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Mar 24, 2014 11:06 PM

Cafe Bagus (Bali)

Please help! About 15 years ago, I spent a summer in Bali and probably ate at Bagus 20 times. I think it's still around and is (in my words) the Balinese equivalent of a seafood shack. I just remember I always ordered the grilled lobster which was cut open and seasoned then served with rice and this dark sauce on the side. Can anyone tell me what the ingredients or name of this style is? Would love to replicate it as its one of my favorite seafood preparations ever...

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  1. Can you describe the "dark sauce" a bit more? Don't think it's kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce, but...

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    1. re: BuildingMyBento

      it was black-ish with small chunks (my guess is garlic / onion and other stuff) and was sort of salty and spicy. It was so long ago, hard to recall now.

      1. re: FattyDumplin

        Try this recipe for Balinese spiced dip, it's from

        Saus Bumbu Bali (Balinese sauce).
        - 1 Tbsp kecap manis (sweet dark soy sauce).
        - 150 ml water
        - 3 tbsp oil

        For the "bumbu" (spice mix), grind:
        - 6 red "lomboks" (large chilies).
        - 1 tsp trassi (shrimp pate).
        - 1 Tbsp palmsugar
        - 2 cm laos (galangal, lengkuas).
        - 1 tsp asem (tamarind).
        - salt to taste

        Pound or grind the ingredients for the "bumbu" into a paste. Heat in a wok the oil and fry the "bumbu" for 2 minutes. Then add the kecap, the water and the salt and let it simmer slowly for 5 minutes

        1. re: klyeoh

          That sounds very interesting... just looking at the ingredients, i can definitely recall a tamarind-y flavor to it and a pungency that i assume the shrimp pate might give. Plus teh chilies and sugar for the combo of spicy and slightly slightly sweet. Very interesting and I will have to try this sometime.

          Thanks so much!