Well, a trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without trying their famous babi guling. For those of you who are not familiar with the meaty, piggy goodness that is babi guling, let me enlighten you! Babi Guling is a traditional roast suckling pig dish. The literal translation is turning pig, because it’s hand-turned while roasting over an open fire. The result is juicy meat with the crispiest skin you’ve ever tasted! It’s a meat lover’s dream, so naturally, we had to check it out.
This is a traditional warang, so it it’s not very fancy and has a nice friendly and casual atmosphere. This adds to the charm and considering we visited many upscale restaurants in Bali, it was nice to try somewhere more local.
It has all the usual soft drinks and Bali’s local beer, Bintang.
We ordered the set meal which started with a questionable-looking murky soup but tasted ok. We were very happy when the main event arrived, however. Succulent meat, check; two types of crispy skin, check; satay, check; fragrant lawar, check. The meat was beautifully tender and really packed a porky punch. I love how they gave us two type of crispy skin! The first was the normal cracking you get when roasting pork, and was perfectly crisp. The other was similar to deep fried pork crisps. Both added great texture to the meat.
The spice in the dish came from the lawar, which is meat mixed with vegetables and flavoured with plenty of herbs and spices. If you’re not a fan of spice I recommend ordering the ‘not spicy’ version, which still has the fragrance from the herbs, while being a little easier to manage in the un-air-conditioned warang! The dish also came with satay which was nothing special, but a nice addition. Topping off the dish were these pieces of pork that were cooked so long in fat that they became juicy and crispy at the same time if this is even possible. This was actually one of my favourite accompaniments, as it really gave you a deep meaty flavour.
When you google ‘best babi guling in bali’ Pak Malen is the top hit for good reason! We have tried other babi guling in Bali before, but nothing even compares to this warang. If you are in Seminyak this is a must try for local food, the only problem is that the portions are too small!
Let us know in the comments your favourite place to get roast pork or Babi guling if you are in Bali.
Check out our other reviews of places to eat in Bali