One of the many things that differentiate a traveller or an explorer from a regular tourist is the way they approach the food of the land they travel to. If you’re a traveller on a gastronomical expedition, you shouldn’t miss out on the iconic roasted pork dish of Bali, The Babi Guling .
Babi Guling, which translates to ‘turning pig,’ is a classic Balinese dishes and a truly unlikely find in a country with the largest Muslim population on the globe.
It used to be traditionally made as offerings to please the Balinese Hindu Gods, where the whole pig was served to signify sublimity and perfection.
As the name suggests, an entire pig is stuffed with a mix of spices including lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, and coriander seeds, and slow-roasted on an open fire or hand-turning spit roaster — giving it a unique texture and taste, unlike any pork dish you find anywhere else in the world. However, Babi Guling is not just about the meat. A good part of your serving would also be fluffy rice and good vegetables like beans and salam leaves.
Bali has a lot of food joints serving the Babi Guling, but some of the best ones can be found in Ubud and adjoining places. Your local guide will be able to point to the best places that serve the most authentic Babi Guling and avoid the tourist traps. If you’re lucky enough to visit the northern villages of Bali, like Kubutambahan or Bengkala, you can also witness how the Babi Guling is prepared and get to dine on an authentic Babi Guling feast.
Order a generous platter of the Babi Guling that is served with a uniquely-flavoured crispy crackling and feel it melt in your mouth into literally nothing! If you’re looking to explore Bali like a local, ask Locaguide for a fully-customisable itinerary and guided tour.2