Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course, every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.

In this issue, the outstanding chef at the Chalina Estate in Canggu shares his favourite dish with us.

Chalina Estate’s
Crispy Fish with Chili Sauce


350 grms of sea bass, cut into rectangular pieces
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of crispy – fried holy basil leaves
vegetable oil for deep-frying
dried red spur chillies

For the Chili Sauce

1/2 cup garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1/4 cup of red and yellow spur chillies, coarsely chopped


  1. Cut the fish into rectangular pieces
  2. Dip the fish in flour and deep-fry until golden brown and crisp
  3. Stir-fry the chillies and garlic until golden
  4. Add the seasonings to the chillies and garlic and boil until thickened


  1. Dip the fish in flour and deep-fry in hot oil (medium heat) until golden and crisp. Drain and set aside
  2. Arrange the fried fish onto a plate and pour the chilli sauce all over. Garnish with strips of chillies. Serve with crispy basil leaves

For the Chili Sauce

Stir-fry the chilies and garlic until golden. Add all other ingredients and stir over heat until thickened. Set aside to be poured over the fish.

Photo credit: Asian Inspirations

Hungry yet? Delve into these delicious meals prepared by your private chef when you holiday with us. Read more about The Chalina Estate here.