Masakan Bali - Bali cuisine

Contributed by: Mehr & Yuriiki

Not many people know that Bali has its own cuisine called ‘Masakan Bali’. In its most basic form Balinese food consists of rice as a staple, served with dishes made from pork or fish, a variety of sate and vegetables often mixed with chili and other condiments. Most Balinese meals are eaten quickly with no fanfare as dining out and in groups is not a normal custom in society. Indonesia is a Muslim country, so pork isn’t celebrated as it is here in Bali. Pork is, however, consumed avidly by Balinese, the urban Chinese and the non-Malay population. Beef consumption is limited in Bali because cows and buffaloes are needed as draught animals in the paddy fields. The favorite animal protein of Bali's Indian population is mutton.
Ayam Goreng Nasi Campur

The best way to enjoy the true flavors of Bali is to stay away from the big tourist flooded hotels and head to the streets. The ‘Warungs’ or the snack carts and the ‘Kaki Lima’ or the mobile carts dish out local favorites at reasonable rates to the Balinese people and adventurous tourists. (Trivia – Kaki Lima means 5 legs; 3 wheels of the cart and 2 of the man that pulls the cart.) While in most cases the food here is safe, one may exercise caution while dining out. Very often tourists may confuse the effects of a changed diet with a more serious stomach illness.
The Southeast Asian concept of night markets comes to life in Bali where stalls sprout at dusk and blast the latest chartbuster singles, while plating flavorful and exotic dishes. Even if you can’t eat at one of these, you must visit it to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bali. Most tourists may end up eating Chinese or Indonesian food that is typically served in larger hotels. Visiting these markets brings tourists closer to the locals and helps them understand the culture and lifestyle of the people.

Culinary Terms

§ Anything preceded by ‘Nasi’ contains rice.
§ Nasi putih – Plain rice
§ Gula – Sugar
§ Susu – Milk or usually sweetened condensed milk
§ Istimewa written after a dish means it is topped with fried egg
§ Rijstaffel – Literally means rice table and refers to a 5-10 course meal. In ancient times there were 35 courses in a rijstaffel. Items are normally served in handmade pottery and accompanied by Tingklik orchestra.
§ Ayam – Chicken
§ Bebek – Duck
§ Goreng – Fried
§ Pecel – Indonesian peanut-based sauce
§ Bubur – Rice porridge
§ Kacang – nut; Hijau – green; Kacang Hijau: green bean
§ Pisang – banana
§ Kopi – coffee
§ Teh – tea
§ Panas – hot
§ Es – iced (Iced tea – Teh Es)
§ Kerang - clams

Famous Dishes:
§ Nasi Goreng – Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top; vegetarian versions are available
§ Mee goreng – fried noodles with egg; vegetarian versions are available
§ Babi guling – pieces of grilled suckling pig with delicious crispy skin
§ Bebek Betutu- a duck delicacy, where the fowl is marinated with many different herbs and spices, wrapped in banana leaves and then baked over a low flame
§ Lawar – made from pig’s blood and spices accompanied by other goodies from the village
§ Gado Gado - healthy Javanese salad with a combination of potatoes and vegetables, smothered with a hearty quantity of spicy peanut sauce often served with prawn crackers; vegetarian versions are available
§ Cap-Cay – Chinese sweet and sour stir fried meat and vegetables
§ Martabak - a fried roti bread, filled with meat or vegetables
§ Nasi campur - Common fare in Indonesia; a heap of steamed rice topped with vegetables, meat, pickles and krupuk (crackers)
§ Nasi rames - rice with vegetables, meat and a fried egg
§ Opor ayam - chicken cooked in coconut milk usually served with white rice (nasi putih)
§ Javanese-style fried chicken, ayam suharti, ayam chichi, and ayam timbungan with curry
§ Ayam taliwang, a superb chicken recipe from Lombok best served in Denpasar
§ Nasi pecel is a Javanese rice dish served with cooked vegetables and peanut sauce

Babi guling Nasi campur Bebek Betutu

Sweet offerings:

Martabak Manis - A sweet pancake with butter, chocolate, cheese, condensed milk and peanut toppings - not common on Bali, but sometimes available
Bubuh Injin - desert made from natural black glutinous rice, served hot, in a sweet sauce of palm sugar and thick coconut cream
Pisang goreng - fried bananas
Peanuts in palm sugar, cooked peanuts
Jaja - multi-colored coconut confectionary and ice-cream

Popular Snacks:

Bakmie - rice flour noodle soup
Satay - spicy marinated thin slices of meat, threaded onto a skewer, barbecued, and served with a spicy peanut sauce; ‘Satay Ayam’ is chicken satay. Shrimp, pork, intestines, eggs, turtle or dog meat are popular; so be sure to order carefully.
Bakso - meatball soup
Lemper - sticky rice
Lumpia - fried spring rolls with vegetables and meat
Sop - clear soup or meat and vegetable stew
Soto - a meat and vegetable broth with rice served with coconut cream or santen.
Krupuk - large, crispy, tangy, oversized cracker made from crab meat, fish flakes, shrimp paste, or even fruit mixed with rice, flour or sago flour. It is first dried to resemble thin, colored plastic and then deep fried in oil.

