Jul 10, 2007

Bali Food Guide: Trying Local Food

Bali hot spicy rice and chicken

Have you ever wanted to try the authentic Balinese food? To try the spicy and hot vegetables or chicken sate? Eating at restaurants can be representative for trying the Bali food, but it’s not really authentic Bali food. Chances are, the food has been adjusted, meaning, it is not as spicy or as hot as the real Bali food. So, what can you do?

You can try food at the food stalls or wrung available locally in Bali. One that I can recommend is a food stall located just north of Ubud. (So, if you are staying in bud, there is no reason not to try the Bali local food.) Located at Kedewatan village, the Warung Nasi Ayam (Rice with Chicken Stall) belongs to Ibu Mangku, this place is popular for the locals.

As the name implies, the food available here is steamed Bali rice and many varieties of chicken recipes. When you order the Nasi Ayam, you will be served with a plate of rice with sliced chickens, fried chickens with hot spicy sauce known as sambal, fried nuts and long beans. For Balinese, it is quite delicious. For you it can be quite spicy. So, if you are not used to it, it can be a different "hot" experience.

Bear in mind, though, about the stomach upset you can suffer because of eating food that is too hot or spicy. There is a saying here called "Bali belly" for people who get trouble in their stomach eating local food. So, beware. But I have seen some westerners eating in this place, and they don’t get this so-called Bali belly. Still, you need to decide for yourself because Bali belly can spoil your holiday.

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