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Unique Cuisines Around The World

If you are a world traveler, discovering unique cuisines is perhaps on the top of your list when visiting new destinations. Going on vacation is not simply about taking in the tourist attractions; it’s experiencing everything from clothing and transportation to entertainment and dining, just like in shows that showcase unusual foods (e.g. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern). Traveling presents opportunities for you to broaden your palate. Below are some locations that you may want to consider in your future travels.

  1. Fuijan, China — In addition to its lush landscape, numerous hiking trails and historic sites, the cuisine in this southeastern part of China is a delicacy dating back 5,000 years. In this providence, the Min cuisine is served. You will experience a wide range of seafood from sea cucumbers to solen. Popular dishes include Sweet & Sour Litchi’s, Tai Chi Prawns and Buddha Jumping Wall.
  2. Quetta, Islamabad — Known for its beautiful Hazarganji Chilton National Park and Hanna Lake, Quetta features the Baloch cuisine with amazing dishes such as Khadda Kebab, Rosh and Khurad Marai.
  3. Sardinia, Italy — Some people may find it touristy, but the cuisine alone makes it worth visiting. People visit mainly for its archaeological sites (Giants’ grave and Tharros) and pristine locales (Costa Smeralda and Calasetta), but the Italian cuisine is rustic. You’ll enjoy mullet eggs, Cassola and Aragosta arrosto. And each village has its own signature bread!
  4. Sacred Valley, Peru — Also known as Urubamba, this area near Cuzco offers gorgeous mountains, adventurous hiking and breathtaking Inca ruins. The Peruvian cuisine is mouth-watering with dishes such as lomo saltado, aji de gallina and eucalyptus jello.
  5. Pitcairn Island, South Pacific — One of the four islands in the South Pacific, Pitcairn Island only has 50 people living on it. They are descendants of the HMVA Bounty mutiny and their polynesian escorts. The cuisine is a mix of British and Tahitian featuring tropical plants and fish, including pota, mudda and kumara pilhi.  
  6. St. Helena, South Africa — This tropical island is located off the coast of South Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean. It has a rugged coastline, natural beauty and majestic trails. It has an international cuisine because of the many ships passing through. From British to Caribbean, you’ll find an array of dishes, such as spicy fishcakes, Plo and British Sunday Roast. Don’t forget to try their coffee!  

No matter where your adventurous spirit takes you, trying the native cuisine is a memorable experience as each one has a history and many traditions. You might even discover your new favorite food!

“Cool” Places to Escape To When It Gets Too Hot

If you live in a warm climate as I do (Singapore and Bali), sometimes you just want to escape to a “cool” destination – literally and figuratively. Holidays, especially during the summer months, are expected to be where sun, sand and water are found. However, even a beach can sometimes be too warm to enjoy. So, where can you go for a fun holiday that isn’t too scorching?

The Azores — This archipelago off the coast of North Africa may not be on everyone’s radar, but it’s far from boring. The average temperature in the summer is 26 °C (79 °F). It is the perfect temperature for hiking, boating and swimming. The reason for the cool temperature is its maritime climate. There are also unique sights to see, such as “lava-fried” ruins, high vistas and sperm whales. The Portuguese traditions of the local fishing villages add authenticity to the trip. Another reason to visit during the summer is the amount of sunlight, which can last up to seven or eight hours during the summer season.

Koster Islands, Sweden — While many go to the more popular cities (e.g. Stockholm and Gothenburg), there are other parts of Sweden that deserve just as much attention. The Koster Islands, an archipelago north of Gothenburg, has cool temperatures in the summer that range from 29.7 °C to 30.5 °C. What is interesting is that the Koster Islands are home to Sweden’s first marine national park, Kosterhavet National Park. They also offer plenty of hiking, kayaking and cycling (and great seafood). The islands are nature reserves with a landscape full of heather and juniper bushes, sandy beaches and bedrock from volcanic activity. The islands are car-free and the main transport is by ferry, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere.  

Dublin, Ireland — Although a popular tourist destination, Dublin offers cool temperatures during the summer months ranging from 16 °C to 20 °C and 18 hours of sunlight during July and August. It is full of history and architecture, with buildings dating back to the 13th century. And there are plenty of landmarks (and bars) to see. If you are adventurous, you can take a tour of the many cliffs or go hiking along them. There is also the famous Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery, which offer tours.

There are many “cool” cities to visit during the summer months, with the majority in northern Europe. They are a welcome reprieve from the typical summer destinations and many aren’t too expensive. Every once in a while, it is good to go to a place that has a different climate. The destination will encourage you to try new activities as well as cuisines and customs.

Mobster Must-tries Part 2: Bebek Betutu, Mie Goreng & Sambal

Every self-respecting mobster knows just how sacred togetherness is and that sharing the best food during these special moments is equally important. At D-MOB, we know just what to partake of and where to get them. Welcome to the 2nd instalment of Mobster Must-tries, our list of distinctly Balinese goodies.

