In this edition, we meet Chef Ni Made Rudiani at Karma Mayura resort in Bali who has been with the resort since 2016. She shares a guest favourite, Ayam Bakar – grilled chicken marinated with the best of Indonesian flavours including lemongrass, chilli and turmeric.
Set in the beautiful jungles of Ubud in Bali, Karma Mayura is famous for its spirited nature, jungle hikes and temple attractions – and authentic Balinese cuisine.
Tell us about your cooking career?
I grew up in a humble farming family and the unique and rich flavours of Balinese food inspired me to learn more about food and cooking. It was my uncle who inspired me to consider becoming a chef. I love being a chef not only in the kitchen, but also meeting guests and teaching them how to cook Balinese food in our cooking class program. I became interested in cooking as a career at nineteen years old and studied cooking at University.
What have you been cooking lately? Any favourite dish?
My favourite dish at the moment is Ayam Bakar that is Balinese grilled chicken with sauteed bean sprouts. For dessert, black rice pudding served with coconut milk and ice cream. At home, I like to make Balinese omelette – see recipe below.
How do you keep fit, healthy and balanced?
I keep active by exercising at least twice a week and am eating more vegetables. I believe these days people want clean and healthy food more than ever.
Any significant changes in your community during the pandemic?
Yes. With many Balinese working part time, home gardens and small farms have become popular with people growing their own organic vegetables for food and also flowers for daily offerings.
There’s a sense of optimism in the air? What’s on your travel bucket list?
Yes, we are slowly getting back to normal. I am looking forward to enjoying the nearby beaches and having guests back at Mayura resort.