Bali is a tropical paradise with looming volcanoes, lush terraced rice fields and world-famous surfing. Its natural beauty has won it the title of ‘Land of the Gods’, but this island also boasts an abundance of history and culture to explore.
Balinese culture oozes with kindness, generosity and a wry sense of humour. It’s no surprise then that Bali is a favourite destination for the travel-savvy.
You can immerse yourself in Balinese culture by taking a local cooking class or heading to one of their Warungs for a taste of traditional Balinese cuisine. Known for their delicious and spicy dishes, there is something here to suit every palate.
For starters, you should try a bowl of Pisang Goreng which is the national dish of Indonesia and a must for any trip to Bali. This fried noodle dish is often served with satay sticks, prawn crackers, pickled vegetables and peanut sauce.
Another must-try is sate which is similar to chicken kebabs but wrapped around skewers and cooked over a fire. It is a traditional Balinese delicacy that is often served with white rice on the side.
You can also try a dish called Bebek Betutu which is a whole duck marinated in a spice paste and then slowly steamed over hot coals. It’s a traditional and tasty dish but be warned it is very spicy. You’ll want to drink lots of water to counteract the heat.