Bali is popular throughout the world for its scenic natural beauty. Every year people visit this paradise on earth for the perfect vacation. However, most of them are not familiar with the traditional Balinese cuisine and its out-of-the-world taste
Beyond beautiful beaches, Bali has wonderful cuisine. From Nasi Goreng to Martabak and Satay, discover delicious local food in Bali. Here are 5 traditional dishes you must try before you consider your vacation complete.
1. Nasi Goreng
This dish is so famous and delicious that it was voted the second most popular dish by CNN in 2011. In this dish, taste truly meets simplicity. For Nasi Goreng, several spices like garlic, tamarind, chili, and sweet soy sauce are garnished along with stir-fried rice. People, who want to make the best out of the dish, should order any preparation consisting of meat, egg, vegetables, or salted dried fish with a refreshing cocktail.
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This dish is served throughout Indonesia with great variations – all of them equally tasty. You can find Gado-Gado everywhere from a road-side stall to a renowned restaurant. This delicacy can also be enjoyed by tourists as a main course or a side dish.
Gado-Gado consists of vegetable salad with peanut sauce as a topping. The vegetables are either cooked or raw, according to the order. The peanut sauce provides a coating to the vegetables instead of just acting as a dressing as in western salads.
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Meat skewers garnished with spices and then grilled or barbecued forms one of the most popular dishes of Bali – Satay. The midrib of coconut palm or bamboo is used to make the skewers and the meat varies from pork to chicken or mutton. For the perfect meal order a cucumber onion salad and rice cake along with Satay, which comes with spicy peanut sauce. This will be the most heavenly meal in your life.
4. Bubur Sumsum
Bubur Sumsum mostly consists of black rice pudding and is usually enjoyed as a dessert after a hearty meal. However, as a sweet dish, people do eath Bubur Sumsum throughout the day – sometimes as breakfast or an evening snack. It is made with coconut cream, palm sugar, and Randan leaves blended with white and black rice. Add thin banana slices as topping for the best experience.
Martabak, the most popular sweet dish of Bali, consists of a pancake with chocolate or banana filling, and is often ordered by the tourists to add a touch of perfection to a mouth-smacking meal.
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On you next trip to bali, don’t miss any of the above dishes. This Balinese cuisine will surely satisfy your taste buds and act as a complement to the heavenly beauty of Bali.
About the Author:
James Patrick has traveled the world and Bali is his favorite vacation spot. James is a professional blogger and writes for Bali Success Tours.