Try out the delicious Balinese food with authentic taste in warungs, the domestic restaurants.
From sate to sambal
Bali Sate Lilit
Traditional and unique Balinese dish made from minced fish, chicken or pork blended with grated coconut, thick coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots, and pepper. The spiced minced meat mixture is twisted around a wooden skewer or lemongrass stalk and grilled.
Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice)
Spiced fried rice with sweet soy sauce, garlic, shallots, and chili with chicken or prawns, covered with fried egg. Simple but incredibly delicious. You can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Mie Goreng (Indonesian fried noodles)
Flavorful and spicy fried noodle dish. Made with thin yellow noodles fried in oil with garlic, shallots with fried prawn or chicken, pork, beef or sliced meatballs, chili, tomatoes, egg and other vegetables.
Opor Ayam (Chicken Curry)
Chicken, carrots and potatoes in a spicy curry sauce with Bumbu Bali sambal and coconut milk. Delicious and rich.
Bakso are fantastic/exceptional meatballs made with fish, beef or pork and tapioca. Served in a bowl of beef broth with yellow noodles, tofu, vegetables and egg.
Spiced and slow-cooked duck in banana leaves. The best bebek betutu is beautifully tender with pronounced spices.
Tempe Manis (Tempe in sweet and spicy sauce)
Tempe, (boiled soybeans pressed and fermented) is cut into small pieces and fried until crispy. It’s then tossed in a sweet palm sugar sauce turned with fried garlic and chili peppers. Great taste, distinct textures.
Sayur Urab (Mixed vegetables)
This is a delicious and healthy dish of mixed vegetables combined with grated coconut and a lovely, crunchy sambal of crispy golden-fried shallots, galangal, chili peppers and garlic. Yummy.
Mixed fresh salad with cooked vegetables and tofu, served with peanut sauce on top.
Sambal Udang (Prawns in spicy Sambal sauce)
Large crown prawns flash cooked in a spicy sambal made of sautéed onions, green pepper and red chili peppers topped with Bumbu Bali spice paste and coconut milk. A touch of palm sugar and chopped kaffir lime rounds out the dish.
Tuna Sambal Matah (Seared tuna with raw Sambal)
Fresh tuna covered with Bali sambal and served in a hot pan. The “raw” sambal topping is made of chopped shallots, lemongrass, chili peppers, and ginger all doused in lime juice. Yes, it tastes as fabulous as it sounds.
Ingredients and philosophy
The philosophy of Balinese cuisine & food culture is to honour authentic traditional cooking. The art of exotic cooking is an inextricable part of Bali’s Hindu religion.
Fragrant Seeds (Balinese 8-spices combination): white pepper, black pepper, coriander, cumin, clove, nutmeg, sesame seed and candlenut
Fragrant Roots: shallots, garlic, greater galangal (what most of us think of simply as “galangal”), lesser galangal (more pepper-like, almost radish-like), turmeric, ginger.
Chili peppers: Tiny green and red Balinese chili peppers are the centre of the Balinese cuisine. Larger red peppers that most of us also consider hot, the Balinese consider “sweet.”
Palm sugar: Balinese also enjoy combining spicy with their sweet raw palm sugar.
Fish Paste: Balinese also appreciate fish paste, a crucial and delightful ingredient of Balinese cuisine.
Basa Gede (or Bumbu Bali)
This is basic spice paste to give the best Balinese dishes their distinct flavour and kick. To make basa gede, put all the fragrant seeds and roots into a blender with a little fish paste.
Raw Bali sambal
The “raw” sambal topping is made of chopped shallots, lemongrass, chili peppers, and ginger all doused in lime juice. Yes, it tastes as fabulous as it sounds.
Balinese desserts and drinks
Bubur Sum-Sum (Rice porridge with palm sugar sauce)
Creamy porridge made from rice flour topped with a thick, molasses-like palm sugar sauce and grated coconut.
Black sticky rice mixed and coconut milk. It is a delicious natural aromatic rice pudding.
Sweet parcels of sticky rice, coconut, sugar and fruit (usually bananas, sometimes orange rind or even mango essence). The Sri Rathi hotel in Ubud offers them for breakfast and all day long as a pick-me-up.
Kopi Luwak (Luwak coffee)
After civets eat high-quality coffee berries and pass them, the coffee-bean-filled dropping are collected. This gives the coffee a special taste and makes the Luwak Coffe the most expensive coffee in the world.