Lately I’ve been ordering takeout via online websites. At first this was purely because I wanted to try it out, but then when the site starts sending me electronic coupons too, that would usually do it for me. It was because of Eat24 that I finally tried a restaurant that has been on my go-to list forever, but never made it because it was just out of the way. Considering it’s one of two places that I know of in San Diego that serves some Malaysian dishes, I don’t know why it took me so long to try Bali Thai. With that said, after the first successful order via Eat24, Bali Thai Cafe has been my go-to-to-go spot for specifically, their Malaysian dishes!
The spread for…well myself!! CP was going out with his family that evening and I was by myself for dinner, so instead of cooking (which I have been doing a lot of), I ordered my favorite dishes:
This is an order of the Mie Goreng, an Indonesian/Malay dish of thin egg noodles stir fried with fried tofu, onion, carrots, cabbage, bean sprouts in a sweet soy sauce. The dish is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, so it’s not a surprise that it tastes something like a cross between Chinese chow mein and Japanese yakisoba. Yet the taste is its own and not like either of the two. Maybe that’s why I can’t get enough of it?
The Nasi Goreng Bali Thai combo: quarter of the Ayum Bumbu Bali, two satay skewers (I guess this puts the “Thai” into the combo?), nasi goreng, and a fried egg.
The Ayum Bumbu Bali is a grilled, Balinese chili marinated chicken. It’s sweet and spicy and they serve it with another heaping of chili on top. From searching for how one would make this dish, it seems the chili seasoning is a mixture of ginger, red pepper, nutmeg, cloves, garlic, and shrimp paste. The flavors are just explosive in comparison to the chicken skewers and that much more tender and juicy. I would have gladly given up those skewers for some more of that chili paste and slather it all over myself (or toast).
The combo also comes with the Nasi Goreng, which is basically the fried rice version of the Mie Goreng. Fried rice with onions in a sweet soy sauce and topped with a fried egg. Actually, the last time I just ordered Nasi Goreng, they had scrambled the egg into the fried rice, versus topping it off with a friend egg like this. Honestly, I prefer it to be this way and even though I understand why they wouldn’t serve the egg runny, I sorely wished they did. Note to myself: ask them to make it a sunny side up egg for my Nasi Goreng next time.
All the dishes at Bali Thai Cafe are extremely affordable and tasty. Considering I’ve never been to Malaysia or Indonesia yet, I’ve had my taste of the cuisine here in San Diego (the other venue I will post later on), New York, and in Florida (yes…that was an odd one but still good). It just reinforces my love for cuisines that will use a heavy hand on spices to cook up wonderful dishes.
And remember kids: just say ‘NO’ to bland food!
Bali Thai Cafe
407 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108