Must-try Balinese Culinary

must try balinese culinary

You can’t deny that culinary adventure is a prominent part of every trip. Delicious food is the fundamental of survival and a fun trip, if you may say so. Bali is an absolute paradise for the eyes and the mouth as there is so much good food. In our previous article, we listed some tourist areas you can visit in Bali, this time we will give you some guidance on what to eat in Bali.


  1. Sate Lilit

Sate Lilit is one of the culinary delights that we can find in Bali and has an incredibly delicious taste. As the name suggests, sate lilit is a sate made by wrapping raw materials on a skewer. The raw material for making the sate itself is usually fish, pork, beef, or chicken. Served food in the simple wrapped sliced meat marinated with coconut milk and spices, cooked on an open fire  So, you must try this food. Especially for Muslim friends, you can try the slices of chicken and fish.

sate lilit bali


  1. Bebek or Ayam Betutu

Duck or Chicken Betutu is the pride of Balinese cuisine. Duck meat or chicken that is processed to make Betutu duck is local duck or chicken. Betutu is a very Balinese way of cooking duck. Usually made of duck wrapped in banana leaves, then wrapped again in areca leaves to tighten it. The served food poultry stuffed with a complex mixture of spices that includes shallots, garlic, ginger, chili, peanuts, and more. In the past, this dish was only a typical food for religious activities, but now this food is a favorite food that you must try when visiting Bali.

  1. Sambal Matah

Sambal match is an iconic Balinese hot sauce enjoyed by consumers from all over Indonesia. Made up of shallots, garlic, chilies, a touch of lime leaves, and lemongrass, the sambal is identical with its fresh sensation. The sambal is not blended nor cooked; instead, it’s chopped into pieces to enhance each ingredient’s natural flavor. Ayam or Bebek betutu is often served with a dash of sambal match on top, though it can be used as a spicy topping in almost every food you like.

sambal matah

  1. Lawar

Lawar is a combination of minced meat, various green vegetables, and grated coconut. The choice of meat is commonly beef, chicken, duck, or pork; some places may also offer turtle meat. There are two types of lawar; red and white. Red lawar obtain the color from animal blood and contains meat. White lawar is most suitable for vegans or vegetarians as it does not have any meat, hence the lack of red color.

  1. Tum 

Tum is a minced meat dish, combined with mashed species and herbs, and cooked while wrapped neatly in banana leaves. Tum can be eaten along with rice, quinoa, or on its own. Similar dishes can be found in other parts of Indonesia with different names, such as pipes.

tum bali

  1. Urab

Urab, or urap, is a fine traditional vegetable salad with shredded coconut dressing. It is a vegan/vegetarian-friendly meal rich with flavor and nutrients. The dish consists of various steamed green vegetables such as green beans, cabbage, bean sprouts, spinach, and cassava leaves. Urab can be eaten on its own or as a side dish; another Balinese dish served with urab as a side dish is bubur mengguh.

  1. Nasi Tepeng

Nasi tepeng is a local dish from Gianyar, Bali, commonly eaten as breakfast. Despite the name, nasi tepeng has a semi-mushy texture similar to porridge. However, unlike the bubur ayam (chicken porridge), that has a somewhat bland flavor without its toppings, nasi tepeng is cooked with a mixture of spices and herbs to create its flavourful taste. Nasi tepeng is commonly enjoyed with a side of fried chicken, egg, jackfruit, beans, or eggplant.

nasi tepeng

  1. Nasi Jinggo 

Nasi jinggo is everyone’s favorite ready-to-eat street food packaged in small portions of banana leaves. The dish contains a handful of white rice (or yellow rice) with side dishes, typically sambal goreng tempeh, anchovies, serundeng (sauteed grated coconut), noodles, or shredded chicken, and chili sauce. Nasi jinggo is also used in various religious ceremonies such as the Ngaben funeral rites, birthday celebrations, and meetings.



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