honey, ginger chicken. whilst i was in bali i went to one of my fave eating places, basil leaves. i have several favourite eating places in bali. no surprises there. they serve vietnamese, thai and indonesian delights. i've never had a bad meal there. it's such a simple little place. it's in a back lane next to a club that plays 60s favourites (really badly). my favourite dish is the honey, ginger chicken and the lovely friendly people that work there let me watch it being made. i should have videoed it but i took notes instead. i looked through a small window into the kitchen which was absolutely tiny. here is the recipe:
1 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
1 onion sliced
1 tbs ginger, finely chopped or grated
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or crushed
1 tbs oyster sauce (i used hp coz i don't eat oysters and ran out of the vegetarian version)
1 tbs kecip manis (thick, sweet soy sauce)
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs honey
stirfry the chicken and onion in peanut oil until well done. the cook used about a cupful of oil but i just used about 1 tbs. she did remove some after the chicken and onions were cooked though. i tried to ask what kind of oil but didn't really get an answer coz she didn't understand my indonesian.
add the sugar, salt, garlic and ginger and cook for a minute or two. add the sauces and honey and add a little bit of water if necessary to make the sauce a nice consistency. it should be thickish, not too runny. i also cooked some broccoli and served both on steamed rice.
mine was so different to the original but it tasted very similar and was really delicious. maybe i will add a tiny bit more honey and ginger next time. if you give it a go i hope you enjoy. pics below are of warung indonesia and a few other great eateries in bal.