9 Dishes Without Which Your Trip to Bali Is Simply Incomplete

Adventure Travel

Although traveling to exotic locations for relaxing vacations can be exciting, it can also be a bit overwhelming. When you’re in an unfamiliar place, you may not know exactly what you should be doing, what foods you should be trying, or where you should be staying. A little bit of research surrounding what foods to eat while you are in Bali can ensure that you complete your trip the way that it was meant to be done.

Nasi Campur

This is not just a favorite among tourists, the locals love it too. It’s a dish that can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. It is a combination of all the best foods that Bali has to offer. You can get a beef curry or chicken version and then it comes with rice and hot sambals. There are plenty of buffet-style warungs in the area that let you point and choose what you want instead of picking one that’s come pre-designed. You’re going to want to try every combination that you can think of!

BBQ Seafood

Being surrounded by water means one thing; that there is going to be some of the freshest seafood that you’ve ever come across available to you for your meals. Jimbaran beach has a plethora of places to stop in a get the local options while sitting next to the ocean. Put your feet in the sand and enjoy the breeze while grabbing something ala carte by weight, or order a complete meal. These eateries are great for couples or families. The meals can come served for up to 20 people! The BBQ marinade that covers the cooked to perfection seafood option of your liking is more of a sweet and savory addition than spicy like you may think.

Sate Lilit Ikan

Satay is offered all over the continent of Asia. Its meaning is grilled skewered meat. In Bali, the sate lilit ikan is a fish satay. It is skewered and then spiced before the meat is grilled over an open fire or charcoal. It ends up being something that somewhat sweet, a little spicy and incredibly irresistible.

Sunday Brunch

A morning brunch during your vacation is something that you should definitely indulge in. Most of the four and five-star hotels make them available to their guest for a reasonable cost. While they aren’t as grand and luxurious as some of the other Sunday brunches you may have tried, they are still very much worth the time and money. You will get a much more personal service during a brunch served in Bali than in most other places as well.

Nasi/Mie Goreng

This is what could be considered the national dish of all of Indonesia. Its fried rice or fried noodles and that will differ depending on where you are. It comes with a fried egg on top, some fried shallots, and a mix of vegetables. The dish is also served with sides of pawn crackers, pickles, and either beef satay or chicken.

Bebek Goreng/ Bebek Betutu (Fried/Smoked Duck)

Duck is a traditional dish in Bali, and the deep fried and smoked versions are two of the most popular. The bebek goreng is seasoned and boiled or steamed before being deep fried. The bebek betutu is marinated with seasonings found locally and wrapped before being smoked for 24 hours. The meat comes out lean and flakes right off of the bone. Each version generally comes served with sambals, rice, and various local vegetables on the side.

BBQ Pork Ribs

Pork is one of the most sought-after dishes in all of Bali. So, why would you say no to a mouthwatering rack of ribs? These come marinated, moist, tender, and cooked over a bed of charcoal. They are served to you fresh from the BBQ fire pit too! Several destinations throughout Bali are well-known for their tantalizing BBQ pork ribs, steak, and a variety of other grilled menu items.

Sherbet, Gelato, and Ice Cream

The shops that serve up homemade desserts like sherbet, ice cream and gelato aren’t for the plain vanilla and chocolate types in Bali. The flavors that are available in these places go far and beyond the traditional with red dragon fruit, lycee, soursop, and lemongrass. Candy flavors, alcohol types, and frozen coffee treats can also be ordered in these local shops. They aren’t expensive either, so be ready to try out more than one!

Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)

If you are a pork lover, this is a dish that’s going to get your taste buds tapping. It could be considered the island’s most famous of all their dishes. Local spices and herbs dress up this pig and then it gets roasted whole. When it’s done, the crispy skin and meat are served over rice with pork sausage and stewed vegetables.

Author Bio –

Paul Smith, the author of this guest article writes in support of Bali Ferry. For more tips and insider secrets about Bali, please don’t forget to visit www.baliferry.com/blog.html.