The Perfect Dish: Babi Guling
Babi guling (suckling pig) is possibly Bali’s signature dish, with streetside warungs (hawkers) and famous restaurants vying for the title of the island’s best joint.
Often hotly contested by lovers of the dish is where one can find the best rendition of babi guling. Connoisseurs of the dish go on road trips, visiting all the famous spots to sample all the various takes on the classic Balinese dish. From famous joints in Jimbaran packed all-day long with ravenous diners to hidden back-alley secret spots in Canggu open only in the wee hours of the dusk, the depths of cult following that the dish inspires is mind boggling.
A traditional Balinese dish, the pig is typically cut, cleaned and stuffed with an assortment of aromatics, the proportion and mixture of which are closely-guarded secret handed down through the generations by individual vendors. Spices commonly used include salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, galangal, chilli, shallots, turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Once marinated and infused with the spices, the pork is grilled over spit fire and basted till it is cooked to crisp perfection. The crackling is separated, the meat is sliced and both are portioned atop steaming hot white rice, accompanied by lawar (Balinese salad) and sambal matah (Balinese chilli dip) for one’s enjoyment.
Whether one is a first-time traveller to Bali or a returning visitor, a trip to a babi guling joint is something of a mandatory check point amongst other delicious offerings on the island.
Babi Guling Sanur
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
T: (+62) 361 2873 08
Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
Jalan Sunset Road, №554
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
T: (+62) 851 0045 2968
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