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Top 05 Balinese Dishes to Try in Bali – Island Flavours to Relish

Bali is the Island of the Gods, a land of a thousand temples & cuisine to match its rich traditions. Listed below are five favourite dishes; exotic flavours to compliment the island's diverse culture.

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Check Out the Varieties of Sate

A hot favourite on the island, Sate or Satay, as it is sometimes called, are skewers of marinated meat, grilled and served with a variety of spicy sauces. The skewers are available in a variety, consisting of sliced or diced, pork, beef, mutton, tofu, egg, fish and a minced blend of meats. You can also try the traditional Balinese version, called sate lilit; this is a mix of minced chicken, beef, fish, pork and even turtle in some instances. This minced meat is then mixed with fresh coconut, a blend of seasonal vegetables, coconut milk and exotic spices. The paste is then wrapped around a bamboo skewer, a stick of lemongrass or sugar cane, and grilled to a golden brown.

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Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur

Most of the small eateries called warungs will serve this dish; a Balinese version of popular chicken rice. Most restaurants close to your villa in Uluwatu will serve hot-hot Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur, a must try for some delicious comfort food. The dish is a serving of white rice accompanied by a meat, which is often babi buling or betutu. The rest is a variety of vegetables and the staple hot sambal matah. If you prefer the non-spicy version, ask for the rice minus the sambal.

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Bebek and Ayam Betutu

Betutu is an iconic dish in Bali which is a whole duck or chicken stuffed with spices, wrapped in a banana leaf, cocooned in a banana trunk and cooked covered with coals underground. Sounds exotic? The dish certainly does taste as exotic as the island. Cooking time takes between 6 to 7 hours and is fully worth it, the result is a juicy and tender chicken, full of flavour and succulent; with the meat falling away from the bones. Betutu is the non-pork variety of the next cuisine. If you are a guest at Alila Villas Uluwatu there is the Warung restaurant to savour such Indonesian favourites.

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Babi Guling

Babi Guling is one dish to try, no matter where on the island you are based at. The dish is an all-time favourite which is a spit-roasted pig, stuffed with island spices and vegetables such as, cassava leaves. The pig is cooked by slowly rolling it over a coal fire on a spit. The crispy well-browned skin is the favourite while the tender juicy meat is a flavour to be reckoned with. This is a communal dish that is often cooked up during special occasions.

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Tahu and Tempe

Tahu is a pretty versatile snack that is served in a variety of ways. Tahu is tofu that is stuffed, battered and fried to a crispy golden brown. The filling is similar to that of a spring roll; Tahu is often an accompaniment to rice.