Scuba diving, snorkeling, taking cooking classes, seeing theatre, visiting temples, staying in jungle resorts, and exploring the rainforest are all premier activities in Bali. But the Indonesian island doesn’t only offer sightseeing and water activity opportunities — the food also offers a completely unique aspect to the trip. Balinese cuisine is often made with ingredients like fragrant roots (such as shallots, turmeric, and ginger), chile peppers, fish paste, and palm sugar. Here are five foods that travelers to Bali should take full advantage of.
This Balinese recipe is for spit-roasted pig stuffed with traditional spices and ingredients like cassava leaves. It’s all cooked over a coal fire.
Bubur sumsum, or black rice pudding, is a sweet dish frequently eaten for dessert, but it can also be served for breakfast or as a snack. It’s often made with rice, coconut milk, randan leaves, and palm sugar.
There’s a group of restaurants on the edge of Jimbaran Bay that offer a unique seafood experience that involves guests selecting their own freshly caught seafood. It’s then grilled over a coconut husk fire and served up alongside café owners’ unique condiment recipes. Jimbaran was named the eighth best city in the world for seafood lovers by The Daily Meal this year.
Satay is popular all across Indonesia, and this is Bali’s version of the meat-on-a-stick favorite. It consists of minced meat, grated coconut, and a mixture of spices.