The Balinese Culture Is Mirrored at the Palatable Local Cuisine
The culture of Balinese people is evident with a single look at the architecture of their cities and villages. Imposing temples and picturesque houses are only a part of their temperament, which is well shown in Balinese dance as well. However, the nation’s mentality is also drained in cooking, a significant value of the local community.

After enjoying Bali’s attractions, it is time to taste some local specialties, which are the most vibrant and colorful in the world, with full of intense flavors. More than 300 ethnic groups, including indigenous and foreign inhabitants, have influenced the local cuisine presenting some luscious masterpieces. Rice and bumbu (local spices mixture) are the main ingredients of the most of the Balinese recipes such as Betutu, a dish of steamed or roasted duck mixed and cooked in spices and coconut milk, and Nasi Campur (white rice accompanied by portions of meat, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and shrimp krupuk. Seafood is definitely on the top of the gastronomical list of Indonesia, since an enormous variety of fish and mollusks including tunas, marlins, crabs, lobsters, squids, octopuses, shrimps, mussels and others are cooked in special ways with vegetables and herbs giving a spectacular result.

Furthermore there are also some alternative options for you to have just a little taste of the local cuisine. Satay (or Sate Lilit for the locals) is a dish of meat, grilled and skewered on palm or bamboo skewers and served with sauce (usually spicy), while another popular specialty is Lawar, which is created from a mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat mixed with herbs and spices. Generally, Balinese cuisine is based in local products, such as tropical fruits (mangoes, bananas, jackfruit, rambutan, pineapple, salak are some of them), spices (shallots, coriander, finger) and soy (Tempeh is a popular cake form soy product). Beverages and desserts are also made with help from nature, since the Balinese coffee and Brem (rice wine) are very popular.

Undoubtedly, the chance to savor bizarre and queer dishes is unique in Bali, but for those who hate gastronomical experiments, the local cuisine also provides a lot of common choices. Whatever you may nosh, one thing is for sure; you will definitely catch yourself gobbling!
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