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Balinese Cuisine: What's Food & Drink like in Bali? - Exploring the flavours of Bali

Balinese cuisine is an exquisite journey for the senses, offering a delightful array of flavours and textures. If you're ready to explore the world of Balinese food and drink, here's what awaits you.



Satay, also known as sate in Bali, is a culinary delicacy that you must definitely try. These luscious skewers are created with grilled chicken, pork, or beef and served with a delicious peanut sauce. Satay is a versatile dish that is frequently served as a light dinner, appetiser, or bar snack. Each bite's tantalising blend of flavours will leave you wanting more.



Seek out a restaurant that serves Betutu for a truly decadent experience. This Balinese meal consists of chicken or duck filled with a delectable blend of spices such as shallots, ginger, garlic, and chilli. Betutu is brimming with flavour after being slow-cooked for up to eight hours. With only one bite, you'll understand why it's regarded as a must-try Balinese delicacy and can be found in many restaurants and hotels in Bali, including Anantara Uluwatu Bali.


Nasi Goreng

When visiting Bali, you're bound to come across Nasi Goreng. This Indonesian favourite translates to means "fried rice." It's a simple but filling dish that consists of rice cooked with meat or veggies and topped with a fried egg. Nasi Goreng is a comfort food staple in Bali due to its crunchy textures and harmonious flavours.


Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng, like Nasi Goreng, is a popular Balinese dish prepared with fried noodles, pork, veggies, and an egg. What distinguishes it is its versatility, as it may be eaten at any time of day, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mie Goreng is a traditional Balinese dish that may be found in a variety of restaurants in Uluwatu and also throughout the island.



Lawar is a savoury dish made with chopped beef, coconut, garlic, and other green vegetables. For the most daring, there is a red Lawar that contains blood. If that's not your thing, there's a white version that doesn't have it. Lawar is typically served with rice and adds a layer of flavour to your meal.


Babi Guling

Babi Guling, originally a communal dish, consists of a pig that has been meticulously stuffed with a mixture of chilli, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and traditional spices. The whole thing is then spit-roasted over an open fire. The end product is a delectably juicy and savoury dish that is customarily made for special occasions.


Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur, or "mixed rice," is a popular Balinese dish available at local markets and street vendors throughout the island. Rice, eggs, veggies, tempeh, sweetcorn, chilli sauce, fried tofu, fish, or chicken are among the colourful ingredients in this dish. Nasi Campur is frequently wrapped in a banana leaf or brown paper, making it a quick and easy dinner.


Pisang Goreng

For those with a sweet tooth, Pisang Goreng is the answer. These fried bananas are available in a variety of forms and sizes, ranging from smaller, sweeter Balinese varieties to larger selections. They are all cooked to perfection and offered with toppings such as condensed milk, honey, coconut, or ice cream. It's the perfect way to cap off a Balinese feast.