You have visited the historical monuments of Bali and have enjoyed the Bali Swing, but what about the hunger that has made its way in your stomach? Don’t know where to go if hunger strikes in between your fun trip? We have listed the best traditional Balinese dishes to try in Bali for you to savour. So, scroll down and don’t let hunger ruin your adventure plans.

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  1. Gado-Gado

It is an incredible dish for all the vegan people who have been speculating there is nothing for them in Bali. This dish is a salad that is barely boiled, blanched, or boiled vegetables with heavy boiled eggs, cooked potatoes, fried tofu and Lontong. 

People usually like to eat cold, but several people consume it warm, so you have to try yourself to understand the kind you like. Don’t forget to savour this dish while you are enjoying our Bali packages on Pickyourtrail website. 

2. Lawar

This non-vegan dish is a mixture of chopped meat, green vegetables and grated coconut.  The meat used can be either beef, chicken, duck, pork, turtle or a mixture of those. Balinese people know two kinds of war: red and white. The red gives its colour from animal blood that is put into the stew, which expands a distinct savoury flavour. White lawar, on the other hand, doesn’t include blood and always swaps meat with jackfruit.

3. Babi Guling

It is very controversial to discover this dish utmost of Bali since most of the public in Indonesia belongs to the Muslim religion. Babi guling means swivelling pig since it is hand swivelled on an open flame. Before babi guling was just given in religious processions or enormous festivities but due to the boost in tourism, you can uncover it in several diners now. 

The most prominent spot to savour Babi guling is at Ibu Oka in Ubud. It was made popular by star chef Anthony Bourdain. This diner is so famous they agreed to open 2 other areas.


4. Sayur Arab

This dish is a special blend of flavours and vegetables, which is jointly known to be a classic masterpiece of Bali. Vegetables like Chinese bean sprouts and long green sprouts mashed coconut bay leaves are utilized in creating this dish. 

It is prepared as a traditional potpourri of small diced or minced veggies, it is made by simmering coconut and sauces on a gas stove, adding them to partially boiled veggies and blending them well. Seasoning up with sambal of crispy lustrous fried shallots, galangal, chilli peppers and garlic.

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5. Sate

Bali’s variant of the sate is named the sate lilit. It is prepared from either diced beef, chicken, fish, pork, or polished turtle meat, it’s blended with coconut, coconut milk, and a vibrant mixture of vegetables and seasonings. The satay is then draped around bamboo, sugarcane or lemongrass canes before it’s grilled over charcoal.  

The flesh usually comprises diced or chopped chicken, goat, mutton, beef and pork, but you’ll also discover satay that’s prepared with fish, tofu, eggs or chopped mixtures.


6. Nasi goreng

This dish is prepared by stir-frying cooked rice with a mixture of meats and vegetables, varying from scurried eggs, minced beef, pieces of chicken, shrimp, anchovies, lamb, crab, green peas, onions, shallots and a mixture of kecap Manis and flavorful chilli dressing. The demonstration usually stars the particular toppings, chopped tomatoes or cucumber, fried shallots, fish or shrimp crackers, and several pickles

This should be ranked as the nationwide dish of Indonesia, Nasi Goreng implies fried rice in both the Indonesian and Malay speeches and is a distinguished dish of Bali. 


7. Bebek Betutu

This dish is one of the vastly unusual feasts in Bali, and it’s 100% Balinese. The flesh is kneaded and packed with the Betutu recipe of seasonings which is sautéed with coconut oil to disclose its flavours. The flesh is then draped in palm leaf or betel nut husk, and then it is smoked with remains of rice rinds. In a few restaurants, you’ll be compelled to provide 24 hours’ notes, not startling since simmering time can take up to 12 hours for an original dish. 

The outcome will soften in your mouth and is flaring with flavour, and is served with rice and regional water spinach. As an option, this dish is occasionally made with chicken.

8. Martabak

This is one of the most prominent street foods to eat in Bali, sweet or chewy, staring at this dish being prepared is nearly as interesting as devouring it. Once you place your order, the seller will assemble the stuffing with eggs, vegetables, and chicken. Furthermore, a ball of dough is positioned onto a greased surface, extended until it’s very tiny and fried in a simple pan.

It bulges immediately then is compressed with the omelette recipe, chopped green onions, and cilantro. It simmers rapidly, the bread is crumpled around the omelette mix until an elegant rectangle is shaped. Once boiled, it’s chopped into squares and served with heated chillies and pickled vegetables. The savoury edition looks more like a huge crumpet, and with stuffing such as chocolate, thickened milk, and cheese, it’s excellent for a late-night snack.


9. Laklak

Its contour is spherical and flat, nearly like a pancake, and it arrives in two colours, white and leafy. The latter is the extra distinctive one and gives its colour from oppressed pandan leaves that are put into the dough. You’ll bring this mouth-watering sweet dish to all regional markets, and every one of them is equally tasty. 

Drizzled with grated coconut or a brown sugar dressing with jackfruit, it is nicely relished with a cup of tea or coffee.

10. Pepes Ikan

The means this dish is readied enables the fish to consume all the flavours from the seasonings. Pepes Ikan can be prepared with any fish but the most popular fish that is utilized for this dish is mackerel, sardines, and snapper. 

Pepes Ikan is an entire marinated fish that is draped in a banana leaf and simmered. This is an original dish you must eat in Bali. Although Balinese cooking is more accepted for its meat dishes, people in Bali are also incredible at cooking fish!

There is so much to appreciate and relish in Balinese cooking, no matter where your cravings are, meat or vegan, great eating or fast takeaways. You can eat the dishes mentioned above anywhere. And if you really want to savour these dishes instead of reading about them then plan a trip to Bali and go for it! You can relish the beauty as well as the culinary richness at the same time. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go backpacking!!

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