Babi Guling, known in English as a ‘pig roast’, is renowned as one of Bali’s specialty dishes. Although pork is rarely used in cuisine around Indonesia due to it being a Muslim country, on the idyllic island of Bali the primary religion is Hinduism, making the delicious meat a key ingredient at many small food stands or shops called warung.
The preparation of Babi Guling is the key to its deliciousness. Without getting into too much gory detail, the process involves rubbing the skin of the whole pig with a mixture of salt, water and turmeric which turns the skin yellow. The inside of the pig carcass is then filled with a spicy herb stuffing and then sewn shut for the roasting process.
One of the most delicious parts of Babi Guling is the crackling, which requires continuous basting of the pig’s skin with coconut water every 15 minutes throughout roasting. Once cooked, the roast pork is carved and served over rice with some of the stuffing and crackling – absolutely delicious!
We asked our Indonesian Travel Specialist Andhika for his opinion on where to find the best Babi Guling in Bali. As a local expert, he was more than happy to share his secrets:
“During the day, I would recommend a small, local warung called ‘Men Bali’ which is a family-run shop in the village of Canggu where very few foreigners visit,” disclosed Andhika. “In the evening though, my favorite place to take visiting friends is to the small night market stalls in Gianyar City. Here you can find many different options for dinner, but the Babi Guling made at Gianyar is very famous all over Bali.”
So there you have it – you can’t get much better advice than that of a local expert! We feel blessed to have local Travel Specialists like Andhika working in our offices all over Asia, so if you have any questions or would like to book a tailor-made trip, be sure to contact us.