Bebek Betutu

Perhaps no other dish can rival the flavour and richness of Bebek Betutu. Massaged with coconut oil, lathered with local seasonings and carefully enveloped in coconut tree bark, the flavour-packed duck is smoked for 24 hours. The result is soft and aromatic duck meat that will surely make any mobster’s mouth water. Bebek Betutu is typically served with rice, sambal and various vegetable dishes on the side. Lucky for us, a wonderful place for Bebek Betutu is only a stone’s throw away from D-MOB. Hop on over to Warung Muslim ayam dan bebek betutu to get your fill.

Mie Goreng

Being mobsters, we’ve never met noodles that we didn’t take a particular interest in. While pasta is a staple, its Balinese incarnation is just as delightful. Mie Goreng (fried noodles) is comfort food at its finest. In fact, we could it enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even in between meals after a riding some waves at the beach. Take fried noodles as base, top with sunny side up egg, dried shallots, veggies, some pickled sides and finish off with a stick or two of chicken satay and you have a plate-full of joy in your hands. Mie Goreng can be found almost everywhere in Bali. From D-MOB, you can walk along Sunset Road and spot a few warungs that serve this dish. Or you can walk leisurely for about 10 minutes to Made’s Warung and try their version.

Sambal

Indonesia is famous for its sambal as much as it is famous for its many islands. And for us who love the island of Bali, Sambal Matah is the bomb. Finely chopped shallots, garlic, chili, lemongrass and lime, gingerly mixed together then sautéed in an aromatic infusion of oil, salt, sugar and shrimp paste… Nothing in the world is quite like it. Sambal Matah is the exclamation mark in every fried fish or chicken dish. As true mobsters, we are brave enough for Sambal Matah. Are you? Try it at Warung Cahaya in Seminyak, just a few minutes drive from D-MOB. 

Get your mobster on and don’t leave Bali without sampling the best flavours this side of the world has to offer. Mari makan!

Mobster Must-tries Part 1: Babi Guling & Nasi Campur

If there’s something you should know about us mobsters, it’s that we love a good time, especially if it involves an abundance of great food. And at D-MOB, we’re surrounded by all the best that Bali has to offer. Exotic, intense, aromatic and distinctly rich, Balinese cuisine is as varied and exciting as the mobsters who come to share their time in Bali with us.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of specialties that we highly recommend for food-loving mobsters like us. Here’s the first installment of that yummy list:

Babi Guling

In Bali, the Babi Guling is the star of many important celebrations. But because we’re mobsters, we don’t need to wait for a house blessing, wedding reception or birthday party to enjoy it. One of Bali’s most famous Babi Guling joints, Babi Guling Pak Malen is just a few steps away from D-MOB – 100 meters to be exact. A warung-style restaurant, each serving comes with delectable Babi Guling meat and crispy skin, steamed rice, sambal and a special spicy soup on the side. Satisfying and affordable, Babi Guling is something we always look forward to.

Nasi Campur

Nasi or rice is a staple in Balinese cuisine. Nasi Campur is one of the most famous ways to serve it. Typically composed of chicken satay, beef rendang, vegetables, egg, a tempeh dish, peanuts, plus an assortment of sambals, it’s literally a little bit of everything in one abundant plate. One of the most famous places in Seminyak for Nasi Campur (walking distance from D-MOB) is Made’s Warung. There are also warungs that let you pick and choose the dishes you want to include in your plate. Being everyone’s favourite, Nasi Campur can be found all over Bali. If you’re up for it, you can join our mobster mission to conquer them all!

For Part 2, we’ll tell you about the smoked, the fried and the spicy. Watch this space!

Welcome to D-MOB

We run the night, one hour at a time.

It’s our thing.

Long ago, The Sicilian Mafia affectionately called their brotherhood La Cosa Nostra, which can be translated from Italian to mean “It’s our thing.” Sharing a common organizational structure and code of conduct, each member of the Mafia is known as family.

At D-MOB, we value the ties that bind us and subscribe to the same principles of loyalty, honesty and respect.

And now, you can be one of us.

Located at Jalan Sunset Road 105X, D-MOB is Bali’s first mobster-themed hostel, and it offers you an experience unlike any other.

Pay for only what you need

A good mobster knows what he wants. Use what you need at your convenience, and no commitment is required for services you don’t need.

Upon checking in for a full night, you will receive a suitcase containing the essentials for your stay. Should you require more, you can always head over to the amenities bar which is readily stocked up with all your additional needs.

An offer you can’t refuse – $1 an hour

Staying true to the “use-only-what-you-need” concept, your stay in D-MOB can also charged by the hour. This means that you do not need to pay for full night accommodation if you don’t plan to stay for the entire night. Rates will be based on IDR 10,000/hr or IDR 150,000/night.

There are two types of accommodation that you can choose from. If you prefer going solo, the MOBSTER (a single bed in a shared bunk setting) will be great. For partners in crime, you may want to consider the MOB BOSS (private room for two) to hatch your plans in secrecy.

Ready to join the heist? To book a stay or find out more, visit staydmob.com.