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Top 8 Guest Favorite Balinese Foods


Indonesian multi-diversity applies in various layers – from cultures, languages, arts, traditional costumes, myths and, apparently, local foods. Balinese foods are completely different from the nearby areas. The taste and the presentation are distinct; and the choice of ingredients is unique.

As a tropical island where spices and rice grow fruitfully, Bali has myriads of exotic, finger-licking foods, varied from main courses to traditional snacks. As exotic as it can be, here’s a list of most favorite Balinese cuisine.

1. Sate Varieties

Sate or Satay is a well-known dish in Indonesia. Every region has different ‘version’ of sate. It is a marinated, skewered and grilled meat, served with various kind of sauce (according to the type). In Bali, there are various kinds of sate – from sate babi (pork satay), sate lilit (minced coconut with meats – chicken, fish, or pork – satay), or the nationwide phenomenon, sate ayam (chicken satay). While traditionally served with peanut sauce, sate in Bali is also served with spicy sauce.

2. Ayam/Bebek Betutu

Betutu is an iconic Balinese food, in which a whole chicken or duck is marinated and st■ with traditional spices, wrapped in banana leaves. The end product is an oily and juicy chicken/duck meat with strong taste inside and outside. Betutu is a slow-cooked exotic cuisine that defines traditional Balinese flavor.

3. Babi Guling

Babi Guling or suckling pig is people’s favorite. It used to be the dish of festivity, but now it is an island-wide cuisine that can be found anywhere and anytime. The pork is slowly rolled over and grilled on fire, hence the name (guling means ‘to roll’). The hardened skins are the most favorite; the meat is juicy and tasty; and there are some other pork cuisines, which once again define Balinese flavor.

4. Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur is the definition of one-stop cuisine. It’s a self-contained mix of foods – an instant pick if you’re clueless of what to order but you want to taste Balinese savor. This delight contains of rice served with many different Balinese best; it might be a bit of pork or chicken dish, mixed vegetables and tropical sambal. It’s a complete dish in a plate.

5. Nasi Jinggo

Nasi Jinggo is Balinese fast food – a simple, quick version of nasi campur. People sell nasi jingo late at night or early in the morning; therefore, you can always find it anywhere.

6. Lawar

Lawar is a traditional mix containing chopped meat, grated coconut and spices. It is usually served with rice and babi guling; and it should be served fresh. There are many kinds of lawar which is different in every region. In some regions, there is red lawar, which is made with blood.

7. Tipat Cantok

Tipat Cantok is the Balinese version of Yogyakarta’s lotek or West Java’s tahu bumbu. It’s made of mix steam vegetables with rice cake and peanut sauce. It’s rarely found in restaurants, you need to go guerilla to small street food stalls.

8. Serombotan

Serombotan is Balinese traditional vegetable salads served with coconut chili sauce and spicy sauce. This salad is fresh and succulent; and you might expect robustness and local taste of coconuts.

Taste the Balinese flavor in a way you want it; however, there’s a small tip for everyone. Tell the sellers if you don’t want the food spicy because Balinese foods are usually spicy.

When in Bali, do what Balinese does, and eat what Balinese eats. Let Sun Island Bali take care of the rest.