6 Essential Balinese Dishes
June 23, 2014
Our abridged, meal-by-meal guide to where to eat now. By Holly McDonald.
Published on Jun 23, 2014
Balinese nasi campur (Balinese mixed dishes with rice)
at Made Weti's Warung
This decades-old street-side joint serves an array of dishes with rice. Ayam panggang, shredded chicken, is a highlight, while the urap salad bursts with tender-crisp greens. End of Jln. Ayu Segara, Sanur; 8 a.m. to midday.
Babi guling (suckling pig)
at Merah Putih
Bali's original nose-to-tail dish is given a high-end spin. A suckling pig is roasted for five hours in a spice paste; the belly, cheek, liver and skin are then used in impeccably presented dishes. Jln. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan; merahputihbali.com.
Sate lilit ikan (fish satay)
at Warung Mertha Sari
It's the spiced minced fish on sticks grilled over charcoal that draws the crowds here. This warung's Balinese version of satay is sweet and subtly flavored, served with rice and a fiery sambal of Asian shallots and chilies. Jln. Pesinggahan, Tuban.
Lawar (Balinese meat salad)
at Pak Kodi's
Pak Kodi's is famed for its version of lawar, a Balinese salad made of minced pork and offal with young jackfruit, fresh coconut, galangal, chilies and spices—and fresh blood. If you're after a genuine culinary adventure, this is the real deal. Gang Harum No. 10, off Jln. Sekuta, Sanur.
Bubur injin (Black sticky rice pudding)
You can find bubur injin, or black sticky rice pudding, across Southeast Asia but the version at sophisticated Mamasan is simmered with Javanese palm sugar and lychee water. The local rice comes with mango and housemade ice cream. Jln. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Seminyak; mamasanbali.com.
6. FOR THE FLIGHT HOME
at Pia Legong
It's essential to order these buttery cakes filled with mung-bean paste, chocolate or sweet cheese by e-mail in advance—they sell quickly when doors open. They come in boxes designed as souvenirs but you'll want to try at least one yourself while it's still warm. Ngurah Rai Bypass, Ruko Kuta Megah 12/L, Kuta.