Street food has always been a tasty solution whenever you’re hungry or just craving for a midnight snack. Here, we list 5 most memorable dishes that we’ve tried in Bali, elaborating on what ingredients do they use and how are they cooked. Most of the savory dishes in this list will contain a mixture of spices called Base Genep: a sacred combination of exotic spices (e.g: black pepper, candlenut, cloves, corianders, shallots, turmeric, chilli, galangal, lemon grass) and other ingredients, grounded and smoothened together to create an exquisite taste and aroma. Without further ado, enjoy!
Sate Lilit (Wrapped Satay)
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Sate Lilit is a form of satay discovered in Bali. It usually consists minced pork, seafood, beef, chickens or even turtle meats. Afterwards, it’s seasoned with grated coconut, coconut milk, onions, peppers, lemon juice and other spices. Prior to grilling it on charcoal, it’s wound around sugar cane sticks or lemongrass sticks. You’ll find this street food easily on Bali, being local & tourist favorites.
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Lawar is a veggie based dish created from a mix of green beans, beaten eggs, olive oil, lime leaves, sugars, grated coconut, shallots and coconut milk. It’s then fried in coconut oil. It’s then usually called by its protein ingredients, e.g: chicken lawar, pork lawar, etc. A fruity variation is lawar nangka, which uses young jackfruit as the replacement for the protein. Some likes it with blood of a butchered animal as well (e.g: pork, chicken, etc), combined with its spices to enrich the dish’s tastiness. You’ll find local classifying this dish according to its color, like red lawar (which contains blood) and white lawar (strictly coconuts and no blood).
Nasi Campur Bali (Rijsttafel)
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Definitely among both domestic & international tourists’ favorites, Balinese nasi campur is probably the most famous amongst others. The spices consist those you’ll find mainly in a lot of vegetable based curry dishes. Balinese nasi campur usually come with proteins (shredded chicken, beef cubes, tempeh & tofu) and veggies (spinach & cucumber), wrapped tightly inside banana leaf to grant the dish mild-sweetness. It also usually paired with babi guling (Balinese Suckling Pig).
Nasi Jinggo (Jinggo Rice)
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Probably would rank the top 10 cheapest food in Bali. It usually comes at a very small portion, which is probably why you should by more than one to feed yourself! It comes with chilies, fried tempeh, chickens, noodle and serundeng (grated coconut sautéed with Balinese spices), which will phenomenally melts in your mouth.
Bubur Mengguh (Mengguh Porridge)
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If you’ve tried your fair share of chicken porridge in the island of Java (Surabaya, Jakarta or Bandung), you’ll probably think it’s awesome, because it totally is! Still, it wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t tried its Balinese variation yet! This version is very similar but richer in many dimensions of taste. You’ll find its sauce creamier, spice-y and more exciting thanks to the influence brought by coconut milk, plethora of spices and coconut oil.
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Jaja Bali is the only dessert amongst all the savory dishes above, which probably speaks for its popularity in Bali. Those of you with a sweet tooth, just SHOULD NOT leave Bali without trying this dessert. This dessert contains laklak (rice muffins drizzled with caramel & shredded coconut), bubur injin (black rice jelly with bathed in sweet coconut milk) and dadar ijo (pandan flat waffle filled with sugary coconut).