5 local food you must try in Bali

You’ve arrived in Bali and you’re ready to see the culture of the Balinese, but what do the locals eat? We’ve listed a few delicious dishes.

Nasi Campur

A local favourite, Nasi Campur means “mixed rice” and usually consists of small portions of vegetables, fish or meat with a mound of steamed rice. There’s no 1 “right” combination of flavours, so it’s rarely the same. That is what makes it so fun – you never know exactly what you’re going to get.

Babi Guling

Bali’s most famed dish – the suckling pig. Pork is rubbed with turmeric, stuffed with a spice paste (usually coriander seeds, lemongrass, lime leaves, salam leaves, chillies, black pepper, garlic, red shallots, ginger and lesser galangal) and then roasted on a spit over coconut husks or wood until super tender.


Unlike its Malaysian counterpart, Indonesian sate is not satay. Mashed chicken is blended with an array of spices and barbequed. Unless written on the menu, it probably won’t include peanut sauce While we prefer the chicken sate (sate ayam), Indonesia specialises in fish sate (lilit ikan)

Mie Goreng

A classic Indonesian staple of fried noodles is often served with vegetables and a choice of chicken, shrimp or pork. Sometimes it served with a fried egg on top, chicken sate sticks, prawn crackers and peanut sauce.

Nasi Goreng

Similar to Mie Goreng, but fried rice instead of noodles. This is the most popular staple of the Balinese. Rice is grown all over Bali, so there’s no shortage of this grain all year round. So simple yet so delicious.[1]

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