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Balinese Food

By Viator, September 2016

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The culinary landscape of Indonesia is as diverse as its culture and geography, and Bali is no exception. Balinese food is time- and ingredient-intensive, with a heavy emphasis on spices, aromatics, and chili peppers. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Unlike much of the rest of Indonesia, Bali is predominantly Hindu, and one of the island's must-try dishes is babi guling, spit-roasted suckling pig. Traditional Indonesian meat skewers, called sate or satay, are made from chicken, beef, pork, fish, or even tofu, while the Balinese version is often made from minced meat mixed with coconut milk and spices before hitting the grill. Seafood plays a prominent role in the local food landscape—fish and shrimp come barbecued or in fragrant curries—while nasi goreng, Bali's take on chicken and rice, is often served with shrimp crackers, cucumber, and fiery sambal sauce.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Experience the ties between Bali's signature dishes and religious ceremony by taking in a sunset seafood dinner and traditional dance performance at the clifftop temple of Uluwatu overlooking Jimbaran Bay
  • Learn the craft of Balinese cuisine at a cooking class in Ubud or an intimate chef-led demonstration in a traditional Gulingan Village kitchen
  • Explore the street foods of Kuta on the back of a motorbike
  • Embark on a Balinese food safari through Seminyak, Jimbaran, or Ubud
  • Visit a small village to learn cooking methods from the locals

Tours & Tickets

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Bali Cooking Class with Private Transfer, Ubud, null
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Bali Cooking Class with Private Transfer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Get a taste for local cuisine with a hands-on cooking class in Ubud. You’ll sample spices, try traditional preparation techniques and learn about authentic ...  Read more

Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Duration: Varies

From USD $56.62
Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Class and Garden Tour in An Ubud, Ubud, Cooking Classes
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Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Class and Garden Tour in An Ubud

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Eat with a local family in their home in this private 4-hour authentic experience. Visit a traditional Balinese walled family compound nestled in a village in ...  Read more

Location: Ubud, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Balinese Cooking Demonstration and Gulingan Village Countryside Tour, Bali, Cooking Classes
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Balinese Cooking Demonstration and Gulingan Village Countryside Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Escape in to the heart of Balinese countryside on this half-day coach tour and explore beautiful rice fields and enjoy the tranquility of Gulingan Village. ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Experience Bali: Private Craft, Food and Massage Tour, Bali, Day Trips
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Experience Bali: Private Craft, Food and Massage Tour

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

This private Bali day trip is an ideal introduction to uncovering the mystique of Balinese culture. Visit a rural village known for its woodcarving crafts, ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.75
Half-Day Sanur Foodie Cycling Tour, Bali, Private Day Trips
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Half-Day Sanur Foodie Cycling Tour

Explore the authentic Balinese heritage cuisine while cycling around the Sanur coast. This 4-hour small group guided tour will allow you to witness the ins ...  Read more

Location: South Denpasar, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00

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