5 Delicious Local Foods to Try in Bali

While on holiday in Bali, many of us look forward to the beautiful landscape, exotic beaches, and lovely culture. However, let’s not forget the favourite part of any holiday, which is trying delicious local food!

While there are many dishes in Bali that can also be found in other areas of Indonesia or the region, there are definitely some tasty things to try that are unique to Bali. Here are a few of the best must-try Balinese dishes.

Ayam Betutu

This smoked or roasted chicken is among the most popular local dishes in Bali. Ayam Betutu may take the chef many hours to make to achieve the perfect taste and aroma. This dish is marinated with a range of flavours including garlic, ginger, lemongrass, coconut milk and tumeric. Ayam Betutu (chicken Betutu) can also be found cooked with duck instead.

Nasi Campur

This dish of mixed rice is full of surprises; especially if you’re going to taste it for the first time. Translated literally as “mixed rice,” this is a dish that is served as a large portion of steamed rice, surrounded by a variety of vegetables, meat, peanuts, egg, and fried krupuk. It means you will find the wonderful multiple flavors of Bali all in one plate.

Babi Guling

The suckling pig is a popular dish of Bali, enticing pork lovers with its mouth-watering aroma. Babi Guling is a whole pig is roasted after being marinated with a numbers of spices such as lemongrass, chilli, coriander seeds, and more. If you are out with friends and family, you could order the whole Babi Guling, or you could also opt for just a portion of the meat, served with rice and vegetables.


Although satay can be found in many places around Indonesia and other parts of the region, Balinese Satay is made with a range of unique flavours that make it truly Balinese. These skewers of chicken, goat, beef, or mutton are marinated and then barbecued, served with delicious sauces.

Gado Gado

Translated as “mix-mix”; this tasty mixed salad may be served cold or warm. The dish includes an assortment of vegetables such as long beans and beansprouts,  together with tofu, boiled egg, and ‘lontong’ or rice cakes. The dish is served with a spicy peanut sauce dressing.