The Balinese culture is mighty intriguing and interesting, and so is the local Balinese cuisine. Food lovers can turn their trip to Bali into a foodie-trip, and you won’t get bored or tired! The Balinese kitchen is never dull, it is adventurous and daring with chilli peppers and all kinds of spices, prepared with patience and ancient cooking methods. Forget about visiting temples and beaches, just book yourself a nice private villa and go explore the Balinese food culture. Here are 5 local dishes/treats you must try during your island stay:
- Nasi Campur
Nasi Campur is traditional Indonesian – you can get it at any local warung. It is not actually a dish, It is a plate full of delicious food, and you can design this plate just the way you like it. Hmm, still pretty vague…so what is it? Nasi Campur literally means ‘mixed rice’. You will get a plate of rice, and you can choose small portions of local dishes from the food display to go along with your rice – simply point at the dishes you want. What you’ll get is a plate with a whole lot of goodness. Beef rendang, chicken curry, crispy temple, veggies, egg and spicy sambal. Any busy warung promises delicious, fresh, authentic food. A big plate of nasi campur is ridiculously cheap, too. Before you know it, you will have nasi campur for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Ayam Betutu
Ayam Betutu is chicken prepared in a traditional Balinese way with rich herbs and spices, cooked for hours and hours on low fire to get the flavors out. First, the chicken is steamed and then it is roasted. The result is chicken like you never had chicken before. Tender, juicy, delicate and extremely tasty. A must try! (You can also find it at the warungs to go on your plate of nasi campur.)
- Suckling pig
There is no big ceremony or celebration in Bali without ‘babi guling’ – a whole roasted suckling pig. It is immensely popular among the locals, and it is of big importance for the ceremonies and community feast. Babi guling is usually served with rice and a dish called ‘lawar’ which is a blend of vegetables, grated coconut and minced meat. Everywhere in Bali, there are lots of babi guling warungs. You will get to taste different parts of the roasted pig; nothing goes to waste. You can spot the babi guling warungs easily – they have whole roasted pigs lying on display in the front.
If you want to take your spicy food cravings to the next level, get yourself some Rujak. This traditional Indonesian dish is basically a fruit salad, but it is covered in a super spicy sauce made with palm sugar, tamarind, shrimp paste and lots of chili peppers. It is delicious and addictive.
- Black rice pudding
This is a delicious traditional Indonesian dessert: sticky black rice soaked in coconut milk. It is sweet and lovely and quite filling. Those with a sweet tooth and a hungry belly will love it!
Written by Stephanie – Villa-Finder.com