The sparkling beaches, bright sun, and soft sand are not the only things that make Bali one of the most popular tourist destination in the world. The mouth-watering food adds to the mix as well! Offering savory plates of local dishes and fresh seafood preparations that cannot be found anywhere else, Bali, has become a major food destination around the globe.
Read on to know all the food that you need to try and places to visit for a mouthful of flavors while on a Bali holiday.
Top Dishes in Bali
Popular in Bali and beyond, Nasi Goreng is a staple diet for the Balinese population. It is a complete meal, made with stir-fried rice and a mix of crunchy vegetables and meats. Since rice is the most grown grain in the island of Bali all through the year, this dish is eaten by the local’s most frequently. The rice is steamed, before being fried with a handful of spices, soy sauce, hot chili sauce and a combination of veggies. You can even have yours with non-veg toppings like chicken, eggs, beef or even shrimps. The presentation of the dish is as inviting as its taste, with orange colored rice served with sautéed vegetables and sausages with a fried egg on top. The noodle version of this dish is called the Mie Goreng, which is a much-loved street food delicacy.
One of the most popular dishes in Bali, the Bebek Betutu is an iconic fare. The dish consists of a succulent preparation of smoked duck with traditional spices, served on a bed of rice and veggies. The duck is stuffed with whole spices and wrapped in an Areca leaf or Betel bark and left to be smoked on rice husk embers. Some people prefer the method of wrapping the duck in banana leaves or trunk and burying it inside a coal fire for five to seven hours to slowly cook to perfection. However, it takes half a day to become completely juicy and fragrant. Hence, it is a good idea to inform the restaurant beforehand if you want to have a taste of the Bebek Betutu.
Perhaps the most famous dish across the island of Bali, Babi Guling finds a dedicated fan-following amongst pork lovers. This ‘Suckling Pig’ dish is a must-try when you are down in Bali. Traditionally, a dish saved for festivities, Babi Guling is now prepared in almost every Bali Restaurant and eatery. It is made by slow roasting turmeric rubbed pig, stuffed with fragrant spices like coriander, lemongrass, and cassava leaves, by rolling it over a coal fire. The resulting dish consists of a crispy and juicy outer skin with soft pieces of meat that melt in the mouth with each bite.
Known as Sate in some parts of Bali, the Satay is a relished finger snack across the streets of this island. This delectable dish is made using a blend of mashed chicken or other meats with aromatic spices that are skewered onto a lemongrass or bamboo stick and placed on a barbeque to be cooked to perfection. Fish Sate is the most common along the coasts of Bali and is also known as the Lilit Ikan. So, when hunger pangs strike you on the streets of Bali, go to the nearby stall and order a plate of scrumptious satay!
Best Restaurants to Dine in Bali
Run by a lovely family along the island of Seminyak, The Tamade Café is the perfect blend of art and food. The restaurant is famed for its authentic dishes and colorful walls that are adorned by hand-painted murals.
The Umami Bowl (A serving of rice with choice of meat topped with egg yolk sauce)
INR 24 to INR 370 (RP 5000 to RP 75000)
10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M with a two and half hours break between 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M
Jl. Raya Basangkasa No.15, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia Bali 80361
A hint of Australian flavors along with the traditional Indonesian cuisine is sure to satiate those cravings when you dine on the tables of Sisterfields. This café serves probably the best coffee in Bali, with many different flavors to choose from. The all-day breakfast menu and the brunch and lunch choices make this place a
must visit while on your Bali trip.
The Acai Bowl with vibrantly colored bites.
INR 146 to INR 700 (RP 30000 to RP 140000)
7:00 A.M to 10:00 P.M.
Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
A favorite amongst tourists, Murni’s Warung has been functioning for over forty years! This picturesque restaurant serves a unique Indonesian meal which you can enjoy while you gaze at the verdant scenery and beautiful river outside its windows.
Babi Guling is extremely succulent and full of flavor
INR 50 to INR 500 (RP 9000 to RP 90000)
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Destinations for Steet Food in Bali
The one-stop destination for all your needs in Bali, the Badung Market holds a special spot amongst locals and travelers. With motorbike-mount vendors and little warungs across the street, this bustling market can be your best bet at doing away with daytime hunger with a plate of local delicacies.
Jimbaran Fish Market:
In the mood for some fresh seafood? Head over to the Jimbaran Market for its overwhelming array of savory snacks. You can choose your sea fare from the early morning haul that the local fishermen bring and ask one of the warung chefs across the beach to prepare a delicious meal for you while you watch the sunset along the
Seminyak Eat Street:
From a series of cozy restaurants and cafes to Warungs and stalls, the Seminyak Eat Street is your destination for everything Balinese. The two-kilometer stretch is the best way to load up on sumptuous treats during lunch-time and buy as many souvenirs as you want before heading off for a relaxed evening on the beach.
Now that you know it all about where to dine in Bali, get set and check off all the appetizing dishes from your list while you have a fun-filled time on this sunny island. A look at OYO Total Holidays Bali Tour Packages might also help you in having the time of your life in Bali.
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