This is the top 10 food you must eat in Bali when you take a tour and holiday in one of the most popular islands in Indonesia. You will be surprised to know that there are so many wonderful dishes experience which you can try. We recommend that you make a trip with private car charter when you want to go to many delicious food places in Bali. Even let the local driver suggest you to several places that you never go before. You can rent 10 hours full day private car rental including driver fees and hotel pick up and drop off for easiest way to enjoy your trip.
List of top 10 foods you must eat in Bali
All these top 10 food you must eat in Bali list include exotic and interesting selections of food that you can buy in Bali. This paradise has rich collection of dishes including sweet cakes, snacks and desserts. Here are some of the best:
Nasi Campur and Nasi Ayam
Both nasi campur and nasi ayam can be found easily at many small eateries (warung) and restaurants in Bali. This dish served with white rice completed with different meats such as Betutu or babi buling and then mixed vegetables are added. To make it tastier, the dish is served with spicy sambal matah and sometime also with some bowl of soup. If you do not like spicy food then you can ask the seller to serve without sambal.
Suckling Pig (Babi Guling)
Babi guling is combination of fried pork meat, pork blood sausage, crispy pork skin, and pork roll. It is known as Bali’s national dish and of course one of the most famous dishes in this island thus you must include it in your top 10 food you must eat in Bali. You can say it is an all-time favorite which cooked with rich traditional spices and vegetables like cassava leaves which rolled over a coal fire (this is why the name is gulling simply means ‘to roll). When you eat it, you will find the meat is juicy and tender while the skin is so crispy and really satisfying. Babi guling can be found widely in restaurants and warung.
Satay or local people called it as sate are grilled, skewered and marinated variety of meats such as chicken, pork, beef, goat, fish, mutton and sometime also tofu and eggs. Some restaurants also serve sate with minced blends. In Bali, there is popular sate lilit made with minced chicken, beef, fish, chicken, pork and even turtle cooked with rich coconut milk and spices. Rather than skewered, the meats are wrapped around bamboo, lemongrass or sugar cane sticks and then grilled. You can ask sate lilit served with sauces or not when order this best local food in Bali.
Fried Noodle/ Rice (Mie or Nasi Goreng)
Fried noodle or rice is basically the national dish of Indonesia and thus you can also found such dish in Bali in many places. They are practically served with fried egg, mixed vegetables, dried shallots, prawn crackers, pickles and some restaurants complete it with beef or chicken satay as well. The fried noodles or rice cooked with kecap manis or sweet soy sauce and hot chili sauce.
Lawar is traditional mix containing variety of vegetables, chopped meat, spices and grated coconut. In some areas, Lawar often served with mixed fresh blood, spices and meat to make the flavor stronger. Since it cannot be kept for too long, the dish needs to be served immediate after it is cooked. In Bali, you can order for two types of Lawar: red and white. The white one does not contain blood or any meats. You have to include it in your top 10 food you must eat in Bali.
Smoked Duck (Bebek Betutu)
It is one of unique dishes in Bali and you should include it in your must-to-eat list. Bebek betutu cooked by rubbed then stuffed in mixed spices and then wrapped using banana leaves with coconut husks. The cooking method is the unique one because the duck meat will be cooked underground inside embers pit for hours. The smoked duck meat has melt and soft appearance with a bit slathered Bali’s spice mix and you can even smell some hints of ginger turmeric and lemongrass.
Pepes is actually Sundanese Indonesia traditional cooking method but you can also found dish served with this method in Bali. The cooking method using banana leaf to wrap the fish meat (locally called pepes ikan) or occasionally tofu, chicken and vegetables. And then at both end of the package sewed with thin sticks. It is usually steamed and the banana leaf offers an aromatic smells.
Cakes & Desserts
In Indonesia, traditional cakes and desserts called ‘jajanan pasar’ or traditional market cakes. In Bali, it is often served in ceremonial offerings but now you can buy them easily with cheap prices in traditional markets. There are many varieties of cakes and desserts to accompany you coffee or tea time like pisang rai, wajik, klepon, bubuh injin, jaja batun bedil, and many more. The ingredients to make the traditional cakes are usually sugar, tropical and coconut fruits, rice flour and glutinous rice.
Popular beach in Bali such as Jimbaran offers delicious seafood which you can try. They are typically served grilled fresh seafood such as crabs, shrimps, lobsters, clams, calamari and wide variety of fish. However, if you want to pick the tastier one it is basically depends on the secret Balinese food recipes and spices of the restaurant or café owners. You can order them with delicious Jimbaran style sambal that taste from hot or spicy to sweet with a bit of sour flavor mixed.
Tahu and Tempe
In Indonesia, tahu and tempe is the most versatile food items and you can buy them in Bali as well. Tahu and tempe mostly used to accompany various dishes and especially main course. They are made from soybeans and usually served as fried, batted and stuffed food. Many Indonesian dishes especially those served with rice completed with these two yummy complements.
Take a note all those top 10 foods you must eat in Bali list to enjoy your holiday culinary experience.