If you like your chicken crispy, spicy, salty and sharp, head away from Ubud’s popular main drag to this backstreet cafe
In the 11 years since Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love thrust Ubud into the limelight, tourists have inundated this once-sleepy Balinese town encircled by rice paddies. The centre now has more restaurants selling smoothies, salads, and western fare than anything one might call authentically Indonesian. Yet away from the main drag, pockets of local culture have managed to survive. One such spot is Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku, a humble eatery in a beautiful teak house and garden. Although the place is hardly a secret – locals have been coming here for more than two decades.
Generous lashings of chillies leave a long, lingering burn on the palate
Source: The Guardian