Exploring Taste of Bali through Culinary Tourism

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Sate Lilit
Illustration of sate lilit or twisted satay. (Photo: Allabali)

Bali, an island known for its stunning natural beauty, does not only offer enchanting natural views, but also offers unforgettable culinary experiences. Culinary tourism in Bali is the perfect combination of authentic flavors, rich menu variations, and strong cultural nuances.

For culinary lovers, Bali is a paradise that pampers the taste buds with a variety of delicious and typical dishes. The following are a number of places and dishes that you should try when exploring Bali’s culinary delights.

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Through culinary delights, you can feel the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people and get closer to the island’s charming culture. If you are a culinary lover, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the tempting delights of Bali’s culinary tourism.

  1. Babi Guling – A Tempting Traditional Delicacy

Babi Guling or roasted suckling pig is an iconic Balinese dish that must be tasted by those who like it. Processed pork stuffed with special spices, then roasted until the skin is crispy and the meat is tender. This dish can be found in various food stalls and restaurants throughout Bali. One of the famous places to enjoy Babi Guling is Ibu Oka in Ubud, which has been a favorite of tourists and local residents for years.

  1. Lawar – Diversity of Flavors in One Dish

Lawar is a traditional Balinese dish made from minced meat and vegetables mixed with various spices and special seasonings. Each region in Bali has different variations of Lawar, such as Red Lawar (with blood) and White Lawar (without blood). Experience the unique sensation of each different variation of Lawar at various local restaurants.

Judging from the meat variants, there are pork lawar, beef lawar, goat lawar, chicken lawar and kuwir lawar (entog). Then the vegetable variants used include young jackfruit, long beans, young klutuk bananas, star fruit leaves, young coconut shells (bungkak), young papaya and others.

  1. Bebek Betutu – A Delicacy Covered in Banana Leaves

Bebek Betutu is a typical Balinese dish consisting of duck (there is also a chicken variant) cooked with spices, wrapped in banana leaves, and grilled for several hours. The slow cooking process makes the duck meat very tender and the spices are absorbed perfectly. This dish combines spicy, sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

  1. Sate Lilit – Unique and Appetizing

Sate Lilit or twisted satay is a typical Balinese satay that uses minced fish, chicken or pork mixed with spices, grated coconut and typical Balinese spices. What distinguishes this satay is the cooking method, which involves wrapping the meat mixture on a skewer wrapped around a lemongrass or bamboo stick. Experience the unique texture and taste sensation of this dish.

  1. Balinese Snacks – Pamper Your Tongue with the Sweetness of Tradition

Culinary tourism in Bali is not only about main food, but also about various traditional snacks that you can find in traditional markets or roadside stalls. Snacks such as Jaje Batun Bedil (rice cake shaped like a bullet), Klepon (cake filled with brown sugar and covered in grated coconut), and Rujak Bulung (Balinese seaweed salad) are some examples of sweet snacks that can pamper your taste buds.

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