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Must-Eat Dishes in Bali

If you are planning a trip to Bali, here is a quick guide to must-eat dishes. Considered one of the most complex cuisines, Balinese cuisine uses an astonishing range of spices, with a powerful harmonisation of fresh vegetables, meat and fish. It demonstrates primitive traditions and influences by motley cuisine such as Indian, Chinese and other Indonesian foods.

Balinese ingredients include fragrant seeds (Balinese 8-spice combination consisting of white pepper, black pepper, coriander, cumin, clove, nutmeg, sesame seed,  and candlenut), fragrant roots (shallots, garlic, galangal, turmeric, ginger), chilli peppers, palm sugar and fish paste.

Browse through these exotic must-eat dishes in Bali.

Babi Guling

Balinese Cuisine - Must Eat Dishes in Bali
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One of the most famous dishes of Bali is Babi guling. It is prepared by stuffing and infusing a pig with a spicy blend of turmeric, coriander seeds, kafir, black pepper, and garlic. It is spit-roasted afterwards. The succulent meat is a treat to your taste buds. The locals flock roadside kitchens to relish this dish for lunch or dinner.

Nasi Goreng

Must Eat Dishes in Bali - Balinese Cuisine
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Indonesia’s national dish, Nasi Goreng defines Balinese cuisine. It is available throughout Indonesia since it is a local favourite. It consists of stir-fried rice mixed with a variety of spices, such as garlic, tamarind, chilli, and sweet soy adds a delicious flavour to it. The dish has its own variations; it is served with, vegetables, meat, dried fish or egg. The ubiquitous dish can be found served on stylish plates at elegant restaurants, or on tin plates at bustling markets and roadside vendors. Do try it in Bali as the locals usually add their own twist to it with different spices and vegetables.

Satay Lilit

Satay Lilit - Must Eat Dishes in Bali
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Satay is another popular choice if you wish to try authentic Indonesian cuisine. Typically Satay is skewers of meat marinated with spices, served either barbequed or grilled, accompanied with a spicy peanut sauce and slivers of cucumber and onion make up a complete satay dish. The Balinese twist on this favourite dish uses instead of meat, a delicious spiced seafood paste wrapped around fragrant lemongrass. The skewers are then grilled to perfection.

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