Foods to Eat in Bali
Actual Balinese food is common on the island but it has made few inroads in the rest of the country due to its emphasis on pork, which is anathema to the largely Muslim population in the rest of the country.
Authentic Bali Cuisine
Babi guling — roast suckling pig. A large ceremonial dish served with rice that is usually ordered several days in advance, but also often available at night market stalls and selected restaurants. A very notable outlet for babi guling is Ibu Oka’s in Ubud. A pilgrimage that needs to be made by many, thanks to Anthony Bourdain, but the numerous stalls around the island also offer an equally delightful experience for half the price of Ibu Oka’s.
Satay lilit – minced seafood on a lemon grass stick, grilled over charcoal
Bebek betutu — literally “darkened duck”, topped with a herb paste and roasted in banana leaves over charcoal. The same method can also be used for chicken, resulting in ayam betutu.
Lawar — covers a range of Balinese salads, usually involving thinly chopped vegetables, minced meat, coconut and spices. Green beans and chicken are a particularly common combination.
Sate lilit — minced seafood satay, served with wrapped around a twig of lemongrass.
Urutan — Balinese spicy sausage, made from pork.
Other local foods
Ayam panggang bumbu bawang mentah — Grilled chicken with sliced shallots, chillies and lime
Ayam panggang bumbu merah — Grilled chicken with red chili and shrimp paste sauce
Ayam tutu — Steamed chicken cooked with Balinese herbs and spices
Tum ayam/ketopot — Sliced chicken mixed with herbs and spices and steamed in banana Leaves
Ikan kakap bakar bumbu terasi — Grilled snapper in local hot spices
Sudang lepet — Salted dry fish
Pepes ikan laut — Sliced fish mixed with herbs and spices grilled and served in a banana leaf
Pelecing kangkung — Water convolvus with shrimp paste and lime
Pelecing paku — Fern tips with shrimp paste and lime
Budget for Your Dining in Bali: A meal in a basic tourist-oriented restaurant will be around Rp 20,000-50,000/person. In a local restaurant or warung the same meal might be about Rp 15,000 or less. Simple warungs sell nasi bungkus for as little as Rp 3,000-5,000. One very reliable option is nasi campur for about Rp 10,000-15,000. Note that rice is often served at ambient temperature with the accompanying food much hotter, this is common practice in Indonesia.
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