Head to One of These Spots for Delicious Babi Guling in Bali!
Babi Guling is a traditional Balinese roasted suckling pig dish. The pig is stuffed with various spices including lemongrass, turmeric and coriander seeds, and then slowly roasted to perfection over an open fire. With such a heavenly flavor, this is one dish you can’t miss while you’re in Bali!
Bali’s beaches are full of stalls that serve their own version of this delicacy. But, the best babi guling in Bali is sold at the small family-run restaurants – called warungs in Bahasa. If you’re ready for a truly Balinese-gastronomic adventure, start hunting down babi guling at one of these family restos:
Babi Guling Ibu Oka, Ubud
Hands down one of the most famous warung that serves babi guling in Bali. In fact, food critic and TV show host Anthony Bourdain recommended Ibu Oka on his show. Ibu Oka is conveniently located near the palace in Ubud and is easily filled with guests by midday. They open up at 11AM cooking about six pigs everyday and close up at about 3PM when they sell out.Ibu Oka pride themselves on luscious, tender babi guling swimming in their house special sauce. When compared to other warungs, Ibu Oka’s sauce is on the mild side. The meat itself is saltier than others too, so the saucy-salty balance is at its best.
Babi Guling Negari, Gianyar
This warung is another common spot for babi guling lovers. The restaurant opens up daily at 11AM and is located in Gianyar. Some say Babi Guling Negari offers the best cracklings to combine with the babi guling. The quality of the meat is superb (though served in smaller portions), tender with the right balance of saltiness and sweetness. Each meal comes with chunks of sausages and some vegetables. Two dim sum-like balls made of fat complete the dish.
Warung Babi Guling Sanur
Warung Babi Guling Sanur sits in the Danau Tamblingan area, which is a good thing if you plan to have a huge meal! After stuffing your face with mounds of babi guling, you can take the scenic route home to settle the stomach. Just so you know, the babi guling in this warung is considered as one of the best in the island!
Folks at Warung Babi Guling Sanur cook just three pigs per day. The shop opens at 11 AM and prepares the meat on the spot. If the whole family is up for a treat, get the special order. This meal consists of generous slices of babi guling, crunchy fried cracklings, pork fat, and urap. Urap is a Balinese vegetable salad drenched in coconut chili dressing, yum!
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