The most affordable and authentic way to get to know Bali? One bite at a time!
Bali is an amazing ecological wonderland that will be irresistible for budding photographers. Tired of taking gorgeous nature photos? Explore the culture and tradition and the history of Bali by visiting various temples, most of which offer free admission (though a donation is always a good idea). As Bali is focused on catering to the tourism market, there are also plenty of affordable accommodation options available. If you have a limited budget, but if you are willing to invest a little extra on where you rest your head, a luxury villa in Bali will elevate your travel experience with plenty of space to lounge and relax, as well as be a convenient base from which to source out local foodie adventures.
Satays are marinated, skewered, and grilled meat served with a spicy sauce. In most cases, satays are made up of sliced and diced chicken, lamb, beef, fish, pork, tofu, and egg. It's also possible that you will visit a food stall that also features a minced blend which includes meat mixed with coconut milk, coconut, assorted vegetables, and local spices. The seasoned meat is skewered around bamboo, lemongrass or sugar cane sticks, grilled, and are made to consume on the move.
PS: Are you used to seeing spicy peanut sauce with your satay? That's not always the case in Bali! Instead, you can expect sambal made of shrimp paste.
PS: Rice is grown all over Bali. Ask around to find a Nasi Ayam vendor who uses local rice.
While preparing Nasi Goreng, the fried rice is cooked with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), garlic, ground shrimp paste, tamarind, and chili. The combination of all these ingredients, the sweet, salty, tangy, and savory, adds incredible flavor to the dish. The rice is served with a variety of vegetables, meat, and even scrambled eggs.
If you aren't looking to be too adventurous when you first arrive in Bali, this is a good option to start with. It's also tailor-made for the budget minded travelers who are looking to fill up without much expense.
PS: Did you know that Nasi Goreng placed second in a 2011 CNN poll of the most delicious foods in the world?
Babi Guling has a golden brown, crispy skin on the outside along with juicy and tender meat on the inside. Spices and seasonings include tamarind, lime leaves, coriander, lemongrass, black pepper, garlic, and ginger. It's traditionally served in celebration on special occasions such weddings and birthdays however you will find it on the menu of many restaurants and warungs. If you happen to make friends with locals you might even get an invite to a local celebration to try it! Every chef has their own special way of preparing the pig and the stuffing, so it's worthwhile sampling it as often as you can.
PS: Babi Guling is the original 'nose to tail' dish. You can never be entirely sure what cut of pork will make it to your plate.
For adventurous foodies, this is a great choice. Betutu features a blend of spices that includes garlic, shallots, ginger, turmeric, chili peppers, and coconut oil. The outer flesh is usually rubbed with tamarind puree for taste and color. As a bonus, if you REALLY love spicy food, you can order yours extra hot (just be ready with a cold drink on the side!) Preparing betutu is a labor of love requiring a long, slow cooking process and plenty of patience. It's often served in plantain leaf but the best establishments use the husks of betel nuts.
PS: Craving Betutu? Don't leave it till your last night. Most establishments require you to order this dish 24 hours in advance - it really does take that long to prepare!
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