To complete the holiday experience on Bali, you would not want to miss out on its variety of dishes. These include interesting and exotic selections such as ‘lawar’, ‘betutu’, the Balinese satay version known as ‘sate lilit’, and the island’s famed ‘babi guling’ whole spit-roast pig. The Balinese also has a rich collection of snacks, cakes and desserts that you will make super excited.

Here are the top 10 Balinese Food that you must taste while staying on Sahaja Sawah Resort, Bali:

1. Sate (Satay)

Sate (or “satay”) are marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with spicy sauce, and may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, tofu, eggs or minced blends. Bali’s own variant is sate lilit, made from minced beef, chicken, fish, pork, or even turtle meat, which is then mixed with coconut, coconut milk, and a rich blend of vegetables and spices. Wrapped rather than skewered around bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass sticks then grilled, sate lilit can be enjoyed with or without sauce.

2. Tahu and Tempe

Among the most versatile of food items, Tahu (tofu) and Tempe come in various preparations, some as snacks, and some as accompaniments and even main course dishes. These soybean curds may be fried, stuffed and battered. Many Indonesian dishes, especially those that have the main portions of rice, include tempe crackers, while the most favourite tahu snack is the stuffed and fried versions which usually include a mixture similar to spring rolls.

3. Pepes and Tum

Pepes is an Indonesian cooking method using banana-leaf as food wrappings. The small package is sewed with thin bamboo sticks at both ends, and either steam-cooked, boiled or grilled. It is most commonly used to prepare fish as “pepes ikan” or meat, chicken, tofu or vegetables. Tum takes on a different form, with the wrapping folded and stitched at one top end, and usually steam-cooked. The banana-leaf wrapping provides a special aromatic appeal to the cooked blend.

4. Nasi Campur

A local favourite, Nasi Campur means “mixed rice” and usually consists of small portions of vegetables, fish or meat with a mound of steamed rice. Nasi campur can be found served at many warungs (small eateries) and restaurants throughout the island. Nasi campur were really famous because of the cheap price, you can get the full plate of various meat, noodles and vegetables with only around Rp.20.000.

5. Ayam or Bebek Betutu

Betutu is an iconic Balinese favourite, consisting of a whole chicken or duck stuffed with traditional spices, wrapped in banana leaves, then enveloped tight in banana trunk bark before it’s baked or buried in a coal fire for 6 to 7 hours. The result is a rich and juicy, succulent feast with all meat easily separated from bones. Betutu is the Balinese slow-cooked luscious equivalent of babi guling for ‘non-pork eaters’.

6. Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is Indonesia’s fried rice, one of the nation’s most notable dishes. Nasi Goreng is pre-steamed rice stir-fried with a combination of meats and vegetables, ranging from scrambled eggs, diced beef, strips of chicken, shrimp, anchovies, lamb, crab, green peas, onions, shallots and a blend of sweet soy sauce or kecap manis and hot chilli sauce. The presentation usually features the typical toppings: sliced tomatoes and/or cucumber, fried shallots, fish or shrimp krupuk crackers and mixed pickles or acar.

7. Lawar

Lawar is a traditional mix containing fine chopped meat, vegetables, grated coconut and spices. Sometimes, and in some areas, lawar is prepared using fresh blood mixed with the meat and spices to strengthen the flavour. Lawar is usually served immediately after preparation as it cannot be kept long. There are two main types of lawar, white and red. The white version usually does not contain any meats or blood.

8. Babi Guling

Babi guling is an all-time favourite, most of the most favourite Balinese food which is consisting of a spit-roast pig stuffed with rich traditional spices and vegetable mixes such as cassava leaves, slowly ‘rolled’ over (hence its name, guling means ‘to roll’) a coal fire. The crisp brown skins are prized, while the meat is a tender and juicy treat. At first, the dish was a communal treat only during special festivities and ceremonies, but now babi guling can be found widely served at warungs and restaurants specialising in this dish.

9. Jimbaran Seafood

Jimbaran beach in Bali is famous for its long stretch of endless eateries serving up freshly grilled local seafood, while you face the ocean, feet in the cool sand, enjoy the breeze and watch the setting sun. Not only is it family, group and couple friendly, the majority of the eateries are incredibly affordable.

Jimbaran Bay typically serves grilled fresh caught seafood, ranging from shrimp, clams, crabs, calamari, lobsters and a wide assortment of fish. But in terms of taste, the secret lies in each of the café owner’s recipes of barbeque sauce and condiments – usually in the form of homemade sambal, which have collectively become known as “sambal seafood – Jimbaran style”. From sweet-sour blends to the typical hot and spicy

10. Traditional cakes

Traditional cakes are collectively referred to as jajanan pasar (traditional market cakes), originally used to accompany ceremonial offerings, but now have found their way to the markets as daily coffee time favourites. The varieties abound, but the ingredients usually include rice flour, glutinous rice, sugar, coconut and tropical fruits. Wajik, lapis, bubuh injin, godoh, pisang rai, and kelepon are typical varieties.

Sources :

http://www.bali-indonesia.com/dining/best-food.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasi_campur

http://travelwithbender.com/travel-blog/bali/top-10-foods-you-must-eat-bali