Food in Bali

Food in Bali

Food in Bali will certainly spoil your dining experience, as Indonesia is known as one of the best cuisines in the world. A lot of tempting offers starting from a roadside stall to a five-star fancy restaurant will likely to amaze you. Food in Bali is really various. If you are in a tourist center, you may find many tourist-oriented restaurants in Bali. However, food in Bali will mostly be predominant with Indonesian and Chinese food.

The food in Bali is largely influenced by all corners of the globe. There are lots of ingredients imported from other countries. For example, from India, they import cucumber, Indian mustard, curries, and cow peas, from China, they import the Chinese mustard, brassica, cabbage (Chinese vegetables) and the wok and stir-frying. There are also some fruit which are introduced by the European, such as pineapple, papayas, cocoa, cauliflower, avocados, soybean, peanuts, squashes, tomatoes and pumpkins, while the Arabian introduced the mouthwatering goat stews and kebabs. These make the Balinese food seems to be comestibles. There are hundreds restaurants in Kuta which will spoil you with delicious food. If you like to try different atmosphere, you can try to go to restaurants in Jimbaran, the seafood are cheaper, and you can choose your own favorite food.

Bali food is commonly cooked with many spices and commonly using a coconut milk that will make the Bali food to be rich in flavor and creamy in texture. Many of the foods in Bali revolve the use of fish, poultry, tropical vegetables, meat, leaves and fragrant roots. The combination of them will make the Bali food looked sophisticated and delicate. Whatever serves as the menu, there is always a basic Indonesian meal, rice. The rice will always served first, followed by the some other dishes in 3 to 4 plates of meat or vegetables, which are called as lauk. These lauks are usually placed at centre of a table where everyone can share and enjoy them.

The food in Bali, as similar to any part of Indonesia, will always be served with a side dish called as sambal. It is made of the red-hot chilies that can be added with other seasonings such as lime juice. If you are not fond of spicy taste, then it will be better if you stay away from it. It can be scorching for the inexperienced or chili intolerant person, so do not be too adventurous with your sampling. If indeed you are scorched, do not drink water immediately as it will only worsen the situation; instead settle for bananas, plain boiled rice, bread or cucumber. However, delicious side dishes like tempe, a protein-charged savory cake made of fermented soybeans, and rempeyek, small crisp cookies made of peanuts, should not be missed

Five Legs
Bali food can also be found in several warung, mobile carts and snack bars. These are where you can have a simple dining. The Bali food served in such places is commonly provided for the local workers. However, you need make sure that these low cost dealer meals are safe enough to eat. These three-wheeled carts are often pushed by young boys and are nicknamed kaki lima, which means five legs - the three wheels of the cart and the two legs of the boy!

For those who never try such foods in Bali might be very tempted to try one. If you are not yet sure of the meal but you are eager to try, then you can start with the simple food, such as as pisang goreng or banana fritters, lumpia, a type of fried spring roll, and bakso, a meatball soup. Lawar, a specialty of Bali, is composed of minced pork, coconut and spices. Other types of lawar that are available include chicken, egg, green bean, and jackfruit. Do take note though, if it is red in color, it is made of fresh raw blood. You should also try a snack called tupat, which is normally not found elsewhere. It is actually steamed rice in coconut-leaf packages that are cubed with tofu, cucumber, spinach and sprouts and mixed with a fiery peanut sauce. Do not miss bubur injin or black rice pudding for breakfast or dessert, it is heavenly! Do ask locals for a price estimation but expect to pay around Rp. 2,000 to Rp. 5,000.

Tropical Fruits

The food in Bali is not only ranging on the dishes menus, but also on the tropical fruits. You will find a large variety of fruits in Bali that you might never taste before. Some can be unimaginable, but some might be the ones you wish never had never imagined. One of these is the fabled durian, the King of Fruits, which is a thorny fruit the size of a football. It has an offensive smell to some but are prized by locals. Others that can be savored include mangoes, mango, bananas, jackfruit, rambutan, markisa, pineapple, papaya, longan, melon, orange, and custard apples, to name a few. Of course, the best fruit would be the salak or the snakeskin fruit. This scaly, brown fruit encloses a crunchy white fruit with a pear-like flavor; Bali is famous for its salak.

Tips and Hints

After spoiling yourself with the foods in Bali, a bottled drinking water is highly suggested afterward. One of the well known brands is Aqua, which is identical to drinking water. You must also make sure that the bottle is still in an intact plastic sealed. Many people confuse the effects of an altered diet with the symptoms of more serious illnesses. When there is an inclusion of herbs, spices and palm oil, numerous travelers will experience changes in bowel actions. Some people may fall ill from eating in the markets while others may have the same effect dining at the most exclusive restaurants. But these do not pinpoint to any particular eating venue. Rely on your five senses when choosing the right place and type of food to eat but most importantly, have a great meal!

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