If you have ever been in Bali than you probably know that the island is definitely not a gourmet destination (with very few exceptions like Fivelements restaurant, Little K, the Kafe, Sari organic, Nomad & Clear cafe, but I will write about it another time). So, Deo and me were starving half of the time and wondering what to eat the other half. The situation in which I order some local specialty and than make a funny face after the first bite was quite usual. Hearing from Deo the sentence “Please, order something else and stop torturing yourself” was another staple of our vacation. The bottom line is… the food is not like the one we are used to and for us it’s not delicious at all.
So, when from Healthy living shop asked me to make a Bali inspired culinary workshop it was one of the hardest things to do. See, I can’t create a dish I won’t eat. And I had to make something local. Or at least with local ingredients, something the balinese people would’ve eat and enjoy. A task that took all my strength and time for the last week :)
Finally, I managed to prepare the most delicious, exotic and breathtaking meal bursting with balinese flavors. One of the best asian meals I have ever created. It’s full of fresh & dried papaya, pineapple, coconut, avocado, peanuts, pistachios… it’s totally unexpected and palatable. I hope you will like it as much as we did :)
raw asian tapas
- 1/2 cup dried nuts mix (peanuts, pistachios, cashews)
- 1/2 cup dried fruits mix (papaya, pineapple, raisins, coconut)
- 1 small avocado
- 1 lime
- 1 fresh peach
- 1 zucchini
1. Cut the fruits mix into small pieces and dehydrate for couple of hours.
2. Peel the pistachios, mix the nuts, add a little bit salt and water, mix again and dehydrate until dry and crunchy.
3. Smash the avocado with a fork, add the lime juice and mix well.
4. Cut the fresh peach into small cubes and mix with the avocado, dried nuts and fruits.
5. Cut thin circles from the zucchini using a peeler or a mandolin.
6. Place 1 slice of zucchini and add 1 teaspoon of the mixture on top. Repeat until it’s all gone.
7. Serve chilled.
* If you don’t have time to dehydrate, just buy some dried fruits and nuts and cut them into small cubes.
* Serve the asian tapas with chopsticks for an authentic look.
* Enjoy with friends!