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Nov 14, 2011 01:34 AM

Indonesia - Dinner at "White Man's Village" in Nusa Dua, Bali

I had serious doubts about going into a restaurant called "Resto Kampung Bule" or White Man's Village Restaurant in Nusa Dua, Bali's uber-chic part of the island. The setting was pretty atttractive though - an elaborate century-old wooden traditional "joglo" house, constructed from hard teakwood.

What we had:
- "Sop soto ayam" - clear chicken soup with tinged slightly yellow thru use of fresh turmeric, subtly spiced and replete with chicken meat & glass noodles.
- Grilled chicken sate skewers served in a mini-earthenware brazier. The peanut/dark sweet soysauce dip was very tasty.
- "Bebek Betutu" - traditional Balinese slow-steamed-baked spiced duck in banana leaves. The version here was not the best you'd ever had, but competently prepared and served hot, with a small mound of reddish wild rice on the side.

Overall, a really decent spot for food and drinks in Nusa Dua, away from the more expensive hotel spots in the main resort compound.

Address details
Resto Kampung Bule
Jl. Pantai Geger
Nusa Dua Selatan
Nusa Dua, Bali

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  1. Why was the wild rice 'reddish'?

    Have you been called "bule" (foreigner, in my understanding, not just white devil/folk) by people here and there as well?

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    1. re: huiray

      The color of the rice was natural - much like those red Nasi Dagangrice in Malaysia - unpolished?

      And no, come to think of it, I'd not heard "bule" being used within my earshot - I'm wondering if it's derogatory!

      1. re: klyeoh

        @klyeoh: you are Asian, they won't call you bule. It is not derogatory, just a slang referring to Caucasian.

        1. re: FourSeasons

          Was under the impression it just meant "white" for certain things. People told me they would say a cow was bule or a dog was bule but not rice or tree bark. I dunno, am also Asian so I was never called that, nor Nyonya.

    2. Hi klveoh,

      Had a small taste of some "Bebek Betutu" my wife brought back from a day trip to Ubud. It was soooo nice and, to be honest, prepared in a way I've never had duck before. The usual approach for duck (french, chinese, etc) is to get the skin crisp but this was soft and earthy.

      Are there any other restaurants you recommend for this particular dish?


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      1. re: p0lst3r

        You can try Bebek Betutu at Cafe Lotus or Murni's Warung, both in Ubud.

        1. re: p0lst3r

          According to the local guys there, there are some very good spots where you can get this dish, plus other Balinese specialies:
          1. Bambu Sari, Jl. Kahuripan 2, Kuta.
          2. Warung Ole, Jl. Mahendradatta 100, Denpasar.
          3. Warung Gosha, Jl. Tukad Gangga 28, Denpasar
          4. Bebek Luwung, Jl. Raya Luwus, Bedugul Km 34, 6, Tabanan.
          5. Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk (chicken version of the dish), Jl. Merdeka 88, Denpasar.

          If price is not an issue, try:
          1. Raja's Balinese Cuisine, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel. Ronald Reagan was here during his visit to Bali back in 1993.
          2. Bebek Bengil, Jl. Padang Tegal, Ubud - one of Bali's most oft-mentioned eateries. They serve crisp, deep-fried ducks here.