Dinner at Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka
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Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka is a Bali institution for roasted suckling pig and perhaps the most famous food spot on the island. Many local chefs recommend it and it was popularized even more after it aired on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's show in 2006.
Babi Guling is essentially a whole roasted pig stuffed with different spices including turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, ginger, galangal, bird’s eye chilli, black peppercorn, salt, and shrimp paste. Then, they hand turn them on a spit over an open fire for 6 hours as it slowly roasts. Finally, the whole pig is carved and served with rice and vegetables; the innards are also chopped up and fried to a crisp.
While this place was packed with tourists, we found the local spot Nasi Babi Guling Pak Dobiel in Nusa Dua to be better. The highlight at Ibu Oka turned out to be the extremely tasty squash.
Babi Guling Ibu Oka, Bali (Feb 2017)