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Balinese Food

By Viator, October 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

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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 7 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
Kuta Street Food Tour, Kuta, Cooking Classes
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Kuta Street Food Tour

Explore the back streets of Kuta on the back of a motorbike on this 4-hour food tour. As a guide takes you away from locations that are heavily crowded by ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.00
Uluwatu Cliff by Night: Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Bay with Kecak Show, Bali, Food Tours
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Uluwatu Cliff by Night: Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Bay with Kecak Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

A clifftop temple, beautiful dancers at sunset and a seafood dinner under the stars — southern Bali doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Enjoy all three ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hrs

From USD $74.00
Bali Food Safari, Bali, Dinner Theater
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Bali Food Safari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Bali Food Safari is a progressive style dining experience, taking you on a journey through some of the most remarkable and respected restaurants in Bali.  ...  Read more

Location: Denpasar City, Indonesia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.50
Balinese Cooking Demonstration and Gulingan Village Countryside Tour, Bali, Food Tours
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Balinese Cooking Demonstration and Gulingan Village Countryside Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 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

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