Balinese cuisine is a tradition of people in Bali Island. The cuisine concisely use a variety of spices, blended with fresh vegetables, meat and fish. The island's inhabitants are predominantly Hindu and culinary traditions are somewhat distinct from the rest of Indonesia, with festivals and religious celebrations including many special foods prepared as the offerings for the deities, and also consumed communally during the celebrations.
Rice, the primary grain is almost always consumed as a staple accompanied with vegetables, meat and seafood. Pork, chicken, fruit, vegetables and seafood are widely utilized, but just like most Hindu believes, beef is never or rarely consumed.
1. Bali Betutu Chicken
The next Balinese food is chicken betutu. Betutu chickens are already very well known to the wider community, but in Bali, the processed is different because it is made with a spice called base even. Genep base is a typical Balinese spice containing onion and white, chilli, candlenut, shrimp paste, lemongrass, bay leaf, orange leaf, galangal, ginger, turmeric, and crushed kencur and freshly sauteed. The Bali Betutu chicken has another uniqueness because it will provide cassava leaves into the chicken's stomach after being covered with even herbs above. But before it is processed, the chicken will be tied to a boil for a few hours until the spices seep.
Even after boiling, Balinese chicken betutu's special food is still not ready to be served, because it has to be burned first so that it tastes even more delicious.
2. Balinese Mixed Rice
The next Balinese food is rice. If mixed rice or rames are thought to only exist on the island of Java, that is a big mistake, because in Bali there is mixed rice which is decorated by a very side dish of Bali. Various side dishes can be selected by customers such as boiled eggs, satay wrapped, besisit, vegetable lawar, sambal, and do not forget to have rice. But not only that, because mixed rice in Bali is widely sold in various restaurants, so there will be a variety of side dishes to make it different from other producers. With delicious side dishes, many culinary connoisseurs make it as breakfast, lunch, and dinner to fill the stomach.
Some of the side dishes that are often found in addition to the main menu above are jukut urap, tum chicken, fried peanuts, chicken lawar, and chilli sauce. Jukut urap itself is food made from young jackfruit, and some are made by mixing boiled spinach, long beans, and bean sprouts with grated coconut. With abundant side dishes, you can choose it as a place for Balinese food, especially to find it very easily.
3. Balinese Pork Bolsters
The name of the pork roll in Bali is better known as be bolsters which were first made by the Balinese even though overseas the tradition of roast pork that is similar to the pork roll has been widely known. The main ingredient for making pork roll is of course meat from piglets, both male and female. Then the contents of the pork belly will be filled with vegetables in the form of cassava leaves and then roasted while rolling. The typical Balinese pork roll will be cooked when the colour has changed, from the beginning the red starts to become brown with the texture of the meat becoming crispy.
This food is classified as premium food, considering that it was only served during traditional ceremonies or religious ceremonies, but now it has become a restaurant menu in Bali. To get these Balinese specialities, you can get them in Gianyar Regency, both in restaurants or hotels that provide them. But because it is made from pork, it is not recommended for Muslims to eat it, because it is haram. But because it has good taste, the Hindu community in Bali loves it, including foreign tourists who are travelling to the Island of the Gods.
Balinese food in the form of fish. With the potential of large fish yields and the dominant community to become fishermen, Bali has a processed fish with the name of being a perfect mesambel matah. The typical Balinese food at Jimbaran is the language of Balinya raw sea chilli fish. To make it only need fresh sea fish with spices such as shrimp paste, turmeric, coriander, salt, kencur, coriander, and crushed garlic to be smeared into the fish. Before cooking, during the smear process, the spice must be waited until the seasoning has seeped deeply.
Only after the seasonings have seeped in will the fresh fish be roasted using shell charcoal or wood charcoal until cooked. As the name implies that there is the word chilli, it also requires chilli made from cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, lemongrass, salt, and grilled shrimp paste. The spices will be chopped and mashed together with additional coconut oil and lime juice. In the coastal areas of Bali such as Sanur and Jimbaran beaches, Balinese specialities in Sanur which are usually eaten with rice are very popular and easy to find.
5. Bali Betutu Duck
If there was a chicken betutu, then now there is a typical Balinese food called duck betutu which can be found with the main ingredients in the form of ducks. Processed cooked by betutu is indeed a characteristic of Bali, one of which is the duck betutu which has a very pervasive spice flavour. Naturally, because the making can take all night just to silence the ducks that have been seasoned. To make it also unique, because it must be steamed so that the duck is cooked evenly and has a softer texture.
How to make it varies, but usually after the spices are made and have become an even base, then the next is to smear the even seasoning around the duck. But leave half of it, because half of the even seasoning will be anointed with spinach which will be put into the duck's stomach. What makes it unique, after this process, the duck will be tightly closed with leaves and then allowed to stand for 6 to 7 hours or overnight.
Only after that will the duck be steamed for an hour, and even still have to be roasted or roasted until cooked for consumption. The presentation will usually be given tomatoes, cucumbers, rice, and chilli sauce to make it more delicious. Although it used to be the food of the aristocrats, now betutu ducks can be enjoyed by anyone in the restaurant or hotel because it is one of the typical Balinese food menus.