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Updated by Jane Rubby on Mar 25, 2016
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Must Try Dishes in Bali - Mouth-watering Food Containing Exotic Flavours

Balinese food is a marvellous mix of exotic spices and herbs. The no fuss time tested dishes are traditional favourites that are bursting with just the right amount of spice, freshness and zest.


Psiang Goreng

Starting off with a sweet treat; Psiang Goreng is a favoured dessert consisting of fried banana. Just about any type of banana found on the island is used for this dish; the banana is dipped in batter deep fried and sprinkled with honey, palm sugar syrup, coconut and eaten with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream. A sweet and crispy treat.


Mie Goreng

This is a dish of fried noodles. It is served with sautéed vegetables together with shrimp, chicken or pork. The staple dish can often be accompanied with a fried egg and famous sate chicken sticks or prawn skewers, prawn crackers and some delicious peanut sauce and pickled vegetables.



Sate is so Indonesian that no trip to Bali is complete without indulging your taste buds in this delicious treat. Quite different to varieties available in the neighbouring countries Balinese Sate is a combination of mashed chicken well combined with exotic spices; moulded on a stick and barbequed. Try the fish and chicken sate for a difference in flavours.


Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goren substitutes the noodles for rice. Hence you get delicious steaming hot fried rice with vegetables, shrimp, chicken or pork. It is a firm favourite amongst the locals and is often eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lovely fried egg on top completes this wonderfully savoury dish that is well done whether ordered at a roadside kiosk or luxury resort. A delicious must try dish when in Bali. Nasi Goreng is a favourite at any vibrant Kuta Beach resort. In fact if you do hang around for the vibrant beach parties Kuta is well known for Nasi Goreng will be a favourite amongst the happy crowds. Try it in various forms at five star resorts and beachside cafes. Elevate your Kuta experience by staying at a luxury resort and you won't be disappointed; Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort will oblige.


Babi Guling

Babi Guling is the famous suckling pig. The pork is well rubbed with a mix of spices containing; lime leaves, coriander seeds, lemongrass, salam leaves, black pepper, garlic, chilli, ginger, shallots etc. Once the pork is tender it is roasted over an open fire until very soft. As the whole pig is roasted an order can contain various bits and parts; so do be prepared to receive indistinct parts of pork.


Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur too is a favoured local dish that consists of steamed rice. A mound of rice is accompanied with curried vegetables a meat, papadam and other crunchy titbits. There is not set menu for Nasi Campur hence the accompaniments to the rice may change depending on seasonal vegetables.


Bebek Betutu

Smoked duck is the main feature in this dish. A well-seasoned quarter of duck is stuffed with spices and herbs, wrapped in an areca-nut leaf and smoked under rice husk embers. Cooking takes 12 hours; as such a restaurant requires a day's notice if you are ordering the dish. It is usually accompanied with rice and a vegetable.


Mini Rijsttafel

Rijsttafel is derived from the Dutch word meaning rice table; and this is a shared dish that has evolved since colonial times. The dish is a combination of Balinese and Indonesian dishes such as Bebek Betutu, prawn, pork or chicken sate, chicken with sambal, mixed vegetables, potato croquettes, tofu, tempe and a yellow rice cone.