Bali Photo Essay – Food

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I love food. It really makes travelling much more interesting for me. Of course, not all foods I encounter on the road suit my palate, but when it does, I usually like to take photos. So here is a bit Bali food porn to get you salivating.

Nasi Campur
Nasi Campur

A favourite meal of many Indonesia is Nasi Campur. It literally means mixed rice – a plate of rice with an assortment of vegetarian dishes and if you’re lucky, one or two pieces of meat. A meal such as the one above can be had for about a dollar. Maybe a little more when you start to pile on meat.

Gorengan
Gorengan

This is gorengan. The word “goreng” means “fried”. And gorengan is simply an extension of that with a very general meaning of “fried stuff”. Most of these bite-sized morsels contain potato-like substances and are served cold. I can almost feel the fat stick to the roof of my mouth.

Gado Gado
Gado Gado

Gado gado is popular in tourist restaurants around Bali, but it is also a genuine Indonesian dish. It’s simply a bunch of vegetables mixed in a peanut sauce with a bit of soy. Something like this costs around the 50c mark at a local food stall, but isn’t enough food to satisfy fat Western appetites — so buy two.

Babi Guling
Babi Guling

Babi guling is a favourite meal at ceremonies in Bali. A whole pig such as this one will set back a village about $150, but will be shared between as many as 20 families. The pig is roasted with a bumbu (mixed spice paste) and then served in a variety different ways. Sometimes foreigners refer to babi guling as roast suckling pig, but Balinese more often than not use bigger pigs than those that are still suckling — there’s more meat on a big pig.

Breakfast at Grocer & Grind, Seminyak
Breakfast at Grocer & Grind, Seminyak

The local food in Bali is fantastic, but there is also a wonderful Western food scene. Grocer & Grind in Seminyak does the full range of Western food and good coffee as well. I like to go here for brunch…

Food defines many of my experiences in a country. Does it for you?

8 thoughts on “Bali Photo Essay – Food

  1. I admit it, food is usually the main motivator for me to check out certain places.

    I’ll be in Bali early December. Originally, the surfing motivated me to go. But after reading your post, food has suddenly taken the top spot on my list.

    Drool city.

    1. Look, food is definitely a big part of any of my travels. I’ve never surfed in Bali, but it is something I’ve contemplated for a while now. I reckon it’s a top skill to have. 🙂 That and diving.

  2. The Gado gado sounds great with vegetables mixed in a peanut sauce, can’t believe they would only ask 50c for that. Really looking forward to trying all the local foods once I get to Asia.

    1. Look, food is one of my biggest attractions to Asia. There is some bad stuff, but there is also some excellent stuff. It’s a fantastic culinary adventure!

    1. I have to make an effort to take more photos of food. All to often I start scoffing before taking a photo.

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