Indonesian salad of steamed vegetables with fried tofu and peanut dressing. The peanut sauce here is well-prepared in that it is not overly sweet and doesn't have the rancid odour of peanut oil that we sometimes encounter in other places. The fried tofu pieces are fried well and are juicy to bite into. They're also drained sufficiently well that they're not excessively oily.
We also had their tapas platter which consisted of Chicken Satay (pieces of meat cooked on a skewer ie. Indonesian kebabs), Spring Rolls, Fried Tofu and Keropok (deep-fried prawn cracker). The Chicken Satay was well-seasoned with spices and grilled to perfection thereby making each bite juicy and flavourful. The Spring Rolls were not excessively oily, the filling was delicious and the pastry was pleasingly crispy.
A MUST-TRY at Bebek Bengil is the Crispy Duck. The duck is first steamed in local spices, then deep fried for a crispy and fragrant finish. Don't be fooled by the picture above which shows the duck to be deceptively dry. It is far from being dry and stringy, the juicy flesh is filled with the flavour of the spices. I would usually avoid using my hands even when eating prawns however, I am always willing to do so for this dish. The dish is served with steamed white rice which is a perfect complement to the rich flavours of the duck.
The 2 types of chili sauces which are served in Bebek Bengil are absolutely delicious! I think the mix of sliced shallots tossed in some shallot oil with sliced green and red chilis is particularly delicious with meat.
Both dishes were served with a side of sauteed long beans. The long beans were very fragrant and crunchy. They provided a flavoursome and crunchy aspect to the meal.
Tel: (62-361) 975-489
Food Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Ambience: 5 out of 5