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The perfect destination for a honeymoon, a family holiday, a graduation trip or just a solo getaway from the hustle and bustle of the working life.

Being one of the only non-Muslim parts of Indonesia — Bali has a rich, unique Hindu history and their own set of beliefs and rituals. Immerse yourself in the Balinese heritage, cultural practices and cuisine while on your visit there!

If you’re considering travelling to Bali for the first time, hesitate no further! There are so many budget flights from Singapore, making Bali so easily accessible to you! You will fall in love with Bali in no time, that’s for sure. The shopping, the beaches, the nightlife, the people and the food is definitely to die for.

To make your food trail in Bali a little easier, here is a list of “must-try” foods when in Bali. I assure you nothing less than a foodgasm after every meal. Mark my words.

1. Babi Guling

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Babi Guling is Bali’s most famed delicacy. Literally translated, it means “rolled pig”. Babi Guling reminds many of its western counterpart, the German pork knuckle.  The pork is stuffed and infused with special homemade herb concoctions and spices.

Traditionally, the pig is slowly roasted and barbequed over an open fire for hours to perfection. Expect to taste the tenderness of the meat alongside the crunch of the skin. Tender, lean and crispy, the Babi Guling is sure to leave you with the same amount of sinful satisfaction.

Recommended Restaurant:

Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

This place has received much praise for their extremely crispy Babi Guling and generous portions of pork skin. Served with white rice, this dish so simple yet so delicious!

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Address: Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 976345
Opening hours: Open Daily. 11am–6pm

2. Nasi Campur

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Simply put, Nasi Campur is an Indonesian variation of the well-loved “cai fan” or mixed rice in Singapore. Served alongside white or sometimes yellow rice, is a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. Some of the dishes include beef rendang , sate, fried tempe, spicy cabbage, bergedel and fresh sambal, topped with fresh shallots. Sometimes, you may even find your Nasi Campur including Bebek Goreng and Babi Guling in their servings!

Recommended Restaurants:

Made’s Warung

I always find myself coming back to Made’s Warung because of the amazing food and ambience. Made’s Warung has grown from a traditional roadside stall to a cosmopolitan restaurant serving local and international cuisine. The menu stretches from authentic Indonesian food to Japanese and Western food. Not to forget,  Warung Made also organises traditional Balinese dance performances in the evening several times a week.

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Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Telephone: + 62 361 732130
Opening hours: Open Daily.
Sunday to Thursday – 10am-12am
Friday and Saturday – 10am-12.30am

Warung Campur Campur

Another great restaurant to indulge in some traditional Balinese mixed rice. This might be a better alternative for those who are travelling on a tight budget. On top of the large variety of about 15 to 20 dishes you’re given to choose from, the price and the quality of the food make it a hundred percent worth it.

Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 703982
Opening hours: Open Daily. 9am-10pm

 

3. BBQ Seafood at Jimbaran Beach

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Jimabaran Beach is famous for their long stretch of eateries along the shore. These eateries are famous for their chargrilled seafood doused in local seasonings and flavours. Enjoy the sunset and ocean breeze at dinner and tuck your toes in the sand as you dig into some incredibly affordable and delicious Balinese seafood. Both set menus and a la carte are available for order.

Recommended Restaurants:

Jimbaran Seafood Cafes

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Address: Jalan Pantai Muaya, Jimbaran
Telephone: +62 361 975 768
Opening hours: Open Daily. 3pm-11pm

4. Bebek Goreng & Bebek Betutu

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Bebek Goreng or Balinese deep fried duck is a must-try delicacy when one is in Bali. The duck is specially seasoned and steamed before being deep-fried. Another variation of this traditional duck dish is Bebek Betutu. Bebek Betutu is wrapped and marinated with special local seasonings and then smoked for a couple of hours.

Enjoy this dish the way the locals love to, with sambal and a large portion of steamed rice.

Recommended Restaurants:

Bebek Bengil – Ubud Branch

BebekeBengil, also known as the dirty duck diner, is only an hour from the city.  A favourite among the locals and tourists! An outdoor restaurant with scattered huts and a breathtaking view of the paddy field, Bebek Bengil is the place for those who want to immerse themselves in mother nature while munching on some delicious Bebek Goreng. Though a little pricey, the size and quality of the portions are sure to have your money’s worth. A personal favourite of mine!

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Address: Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud, Bali 80571 Indonesia
Telephone: +62 361 975489 / 977675
Opening hours: Open daily. 10am-10.30pm

Warung Eropa

Closer to Seminyak,  Warung Eropa also serves what claims to be “the finest crispy duck in Bali”. With every bite you take off of the Bebek Goreng here, it’ll leave you begging for more and more. A perfect place for dinner with friends and family.

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Address:J Petitinget No. 9D,  Kerobokan – Kuta Utara, Bali, Kerobokan 80361, Indonesia 
Telephone: +62 812-3819-1909
Opening hours: Open Daily. 10am-11pm

5. Nasi Goreng

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Nasi Goreng, yum. Not a foreign Indonesian dish to many of us. Rice fried with homemade spicy sambal, vegetables, accompanied by a fried egg. Sounds basic, however, the Balinese twist on the Nasi Goreng will have your tastebuds screaming for seconds, thirds and fourths.

