Traditional Balinese Dishes

By | November 24, 2012

Bali flowersWhen you visit Bali other than visiting the beautiful beaches and ancient temples you should also try the local cuisine in order to immerse yourself in the culture. One of the best ways to understand and appreciate a new culture is simply to try their local cuisine. The mix of various herbs and spices in traditional Balinese cuisine will definitely open your eyes to their beautiful culture.

First of all, one of the most favorite Balinese dishes is Babi Guling or roasted suckling pig. This pig is slowly roasted on a spit above an open fire and is stuffed full with various herbs and spices such as ginger, lemon grass, cinnamon and more. The pork meat is very soft and tender and once you put a piece in your mouth it instantly melts. Other than that, the pork skin is crunchy and brittle.

This is a favorite dish for locals and tourists alike. Another favorite Balinese dish is Nasi Goreng or fried rice. You can find various versions of friend rice throughout Asia but what makes Balinese Nasi Goreng different is that it is quite spicy and is often topped with a generous helping of sweet soy sauce.

You can find Nasi Goreng in five star restaurants or local shops on the side of the road. It is usually served with fried eggs and vegatables and you can have Nasi Goreng any time in the day.

Finally, a treat for most Balinese people is Bubuh Injin which is basically a blackish pudding made from glutinous sticky rice which is topped with a white cream made from pandan, coconut milk and sugar. You can eat this dish either cold or hot.

This dish can also be eaten any time of the day. These dishes are just some of favorite traditional Balinese foods that you can enjoy. You can go all over the island looking for other traditional dishes and we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.