To know a country, you have to try the food. And there’s no better way to know Bali than digging in to the local eats. These delectable Balinese street food options are sure to tickle the whole family’s taste buds:
In Bahasa, Kerak telor literally translates to “egg crust.” This street food is similar to a frittata or omelets, except it’s made with sticky rice. Kerak telor is made fresh, on the spot. A small amount of sticky rice mix is placed in a pan. The vendor will add several herbs and spices including shrimp, grated coconut and fried shallots. Then, a duck or chicken egg is added to the mix. It’s cooked over charcoal until it’s crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside.
In Indonesian, Nasi Gila means “crazy rice.” It’s named so because of the unusual mix of ingredients used for the dish. Nasi Gila has everything from meatballs to chicken slices, lamb meat to sausages. All these ingredients are laid over white rice and garnished with kripik for an added crunch.
Bakso is an incredibly popular Indonesian street food made with large meatballs, noodles and a tasty broth. Bok choy, hard-boiled eggs and fried shallots are also added for a delicious, hearty dish! Bakso comes in different variations. Some are made with Chinese dumplings, while others have wonton. This street food is so good, even President Obama – who used to live in Indonesia as a child – has fond memories of eating Bakso.
Best known among tourists as the Fried Chicken of Indonesia, ayam goreng is not your ordinary fried chicken. For one thing, the chickens are raised free-ranged. The meat is tougher, but it’s extremely flavorful. The chicken meat is braised in a fragrant broth in a process called ungkep. The meat is boiled until the liquid evaporates completely over low heat. Then, the meat is fried and served piping hot! This dish is best eaten alone or with white rice!
Perhaps the most popular among Indonesian street foods are the meat satay! Usually made from juicy chunks of chicken meat slathered with spices, the satay is cooked over charcoal. The meats are skewered with bamboo sticks and served with a special dipping sauce. In some regions, the sauce is not peanut-based but fish sauce-based. This alters the taste of the sauce, giving it depth and subtle richness you don’t get from peanuts alone.
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