13 Mouth-Watering Foods of Bali, Indonesia
Discover mouth-watering foods of Bali.
This post of mouth-watering foods of Bali includes pictures, costs, and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
Featured Picture: Tempeh Salad (#6).
For my first few days in Bali I didn’t really try any new foods.
I met friends there (for a wedding) so we ended up eating at a lot of bars and restaurants that was more western fare. When alone I did find a few little Warangs but the food, whilst delicious and dirt-cheap, is very similar to Malaysian food. Almost identical in fact.
After a few days my mates headed home and I stopped eating a the tourist orientated bars and restaurants and can across some stuff unique to Indonesia, and maybe even unique to just Bali itself.
Mouth-Watering Foods of Bali
As always, perhaps many of the foods on this list aren’t strictly Balinese, or even Indonesian, but they are what i ate during my time spend there.
1. Ayam Kaki Goreng
I’m just taking a stab at the Indonesian name for this, but it is pretty much deep fried chicken feet.
Whilst my mate was getting some ink done the lads at the shop there brought out this and also deep fried chicken skin as bar snacks.
I’ve had steamed chicken feet before (Chinese style) but never deep fried. At first I refused it because I though it would be to messy having to spit out all the little bones, but then I was informed that you just eat the bones. Have I been eating Chicken Feet wrong all these years? Or perhaps it is just because they are cooked differently.
2. Kwey Tiao
This they definitely have in Malaysia also. It is stir-fried flat rice noodles. Although in this particular restaurant they where a different kind of rice noodle than you get in Malaysia. Perhaps it is the Indonesian way, or perhaps the restaurant just used a different noodle than usual.
In any case, it was cheap (20,000IDR) and delicious.
Campur-campur is bascially when you order from already cooked foods that are displayed. You just tell them what you want and they put it all on a plate for you to eat straight away.
These are actually my favorite meals. Simple and authentic local food which is cheap and you don’t have to wait for it to be cooked.
Since I seek out these places to eat I can only assume that most of the dishes on this list are actually just sigle sides from Campur-campur meals.
This particular one came to a total of 20,000IDR. It is toufu, mixed vegetables, chilli eggplant and rice. Actually, it is one more serve than I would usually get (I got exited by the eggplant).
4. Babi Kecap
Babi is pork. Kecap is pronounced like Ketchup (the c is a “ch” sound) but it does not refer to the American Ketchup (or the the Australian Tomato Sauce). Its literal translation is soy sauce, but in this dish I guess it just means sauce of some kind, not ketchup, and not soy sauce.
Other items on this plate are all made of pork. Home-made sausage, pork skins, etc. It was a heavy meal, especially since I usually eat mostly vegetarian.
I’ve heard of this before and I am sure they have it in Malaysia (and many other places in the world) but I have never actually tried is. Basically it is baked soy beans. It was fine, but I prefer tofu.
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6. Tempeh Salad
I mentioned tokwa before and how I prefer tofu, but this salad was pretty good. Although maybe it was just because I fasted the day before.
At the Bonjour Homestay in Amed they gave me some welcome fruit. Two bananas and this dragon-fruit. I’ve had dragon-fruit before but this is the first time I have had a whole one just like this. It was really sweet and has changed my perspective on dragon-fruit, i.e., before I wasn’t a massive fan, and now I am.
The Indonesian tofu is pretty much the same as tofu everywhere. It just depends what sauce they cook it in.
9. Gado Gado
This dish was absolutely amazing, and 100% vegetarian! (I’m not a vegetarian, but I do try err on the side of it most of the time). I assume that what actually goes in it depends on where you get it, but basically it is egg, tempeh and a variety of boiled vegetables (this pne had potato, cabbage and some other stuff) with a peanut sauce (I think) dressing. The sauce really makes the dish.
10. Cah Jamur
Jamur means mushrooms and I am guessing that Cah refers to the way it is cooked because you can also get Cah Kankung (a local water-cress type vegetable, one of my favourites), Cah Toge (which I think is the white bean sprout) and probably others. In any case, it is delicious. At the local joint where I got it she mixed in a touch of meat and I got the cah, rice and a drink for only 18,000IDR.
11. Kang Kung
The dish pictured is actually Can?? Kang Kung (as mentioned in #10) but the actual vegetabel Kang Kung was what I wanted to show, because it is one of my favorite vegetables and is not very widesrpead in the world. I first came across it in Shunde where they said it was their local vegetable. It was not popular in other places in China so that was probably true. I have also seen it in Malaysia, again not too widespread== but occasionally it is on a menu. In Bali, however, I have come across it a few times.
The fruits of Bali are pretty much the same as the ones in Malaysia, which are deliscous. Pictured here are some I bought in the mountains near Gitgit Waterfalls. The big red ones are mangostien (one of my very favorite fruits of all time) and I can’t remember the name of the other but it is also sweet. Other fruits I wanted to put in this picture was rumpleton?? (another of my favorites but no-one on that mountain seemed to be selling it) and the king of fruits, durian, but I don’t like, not enough to buy a whole one anyway.
13. Ayam Sayur
The last thing on this list of mouth-watering foods of Bali is Ayam Sayur. Ayam means chicken and sayur means vegetables. Smash it all in a wok with some “secret” Balinese sauces and you get a healthy and very tasty meal.
Do you know of any other mouth-watering foods of Bali that should be on this list? We’d love to hear about them or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .