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Top 10 Most Popular Food in Bali - Must Try Exquisite Gastronomic Delights

Bali has so much to offer to those who visit it from all corners of the globe. Breathtaking sceneries, splendid ancient temples and of course the tantalizing tastes of the land contrive to make a holiday spent in Bali, truly magical. Here are the top dishes that you should try out here!



Satay or Sate is an immensely popular delicacy in Bali. Every bite is packed with flavour and you will certainly find it hard to resist its exotic appeal! Satey offers marinated and grilled meat with a tangy sauce. Satay is found in many countries across the world, but the one you find in Bali has its own unique twist. The sate lilit in Bali is made from minced beef, chicken, pork or turtle meat. The meat is mixed with coconut and coconut milk as well as an assortment of diced vegetables and spices. The mixture is then wrapped around a skewer and grilled. The end result is a succulent treat that is oozing with flavour! If you favour spice, you can opt to dip your sate lilit in the sauce, or just have it as it is!


Nasi Ayam

Nasi Ayam is simply the Balinese version of 'chicken rice'. This dish combines rice with an array of traditional Balinese accompaniments. You can enhance the sharp taste of the dish by mixing hot sambal match with your Nasi Ayam.



This is a remarkable dish that should not be missed when travelling in Bali. A full chicken or a duck is stuffed with a mix of traditional spices after which it is wrapped in a green banana leaf. It is then packed inside a banana bark and buried in a coal fire for approximately 7 hours. This complex method of cooking gives the dish its incredibly unique flavour.


Babi Guling

Babi Guling was a dish that was reserved for special occasions and ceremonies a very long time ago. But today, there are plenty of restaurants and eateries that serve this exquisite delicacy to all. Babi Guling is a dish made of a spit-roast pig stuffed with delectable local spices and vegetables. The meat is juicy while the skin has a delicious crisp, making this dish a favourite among many.


Tahu and Tempe

Tahu and Tempe are all the rage among locals as they can include in the everyday meals in a number of different ways. Most locals prefer to have tempe crackers with their rice while stuffed and fried versions are also quite popular.


Jimbaran seafood

There are many beachside cafes dotted along the Jimbaran Bay that offer seafood dishes of exquisite tastes. Each restaurant has its own signature dish so you really should take time to visit as many of these stylish little eateries as you can! You can access the famed Jimbaran beach easily from hotels like Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.



Pepes involves cooking food using banana leaf wrappings. Fish, meat, chicken, vegetables and tofu are usually cooked as pepes. The main item is wrapped in a banana leaf and then grilled, boiled or steam-cooked.



If you are ready to try something a little more exotic, lawar is an option for you! Lawar includes a mixture of chopped meat, grated coconut, vegetables as well as spices. It's a delectable concoction that is quite popular in Bali. In certain areas, blood is also added to the mix as a flavour enhancer!


Nasi goreng

Nasi goreng is a dish that has taken the world by storm! It's the Indonesian version of fried rice and is served at restaurants across the world. In many Uluwatu restaurants, you will find nasi goreng, bursting with the authentic tastes of the land.


Traditional cakes and sweets

Traditional cakes which were reserved for ceremonial offerings back in the day are now enjoyed more frequently by the common man of Bali. The sweets are delicious and usually combine rice flour, sugar, coconuts as well as tropical fruits. You should try variants like wajik, bubuh injin and godoh.