Balinese Food – A True Delight

by Carl on November 26, 2010

One of the many wonderful aspects of Bali is Balinese Food

One of the most enjoyable elements of Bali travel is the food. When sitting down for a meal in Bali, you are often greeted by a pyramid cone of rice, beautifully presented with vibrant colors of fresh vegetables and skewers of chicken with peanut sauce presented on beautifully carved wood plates or banana leaves. When dining in Cities like Ubud, you will the restaurants often have few walls and when seated in the back you are greeted by stunning views of rice paddies. As rice is now harvested every three months in Indonesia, while eating a delicious meal it is not uncommon to see farmers and Balinese women working the fields, planting seedlings in the mud, or harvesting the mature rice by beating the grains loose.
Experiencing Balinese food is a memorable experience in an of itself. Open ponds with fish often surround your table as you sit down to crunchy stir fried vegetables, shredded coconut all in delectable sauces that keep you wanting to take another bite. Bali is filled with restaurants that offer an endless variety of food. There is of course, traditional Balinese cuisine, which offers enough variety of healthy, scrumptious menus to keep the palette more than happy. But, if one desires food from other parts of the world there is much to be had and it is surprisingly delicious. You can find seafood to European style pizzerias, burger joints and steakhouses. You can always find something that caters to your taste.
The true Balinese food is, like all else in Bali, a matter of contrasts. There is everyday food, and there is festival food. The main staple is rice, accompanied by vegetables, a small amount of fish or meat. For the Balinese themselves, the food is often cooked ahead of time and eaten whenever the need arises, often as snacks. Traditionally Balinese do not dine out in groups. Festivals are the major exception. Food is prepared in an elaborate and decorative manner and is eaten by the villagers together.
Almost every restaurant will serve Balinese food like nasi goreng (fried rice with a fried egg on top) and mie goreng (fried noodles with egg). These basic dishes are generally the favorites amongst tourists and travelers. Another favorite Balinese food is satay (spicy marinaded thin slices of meat, threaded onto a skewer, barbecued, and served with a spicy peanut sauce). If you are in the mood for a salad, Gado gado is served with spicy peanut sauce and often with prawn crackers.
One of the many things that makes Bali such a wonderful place to visit is the availability of cheap and tasty Balinese food. If you would like to sample more traditional Balinese food, the most common type of eating establishment in Bali is the warung. A Warung is a small local cafe that traditionally serves local food, but have adapted to accommodate foreign tastes.
One type of warung that Balinese love and you may want to try is the ayam bakar / ikan bakar. These little restaurants offer traditional Balinese food such as grilled chicken and grilled fish and can be affordable as well as great places to socialize and eat. Ordering is easy, you can choose between grilled or fried. The food is completed by steaming hot nasi putih (white rice) and lalapan (raw cabbage, green beans, mint leave and sliced cucumber). Truly a delight.
There is so much to explore in Bali and Balinese food is no exception.

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Elle May 28, 2011 at 5:16 am

Wow yummy food :) i want to munch it all down in one gulp, nom nom nom.

Elle Matos May 28, 2011 at 5:18 am

Wow yummy food i want to munch it all down in one gulp, nom nom nom.

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Bob October 14, 2011 at 2:41 am

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