Bali is one of the tourism paradise in the world. Travelers are drawn to its secluded beaches, roughly landscapes and human-friendly people. When you taste special food there, you will learn about the culture’s customs and history of Indonesia. From Bali foodie, discover the best dishes to eat in Indonesia 2019.
Best dishes to eat in Indonesia 2019
- 1 Best dishes to eat in Indonesia 2019
- 2 The most unique dining experiences in Bali
Gado-gado is an Indonesia vegetable salad, which contains bean sprouts, long beans, spinach, potatoes, along with tofu and tempeh. This is one of the best food in Bali Indonesia which is very healthy and delicious. The vegetable are boiled or steamed, glazed with succulent, sometimes spicy peanut sauce. This vegetarian-friendly meal is served with compressed rice cake with a generous amount of nutrition.
2. Sayur Asem
This special dish has hints of acidity from tamarind. It contains vegetables like corn, long beans, chayote, and peanuts, soaked in the spice-rich broth. This soup usually serves as a side dish to a meat or fish meal.
3. Sop Buntut
Sop Buntut or Indonesian oxtail soup is one of the most popular and lavish dishes in the archipelago. The tender, delectable chops of oxtail are simmered in a clear broth which conveys a salty, piquant taste. It also contains carrots and potatoes, served with rice, chilli, and crunchy melinjocrackers.
This dish is one of the best Balinese food originating from China, but not without its own unique revamp to suit the locals’ taste and customs. Siomay is often served as an assortment that includes slices of tofu, potato, rolled cabbage, and hard-boiled egg, topped with peanut sauce, soy sauce, and a little chili ketchup to taste.
Bakso, or Indonesian meatballs, is one of the best dishes to eat in Indonesia 2019. The ingredients are mainly made from beef and tapioca that make them both juicy and bouncy. Balls of bakso are to be put together in a bowl with rice noodles, egg noodles, some vegetables (some even add friend wonton and other fritters), before pouring the warm, savoury broth. You can add optional seasonings like soy sauce, vinegar, or a spoonful of spicy Indonesian chili condiment.
This dish is an unmissable traveling experience in itself when visiting the heritage city. It consists of steamed young jackfruit with coconut milk, palm sugar, lemongrass and other herbs that make the taste distinctively sweet and pleasantly aromatic. Gudeg can be eaten with rice and other side dishes such as meat and eggs.
Tempeh is basically fermented soybean cake that can be cooked however you want — deep-fried, pan-fried, grilled, or steamed. It can also be used as an additional ingredient for various recipes, including vegetables and soup recipes.
8. Sop Konro
This Indonesian beef ribs soup has juicy, succulent meat in aromatic, flavorful broth that showcases a unique taste from the mixture of herbs and meat. Thank to the long cooking process, you can easily scrape off the meat from the rib bones and enjoy its tender texture along with the luscious soup.
9. Babi Guling
This food basically roasted pork seasoned with various herbs. Originally, this was a traditional dish served during traditional performances and ceremonies. A special mixture of traditional herbs and spices are stuffed and greased all over the meat before it is roasted whole, resulting in a thorough tender taste that makes the dish unmissable.
10. Soto Betawi
Soto Betawi is one of the people’s favorites. Like many other variations of soto, this one contains beef meat and innards. What makes Soto Betawi outstanding is the creamy broth made from coconut milk, cow’s milk, and other spices.
11. Mie Aceh
Originating from the Aceh region in Indonesia, this noodle dish is infamous for its strong and spicy taste, with thick broth that almost tastes like curry. It has an intricate mixture of spices that includes a lot of peppers, cumin, and other hot ingredients. The recipe usually uses thick and yellow noodle, served with various toppings from vegetables to mutton.
12. Bubur Ayam
Indonesian chicken porridge is made from rice, and then seasoned with a savory sauce. When eating this food from a street food cart, you will see how the porridge is prepared with various toppings like shredded chicken, soybeans, celery, and fried onions. This cheap, popular, yummy and convenient breakfast dish is often sold with skewers of chicken innards.
13. Ayam Taliwang
Ayam Taliwang is a grilled chicken dish from Lombok. The usual recipe uses kampong spring chicken for a firmer texture, smeared with an abundance of chili paste and a mix of seasoning then grilled or fried. The appearance and aroma of a freshly-grilled juicy is one of the best dishes to eat in Indonesia 2019.
The main ingredients of this food is from the region’s rich spices and herbs, a seasoning sauce is fixed, and portions of fish or chicken are boiled with the yellow-ish sauce. The sauce has a uniquely spicy taste with fresh flavor from the herbs, not to mention the tender and savory fish or chicken meat that show the same crispness and electrifying flavor.
The most unique dining experiences in Bali
Here are the most unique dining experiences you should try in Bali. They do not only offer world-class cuisine, but also creative setups and beautiful surroundings. For those who loves a very special dining in an extraordinary location, some of the restaurants rated are romantic and great for families and lovebirds. Whatever your expect, check these out for your next dinner plan in Bali:
1 Pesta Lobster at AYANA Bali Resort
Experience a breath-taking dining destination under the starlight over the soft waves of the Indian Ocean with this unique feature at Ayana Bali Resort. The Pesta Lobster, or ‘lobster party’ is an ideal option for couples, which serves you to a setup for two, jut out at the end of a long wooden jetty, and with a live Balinese bamboo orchestra providing soothing tunes.
The dinner is at IDR 2,500,000 (USD 188) per person.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Location: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
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2 Samabe Cave Dinner at Samabe Bali Nusa Dua
Samabe Cave dining feature at the cliff base of Samabe Bali is a great choice. The prelude to the dinner is an unforgettable descent down the cliff face towards the beach, into a dreamy setting lit by hundreds of lanterns and candles. The dinner features 4-meal courses consisting of a selection between seafood and prime cut barbecues.
The dinner is at IDR 2,750,000 for two. Opening Hours: 18:00 – 21:30
Location: Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Jalan Pura Barong-Barong Sawangan, Nusa Dua.
3 Tsavo Lion Restaurant Gianyar
Located within Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar, the restaurant’s African-themed dining room is separated from the lions prowling right outside by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The African safari theme of the restaurant even opens to the restrooms, where you can get up close and personal with a lion prowling just beyond the safety glass. The food here is not the best, but a unique dining experience it’s hard to beat.
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19.8, Gianyar.
4 Keramas Aero Park Gianyar
Enjoying the dining destination in an abandoned planes is an memorable experience. The focal point of Keramas Aero Park is its Boeing 737-400, brightly painted in a custom livery of navy blue and red, perched above a green lawn where table setups are also laid out. To enter the main dining hall, you’ll need to ‘board’ the plane. The totally revamped cabin is lined with dining tables and leather seats, with cool mood lighting overhead.
The price is around IDR 250,000 (USD 18)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Location: Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra KM. 28, Keramas, Gianyar
5. Pirates Bay Bali Nusa Dua
This restaurant features a replica wooden pirate ship ‘stranded’ on the sand, together with several tree houses, a bay lookout tower and a pirates’ kitchen nearby. Pirates Bay not only serves light meals and drinks, but also welcomes families and kids a touch of adventure with its fun-filled activities and setup. The wooden tree houses make use of the existing beach trees, where you can climb up to the bamboo decks and enjoy high views over the bay while enjoying gentle sea breezes over local dishes, or burgers and beer.
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat, 10:00–23:00
Location: The Bay Bali, BTDC Area, Lot C-0, Nusa Dua
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