Four Balinese Foods You Must Try

Balinese culture manifested in almost every aspect of life, including foods. Bali offers several kinds of delicious food which is really worth to try. Many foods in Bali have a unique twist with tantalising flavours.

Here are 4 Balinese foods you simply must try in Bali.

Babi Guling

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Babi Guling is one of Bali’s most famous dishes you have to try. Often served as a treat during cultural performances or ceremonies, now Babi Guling can also be enjoyed in restaurant settings. The pork can only be roasted as a whole because it will be rolled over the fire until super tender. The mixture of spices (coriander seeds, lemongrass, lime leaves, chillies, black pepper, garlic, red shallots, ginger and lesser galangal) stuffed and greased all over the meat plays an important role in making Babi Guling an unforgettable dish. It’s usually served on rice with pork sausage, stewed vegetables, fried pork meat and most importantly the crispy skin.


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Lawar is well-known all over Bali and available in many Balinese restaurants. It is usually cooked and eaten at religious ceremonies. Lawar is made by mixing chopped meat with various green vegetables and grated coconut. As for the meat, the choices are either beef, chicken, duck, pork, or a combination of those. Depending on the materials for cooking and composing, the taste and colour can turn out quite differently. It is one of those dishes that you can adapt to your preferences.

Bebek Betutu

Bebek Betutu is an explosion of flavour. It can be made with either steamed or roasted, chicken or duck and it is a classic Balinese ceremonial dish.

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Local ducks are rubbed and stuffed with a mix of spices, wrapped in banana leaves and coconut husks, then cooked in a pit of embers underground for up to 24 hours. The taste doesn’t betray the effort, because that long process yields a rich flavour in every bite.

Sambal Matah

Each culture has its own creation of a chilli-based condiment but Sambal Matah is loved for its fresh sensation. It is a delicious, spicy staple for any Balinese dish and can enhance the flavour of a simple fried chicken, pork, or egg dish.

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It is made by finely chopping raw shallots, lemongrass, garlic, chilli and lime, then kneading it all together with hot oil, salt, sugar, and a dash of shrimp paste. The secret for the fresh sensation is the touch of lime leaves and lemongrass.

You can try these Balinese foods almost anywhere. Once you’ve conquered all these Balinese dishes your taste buds will be dancing like never before!