Honeymooning | The Bali Eats (Part 1 of 4)
Recently, Dub-C and I spent 11 wonderful days in Bali for our honeymoon. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it was an unforgettable one. We both were very happy that we chose this place since it has a great balance of the two things we want from a vacation: cultural sightseeing and relaxation.
And of course, there’s also the delicious food.
Bali did not disappoint. We read up on the local cuisine ahead of time, asked around and mapped out where we wanted to eat so we wouldn’t miss anything. This post will highlight some of the local Balienese dishes, all of which we enjoyed on our trip.
Nasi Goreng translates to fried rice. And that’s what it is. It’s not your typical tasting Chinese friend rice though. They use some additional vegetables in the rice and top it with fried onions and an egg. The above picture is what Dub-C has for breakfast the first morning there and this is easily found in many places around town.
Mie Goreng is fried noodles. Again, it’s topped with a fried egg and a common breakfast food, though you can find it most anywhere and anytime. Here, you see some Mie Goreng Dub-C had for breakfast, with other goods like fresh squeezed juice (papaya and watermelon), coffee and sliced fruits.
Babi Guling, suckling pig, is a regional treat. The “special” plate costs 30,000 rupiah (about $3.50 US) and you get a plethora of meats – juicy pork, crackling skin, sausage and a fried piece of pork (aka bacon).
We visited Ibu Oka in Ubud which is famous for their Babi Guling. This place was made even more famous after Anthony Bourdain visited with his show No Reservations and remarked that it was the best pig he ever tasted.
Bebek Goreng is usually half a duck (or you get splurge and get the whole duck) that is marinated in Balienese spices for 36 hours before it’s deep fried. The result is flavorful meat and crispy skin. I ate this 3 times while in Ubud. I liked it best at Cafe Batan Waru, but it’s also very popular at the Dirty Duck Diner (Anthony Bourdain also had it here) and at Cafe Wayan.
Nasi Ayam is chicken with rice. As with many Balienese dishes, you get a hodge-podge of items with your rice. Here, we got chicken satay, differently marinated chicken meat, fried chicken, etc.
We went to Ibu Mangku to try their Nasi Ayam. Why? Our Lonely Planet Guide told us to. In fact, they only serve one dish here and it’s Nasi Ayam. The other thing that we liked about this place was that we were the only tourists who were eating here (versus many other restaurants in which tourists are the norm).
Dub-C was brave and decided on our last day there to try some street food. He saw a Mie Ayam (Chicken Noodle) cart and decided to go for it. This bowl was only 10,000 rupiah ($1.08 US). He claims it was the best meal of the trip. I’ll take his word for it since I did not chance it.
And lastly, the drinks. We both had our go-to drink where ever we went. I’m going to let you guess who’s was who’s.