Denpasar is an essential city in Indonesia and is the capital of Bali District and Province. The city is also of great importance as it is home to one of the largest airports in Indonesia, called “Ngurah Rai Airport”. Bali is the best place for a vacation. Not just because of its luscious beaches with waters teeming with marine life abundantly, or the green carpet of rice paddies stretching as far as the eye can see, or the fascinating mysteries that only such an exotic culture can offer. What sets Bali food apart is how many things are connected, like spirituality and food. From planting, cultivating, and harvesting to preparing, serving, and feeding – all these works are done with the sanctification of God. Please take a look at some of the 5 MUST-TRY Street Foods in Denpasar when you get a chance to visit Denpasar.
Since Balinese Hindus dominate the island, pork is found in abundance in meals, and the particular dish, Babi guling, is a delicacy that must be tried. Also known as “roast suckling pig on a skewer,” the dish contains herbs and spices that will make your mouth water. Ingredients like turmeric, ginger, garlic, Laos, coriander, lemongrass, pepper, lime leaf, salami leaf, and even black pepper are added to make this gourmet treat. Don’t forget to try BABI GULING, a specialty among the indigenous people of Bali and a must-have for everyone.
Most Bali make their living selling babi guling to enthusiastic tourists trying something spicy and delicious. With the dish in high demand, the delicacy is sometimes ordered weeks in advance. However, be sure not to forget to eat it with rice. The pores of the pig’s skin and the tender meat underneath give off the flavor of steamed rice, and you should eat the dish while it’s still hot and delicious.
Nasi Goreng is Indonesia’s national dish: fried rice seasoned with sweet soy sauce, shallots, garlic, tamarind, and pepper sauce. A rich blend of authentic Indonesian flavors, this fried rice sometimes includes eggs, shredded chicken, or crispy fried shrimp for a unique Asian twist.
If you want to know how the locals eat their food, try the nasi goreng at one of the ubiquitous roadside warungs. Nasi goreng is affectionately referred to as the official dish of Denpasar and Bali because it is served everywhere and eaten by everyone at any time of the day. This sumptuous dish consists of a pile of steamed, fried rice and is topped with an assortment of meats, vegetables, and eggs. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Urutan (Balinese Sausages)
Uruguayan or Balinese sausages are commonly found in piglet warung. It is made from pork intestines that are stuffed with pork and spices. Fry Urutan until brownish-yellow. The surface of Urutan is not as smooth as western sausage because it has bits of meat and fat. Pork sausage with rice is a tasty and economical product. Rice is wholly and quickly digested, which is why it is often served to children and patients. Meat provides protein and an abundance of vitamins and minerals for bones and muscles. Rice is a rich source of carbohydrates and provides energy.
Adding rice to sausage has been practiced for centuries. For example, white sausage does not contain blood but is usually made from rice. Because rice contains sugar, it ferments well and is used to make sake and fermented sausages. Urutan is a traditional dry fermented Balinese sausage made with rice. Horka is a Hungarian sausage made with rice.
This is a staple vegetarian dish made with cooked and raw vegetables in coconut milk and peanut sauce. You’ll find this dish in almost every restaurant, as well as at many street vendors, where the peanut sauce is freshly prepared for every dish. This makes Gado-Gado a particular word, served in Indonesia, unlike in-house restaurants, where condiments are prepared in advance. This cuisine is known as the Javanese salad. This cuisine is almost similar to a salad in some countries. However, this kitchen differs from the ordinary salad, and it has unique characteristics. This kitchen contains lettuce, cucumber, tomato, cabbage, green beans, boiled egg, boiled potato, fried tempeh, fried tofu, lontong (steamed banana leaf rice), emping (melingo potatoes), and mixed with special sauce, sauce, Peanuts (seasoning). It is delicious and of course very healthy.
Ayam Betutu is chicken with a mixture of Balinese spices. The spices consist of coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, onion, garlic, cassava or peace leaves, and pepper. Mix all the spices and put it with the chicken. Betutu days are also served in Bali celebrations such as Otonan or Odilan or wedding ceremonies. Ayam Betutu is served with side dishes, for example, crunchy fried peanuts and kangkung plecing (spinach with pepper sauce). Firstly, Ayam betutu is very popular in Gilimanuk (many restaurants serve Ayam betutu), but now in Ayam betutu, it can be found everywhere.
Cake lima dessert
A kaki lima is a three-wheeled cart pushed by street vendors who sell all kinds of street food. If you’ve never tried eating lime persimmons before, you’ve never experienced what it’s like to be an authentic Balinese. The people of Bali love to eat their food as a snack, and there is a variety of them. Kaki lime can sell anything from lumbia (fried spring rolls), satay (roasted pork or chicken in peanut sauce), Pisang Goreng (fried bananas in lumpia containers), mi Goreng (fried noodles topped with fried eggs) or paksu. (Spicy meatball soup probably adapted from China).
Balinese women usually prepare food for the day. All this is done in the morning, and the food is left for family members to eat when and if they are hungry. Again, it’s not about eating together. It’s about eating when the body is physically hungry. However, the men are responsible for preparing the spice pastes and hard food for the many festivals and celebrations. Here, preparation and nourishment take place in the community, only after respect and offering to God. In Bali, the food comes from the divine, the food is served back to the divine, and my own experience with nutrition in Bali was divine! The best advice you can receive is to get carried away and experience the complete local Indonesian cuisine and never turn down the opportunity to dine with a local family, as you are sure to treat yourself to something extraordinary.