Local Balinese Food You Have to Try 2014.10.31

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The best place to try traditional Balinese food is at one of the small warungs that can be found on just about every street corner.  As a good indication of where it's safe to eat, look for somewhere that's popular with the locals.

In this blog post we'll introduce you to some of the most popular Balinese dishes, namely rice, noodles and soup.


Nasi Campur

Everyone loves nasi campur. Select what you want buffet-style from behind the glass case and proceed to the cashier. Served with white rice, the meal can include various helpings of vegetables, noodles and fish or meat.

The taste differs from one warung to the next, as does the type of meat offered depending on whether the owners are Muslim or Hindu.

Price range: Rp. 10,000 - Rp. 20,000

Balinese Nasi Campur

Nasi Goreng

The staple dish for many locals is nasi goreng ("nasi" = rice, "goreng" = fried), Indonesian fried rice. There are many variations, however typical dishes include Nasi Goreng Ayam (chicken) or Nasi Goreng Seafood (with shrimp or squid). Nasi Goreng Nanas is served in a hollowed out pineapple half, while Nasi Goreng Cap Cay is fried riced topped over Chinese-style fried vegetables.

Price range: Rp. 10,000 - Rp. 25,000


Babi Guling

Babi Guling (suckling pig) is a classic Balinese dish. Not only is it a tasty meal to enjoy for lunch or dinner, it also forms an important part of special ceremonies such as weddings and tooth-filing ceremonies.

The whole pig is stuffed with spices such as chilli, ginger and turmeric, as well as garlic and shallots. It's then roasted for hours on a spit over an open fire, giving the meat a delicious smoky flavor.

Price range: Rp. 15,000 - Rp. 35,000

Ibu Oka's Babi Guling at Ubud, Bali

Babi Guling


When you mention "porridge", most people think of breakfast oats or some sort of baby food. Bubur is Indonesian rice porridge, and is often served with chicken or seafood. This inexpensive dish can also be eaten as a dessert, with coconut milk.

Price range: Rp. 8,000 - Rp. 15,000

Bubur Ayam Cikini

Bubur Injin - Warung Agus AUD8


Mie Goreng

Noodles is another staple in the Indonesian diet, with mie goreng being the popular Indonesian fried noodles ("mie" = noodles). As with nasi goreng, you can get chicken or seafood mie goreng, and it's recommended to enjoy with crunchy fried shrimp crackers called "krupuk".

Price range: Rp. 10,000 - Rp. 25,000

Mie Goreng

Mie Ayam

Mie ayam is Indonesian-style ramen noodles. Green vegetables are boiled with soy sauce and chicken, then topped over wheat noodles to create a tasty, filling meal. Often the dish is served with bakso soup which can be eaten on it's own or together with the noodles. As serving portions are small, order two helpings if you're very hungry.

Price range: Rp. 8,000 - Rp. 25,000

mie ayam pedas untuk pak bhakti



"Soto" is the Indonesian word for soup.  Soto ayam is the popular chicken soup found at almost every local restaurant and warung, as well as from street cart vendors.

The watery soup is flavored with garlic and chilli, to which chicken, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, boiled egg and noodles is added. It's the kind of comfort food that you want to eat when you're not feeling well, and is also delicious soaked with white rice.

Price range: Rp. 8,000 - Rp. 25,000

soto ayam..


Meatball soup or "bakso" is one of the most affordable meals around to be had. The clear savory soup contains noodles, shredded cabbage and some form of meat such as beef or fish.  Bakso is served at most local restaurants and also from mobile street carts called "kakilima".

Price range: Rp. 8,000 - Rp. 15,000



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This time we introduced the classic Balinese dishes of rice, noodles and soup. Next time we'll cover some local meat and fish dishes, so come back soon!

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