Published: 31 August 2015 by: Nichola Davies
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Soto Ayam, a classic Indonesian dish served at Jimbaran Gardens

InterContinental Bali Resort is set to showcase the aromatic spices of Indonesia at Jimbaran Gardens, inviting couples to taste flavours typical of delicious and authentic Indonesian cuisine. 

The individual spices are beautifully packaged and displayed for sale at Jimbaran Gardens. Balinese and Indonesian cuisine is distinguished by the freshly ground and blended spices that enliven many dishes. One such spice essential to Balinese cuisine is 'bumbu,' a basic paste that varies from village to village, dish to dish.

Bumbu is so integral to Indonesian cooking that the first task in the day of one of the chefs at Jimbaran Gardens is to grind up a big batch of fresh spices to make bumbu. Common ingredients include shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, galangal, pepper, coriander, candlenuts, chillies, lemongrass, shrimp paste and palm sugar. Bumbu is commonly used as a marinade for meat, a stuffing for roast, a base for sauces or in soups and curries.  

Balinese cooking classes are available at the InterContinental Bali where couples can learn how to use such spices to create powerful Indonesian dishes. 

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