Dec 13

Eating Local In Bali

Posted by Leslie in Escapes, Travel


Es Dawet Coconut MilkIndonesians are serious eaters, like Europeans they are highly concerned with quality and taste.

Nasi (Rice) is their daily bread.  It’s eaten at every meal, including breakfast. From mild to scorching hot, spicy flavoring is also an integral part of the local fare. Served in the form of a sauce or integrated with peppers into a dish, these sweat producing flavors help maintain an appetite in the melting climate.

Nasi Campur

I’m not sure the spicy chili sauces increased my appetite, but they definitely make you sweat.

Chili Peppers

Food is often enjoyed at Warungs (Restaurant or Food Stalls selling traditional Indonesian fare) and Indonesians are typically dedicated to their favorite Warung.

Warung Babi Guling

My first meal was at Warung Wardani, in Denpasar with the recommended Indonesian staple Nasi Campur (literally Mixed Rice) rice with various meats, vegetables, peanuts, egg and fried-shrimp chips – chili sauce optional.

Nasi Campur

From there it was a plethora of adventures including, crab with preserved egg, brains, pork rind, Babi Guling (Suckling Pig), oxtail soup, Es Dowet (Coconut Milk with Brown Sugar and Tapioka) and other fare.

Barbecue Ribs

More familiar dishes included Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), that may be accompanied by an egg, vegetable chips, and prawns, Pisang Goreng (Fried Banana – Yum!), Ayam Goreng (Fried Chicken), Mie Ayam (Noodles with Chicken), Bakso (Fish, Chicken or Beef Meatballs), Soto Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Soup), and Barbecued Ribs.

Warung Babi Guling

The local chili sauces come in a variety of strengths and add incredible flavor to dishes.

Minang Restaurant

Nasi Campur has soft rice, crunchy peanuts, snapping shrimp chips and more, to keep your palette busy with changing  sensations.

Warung Babi Guling

Warung Sink

Perhaps a cultural difference or an obsession with cleanliness, but sinks are often found in the dining area of most restaurants.  A convenient way for clients to clean their hands before or after a meal, especially if eating with their hands.

CATEGORIES: Escapes, Travel


1 Comment to “Eating Local In Bali”

  1. Sonia Kobrin (Leslie's Mom) says:

    The pictures are great and so is the commentary. After looking at the pictures I’m ready to pick up and go or eat.

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