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7 Dishes you must try in Bali

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

After a long day of exploring Bali, you’ll probably be starving. Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, a rich culture that comes with various dishes that resemble the daily lives of the locals and what they eat. Savor the flavors of real Balinese cuisine as we take you through the best Balinese cuisine to get you hooked.

1. Satay

Sate, also written as satay, is a popular street food in Bali. It is the perfect balance of moist, spicy, and sweet-savory flavors. Sate is prepared rustically over firewood or charcoal which gives it its smoky flavor. The use of Bamboo skewers in its preparation adds to this flavourful dish which is often served with a spicy peanut sauce. This kebab- style dish is a Balinese favorite and is readily available almost everywhere.

2. Smoothie bowls

Freshly cut dragon fruits, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, and possibly all you can find in a fruit bowl with coconut, some herbs, and fragrant flowers, smoothie bowls look nothing short of miniature landscape and they're delicious. Grab a bowl or two for breakfast or brunch at many of Bali's smoothie bars. Special tip: Give Nalu Bowls a try, they're quite good!

3. Nasi & Mie Goreng

Nasi Goreng is a delicious spicy stir-fried rice dish, usually cooked with pieces of meat and vegetables. Shrimp paste, garlic, smoked vegetables, fish sauce, and eggs, a hell lot of flavor, sometimes with prawns and roasted chicken! Could you ask for more? And just in case you're not a fan of rice you should definitely give Mie Goreng a shot. It is made with thin yellow noodles stir-fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, beef, or sliced bakso, chili, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and other vegetables.

4. Gado Gado

This is one lip-smacking dish for the health conscious as they are a source of more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals. . Blanched and steamed vegetables for fiber, hard-boiled eggs and tofu for your daily protein quota, and banana leaf rice for carbs, and a whole lot of peanut sauce dressing for an impeccable taste. Gado Gado is one salad you will surely fall in love with.

5. Nasi Campur

This one is an Indonesian staple and a full-course meal in itself. A scoop of white rice served with an assortment of tempting dishes such as fried meats, vegetables, eggs, and shrimp, Nasi campur will leave you with a stomach full and your tongue wanting more.

6. Babi Guling

Babi Guling also called suckling pig, is a Balinese pork dish. It's a whole pig roasted over fire stuffed with several herbs, garlic, and spices. It is a popular staple for several Balinese rituals and functions.

7. Kopi luwak

Kopi Luwak is the world's most exclusive (and most expensive) coffee. The main factor behind its high price is the uncommon method of production. The coffee bean or specialty coffee is digested by, fermented within, and then excreted by the Asian palm civet, also called Luwak giving the coffee its name. The flavor of Kopi Luwak is mainly defined in terms of earthy and musty with hints of caramel and chocolate and some people throw around the word “jungle” as if it were a flavor descriptor. When you're in Bali it'll be wrong to miss it.

Give these inviting delicacies a shot and rejuvenate your palette when you’re in Bali.

Planning to go to Bali? Check out our upcoming trips and we will make sure you do not miss anything great that Bali has to offer.

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