Recommended Restaurant:

Poppies Restaurant

A popular spot that regular tourists often frequent, Poppies Restaurant is the place to be for the best Nasi Goreng in town! Sit back and relax in the garden setting that Poppies has to offer and have a taste of Bali’s best Nasi Goreng.

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Address: Jl. Poppies II, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 (0361) 751059
Opening hours: Open Daily. 8am-11pm

6. Gado Gado

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Normally eaten as an appetiser, Gado Gado is a traditional Indonesian salad topped with tofu, tempe (fermented soybean), kerupukudang and emping (crispy shrimp and melinjo crackers). The secret to this dish lies with the peanut sauce that it is typically served with. I kid you not.

Recommended Restaurant:

Made’s Warung  (Yes, this place once again)

 

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Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Telephone: + 62 361 732130
Opening hours: Open Daily.
Sunday to Thursday – 10am-12am
Friday and Saturday – 10am-12.30am

7. Sate Lilit Bali

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Sate, more commonly known as” satay”, is a popular Southeast Asian dish of seasoned meat that is skewered and served with a peanut sauce. Take a taste of this familiar dish with a fresh twist of Bali!

Recommended restaurants:

Gourmet Sate House

As you can tell from the name itself, this place serves up the best gourmet sates in Bali. True to its name, its mouth-watering premium quality sates won’t disappoint. Gourmet Sate house has a variety of different sates for their customers to choose from. They currently have 12 different types of sates on their menu.

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Address: Jl. Dewi Sri no. 101, Kuta 08361, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 819-3610-202
Opening hours: Open Daily. 12pm to 12am

Sate Bali Gelora Trisakti

If you’re not too particular about food cleanliness standards, then you might want to give this place a shot. Located right beneath a tree, this highly recommended stall sells sates that are freshly made and grilled under a tent. Known for its signature roadside sates, it makes for a good street snack for those who are out and about.

Sate Bali Gelora Trisakti Bali Indonesia
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Address: Jl. Patih Jelantik, Legian, Bali
Opening hours: Open Daily. 9am-6pm

8. Iga Babi Bakar

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The porky, porky goodness doesn’t just stop at Babi Guling for the Balinese. Dig into these sweet, juicy pork ribs and unleash the inner glutton in you this vacation! Served fresh from the barbecue, you definitely won’t be able to resist the goodness of Iga Babi!

Recommended Restaurants:

Naughty Nuri’s Warung

Famous in Bali and abroad for their spectacular pork ribs, Naughty Nuri’s is the place to be for the best pork ribs when in Bali! Get your hands down and dirty for some sticky and sweet goodness. Apparently, Naughty Nuri’s has opened a branch in Singapore as well! Looks like we don’t have to travel all the way to Bali for finger lickin’ good ribs anymore~

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Address: Jalan Sanggingan Desa Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Gianyar 80571
Telephone: +62 361 977547
Opening hours: Open Daily. 10am-10pm

Warung Wahaha

According to Warung Wahaha, they serve the best pork ribs in Bali! But only you can be the judge of that. There is a wide selection of food here available for order and definitely something for everyone. They also do a delivery service, so if you and your travel companions are feeling hella lazy after a long day out, calling for a ribs delivery to your hotel doorstep might be a better option (taste-wise) over a midnight crawl for fast food (even though it’s not that much healthier).

Warung wahaha ribs bali Indonesia

Address: Jl. Sunset Road Barat No. 1689, Seminyak, Badung
Telephone: +62 361 8475655
Opening hours: Open Daily. 10.30am-10.30pm

9. Gorengan

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My all-time favourite Indonesian treat, Gorengan! Gorengan refers to fried treats in Bahasa. Think of it as the Indonesian version of a Tempura. Normally these fritters include deep-fried flour battered tofu, tempe, stuffed tau-pok with vegetables and bananas, with green chilli on the side. A classic example of a gorengan would be our dear pisanggoreng. Normally found on the roadsides as street food, it is a great snack tomuch on while doing your shopping. Be sure not to count the calories!!

10. Sambal Matah Bali

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Calling all chilli lovers out there!! This is something not to miss in Bali. The Sambal Matah Bali, also known as the raw sambal is definitely the garnish for all those who are mad about spice and the true Indonesian flavour. Available at almost every eatery in Bali, it is recommended to try at least once. If you’re not a big fan of spice, challenge yourself and give it a go. One tiny dip won’t hurt your taste buds. I hope…

Instead of retracting to Western café foods or hotel lunches on the daily, grab your friends and family and give the ‘belly good’ local taste of Bali a try. You’ll not regret a single meal. I promise.

Poor belly of mine, finishing off this article and all I can think about is a plate of flaming hot sate drizzled in spicy peanut sauce.

My apologies for getting all of you foodies out there hungry, but that’s just how amazing the food in Bali is, really. Hope this article has positively influenced the decision of those who are contemplating on going on a trip to Bali!

I can assure that you won’t regret it.

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