If you're hungry, read this and you'll be 10 times hungrier. Trust us, these 9 authentic local Bali food are the ultimate dishes to waste your calories on.
LEGENDARY Bali favourites that are worth the calories, live up to the hype, and are highly-instagrammable!
Don't mistake this for its Malaysian version “satay”. These are also skewered and grilled, but marinated with an array of spices. Bali’s own variant is the sate lilit, made from minced beef, chicken, fish, pork or even turtle meat. They are mixed with coconut, coconut milk, a rich blend of vegetables and spices and can be enjoyed with or without peanut sauce.
2. Babi Guling
This is Bali’s most famed dish – the suckling pig. An all-time favourite with locals, the spit-roast pig is stuffed with rich, traditional spices such as turmeric and vegetables like lemongrass, lime, salam leaves and chilis. The stuffed pig is then slowly “rolled” over (guling means to roll). The prized moment is sinking your teeth into the crisp brown skin first and then to the tender juicy meat.
3. Nasi Campur
Almost like a staple, Nasi Campur can be easily found in many warungs (small eateries). It consists of rice and small portions of vegetables, fish or meat. There is no standard combination so it is rarely the same at different places. You can expect a bit of babi guling or betutu as the main meat with some vegetables and a dab of the iconic spicy hot sambal matah. These are occasionally served with a bowl of soup.
4. Bebek and Ayam Betutu
This iconic favourite is either a whole chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) stuffed with traditional spices and wrapped with banana leaves, before being enveloped tight in banana trunk bark. It is then baked or buried in coal fire for up to 7 hours. These juicy and succulent meats are equivalents for non-pork eaters.
5. Nasi Goreng
A classic Indonesian dish, this is the most popular staple among the Balinese. They may eat it for all three meals a day! Rice, friends with pork or chicken, often comes with a fried egg on top and a few slices of tomato or cucumber. It is very often consumed with some sweet soya sauce for a stronger taste!
6. Mie Goreng
Just like Nasi Goreng but replaced with mie, or noodles. It is also served with fried egg, meat and sometimes, pickled vegetables. Flavourful and indulgent, this dish is also commonly found across Bali.
7. BBQ Ribs
Naughty Nuri’s is one of Bali’s famed restaurants because the Balinese love their pork ribs. Cooked over charcoal and served straight from the pit, you can expect tender and juicy meat in your mouth. Other than Naughty Nuri’s, you can find restaurants serving this delicacy all over Bali.
This is a Balinese meat salad made of very unique ingredients – minced pork, dragonflies and turtles, offal, young jackfruit, coconut, galangal, chilies, spices and fresh blood. This dish is certainly not for everyone, but is nevertheless a real culinary delight for those who can stomach it!
Also a classic Indonesian dish, the gado-gado is a must-try in Bali. Essentially, it is a vegetable salad bathed in classic peanut sauce. Generally served cold, it comes with a mix of long beans, spinach, potato, corn, egg, bean sprout, cucumber, tofu and tempeh.