Langsat aka The Bon Bon Fruit

It was on our last road trip to Bali, when my wife Zurina suddenly became a little girl. She was transported back to her childhood memories when she recognised a small oval fruit that looked like small young potatoes, but with a sweet fruity scent. She screamed “….. oh baby, you have to try langsat,…

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Mangosteen: The Monkey Fruit

Bali is a tropical island full of amazing surprises and one of them is an amazing fruit similar to lychee called mangosteen, which was introduced to us via Komang, the young bartender from Room4Dessert, based in Ubud, Bali. Mangosteen is a sap tree and belongs to the Clusiaceae family with more than 200 species found…

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Salak, the fruit with snake skin

During my last trip to Bali, I found many new and interesting ingredients to talk about. The one I would like to introduce to everyone today is called “Salak”, commonly known as Snake fruit. What’s even more fascinating is that you can buy it at the Denpasar airport and bring it home with you. The…

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Indonesian Arak

By Guest Contributor: Lisa Virgiano Indonesian Arak, a type of distilled alcohol that is classified differently from other more commonly known distilled alcohols coming from Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Indonesian arak has a unique after taste, depending on the source material, producing region, and the way it is made. It can be produced…

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Komang Skradayasa: When you have a great drink in your hand with good people, you’re always going to have the best time.

Komang is very talented bartender who is based in the middle of Bali Island in a haven called Ubud. Komang is the head mixologist/bartender at Room4dessert which is owned by Will Goldfarb. Don’t let his age fool you, he’s been working with spirits since before he could drink. His skills and hospitality as a bartender…

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Nutmeg & Mace

Once upon a time, nutmeg was one of the most valuable spices. It has been said that in England, several hundred years ago, a few nutmeg nuts could be sold for enough money to allow one to live comfortably for the rest of their life. What we know as Nutmeg, is actually the hard brown…

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