Top 4 Balinese Food to Test

October 22, 2019

Being an island with a unique culture and tradition, the Balinese food scene isn’t any doubt hugely multicultural with influences stemming from Java or any other Indonesian islands.

Sometimes even the fanciest restaurant doesn’t have the genuine and the most delicious food when it comes to Balinese food. You can find a gem when trying a local-owned restaurant. Try to ask some local where you can find the best of the best!

Ubud aims itself to become a world-class culinary destination for modern food and traditional food, as well. There is an annual event in Ubud dedicated food, known as Ubud Food Festival. Listed here are a couple of Bali’s most trending meals, mostly you can find them in Ubud. They are worth getting a try on your remain at one of our villas in Ubud or Saba.


Balinese Food Babi Guling

Famous Balinese Food: Babi Guling

Babi Guling, or suckling pig, is undoubtedly one of Bali’s famous traditional dishes that you can find anywhere in Bali. The standard spit-roasted pig is stuffed with spicy and flavorsome ingredients typically involving garlic clove, pepper, lemongrass, turmeric, coriander seeds, along with other Indonesian herbs.

Babi Guling is a very affordable dish generally present in food vendors, or warung, through the roads where locals swarm for convenient your meal. Ibu Oka’s in Ubud is a well-liked go-to for locals and vacationers to sample a plate. It’s a tender and juicy treat to test.


Balinese Food Nasi Campur

Authentic Balinese Nasi Campur

The mighty Nasi Campur is the most common for-after local dishes by vacationers who are hailing to Indonesia. It’s also favorite by locals. It’s a dish of white or brown rice with multiple small servings of other dishes like vegetables, meat, and some condiments. Showcasing the perfect food, you’ll find in Indonesia.

A few of the more popular dishes include tempeh, stir-fried eggplant or eco-friendly beans, curried meat, seasoned steamed egg, and also the scrumptious shrimp krupuk.
The difference in Nasi Campur Bali is they used a spice that they called “Base Genep,” which also has the role of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to Balinese food. It also includes lawar, urap vegetable,  fried chicken/pork, and some seasoned egg.

If you want to try it all in one shot, our recommendation is to go to White Yellow resto, where you only need to pay IDR 50k+ for the Balinese Vegetarian buffet!


Ayam Betutu and Bebek Betutu

Balinese Signature Food: Ayam Betutu

Ayam Betutu, or its more upmarket cousin Bebek Betutu, is a legendary and traditional chicken dish or duck meat stuffed in traditional spices and herbs, covered with local leaves, surrounded tight inside a trunk before it’s baked or hidden inside a coal fire. The leaves method may keep your moisture if this cooks for 6 or 7 hrs. It makes a juicy, succulent feast using the bones easily separated.

It’s the choice of Babi Guling for non-pork eaters. For your information, Balinese rituals and ceremonies are using Ayam Betutu and Babi Guling as a tribute to God. Our recommendation is trying the local-owned Ayam Betutu Pak Sanur!


Sate Lilit Bali's signature food

Balinese Simple Street Food: Sate Lilit

Sate, or skewered meat, is favorite street food in Indonesia and Java. This dish is available on smokey street-side carts using its BBQ aroma. You are able to smell from miles away.
While you can’t literally see the meat, Sate Lilit is a minced meat on bamboo or lemongrass sticks. Usually, Eating the satay with Sambal Matah is a perfect companion when enjoying this famous Balinese dish.

It’s slightly different than any typical satay in Indonesia; for example, Peanut sauce’s best combination is with Chicken satay and soy peanut sauce for beef satay. Usually, they use ground meat for the meat. The other ingredients are coconut, coconut milk, along with a rich mixture of vegetables and “basa genep” spices that are creating a mouthwatering dish that is awesome. You can find this dish in most of the restaurant in Ubud.

Ready to try this Balinese Food whenever you come to Bali? If you’re staying in one of our villa in Ubud or Saba, you can ask your villa butler to help you find the best local food around. Usually, local people know where the best food hide and of course, at a lower price. You can also ask them to prepare a Cooking Class for you!

Contact our team right now to reserve your villa, and if you tell us what kind of food that you loved to taste, we might find a suitable location for you!