Bali is filled with food, whether it be from food carts or local restaurants and will have your mouth watering at the delicious aromas that float through the air. But,with so many choices and so many vendors its easy to get overwhelmed. Here is a guide of things you should add to your taste testing trip in Bali
1. Gado Gado
This popular dish is basically made up of a variety of vegetables in peanut sauce. Its a very simple and common dish, but the taste is anything but boring. You can find this dish in most restaurants throughout Bali.
2. Nasi Goreng
No trip to Bali would be complete without sampling the local Nasi Goreng. While this dish is extremely popular, its best sampled in local stalls or from local food carts. For those that aren’t familiar with this dish, its fried rice with a fried egg served on top, the rice has more of a kick to it than normal fried rice.
3. Nasi Campur
This dish is great for anyone who cant decide what they want to eat. Its a mixed plate dish and typically comes with vegetables, white rice and some meat. Its a great cheap dish that is easily found almost everywhere.
4. Bebek Betutu
This is more of a rare dish in Bali, but its something that you should try if you have the chance. Its smoked duck and the way it is prepared is what makes it a unique dish. The duck gets rubbed and then stuffed with a variety of spices, it is then wrapped in either a palm leaf or in betel nut bark and then smoked with rice husk embers. The reason you wont find this everywhere you go is because most places require a days notice in advance as the cooking time of this dish takes almost 12 hours.
5. Sate Lilit
Bali has a huge array of food on skewers with different areas specializing is different skewers. Your hardest part will be deciding what to eat, but one of the best is the Sate Lilit. Sate Lilit skewer is made up of a minced meat (usually fish or pork, however chicken and beef are also available at times), grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and a chili pepper mix, wrapped around either bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass sticks. Its then grilled on charcoal and is heaven for your taste buds
6. Jaja Bali
This is a dish for lovers of all things sweet and is something you should not leave Bali without trying. This is a mixed plate and will vary depending on where you purchase it. However, for the most you can expect your plate to have laklak, pisang rai, bubur injin and dadar. The perfect dish for those with a sweet tooth.
Laklak – Is a rice flour muffin with grated coconut and palm sugar caramel drizzled on top
Pisang Rai – Are steamed bananas with grated coconut
Bubur Injin – Is a black rice pudding dish with coconut milk sauce
Dadar – Are crepes that are filled with palm sugar and coconut.