On our virgin trip to Bali last week, we’ve seen the most beautiful sunrise and sampled many exotic food. We’ve tried food that cannot be found in Malaysia and discovered new ways to eat common snacks. Here are 11 unique eats we tried in Bali.
1. Fish satay
Pescetarian would be happy to know that satay in Bali is not made just from meat or poultry, but fish. It has a smoky flavour from grilling and flavoured with sweet and spicy sauce. Lime is squeezed over it for some zing.
2. Terong Belanda (Tamarillo)
The truth is, this is the first time we’ve tried ‘terung belanda’. Followers on JewelPie’s Facebook told us that these are available in Malaysia (thank you Sue Young and Friherre Loh!). It taste like a mix of tomato and passionfruit, sweet and tangy.
3. Grilled seafood at Jimbaran
Bali is blessed with beautiful beaches, coconuts and fresh seafood. Enjoy all of them at once at Jimbaran. Along the beach, there are a row of restaurants serving seafood which BBQ pit is fueled with coconut shells and husks.
4. Sambal mentah
At Jimbaran, seafood is served with sambal mentah. It’s a concoction of chilli, garlic, onion, lemongrass, lime, shrimp paste and oil. A truly flavourful condiment.
5. Avocado Juice
‘Avocado juice’ is widely available at Balinese restaurant (though smoothie would be a more appropriate name for it). It’s thick, creamy and actually taste more like milkshake than juice!
6. ABC sambal
Sambal asli ABC makes an interesting substitute to regular bottled chilli sauce. It has more kick. Get a bottle for about RM 1.50 (USD 0.50) at convenient stores like Circle K.
7. Babi Guling (Roast pig)
The most famous restaurant for babi guling (roast pork) is Ibu Oka. Its popularity apparently rises after a visit by Anthony Bourdain. If you prefer a better environment and service, get your babi guling fix at Warung Kayu Api at Sanur. Here, the dish comes with crispy fried intestines. It’s crunchy pork skin which is not as hard hence friendlier to your teeth.
8. Teh Botol (Bottled Tea)
Sweet tea in a bottle. Great for hot days.
9. Jagung Bakar Pedas (Grilled corn)
You can see these corn carts everywhere, especially touristy area like Tanah Lot and Jimbaran. There are four flavours available: asin (salty), manis (sweet) and pedas (spicy). A must try is jagung pedas (spicy corn). It’s spread with chili sauce before grilling. Just make sure you have a bottle of water ready. It’s really spicy!
10. Pisang goreng bermadu (Fried banana with honey)
Our love for pisang goreng is rekindled in Bali. Who would have known an innocent condiment such as honey add such perfect flavour to a common dessert?