Bakso Lumpia Lemper


Bali has a wide variety of fruit, some of which may call for an acquired taste. While the durian overpowers most fruits, other fruit such as mangoes, mangosteen, bananas, jackfruit, rambutan, makiza, pineapple, papaya, logan, melon, oranges and custard-apple serve as fantastic refreshers at any time of the day. They may also be suitable healthy alternatives for those who cannot find an agreeable place to eat.
Durian – King of Asian fruit with an unappealing smell
Rambutan – Hairy version of a lychee


It is highly recommended to not drink the local water. Most people drink bottled water ie. Aqua or Air. The brand Aqua is synonymous with bottled drinking water; hence order for Aqua and you are sure to be safe. While there are many coolers, refreshers and local fizzy drinks, do not attempt to find the international brands of soda. Visit the supermarket to stock up on these if they are essential. Do not ask for ice unless the venue explicitly mentions made from boiled water.

Kopi Bali (Balinese coffee) and Teh Panas (hot tea) are excellent beverages but the tea with ginger is a must try. Mention gula or susu if you want sugar and milk.


Nasi goreng, mie goreng and satay can range from Rp.3,000 in markets to over Rp.15,000 in restaurants depending on the surroundings. However you may need to pay about Rp.5,000 to Rp.15,000 for gado gado. Expect to pay about Rp.5,000 for basic dishes of seafood usually kept live in tanks to over Rp.50,000 in restaurants. Needless to say that lobsters will be far more expensive. Local snacks may cost around Rp.2,000 to Rp.5,000 or even less in the smaller villages where there is less direct reliance on the tourist dollar.

For those who are willing to try but are worried about the stomach bug, you may want to start with simple pisang goring, lumpia, bakmie and bakso and work your way up to more complicated preparations.

Hawker street fare (the expats claim these food is really good!):

1) Address: Jalan Setiabudi No 19, Kuta
Food: Steak/Chicken hotplate costs around Rp15,000
Fries is Rp7000 & rice Rp2,500

2) Address: Jl Oberoi near La Lucciola.
Shop name: Warung Ibu Dewi (on the far left and its blue in colour)
Food: the owner makes great nasi pecel, and her nasi campur is wonderful!
3) Address: Central Denpesar
Shop name: Tiara Supermarket foodcourt
Food: a range of all sorts!

4) Address: the road heading from Nusa Dua to Kuta (closer to Nusa Dua side)
Shop name: Ham Le (next to a motor bike repair shop)
Food: “The tastiest seafood meal I have had in Bali”

5) Address: Jl. Petitenget
Shop name: Warung Sulawesi (opposite Warung Europ)
Food: You could choose the seafood from the ice box and pay by the kilo, the food is cooked
on a coconut husk bbq. There are fish, prawns, kerang and kangkung all served with
sambal (chilli paste) and nasi. It wasn't cheap by warung standards but it was such
tasty fresh seafood. The favourite was the kerang - fat and juicy served in the shell
and smothered in sambal.
Opens everyday for lunch, except on Sundays. It is usually crowded during lunch time -
so the food must be good.

6) Address: Jl. Legian, next to the Megabank, near the intersection to Jl Sunset
Shop name: Warung Pojok
Food: Tofu/Tempe/Telur/Eggplant Lalapan ( Rp8.000); cheapest Teh Es (Rp2.000)
Nice place after clubbing in the early morning hours, when it's the only place open, but a
bit bland during the day.

7) Address: Puri Gadin, Jimbarn
Food: Best satay ever @Rp6,000 for 10 sticks

Spicy food series:

S1) Ibu Andika
JL.Raya Kuta,Kuta
Tel. - Nil
24hrs open
Price - RP17,000

S2) Warung Bali
JL.Tangkuban Perahu No.2, Kerobokan
Tel. 081-239-61203
Open 09:00 - 15:00
Price - RP10,000 ~ 12,000
S3) Ibu Made Weti
JL.Segara Ayu, Sanur
Tel. - Nil, Open 08:00 - sold out
Price - RP12,000
S4) Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Inu Mangku
JL.Kayu Jati No.12,Br.Jimbaran Carik-Basangkasa,Seminyak
Tel.3083008 Open 09:00 - 21:00
Price - RP15,000 ~ 20,000

S5) Warung Surabaya
JL.Wana Segara No.2, Tuban
Open 05:00 - 20:00
Price - RP8,000 ~ 10,000

S6) Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk
JL.Raya Tuban No.2, Tuban
Tel. 757535
Open 10:00 - 22:00
Price - Ayam Betutu RP18,000 + Rice RP4,000
S7) Warung Pojok
JL.By Pass Ngurah Rai No.300
Open 24hrs
Price - Nasi Goreng RP12,000 Soup RP8,000
S8) Warung Be Pasih
JL.Pemuda III No.24,Renon,Denpasar
Open 09:00 - 22:00
Price - Sate Ikan RP16,500
S9) Warung Mak Beng
JL.Hang Tuah No.45,Sanur
Open 08:30 - 17:00
Price - Ikan Goreng RP22,000

S10) Warung Jasmine
JL.Raya Tuban No.63, Tuban
Open 07:00 - 24:00
Price - Tempe Tahu Penyet RP7,000
S11) Rawon Setan
JL.Raya Kuta No.104 Blok-C, Kuta
Open 24hrs
Price - Iga Penyet RP30,000 + Rice RP3,000

S12) Taliwang Bersoudara
JL.Raya Kuta No.89, Kuta
Open 11:00-23:30
Price - Ayam Plering Taliwang RP25,000
S13) Nasi Hot
JL.Raya Kuta No.77X, Tuban
Open 08:00 - 22:00
Price - Ayam Panggang RP15,000
S14) Warung Parahyangan
JL.Sudamala No.55-57,Sanur
Open 09:00 - 21:30
Price - Ikan Bakar Pedes RP24,000
S15) Kartika
JL.By Pass Ngurah Rai No.116,Sanur
Open 08:00 - 18:00
Price - Lawar RP20,000


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