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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Best foods in Bali – what to eat

Are you a foodie? Planning to travel to beautiful Bali? Here's a list of some of the best foods to try when you're in Bali.



Sate are marinated or grilled meat that are served with spicy sauce, usually of a peanut butter variety. Bali does a traditional take on sates known as sate lilit that's made from a variety of meat like beef, pork, or chicken. The meat is usually wrapped around bamboo, lemon grass or sugar cane sticks rather than being skewered, and is then grilled. You can enjoy this variety of a sate with or without sauce.


Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur

Nasi Ayam is Bali's style of chicken rice which comprises of white rice accompanies by local delights such as betutu along with mixed vegetables and some spicy hot sambal matah. The dish is occasionally accompanied with a bowl of soup. This dish tends to get somewhat spicy, so for those who don't like spice, try it without the sambal matah.


Babi Guling

Known to be a favourite amongst locals, this spit roast stuffed pig is laden with traditional spices and a mix of vegetables including cassava leaves that are slowly rolled over a coal fire. The crispy brown skin of the cooked meat is the most delicious, and the tender juicy flesh is mouth watering and delicious! Babi Guling was usually used as a dish during a feast or celebration, however now, many restaurants have begun specialising in serving this delicious meal.


Bebek and Ayam Betutu

Betutu is another local favourite which is quite similar to the Babi Guling dish. The dish consists of a whole cooked chicken or duck, that's wrapped in banana leaves and then covered around a banana trunk bark. The entire thing is then baked for about 6 hours in a coal fire. The end result is a deliciously juicy meal.


Tahu and Tempe

Tahu is local version of tofu and are given in a variety of preparations such as savoury snacks. The tofu can be either battered, stuffed or friend. The dish is occasionally accompanied with a serving of rice, but the tahu snack can also be enjoyed by itself, especially the stuffed and fried tahu.


Jimbaran Seafood

Many beach side restaurants or even some hotels such as COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali serves up a delicious variety of fresh seafood for its diners, which range from shrimps, lobsters, calamari and a variety of fish. Each dish is accompanied by an assortment of barbeque sauce and some condiments, such as sambal. The seafood dish is known as "sambal seafood – Jimbaran style", and can vary from sweet and sour to hot and spicy.


Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng will be one of your best Bali experiences. Nearby attractions and activities in Ubud are numerous and after a long day of exploring the sights of the city, end your day with the scrumptious Nasi Goreng. This dish is traditionally Indonesi and is complete with a stir fried rice, and served with a variety of meats and vegetables. The dish is usually served with shrimp crackers, fried shallots, cucumber or tomatoes or pickles.