Must-Try List of Traditional Culinary from Bali – Part 1

 

Culture in Bali does not always about arts and rituals, but also culinary. While visiting Bali, some tourists might forget to taste the traditional cuisine of Bali which is actually very unique and delicious. To avoid such mistake, we have provided a list of Balinese foods and beverages for you to try. At this article, we would like to continue the previous list. So, let us check this out:

7. Sate Plecing

Sate Plecing is a satay dish dressed with plecing sauce. Plecing sauce is a sauce made from tomato, chili, terasi (fermented shrimp paste), and lime. The taste of the satay is purely savory. It then combines with the taste of the Plecing which is spicy and sour. Sate Plecing usually uses pork as the meat. But sometimes, it is replaced with beef or chicken to accommodate non-pork eaters.

Sate Plecing with Pork (Source: Flickr. Credit: The Leonheart…)
Sate Plecing with Pork
(Source: Flickr. Credit: The Leonheart…)

In Lombok Island, you will find a dish called “plecing kangkung”. Plecing here is the same sauce used for that Balinese satay, although they pour it on vegetables instead of satay.

In Bali, you can find sate plecing easily on humble stands on the streets. Because the price is quite affordable and the taste is delicious, sate plecing is very popular as a side dish to be eaten with warm steamed rice. But if you wish to taste Sate Plecing from a more popular joint, then you can try visiting one of these places:

  • Sate Plecing Arjuna at Jalan Arjuna No. 32 (Jalan Gatotkaca), Denpasar.
  • Warung Sate Plecing Mak Luluk at Jalan Raya Puputan 210A, Denpasar.
  • Warung Sate Plecing Kemangi at Jalan Raya Kuta 104 (Across Central Money Changer), Kuta.

 

8. Tipat Cantok

Tipak Cantok is a salad-like dish dressed with peanut sauce. If you know the dish Gado-Gado from Jakarta City, then Tipat Cantok looks quite similar to it. The word “Tipat” means ketupat, a bland rice cake used to replace regular steamed rice. On the other hand, “cantok” means mashed, which is the method used to make the sauce. Therefore, Tipat Cantok means ketupat with mashed sauce.

A Serving of Tipat Cantok (Source: Flickr. Credit: pseudopearl)
A Serving of Tipat Cantok
(Source: Flickr. Credit: pseudopearl)

A serving of Tipat Cantok usually consists of ketupat, beansprout, cabbage, spinach, long beans, and eggs. Sometimes, chopped tahu or tempeh is also added. The peanut sauce sometimes is mixed with petis (fermented shrimp sauce) to enrich the taste. Overall, Tipat Cantok has a combination flavor of savory, spicy, a little bit sweet.

Tipat Cantok is a perfect choice for vegetarian as it has various vegetables in it and no meat at all. The price is also affordable, especially if you buy it at the street stands. Here are several humble stands which are quite popular for selling delicious Tipat Cantok in Bali:

  • Warung Bu Agung at Jalan Pulau Ambon 8 (Lewat Jalan Diponegoro), Denpasar.
  • Warung Made Bencong di Jalan Turi 25, Kesiman, Denpasar.
  • Warung Mira at Jalan Katrangan 41, Denpasar.

 

9. Babi Guling

Babi Guling or Be Guling literally means “Rolled Pig” which actually represents the dish. The dish is made from a whole kiddie pig. First, vegetables and spices are stuffed inside its stomach. After that, the pig is grilled on a flaming fire. While grilling it, the pig is being rolled all the time to make sure it is perfectly cooked. And that is how it is called Babi Guling or Rolled Pig.

A Whole Babi Guling is Being Prepared for Serving (Source: Flickr. Credit: Adventurefood)
A Whole Babi Guling is Being Prepared for Serving
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Adventurefood)

The rolling grilling process causes the pig skin to turn brownish and crispy. This is the most favorite part of Babi Guling. Traditionally, this dish is only prepared for ceremonial purpose only. But as time goes by, people also cook Babi Guling on almost every celebration such as Christmas and birthday. And now, Babi Guling can be casually served without any special occasion.

Being a favorit cuisine among tourists, it would not be difficult to find Babi Guling in Bali. From fancy restaurants to humble street stands, you can easily find one that serves this dish. But here are some popular places to eat Babi Guling:

  • Depot Babi Guling Chandra at Jalan Teuku Umar 140, Denpasar.
  • Warung Babi Guling Bu Oka at Jalan Tegal Sari 2, Ubud.
  • Babi Guling Pak Malen at Jalan Sunset Road 5, Seminyak.
  • Babi Guling Pak Dobil at Jalan Srikandi 9, Nusa Dua.

 

10. Nasi Campur Bali

Nasi Campur Bali (or sometimes is also called as Nasi Bali) is a mixed rice dish. It usually consists of warm steamed rice with several traditional Balinese side dishes. The original version of Nasi Campur Bali usually consists of grilled tuna, fried tahu (tofu), fried tempeh, chopped beef or pork, cucumber, spinach, vegetable curry, and sambal matah. Sometimes, Lawar and Be Guling are also added. Another version of Nasi Campur is non-pig ones for Muslim people. The pork chop or Be Guling is replaced with Ayam Betutu and or eggs. Sate Lilit is sometimes added as another side dish.

Nasi Campur Bali with Sate Lilit and Other Dishes (Source: Flickr. Credit: *Beezy*)
Nasi Campur Bali with Sate Lilit and Other Dishes
(Source: Flickr. Credit: *Beezy*) 

Now, there are plenty of humble stands serve Nasi Campur Bali on their menu. The combinations of side dishes might be slightly different from one place to another. Thus, the price may vary as well. But of course, there are several places that are very famous for serving the most delicious combination of Nasi Campur Bali. Some of those places are:

  • Nasi Campur Bali Ayam Kampung Men Weti at Jalan Pantai Segara, Sanur.
  • Nasi Campur Bali ala Warung Made di Jalan Raya Kuta, Kuta.
  • Nasi Campur Wardani at Jalan Yudhistira 2, Denpasar.

 

11. Es Daluman

Es Daluman is a traditional icy beverage from Bali. Originally, it consists of sliced daluman in a coconut milk with liquid brown sugar. Daluman is similar to cincau or camcao on Chinese Indonesian culinary. It is like a traditional jelly made from the leaves of Daluman tree (Cylea Barbata Myers). Daluman is very good for health as it may smooth the metabolism and digestion system on your body.

A Glass of Es Daluman (Source: Flickr. Credit: mahayanthi)
A Glass of Es Daluman
(Source: Flickr. Credit: mahayanthi)

Modern version of Es Daluman has several component added to the serving to enrich the taste. It could either be shredded coconut or kolang-kaling (fermented seed of palm tree). Pandan leaves are sometimes used as well when cooking the coconut milk as it may enhance the aroma.

Es Daluman only tastes great while it is cold. Therefore, ice cubes are also added to keep the coldness temperature of the beverage. Drinking a glass of Es Daluman on a hot afternoon would effectively sooth your throat. It is very refreshing.

There are many places to get a fresh cold glass of Es Daluman. You can order it at almost any Balinese restaurant or food stands. During Ramadhan (Islamic fasting month), many Daluman vendors would line up on the street along with other foods and beverages vendor at late afternoon.

 

It is very fun and interesting to explore the culture of Bali through its culinary, especially considering that some of those cuisines are used to be a part of sacred ceremonial dishes. In fact, experiencing Balinese culture would not feel complete before you taste the culinary. So make sure that you will not miss tasting any of the foods or beverages listed above.