Well known for their unpretentious flavours, Balinese cuisine bursts with local herbs and spices. From high-end restaurants to local eateries, you will find a unique twist of taste in Balinese cuisine when compared to other South-east Asian countries. Here are a few delicacies that you must try during your visit to Bali:
1. Babi Gulingt
This dish is also known as suckling pig. Usually, pork dishes are difficult to find in Muslim countries, but Bali is famous for suckling pig. Baby pigs, still feeding on mother’s milk are a popular dish in Bali. Stuffed with a spice paste called “Base Gede”, the pigs are rubbed with turmeric and other spices such as lemongrass, coriander, garlic, black pepper, ginger and then roasted on coconut husks until tender.
2. Bebek Betutu or Slow cooked Duck
Thi is yet another must-try dish. Usually, Bebek Betutu takes longer hours to cook, and that’s why you need to order it a day in advance. First, tamaring puree and salt is applied on the duck. This is done to tenderise the meat and remove any odour or “duck-like” smell. It is then washed off, and the duck is stuffed with special spice mix called bumbu rajeng, cassava leaves, and eggs. The meat is then wrapped in husks of betel nut also known as Upeh, and then slow cooked until the meat separates from the bone.
3. Mie Goreng
This is a classic Indonesian food comprising of friend noodles and vegetables. You can add chicken, shrimp or pork if you wish. Often, this dish is topped with an egg or chicken sate sticks, peanut sauce, and prawn crackers. A few places also serve pickled vegetables with this dish.
4. Nasi Goreng
This dish is similar to Mie Goreng, but instead of noodles, it serves fried rice. This is a classic Balinese staple. You will find people eating this for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. The rice is fried with an assortment of veggies and your choice of meat. It is served with a poached egg on top of it along with pickled vegetables.
5. Nasi Campur
This is also a local favourite. Nasi Campurs means “mixed rice.” This dish usually contains small portions of fish, meat, and vegetables served with steamed rice. Each dish will offer you a unique burst of flavour.
Indonesian Sate is quite different from the Sate available in other South-east Asian countries. The Indonesian Sate is made using mashed chicken mixed thoroughly with a wide array of spices. It is them moulded onto a stick (usually lemongrass stick is used to give it a rich flavour) and then it is barbequed. You will get both Chicken and Fish Sate in Bali.
7. Pisang Goreng
Bali is a place where you will find bananas of every variety. And this is a dessert of fried bananas. It is usually served with palm or sugar syrup, honey, or ice cream.
So next time when you are chilling at Bali, do not forget to try these dishes. Explore our international tour packages to get the best deal on your next trip to Bali or any other location.