Top 7 Most Wanted Balinese Dishes

Indonesia is an archipelagic nation with various tribes, races, and religions, it makes Indonesia is rich in diversity. As a result, Indonesian cuisine is diverse as it’s paired with the influences from the many culture in the archipelago. Of course, each region has a different taste, for example, a very popular dish from Indonesia that even become the world's attention is Padang food that has a spicy and savory characteristic. In addition there are also Javanese dish that has a sweet and savory characteristic. And many more typical food from Indonesia that deserves to be explored. Love of the Indonesian culinary can be seen from the interest of local and foreign tourists who visited some regions in Indonesia just for travel food. Bali as a well-known tourism destination in Indonesia, has many popular signature dishes that have a place in everyone’s heart that have tried, you may say your holiday in Bali is not complete yet if you don’t eat Balinese signature dish. Balinese dishes are one of the most-wanted attractions when you’re visiting Bali, it’s known to have stronger flavors and aroma due to the generous use of lemongrass, chilies, lime leaves, galangal, and other spices, and most of locally grown and sourced ingredients to maintain the real quality of the taste. No doubt almost everyone who have ever tasted the dishes always wanted to taste it again and again. Here are 7 best and most wanted Balinese dishes; 

1. Bebek betutu (Slow Cooked Duck)
Bebek betutu is made of duck with many spices inside. They are consists of ginger, kencur, turmeric, garlic, onion, galangal, salam leaf, and of course chilies. All of the spices is mixed and put inside the duck. But, first of all the duck is rubbed with tamarind puree and salt to purify any signature aromas and tenderize the meat. Then it’s wrapped in banana leaf, and slow cooked until the meat falls off the bone. Betutu is not just made of duck meat, chicken and birds is commonly used too. Just like lawar, bebek betutu has its own version depends on the village, such as Gilimanuk which is has the authentic “betutu lalah” or a very spicy betutu and Gianyar which is has the most tender betutu ever due to the cooking style, it is cooked for more than 12 hours and more complicated than other versions.

from resepdanmasakan

2. Sate Lilit (Balinese Skewers)
Sate is one of the most loved foods in Indonesia, many version of sate/satay is spread all over Indonesia. Bali for instance, Bali has the signature style of sate called sate lilit, it’s a minced meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and chilli pepper combo wound around a bamboo or lemongrass stick. Sate lilit is served plain, fresh off the grill without any sauce–letting the sweet flavors of char-grilled seafood. Generally sate lilit made of fish and pork, but beef and chicken is also easy to find in most of Balinese food stall/restaurants.

from tasty-indonesian-food

3. Lawar
Lawar is Balinese traditional food, well-known in Bali island, many restaurants served this dishes. It is a mix of vegetable, with chopped meat, grated coconut, and other heady herbs and spices, and often fresh blood to intensify the taste, it depends on the version, usually each village has its own version. Pork lawar and Jackfruit lawar are the most common sell all over Bali. Usually lawar is served with steamed rice and babi guling (suckling pig).

Pork lawar from wikipedia

4. Ikan bakar (Grilled Fish) & Sambal Matah
Ikar bakar or grilled fish is not authentically comes from Bali Island. But, Bali island has its own style of grilled fish, called Jimbaran style. The differentiator lays on the existence of sambal matah that put over the grilled fish. Sambal matah is the uncooked sambal (unlike many other kinds of sambal). Sambal matah is more like chilli salsa, it is made of shallots, lemongrass, shrimp paste, garlic, lime zest, and a lot of chillies. All of the ingredients are raw and fresh. The good fish to use as Jimbaran Style grilled fish is baby red snapper and baby barramundi. Grilled fish and sambal matah is a perfect match, but sambal matah is also suitable for other seafood dishes, and even duck and chicken.
from thetraveljunkie

5. Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice)
Much like sate, there are many versions of nasi campur in Indonesia, because Indonesians are eating rice. Balinese nasi campur are one of the most popular versions. It is one serve of rice with a mix of Balinese best side dishes. When you order a portion of nasi campur you don’t know exactly what you’re going to get, unless you order your own request. It could be tofu, fried tempeh, spinach, tuna, sate lilit, etc. But, one thing is a must in Balinese nasi campur, it must be sambal there, usually on the top of the rice.

from blog.kura2guide

6. Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)
Babi guling is a dish made of a whole suckling pigs. They are rubbed with turmeric then stuffed with a spice paste, which usually includes a combination of onions, garlic, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, shallots, chillies, and any other spices. The pig is roasted on a spit over coconut husks or wood to make the pork tender.

from edition.cnn

7. Nasi Jinggo
Nasi Jinggo is a quick/smaller version of nasi campur wrapped in banana leaf. Nasi jinggo is usually sold in the late night or in the early morning. Due to its small portion nasi jinggo is suitable for breakfast or when you want to eat something filling in the late night.

from pinterest

Top 7 Most Wanted Balinese Dishes Top 7 Most Wanted Balinese Dishes Reviewed by Bernardus Adhika Sagasitas on May 11, 2017 Rating: 5

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