Apart from its natural beauty, the island of the Gods Bali also offers culinary delights that tempt the tongue. The island, which has beautiful beaches, has a list of typical culinary delights that are too bad to be missed. If you intend to go on vacation there, here are 10 traditional culinary delights that you must try while in Bali.
Betutu is a Balinese dish in the form of chicken or duck that is steamed or grilled with the addition of spices that are rich in Betutu’s distinctive flavor. This spicy and spicy dish is very popular in Bali and Lombok. The Betutu spice mixture consists of shallots, garlic, turmeric, ginger, wild ginger, galangal, hazelnut, chili, shrimp paste, and peanuts, all of which are finely ground using a pestle. The spices are then sautéed and spread on the chicken or duck to be cooked. Betutu seasoning and how to cook it can vary based on the region in Bali.
Sate Lilit is a variety of satay in Balinese culinary treasures. Sate Lilit is made from minced pork, fish, chicken, and beef which is then mixed with grated coconut, thick coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper. The minced meat that has been seasoned is then wrapped around bamboo, sugar cane, or lemongrass (lemongrass), then grilled on charcoal. The term ‘lilit’ means ‘to wrap’, which corresponds to the method of wrapping the flesh rather than piercing it.
Babi Guling or Grilled Pork in Bali is generally served with lawar and white rice. This dish is one of the most popular dishes in Bali. Pork is filled with a spicy spice concoction, usually consisting of turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, black pepper, and garlic, before being grilled traditionally. Babi Guling can be found in stalls where locals have lunch or dinner.
Lawar is a dish made from a mixture of vegetables, coconut, and minced meat mixed with rich seasonings and spices. Lawar in general can be found both in restaurants and food stalls in Bali. Apart from the varied mix of vegetables, Lawar is not vegetarian food, because often, Lawar is mixed with minced meat or blood.
Rujak Bulung (seaweed) is one of the most favorite dishes among Balinese people. Finding Rujak Bulung is not a difficult thing in Bali, because it can be found easily in stalls selling local Balinese specialties. Apart from its tantalizing taste, Balinese people generally consume this dish when they feel nauseous, because of the power of this rujak in getting rid of that uncomfortable taste.
Tum Ayam is another popular Balinese dish cooked in the same method as fish pepes and otak-otak. To prepare this dish, chopped chicken is mixed with aromatic spices and coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves, and then steamed or grilled. This dish consists of a mixture of minced chicken, shallots, garlic, coconut milk, mashed spices, chilies, and pepper.
This dish is a traditional culinary specialty of Gianyar, Bali. Cooked with a mixture of rich spices and pepper, it makes this dish a little spicy. This dish is perfect for you who like hot and spicy food. Nasi Tepeng is served along with side dishes such as long beans, red beans, fresh jackfruit, eggplant, Moringa leaves, and grated coconut.
Tipat Cantok is a common traditional Balinese food and can be found anywhere in Bali. This dish is made from steamed vegetables (lotus flowers, long beans, and bean sprouts) accompanied by rice cake mixed with peanut sauce. Sometimes some people add soy sauce to add sweetness to this dish. Tipat Cantok can be found in small local stalls but rarely found in big restaurants.
Injin porridge (Bubur Injin)
Injin Porridge (Bubur Injin) is a black rice pudding and is one of the famous Balinese desserts. This snack is very easy to make and delicious to taste. Injin porridge is made from a mixture of black rice and glutinous rice. To get the consistency and soft texture, this dish is sweetened with palm sugar and a splash of coconut sauce. This snack is truly a mouthwatering dessert!
Jaje Laklak is a Balinese dish made from rice flour. This snack is usually enjoyed with a cup of coffee, which can enrich the overall taste. This snack has a light green or white color with a hollow surface decorated with grated coconut on top then doused with brown sugar sauce. This brown sugar sauce is sometimes replaced with milk or other flavorings. This snack is sometimes served with black sticky rice.