10 Food Option for Traditional Balinese Food
Everywhere places that you travel to, it still not be complete if you didn’t try the typical food / local food.
Here we suggest you to try the local food of Bali you need to try.
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1. Nasi Campur
Nasi Campur just means mixed rice and it’s a dish you will find on most menus in Bali. It features a scoop of white rice accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, including meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried shrimp. As there is no rule to how you make this dish I can assure you it will never taste the same twice…
Nasi Campur is popular in many parts of Indonesia. The thing that makes this particularly Balinese is the addition of basa genep which is a very local spice mix that is used as the base for many Balinese curries and vegetable dishes.
2. Bebek Goreng (crispy duck)
Bebek Goreng is fried duck often served with rice, sambal, and lalapan which is a raw vegetable salad often consisting of cucumber, lettuce, cabbages, long bean and basil. Ayam Goreng is a similar dish made with chicken.
“In Ubud, Bali, duck is more popular than chicken or pork because ducks live in the numerous rice paddies of the region, helping to kill insects, clean the environment while simultaneously contributing their own waste as fertilizer for the rice.”
3. Traditional Balinese Food: Bebek Betutu / Ayam Betutu
Unlike some of the other dishes on this list, Betutu is 100% Balinese. Its steamed or roasted chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) in a rich bumbu betutu spice blend. Betutu is a specific spice mix of shallots, garlic, turmeric, ginger, wild ginger, galangal, candle nuts, chili peppers, shrimp paste, and peanuts all finely ground using a mortar and pestle. This paste is then sauteed with coconut oil to release it’s aroma and then rubbed onto either chicken or duck. The meat is then usually wrapped in a banana leaf and then cooked.
4. Tum Be Siap
Tum Be Siap is finely chopped or ground chicken with ginger and a mix of other herbs and spices like garlic, bay leaves, lemongrass, shallots, chilis. Then steamed inside a banana leaf.
5. Traditional Balinese Food: Babi Guling
Bali’s love of pork leads to there own specific version of suckling pig. Whole pig is roasted, stuffed with the bumbu bali blend of local spices. A mix of pork pieces is served on one plate.
6. Bali Food Guide: Sate (Satay)
Satay is marinated meat that is skewered, grilled, and commonly served with a peanut sauce. Many people make the mistake of assuming that satay means spicy peanut sauce. In fact, satay can come with many variations of sauce so the actual word refers to the skewers of meat.
Satay Ayam is probably the most popular form you will find in Bali today and is made with chicken marinated in a mixture of popular Indonesian spices including: coriander, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and of course Indonesia’s favourite condiment – kecap manis!
The invention of Tempe is connected to tofu production in Java. The tofu-making industry was introduced to Java by Chinese immigrants around the 17th century and it’s suggested that tempe was accidentally produced as the by-product of the tofu industry. Discarded soybeans caught the spores of a whitish fungus that was found to be edible, in fact, delicious!
8. Pepes Ikan
Another classic Indonesian food. Pepes Ikan is similar to tum be siap, mentioned above, but is made with minced fish and spices, steamed in a banana leaf.
9. Kari Udang
Kari Udang is a coconut milk based yellow curry made with prawns. Most sources agree Kari Udang could have originated in Malaysia, but it has spread and evolved across Indonesia. Like with many other dishes that could now be said to be traditional Balinese food, Bali has taken the Kari Udang and changed the spice blend to reflect local preference.
10. Traditional Balinese Food: Lawar
A Traditional Balinese Food made from a mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat mixed with rich herbs and spices. Red lawar gets its color because it is mixed with blood. White lawar is it’s non-bloody cousin.
11. (Bonus) Balinese Dessert: Bubur Injin
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