Denpasar Badung Market

Upon the excellent lunch at Cafe Teduh , we continued our walk amist the chaotic traffic.
Peet Peet Peet and blaring sound of motorists honking away…
It was a goood 20 minutes walk before we reached the Denpasar Local Market.

The ground floor was selling all sorts of meat, fresh fish, vegetables and local delicacies.
The dessert Stall: A myriad of colour sweet starch thing..

Local Dessert: I aint sure what is this called but Demona mentioned that Anthony Bourdain had this as well during his Bali Trip. Basically, it is just a mix of syrup, Goeey Sweet Potato starch, Gooey Green Starch, Gooey Black Glutinous rice Starch, Gooey Pinkish Starch + 1 chunk of ice. Basically, this is plain sticky starchy stuff with sweet syrup. We did not like it as it was very gooey, very sweet and not warm/not cold kinda weird dish. We barely finish a quarter of the bowl before returning to the stall owner. We bought this for RP2000 and paid for another bowl to a young girl who was asking for money from us.

Mixed Rice Stall: We did not had this but the sausages, jackfruit salad sure looks appetizing! However, with some flies flying around and everything looks jerky, Demona and I wasn’t too adventurous this time. Probably next trip!

PS: At the second floor of the market where they were retailing dry goods such as spices, josssticks, rice etc, I almost got conned by a stall owner who was about to sell me a pack of Vanilla stick + Saffron for RP300,000. The price we saw at a hypermart in Kuta for the exact same package was you guess what….. RP50,000!!!!

thank you demona for preventing from being conned. You know boys aint know how to shop and bargain.

Additional Info of the market taken from the web:

Denpasar means, ‘by the market’ and the biggest market in Denpasar, is Pasar Badung. Pasar Badung has 4 floors in a giant concrete structure that is rather like a parking structure. Different floors carry different goods, starting with the fruit and veg market outside. Inside the first floor is a large fish market

Pasar Badung
Where it is: Its in Denpasar of off Jl. Gajah Mada
When it is open: Open all the time, but different activities happen depending on the time.
Best time to visit: A day its not raining, between 8am-12 noon. Plenty of snack food vendors.
How much does it cost to get in: Free. 500rp for motorbike.
What’s there for a westerner: You might find a sarong or tishirt on the 3rd floor for a girt. Great photo opportunities.
Distance from Kuta: Taking Jl. Iman Bonjol it takes maybe 15-20 minutes to get there, depending on traffic.

The fish market: Fish fresh and slightly salted fish in bamboo basket. Wicked!
The Butcher: This is shocking. Pieces of pork meat by the tray on the market floor. It was 3pm then and i wonder how fresh the meat is as there is no ice and fridge around.
The florist: Balinese are mainly Hindus. They would offer these flower and incense offering daily at their door step, shops, stalls.. almost everywhere.. The amount of fresh flowers used daily is AMAZING

Girlguides: some girl guides marching at the shades by the muzium. This reminded me of my secondary school days where i would march every day during recess to prepare for some stupid camp… childhood memories

Cafe Teduh@Denpasar

Demona: On our second day at Sanur, we decided to take a cab to Denpasar, another town near by, and do a bit of scouting around there. We didn’t know initially, and went into one of the cabs, readily parked outside, paying 80000 rupiah for the ride as quoted by the location price list given by Diwangkara Holiday Villa. We found out much later that if we were to hail for a cab on our own from the main road, we would probably save another 20000 to 40000 rupiah.

The cab driver dropped us at the main shopping mall in Denpasar, which was very much similar to our hometown “The Store” supermarket. Our main venture wasn’t shopping, but sight seeing, and food hunting! We asked local passers by for food recommendation and places of attraction, and they all seemed to direct us to the Denpasar market, which was about a kilometre’s walk away from where we were.

Thus, Dogma swtiched on his GPS instincts and took over the guide role. The roads were unbelievably busy. Like much worse condition of a busy Penang road. Suzukis and Kawasakis are hot sellers here. 70% motorcyclists 30% cars. Most roads are made to only go one direction and there aren’t many traffic lights around. Therefore, it was EXTREMELY difficult to cross the road, and pedestrian crossings DO NOT work. No one will stop for you, and if you do attempt a dangerous try to cross, you’ll either end up getting hit or get honked by every vehicle coming towards you.

Honking is a way of life for road users here. They honk so much that we went ballistic from the noise. As what people say, “You can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

It did seem silly, but we actually made ‘peet peet peet’ sounds, like a motorbike honk whenever we tried to cross… and somehow, it worked! At least, with this method, we managed to cross a couple of roads… SAFELY.

Along the way to the market, we chanced upon Cafe Teduh, a North Celebes (Mandano) origin restaurant. Dogma stopped by to ask a sleepu looking local bank security guard and he pointed out that this cafe behind the bank is a favourite to the office staffs working nearby. The road leading to this cafe was narrow and dodgy, that no one would ever realise that there was a gorgeous cafe hidden inside. The cafe was surrounded with beautiful flowered pots and plants and some small wooden chalets for private dinings. Even though the cafe was based on an open concept, the cool breeze from the sea, and the low humidity level kept us all cool and dry.

We were a bit worried on the price looking at the gorgeous decorations of the cafe, but we were shocked when we saw that the prices quoted on their menu was actually cheap!

“Thank you, uncle security guard!”

Demona: We ordered a ‘kelapa muda utuh’, not too sure what did utuh meant but it was a GOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDD coconut. The juice was fresh, sweet and the whitish parts were easily scrapped out. Best part of all, it cost only 9000 rupiah.

Demona: We also ordered the ‘ayam goreng rica’ (fried chicken) with rice dish. This chicken had an AMAZING marination. The chicken meat was fried to perfection! The outer parts were crunchy, with the fragrant burnt aroma but the meat inside were tender and juicy! The marination gave the meat a spicy, zing-y sourish flavour. Very, very unique taste… kinda’ hard to put in in exact words to describe the flavours. Bottom line, THUMBS UP! 10500 rupiah

Demona: We ordered a side sauce, called the ‘sambal roa’. WOW. This sambal, was a class of its own. It had the usual sambal taste incorporated, with an extra ‘mild wasabi like’ zing locked along with it. Dogma was murmuring “Mmmmmm…..mmmmmmmm” each time he scooped the sambal roa up and eat it, despite sweating like a babi guling. 5000 rupiah

Demona: I also ordered my favourite dish, brinjals, in this rendition: ‘terong goreng telur’ (brinjals fried with eggs). This dish was also another big hit! The brinjals were deep fried until its outer skin was brown and crunchy but extremely soft on the inside. The pieces of brinjals were mixed along with bits and pieces of fried eggs, and chopped chilli bits. This dish had a bit of an oriental feel in it, may be due to the eggs. Maybe I shall try cooking this combination on my own next time! 7000 rupiah

Demona: In total… our awesome, awesome lunch cost 34500 rupiah (ONLY SGD 5.20!). Its 50% cheaper than our cab fare, sigh. Looking at the ambience of the cafe and the quality of the food, this sort of meal would probably cost RM 30-RM 40 back in Malaysia. This was really a 100% chanced steal deal.

Verdict: Readers out there, if you are going to make a trip to Denpasar, do try to scout your way to Cafe Teduh! You won’t regret it!

Location: Jalan Diponegoro, Denpasar.