Although Bali is well known for its beauty, the authentic cuisine cannot be missed out when visiting this island. The true Balinese cuisines are varied from very tasty hot dishes to the simple mixed vegetable and minced satay. Having a cruise around the street in Bali would be a great idea to find out hidden places you might miss out. There are many eating hideaways on the island with delicious options and affordable price. It is only choices of having fine dining or just the simple one with still friendly price and nice.
Here are foods that need to try out when in Bali for a new experience: Babi Guling (Suckling Pig) This exotic cuisine has been known for many years as the rich taste food from Bali, which goes through long process. Although so many food stalls on the street selling suckling pig menu, there are some famous places with suckling pig where people are willing to line up and waiting to get their turn for the cooking! The places are warung Ibu Oka in Ubud, Warung Pak Malen on Seminyak street and warung babi guling Candra in Denpasar. To get the taste of this menu, no need to spend a lot of money. It is only at IDR 10.000,- up to IDR 35.000,-. Let’s get on the cooking process of Suckling Pig. The pig is stuffed and infused with a spicy concoction typically involving turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, black pepper and garlic, and traditionally spit-roasted. It takes 3 hours to roast the pig until it is ready to serve. During the cooking, the pig is constantly turned over charcoal for an authentic Balinese flavor. This long process results in the crispy and rich taste of suckling pig’s skin. Normally a portion will contain a single spicy minced pork sate-style stick, several small chunks of succulent pork flesh, a few pieces of beautifully crisp pork skin, some fried crackling, and lawar, served over white steamed rice and the dish comes with soup.
Lawar (a mix of meat and vegetable which blends up with shredded coconut and spices) Is a dish created from a mixture of vegetables, shredded coconut and minced meat mixed with spices. It is easy to find in warungs or restaurants. There are many types of lawar and usually it is named based on its ingredients. For examples: lawar mixed with young papaya is called lawar gedang (papaya in Balinese is Gedang), Lawar mixed with pork is called pork lawar or lawar babi and for the one mixed with young jack fruit is called lawar nangka (jack fruit in Balinese is nangka). There are also red lawar (lawar merah) and white lawar (lawar putih), which are named according to the color. The lawar becomes red since it is mixed with raw blood while the white lawar is without blood.
Sate Lilit (minced satay) There are two kinds of minced satay, which are minced seafood satay and minced pork satay. This spicy paste is mixed with the pork minced or seafood minced depends on what is preferable and then molded around the sugarcane sticks/lemongrass/bamboo stick. They are then placed in a fry pan or on a grill and cooked until brown. This traditional satay is usually served with babi guling, lawar, rice and soup on the side. All those food are not eaten more than half day. They are served fresh and cannot stay long. Traditional Balinese cuisine is not to be stored for a long period of time, since all are natural and no preservative. Complete your journey with the popular fresh menu items in Bali and bring back home what your tongue has tasted. The memory will lasts and construct an unforgettable food experience