Suckling pig at each tourism hotspot!

Victoria Tunggono   17 October 2016 17:59

Bali is overwhelmingly Hindu. In heavily Muslim areas of Indonesia pork is generally avoided, and in Buddhist and Christian parts that don't have as many religious restrictions, no meat stands out like pork does in Bali. 

Since cows are considered sacred in Hinduism beef is not that popular in Bali. Pork dishes, though, are popular all over the island. 

One of most famous and delicious pork dishes is suckling pig (babi guling), which is celebrated around Bali. Different areas offer different versions, and different restaurants offer different recipes. One restaurant might add crispy fried pork while others add pork sausage (urutan) or pork skin crackers (kerupuk). 

In general, a babi guling dish includes meat, skin, sate, vegetables, soup, and rice. 

Below are the top 5 babi guling destinations around Bali:

1. Babi Guling Candra, Denpasar

 

Located in the centrer Bali's capital, Babi Guling Candra is a legendary restaurant. A complete portion contains pig intestines and tongue, but if you're a bit squeamish you can ask for just meat, both sate tusuk and sate lilit. Vegetables, soup and crackers all come with it. You can find Babi Guling Candra at Jalan Teuku Umar 140, just north of the Simpang Enam roundabout in Denpasar.

2. Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel, Nusa Dua

If you're in southern Bali, go to Dobiel. Some people say this restaurant has the best babi guling. A serving gets you standard pork meat, crispy fried pork, sate tusuk, lawar and a large soup portion. Find Babi Guling Sari Dewi Pak Dobiel at Jalan Srikandi 9 in Nusa Dua.

3. Karya Rebo, Jimbaran

Jimbaran may be famous for its seafood,but on Jalan Toyaning 1, just by the road fork at Benoa Square in Kedonganan, you can find another culinary claim to fame. The meat and soup here are less Balinese, technically, since they use less herbs, but if you aren’t too into heavy spices, this one is worth a try.

4. Warung Babi Guling Dayu, Kuta

Warung Dayu serves sate tusuk with red sauce, boiled cassava leaves, crispy fried pork and pork skin crackers. Also try the famous kuah balung (pork soup) as an alternative or addition to the babi guling menu. If you don’t mind eating hawker food and sitting outdoor, you gotta try Dayu at Jalan Kuta Raya 5, just after the temple by the road fork at the Kuta traditional market.

5. Bu Oka restaurants, Ubud/Gianyar

A legendary spot in Gianyar, Bu Oka now has three branches: one in Mas village (at the main road Jalan Cok Rai Pudak) and two in Ubud (Jalan Suweta 2 and Jalan Tegal Sari). It serves babi guling with squash, pork sausage (which contains blood), fried innards, crispy skin and crackers. Ask for an additional portion of their famous crispy fried pork meat (gorengan) and your meal in Ubud would be perfect! 

You can sweat it out at your next Ubud yoga session. ;)

 

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