Looking for Bali food guide? Speaking of Bali, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is beautiful beaches, temples, or perhaps the famous traditional dance, Kecak. However, Bali is not merely about tourist destinations, the island also has something else to offer to those who come. Its culinary is also something to look forward to.
Bali offers a variety of culinary delights. The characteristic of Balinese culinary lies in its strong and spicy spices.
Although the majority of people in Bali are Hindus, there are also some Muslims who live there. So, for Muslims who cannot eat certain food due to religious reasons, they still can enjoy Balinese delicacies since there are some Halal restaurants or food stalls available in Bali.
Talking about Balinese delicacies, the famous ones are perhaps ayam or bebek betutu, sate lilit or sambal matah. But, wait! There are still more and it will be revealed here now. So, here is the list of famous Balinese food.
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1. Ayam and Bebek Betutu (Chicken and Duck Betutu)
It is said that duck betutu is the favorite food of kings in Bali. The uniqueness of the dish that is made either from chicken or duck is in its cooking process. The chicken or duck is filled with a variety of spices.
The spices are put into the chicken or duck stomach. Then the meat will be given massage so it will be tenderer and the marinade seeps into the bone. Later, the chicken or duck will be wrapped using banana leaves and midribs so that the aroma of the chicken or the duck will come out.
There are two versions of betutu chicken: Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk and Betutu Gianyar. The difference lies in the cooking process. The betutu gilimanuk cooking process is to be boiled (steamed) while the betutu Gianyar, the chicken is put into the husk or charcoal and then wait a few hours until cooked.
Usually, this Bali food is served at religious ceremonies but now it is a mandatory menu in fancy restaurants.
2. Sate Lilit Bali
Sate lilit or satay lilit is identical with Bali. It is the famous specialty from Bali. Unlike other types of satay, sate lilit is made by wrapping the meat mixture into a bamboo stick while most satay is speared on bamboo skewers.
Apart from being different in the meat arrangement, it is also different in terms of the sauce. Mostly, satay is poured with peanut sauce, but in satay lilit, you will not find peanut sauce. It is because the satay spices have been mixed with meat before being grilled.
Usually, the meat used for satay lilit is tuna meat, but some also use chicken. You can immediately smell a sweet spicy taste along with lemongrass aromas when enjoying this delicacy. This Balinese specialty is available in almost all over Bali.
3. Nasi Jinggo (Jinggo Rice)
Another most famous Balinese Food is Nasi Jinggo. Nasi jinggo or jinggo rice is a typical of Balinese fast food consisting of white rice plus side dishes such as fried tempeh, serundeng (sauteing grated coconut) and shredded chicken.
What is unique about nasi jinggo is the size. It is quite small, about the size of a fist and wrapped in banana leaves.
This delicacy has been known since 1980s. Based on the stories of some people here, the first nasi jinggo was sold on Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar.
Laklak is the Balinese version of Serabi which is a cake made of rice flour mixed with coconut milk. The interesting thing about this food is in its cooking process. It is cooked on a big flat pan made of clay on a large fire.
Laklak size is smaller but thicker. The texture is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. What makes laklak different from serabi is that serabi is tenderer and it is doused with brown sugar syrup while Laklak is sprinkled with grated coconut and brown sugar syrup.
Bali is also famous for is vegetables-based culinary. Serombotan is Balinese version of western salad. In Java this type of salad is known as urap. This unique Klungkung cuisine serves a mixture of vegetables such as long beans, spinach, kale, beans, kermit eggplants, bean sprouts, and bitter melon. The vegetable mixture is garnished with sauteing grated coconut and coconut sauce.
The word lawar is still unfamiliar to some Indonesian people. It is a mix of vegetable with chopped meat, either chicken, pork, beef or even lamb. Some Balinese special ingredients such as yellow-based spices, shrimp paste, fried onions and lime juice are added into the mixture.
But you know, lawar is one of the culinary that always appears at every celebration, whether it’s a religious ceremony or a traditional Balinese ceremony. Lawar is similar to salad. It is normally made based on the region and the taste of the maker. So, there is Lawar nangka (young jackfruit lawar), lawar klungah (young coconut shell lawar), lawar bungkil (banana hump lawar), lawar gedang (young papaya lawar), lawar kacang panjang (long bean lawar), lawar kelapa (coconut lawar), and lawar getih (raw blood lawar).
The most common lawar found in rice stalls or warung nasi are coconut, jackfruit and long bean lawar. Nearly every typical Balinese rice stall serves this food.
7. Nasi Campur Bali (Balinese Mixed Rice)
If nasi jinggo portion is too small for you, then you should try nasi campur Bali or Balinese mixed rice because its portion is much bigger than nasi jinggo. In one portion of nasi campur you will get rice, vegetables, side dishes, lawar, and even sate lilit. That’s quite a big portion, isn’t it? It will surely make your stomach full. Each restaurant has a different mix of nasi campur. It depends on the dishes available that day.
8. Sate or Satay Plecing
The next Balinese food that is also quite popular is sate or satay plecing. Its name is very familiar with Indonesian food lovers.
Sate plecing is made from chicken, fish or other ingredients. The name plecing is taken from the name of the sauce which is known as bumbu plecing or plecing sauce.
This plecing sauce is made from cayenne pepper, shrimp paste, salt, lime juice, and tomatoes. The flavor of bumbu plecing is savory, salty and spicy.
9. Tipat Blayag
This culinary is originated from Buleleng Regency. This is the same like ketupat (rice-based foods wrapped in diamond-shaped woven coconut leaves). If ketupat wrapping is in the shape of diamond, tipat blayag is rather in cylinder shape like lontong and wrapped with young coconut leaves or young palm leaves.
If ketupat uses peanut sauce, Tipat Blayag is quite unique because it mixes coconut milk with spices and later the sauce is pour into tipat blayag and spices, so the texture of the sauce is a little bit thick and somewhat identical to coconut milk. Perhaps Tipat Blayag is similar to ketupat sayur (ketupat mixed with coconut milk based soup) in Java.
Usually, these foods are served with urap or vegetable salad, ayam sisit (shredded chicken) chicken feet, soybeans and chicken with black skin crackers. This delicacy is easy to be found in the area of Singaraja or in some restaurants in Kuta and Denpasar that have label Singaraja.
10. Tipat Cantok
Tipat is various boiled vegetables, such as long beans, bean sprouts, kale, mixed with some pieces of fried tofu doused with peanut sauce and garnished with some sprinkle of fried shallot onions and peanuts. This food can be found being sold in food stalls or mobile carts throughout Bali.
The most favorite tipat cantok is in the Sesetan area, Denpasar, owned by Mrs. Kadek Kartini, who has been selling Balinese food for years.
11. Rujak Kuah Pindang & Rujak Bulung
Have you ever tasted rujak, Indonesian fruit salad, with tuna fish sauce? In Bali, you can try a unique street food that is sold in small stalls.
You can enjoy the spicy and fresh sensation on the tongue when you eat mango slices with a mixture of Pindang Kuah and super spicy chili. Not only mango, but you can also use other various types of fruit or even seaweed. In Bali, the seaweed salad with pindang sauce is known as Rujak Bulung.