Bali is the center of tourism in Indonesia. the development of the tourism there grows rapidly. It is not such a strange thing that Bali becomes more popular than Indonesia, as the country itself. The development of the city, nature, and some of the facilities was done massively. Not only that, Bali is also known with its delicious taste of culinary. Some of people even fall in love with Bali because of its mega combination between culture, nature, and foods of course!
Bali is the world of tourism destination. When visiting Bali, it’s not complete if you don’t taste the local cuisine. Some people even fall in love with Bali not because of the beach, but with some very special Balinese food menus. Bali is a paradise for foodies, where you can find very unique foods that you will not find anywhere in the world. For that, there is nothing wrong for you to try Balinese food while you stay there. Here are a few of famous food in Bali that everyone must has been familiar with them.
- Babi Guling
Although not everyone cannot eat Babi Guling because it is not halal, this food is the main culinary destination for Balinese and local tourists. The brownish color of Babi Guling skin is really crunchy. Moreover, the meat is so tender and rich in spices.
Uniquely, Balinese genep spices and cassava leaf vegetables are added to the pork belly and rolled over coals. The Babi Guling menu is usually served with warm white rice with lawar, satay wrap, and a small bowl of jukut ares.
- Sate Lilit
Sate Lilit is different. When the meat in other satay is stabbed, Sate Lilit is instead made by wrapped the meat around. Previously, the meat was finely chopped and mixed with Balinese spices. Then, wrap it around the stems of lemongrass or bamboo stalks. The meat will taste so soft and tasty. What’s more, on a satay cone that uses the stems of lemongrass leaves, you will smell a delicious scent.
In general, the meat ithat s used in Sate Lilit includes chicken, pork, or mackerel. However, it is the Sate Lilit made of mackerel fish that is the favorite in Bali.
Lawar is a mixture of vegetables and minced meat which is specially made using Balinese spices. Generally Lawar is processed using a mixture of pork, but it turns out that Muscovy duck is also an alternative meat that is favored by the Balinese people.
Usually the chopped Muscovy duck meat will be mixed with pieces of long bean and grated coconut and covered with Balinese spices. Lawar Kuwir will be more enjoyable if eaten with warm white rice with satay wrap, peanuts, shredded Ayam Betutu, and a bowl of jukut ares (banana stem vegetables).
- Ayam Betutu
Ayam Betutu is flavored with spices with a very spicy texture. Uniquely, the spices are put into the inside of the chicken’s stomach. Then the meat is wrapped in banana leaves and baked using husk fire embers which take up to 24 hours, so that it can produce an authentic savory, soft and spicy flavor. In addition, Betutu does not always use chicken meat.
There are also those who use ducks. This what makes people who come to Bali are always looking for this Balinese cuisine.
If there are famous salads in western countries and in Java it is very synonymous with Sayur Urap, Bali is no less synonymous with the typical vegetable culinary called Serombotan. This Klungkung culinary serves a mixture of vegetables such as long beans, spinach, kale, beans, round eggplants, bean sprouts, and bitter melon.
Meanwhile the marinade is known as Kalas, which is a kind of coconut milk containing a mixture of mashed turmeric, galangal, onion, garlic, coriander and galingale. This spice is combined again with peanut spices and spicy spices.
- Nasi Campur
Nasi Campur is one of the most popular Balinese foods. For Balinese natives, this is their daily food menu. Sate lilit, suwiran chicken sisit Basa Genep Bali, vegetable urap, and chicken lawar ready to be eaten to accompany warm white rice. Eating Rice Mix will be more delicious, when you mix it with matah sauce or Balinese embe sauce.
Interestingly, this menu always appears with a variety of dishes in each restaurant in Bali, for example, there are those serving betutu chicken, tomato sambal eggs, fried chicken skin, spicy tuber leaves, pindang fish, as well as sprinkling of fried peanuts.
- Nasi Jinggo
The uniqueness of Nasi Jinggo is that the packaging is wrapped in banana leaves plus a super spicy sauce. The rice is served as big as an adult’s hand, while the side dishes generally consist of shredded chicken meat, fried noodles, and fried tempeh. You will not feel full by only eating a pack of Nasi Jinggo.
No one knows for certain the meaning of the term Jinggo (Jenggo), but it is said to come from the Hokkien jeng go language which means one thousand and five hundred. Indeed, in 1997, when the rice was becoming popular, it was priced at Rp. 1,500, but now it is sold on average in the range of Rp. 3,000 – Rp. 5,000.
- Rujak Kuah Pindang
If you don’t know what is Rujak, it is a popular meal in Indonesia. It usually made of some chops of various fruit with sweet spicy sauce.
Rujak in Bali is not the same as rujak in general, because this rujak is a rujak made from pindang gravy. Generally, this rujak is made from raw manga which is given pindang broth, and is given a very spicy chili. With the sour taste of the manga mixed with the spicy taste of chili, which will make your eyes open instantly.
After reading all above these foods, you should be motivated to save some money to visit Bali someday in your life. Bali is really a paradise, not only about its nature but also the culinary.