Pasar Malam Bali : Bali theme party services and Balinese Restaurant Nusa Dua

Built on the success of Bumbu Bali, Restaurant & Cooking School, we continued with our efforts to bring Balinese food another step closer to the interested gourmet travelers and to people who enjoy sampling the delightful flavors of Bali. Only a few hundred meters away from Bumbu Bali within Rumah Bali we crafted in a magnificent Balinese setting a market restaurant where each building was designed following the principals of ancient Balinese architecture.

We transformed each pavilion into a kitchen or each kitchen into a restaurant, and as a result while guests enjoying their dinner they will also be entertained by our market chefs with the preparation of the many secret recipes. Imagine sitting in the midst of a Balinese village market and enjoy the best dishes our island has to offer, and at the same time be confident to sit in a perfectly clean and save environment.

Each pavilion is dedicated to one specific type of food, and together we will tell you the entire story of food culture in Bali.

THE FAMILY COMPOUND
The heart of Balinese cultural life is the family compound. The compound is a microcosm of the Hind-Balinese universe with realms for the Gods, man and the impure spirits. The house shrine is always in the kaja, the mountain ward side of the compound. The pigsty is in the kelod, or seaward part of the compound. In between are the pavilions for ceremonies, sleeping, and day to day activities. The compound, which typically houses two or three generations of families. line village lines, grouped in unites.
Based on this very same basic principals we designed and build Pasar Malam, becoming  a place that lives and and allows our guests to experience everyday Balinese life in a wonderful crafted traditional setting. Just as when living in your own home there are days of total peace and harmony and days when the family or village celebrates.  Please do not expect complete serenity but be prepared to actually live in a real home surrounding where the kitchen is an important integrated part and daily full of activities. Then there are frequent ceremonies and celebrations at night which will add so much more mystic to your complete Bali holiday experience.

SANGGAH THE FAMILY TEMPLE
Bali has more temples then houses, as every house shrine is a fully fledged temple. Add to these the myriad temples to village founding deities and it becomes clear why Bali is called the ISLAND OF THE GODS. Typically, every major temple is divided into courtyards separated by beautifully crafted gates.

CANDI BENTAR
The split gate looks like a single edifice split through the middle. The carving is normally mirrored on either side while the center cleft is kept smooth to emphasize the division of the two sides.

 

 

COMPOUND GATE
The only official entry into to the compound is the front gate. Its position in the right section of the perimeter wall is of  spiritual importance to the welfare of the courtyard. The gate needs constant “recharging” for it to continue its job of welcoming higher spirits and discouraging evil influences. Residence place offerings in the small offering boxes located in side pillars of the gate or in freestanding shrine boxes.

BALE KAMBANG
The water gardens and water palaces of the Balinese Rajas Kings were most probably inspired by the formal palaces and the temple gardens of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Thailand. The Balinese added a floating pavilion, or Bale Kambang, in the center of a large walled pond or lake. Many water palace complexes are thought to represent the holy Meru of Hindu cosmology, floating on a sea of Amerta, the elixir of life. With keeping in line with the overall concept of a kings palace this historic pavilion is now our main entertainment pavilion seating comfortably 60 guests for dinner.

WARUNG BAGUS
If the markets are completely in ladies control, then the Warung is the domain of Bali’s male.  Here one stops after a morning in the field for a snack and a coffee and of course a smoke.  A Warung is always the right place for a snack, a chat and a cigarette. Please do check with  Pak Bagus our Village Chef on special requests for your breakfast or he might even prepare you a sumptuous meal in the evening.

BALE PANJANG OR BALE AGUNG
A distinctive feature of Bali Aga society is the council of elders, which presides over community affairs. Its members are the most senior married man in the village. When a member dies or steps down, his place is taken by his eldest married son or the next youngest married man in the village. The village council meets periodically to discuss community affairs and each village has a great hall or Bale Agung where the village wise man  assemble.   Council members sit according to their status in the community, with the most senior members at the uphill kaja end of the building

WANTILAN – ARAKERY
This traditional cock-fighting pavilion is a large and often quite imposing structure with a lofty thatched roof raised on twelve, and is typically found in the center of the Balinese village. Cockfighting once played a central role in the social life of the Balinese village. This  large  pavilion  has been transformed into a "Distillery" where we produce perhaps Bali’s finest Arak and Berm. While you enjoy the various flavors of Arak you might witness the traditional way this rather mysterious palm brandy is distilled. Be careful, this is the real stuff and very delicious,  and foremost safe to drink.

