5 delicious dishes you can try on a trip to Bali, Indonesia

Whether shopping for street food at the markets or heading to the restaurants of Bali, enjoy the spicy taste of this Indonesian island.


Bali, Indonesia is a tropical paradise, with endless beaches, coral reefs, rice paddies, and volcanic mountain views. There is so much to do [VIDEO], including temples to visit, beach resorts to chill out in and yoga and meditation retreats.

However, Bali also has its own spicy and delicious cuisine to taste on a visit [VIDEO] to the island. Five examples of traditional foods are included here.


Gado-Gado (vegetable salad)

Gado-Gado is a tasty and healthy vegetable salad, made by lightly steaming or boiling a selection of seasonal vegetables along with boiled potato, fried tofu, tempeh and lontong (cooked rice wrapped in a banana leaf). The dish is topped with a boiled egg and served with a tasty peanut sauce.


Bebek Betutu (Spicy roasted or steamed duck)

Bebek Betutu is a ceremonial dish in Bali, and consists of smokes or roasted duck, spiced with the local bumbu – a mixture of shallots, garlic, turmeric, ginger, chilli peppers, galangal, peanuts and shrimp paste, ground together with a mortar and pestle and sautéed in coconut oil to enhance the aroma and spicy flavour. It is served with salad, rice and vegetables.


Nasi Goreng (stir-fried rice)

The name Nasi Goreng translates in English to “fried rice.” The stir-fried dish includes various meat or seafood options, along with spices and vegetables. Sweet soy sauce is often added for additional flavour.


Urutan (dry pork sausage)

Urutan is a different experience for sausage lovers. This dry pork sausage tends to have a yellow-brown colour due to the turmeric that is one of its main ingredients. Other ingredients include aromatic ginger and Laos powder. The dry sausage is made with fermentation and is not smoked and has a spicy Eastern flavour. The sausage is served with salad or seasonal vegetables.


Sate (satay - meat on a skewer)

Popular as a street food item, but also available in restaurants, sate is made from a variety of meat, placed on a skewer and seasoned. The sate is then barbecued over hot coals and are served with a tasty sauce.

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