Bali, as the Island of the Gods that is blessed with beautiful beaches and a smorgasbord of high-end restaurants to choose from, is also heaven for many tantalising street foods. This food tour offers you a chance to enjoy one of the best of street food adventures and to eat what the local eats. Experience a unique street food eating sensation
The diversity of Indonesian food developed alongside with the cultural diversity its held dearly in each region and province within this beautiful archipelago. Cultural differences of each region affect the way the preparation of ingredients coupled with local cooking practises these traditional practises make for flavourful, unique, and appetising Indonesian food. A must for any cultural food enthused!
Our tour begins in Seminyak, where our guide Richard meets us. From here, we make the 30-minute drive to Denpasar. Much of southern Bali has been polished and gentrified for tourists, but in Denpasar, as Richard points out, you still feel like you’re in Indonesia. This is where locals live their daily lives, away from the resorts and beach clubs.
Our first stop is a lively warung serving nasi campur. Nasi campur literally translates as mixed rice and it’s one of my favourite things to eat in Indonesia. Our first meal of the day is a flavourful dish of shredded chicken, tempeh, crispy beef and lawar, a delicious Balinese mix of greens, coconut and herbs. Of course, it all comes served with a generous dollop of spicy sambal! This particular warung has something of a cult status among Indonesians visiting Bali but western visitors are few and far between, so it definitely feels like discovering a hidden gem.
Next stop, babi! Indonesia is a dominantly Muslim country and a majority of the population doesn’t eat pork. Bali with its dominantly Hindu population is the exception to this rule and
warungs selling babi guling (suckling pig) and sate babi are often some of the most popular on the island. Our flavoursome meal contains pork in all its forms – sausage, shredded, skin, you name it.
The third spot we visit is not so much a warung – you can’t really even call it a stall. Rather, it’s a sweet old lady sitting on a stool by the side of the road, selling pork sate with a side of lontong (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaf). In other words, it’s the kind of place you’d never find unless you had someone showing you the way. Richard tells us the vendor can sell a staggering 1,000 skewers a day and as we sit there eating, more than a few locals stop by for takeaway. As we wonder out loud where and when she has time to restock, her husband zooms over on his scooter, delivering a fresh batch of sate.
The fourth destination on our Street Food Safari is a warung selling soto next to the first supermarket to ever open in Bali. This is a popular lunch spot for locals and you can spot office workers and hotel employees by their uniforms and name tags. With its hearty broth, Indonesian soto really feels like the proverbial chicken soup for the soul. As an exotic side, we also get to try quail eggs painted chocolate brown with soy sauce. We wash it all down with jamu, a traditional turmeric based drink which is basically said to cure whatever ails you.
After sipping the last of our jamu, it was definitely time for dessert! Indonesians are known for their sweet tooth and at our final stop, we got to try traditional desserts. Most of these treats hail from the neighbouring island of Java and they were served to us in a beautiful Joglo pavilion. My favourite was the dadar gulung, a crepe like pancake dyed green with pandan leaves. The yummy filling is a mix of coconut and palm sugar, giving the dish a unique tropical flavour. Perhaps the most exotic offering was the es doger, an intriguing mix of coconut milk, shaved ice, tapioca pearls and avocado. The perfect way to end a day of culinary adventure.
· Start from 10.00 am to 14.00 pm
· 6-7 types of foods (small to medium portions that will be more than enough to make us full)
· Food tasting at various warungs stalls and street side places
· Local Foodie Buddy (English speaking)
· Collection and drop off at central location
· Other entrance fees and expenses such as other meals, drinks, and shopping unless otherwise stated
· Hotel pick-up and drop-off
· Tips and service charges
Know Before You Book
· Children under 12 years old, must be accompanied by an adult. Infant is free to join this tour.
· Not wheelchair accessible
· Please inform us for any dietary restrictions
- Dress: Casual, relaxed with comfy shoes.
- Bring: Eager taste buds, sense of adventure optional camera and CASH ONLY if you wish to pur- chase additional beverages or things you may spot along the way.