PAON - KITCHEN
The kitchen is usually a fairly simply structure,
normally located in the southern part of the home compound. Earthern charcoal-or wood burning stoves are built along the rare wall and pots and pans are slung overhead. Traditionally there would also be a large earth ware water-storage jar, though a piped in water supply is more common in most areas today. Without questions this is the heart and soul   of Rumah Bali. Here our village chef’s  prepare breakfasts, conduct three times a week our very popular cooking classes, and carefully cook all the delicious meals for our many village ceremonies.

BALE KAMBANG
The water gardens and water palaces of the Balinese Rajas Kings were most probably inspired by the formal palaces and the temple gardens of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Thailand. The Balinese added a floating pavilion, or Bale Kambang, in the center of a large walled pond or lake. Many water palace complexes are thought to represent the holy Meru of Hindu cosmology, floating on a sea of Amerta, the elixir of life. With keeping in line with the overall concept of a kings palace this historic pavilion is now our main entertainment pavilion seating comfortably 60 guests for dinner.

LUMBUNG
The granary is a more elaborated affair then other buildings in the compound. Its floor is raised high off the ground on posts that stand on foundations stones rather than a stereobate or masonry plinth like other structures. Sometimes there is an intermediate platform raised off the ground, but below the floor of the granary. This provides a cool, shady workplace by day and somewhere to sleep at night.
Rice farming is a very special activity in Balinese life., rice itself being perceived as a gift of the gods. Not surprisingly, the filling of the granary with a newly harvested crop is an important moment in each agricultural season and it is traditionally accompanied by rituals dedicated to Dewi Sri who is the goddess of farming and fertility.
 

BALE BANJAR
Ancient, communal, egalitarian, at once civic and religious, the Banjar, or village association, is an ingenious form of local Government unique to Bali. Each Balinese village has one or more of these cooperative associations of neighbors. This is the place where the village meets and decides, where offerings are prepared for village ceremonies and where the local orchestra practices at night. In the past this was the place with the only TV in town and as such it become the nightly entertainment center.

BALE DANGIN
The east pavilion, Bale Dangin, is the ceremonial pavilion. It has one or two platform beds set between six, nine or twelve posts. The basis is often tiered, providing seating for members of the extended family and visitors. The most important pavilion in the compound, this is where life rites and rituals occur. This is the place where a three month old baby touches the ground for the first time.

PURI - THE PALACE
The palace of the local dynastic ruler Raja should be auspiciously sited, ideally within the kaja-kangin quadrant formed by the crossroads at the center of town. In practice, local circumstances and history may determine otherwise. For example , there may be more then one palace complex. This is where the king and his family lives, and in similar fashion will our guests enjoy the two super comfortable rooms furnished with all the modern conveniences one expects from a holiday home.

BALE BANJAR - BALE DANGIN - AND PURI THE PALACE
These three pavilions with their 4 super comfortable guest rooms are our latest addition to Rumah Bali, Bed & Breakfast. Spend your day relaxing around the pool and enjoy the comfort of a simply but very refined Balinese home. This together with the countless cultural and culinary art effects on display will be the foundation of a most unusual and memorable holiday.

It is our aim to bring in Pasar Malam, Balinese  culture a step closer to the food-interested visitor to Bali. Within our little village compound you will find every aspect of every day life and food found in Bali. We do not just want to serve you a good Balinese meal, but allow you to experience every day culture  in a real traditional village setting.

The team in Pasar Malam is looking forward to your first visit to our latest cultural and culinary creation.

Heinz and The Team of Pasar Malam