When visiting Bali, it’s an absolute must to sample authentic Balinese dishes. Many tourists here might not get the chance as most hotels and resorts serve Thai and Chinese foods. However, seeking out authentic restaurants and markets to enjoy true Balinese dishes will not disappoint. This cuisine is all about contrast, colour, and bold flavour. If you’re looking to get inspired for your vacation try any of these recipes from Bali and explore this wonderful culture.
Lawar is an ultra-traditional dish adored by Bali residents. The dish is made from a mix of rice, coconut, mixed vegetables and meat flavoured with bold spices. Traditionally, blood from the meat is added to enhance the dishes flavor. Try this recipe from Serious Eats to make it at home!
This delicious main course has risen in popularity in recent years, and is now served in many of Bali’s popular hotels and restaurants. Bebek Betutu consists of heavily spiced roast duck or chicken served in a banana leaf. This is one of the easiest Balinese recipes to cook at home, so why not try this recipe from Saveur Magazine tonight?
Babi Guling is what a suckling pig is called in Indonesia. The pig is seasoned with a mix of spices like turmeric, cumin, and black pepper and roasted slowly for hours. The result is delicious meat that’s served with a variety of rice and vegetables. This is a great recipe to try when entertaining for some friends – try this recipe from the Gourmet Traveller to impress your guests!
If you’re looking for a Balinese style salad then urap is the dish to try. The salad consists of a variety of steamed vegetables, spices, and shredded coconut. Bean sprouts, cabbage, and green beans are the most popular vegetables found in the dish, while the spice paste varies from each recipe. We recommend this recipe from Growin Kitchen (via Jamie Oliver) which features an exciting flavour palette.
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