Mang Boo: Buffalo on the menu

by Anton Muhajir on 2013-09-21

Front view: A motorcyclist passes Mang Boo diner on Jl. NojaFront view: A motorcyclist passes Mang Boo diner on Jl. Noja

Traditional dishes made with buffalo meat are the new trend for Balinese foodies.

A small food stall near Sangeh, about 20 kilometers north of Denpasar, is one of a few places that offer this specialty. Food lovers from as far as Denpasar and Gianyar regularly travel to the site to sample its offerings.

The stall has just opened a branch in Denpasar, which is good news for city residents who cannot spare 30 minutes to drive to Sangeh.

Mang Boo, apparently a play on the sound made by the kebo (buffalo in Balinese), lies on a spacious plot of land in Jl. Noja in eastern Denpasar. It offers various types of dishes, ranging from buffalo soup and meatballs to satay.

Its main offering is buffalo lawar, finely chopped buffalo meat and boiled skin mixed with minced steamed vegetables and spicy Balinese seasonings.

In the future, it will also offer western delicacies made with buffalo meat.

The stall’s best-seller is a traditional Balinese package, comprising a portion of buffalo lawar, satay, buffalo tum (steamed finely chopped meat with seasoning wrapped in banana leaves), soup and deep fried buffalo skin crackers served with a plate of hot rice.

What a cracker: A portion of rambak, a deep fried cracker made with buffalo skin.What a cracker: A portion of rambak, a deep fried cracker made with buffalo skin.

Alfresco dining: Mang Boo has a spacious dining area and several open pavilions for four diners.Alfresco dining: Mang Boo has a spacious dining area and several open pavilions for four diners.

Perfect packet: A portion of buffalo lawar one of Mang Boo’s best selling dishes.Perfect packet: A portion of buffalo lawar one of Mang Boo’s best selling dishes.

Service with a smile: The employees give fantastic customer service.Service with a smile: The employees give fantastic customer service.
Photos by Anton Muhajir

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