Pasar Malam Story
Built on the success of Bumbu Bali, Restaurant & Cooking School, we continue 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 another culture. Only a few hundred meters away from Bumbu Bali and within our very own Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Rumah Bali, we have crafted a market restaurant in a magnificent Balinese setting. Each building is designed following the principles of ancient Balinese architecture. Each pavilion represents a building one would find within a village community, including home compounds, temples, town meeting halls, gambling pavilions or areas where people simply get together and rest. Imagine sitting in the midst of a Balinese village market enjoying the best dishes our island has to offer, and at the same time being confident you are in a perfectly clean and safe environment and being thoroughly looked after by hospitality professionals.
The family compound
The heart of Balinese cultural life is the family compound. The compound is a microcosm of the Hindu-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. Based on these very same basic principals we designed and build Pasar Malam, becoming a place that lives 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 full of daily activities. Then there are frequent ceremonies and celebrations at night that will add so much more mystique to your complete Bali holiday experience.
SANGGAH – The family temple
Bali has more temples than 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 – Split gate
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.
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 PANJANG OR BALE AGUNG – Long pavilion
A distinctive feature of Bali Aga society is the council of elders, which presides over community affairs. Its members are the most senior married men in the village. When a member dies or steps down, his eldest married son or the next youngest married man in the village takes his place. The village council meets periodically to discuss community affairs and each village has a great hall or Bale Agung where the village wise men 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 pillars, 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 Brem. 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. Government controlled.
PAON – Kitchen
The kitchen is usually a fairly simply structure, normally located in the southern part of the home compound. Earthen charcoal-or wood burning stoves are built along the rear 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 question 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 prepare all the delicious meals for our many village ceremonies.
BALE KAMBANG – King-resting pavilion
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. This historic pavilion is now our main entertainment pavilion seating comfortably 60 guests for dinner.
LUMBUNG – The rice barn
The granary is a more elaborate affair than other buildings in the compound. Its floor is raised high off the ground on posts that stand on foundations stones rather than a stereo bate 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 is 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.
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 than one palace complex. This is where the king and his family live, 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 – The town meeting hall
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 became the nightly entertainment center.
BALE DANGIN – Ceremonial pavillion
The east pavilion, Bale Dangin, is the ceremonial pavilion. It has one or two platform beds set between six, nine or twelve posts. The base is often tiered, providing seating for members of the extended family and visitors. This is definitely 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.