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Eating Well and Frugally in Bali

A List of 5 Very Affordable Bali Culinary Experiences
While temporary airport closures and flight delays may be prolonging the stay of some visitors to Bali, there are worse fates than being temporarily stranded in Paradise. Many have used the extra time to explore Risk-Free Bali Explorations  or to enjoy the vast range of eminently affordable local and imported culinary offerings.

With the help of Kompas.com, here’s 5 famous and legendary restaurant recommendations at which to while away your time during an extended stay in Bali.

1. Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk


Chicken or duck, cooked “Betutu-style” – is a quintessentially Balinese dish that is a “must do” for any epicurean exploration of Bali.

Among many restaurants featuring this dish, perhaps the most renowned is Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk where this succulent dish spiced with ginger, laos, tumeric, galangal, lime leaves and bird’s eye chilies can be found.

Ayam BetutuKhas Gilimanuk has six outlets in Bali located on Jalan Raya Tuban, Jalan Raya Kuta, Jalan Merdeka, Jalan Raya Kediri, Jalan Buluh Indah, and Jalan Raya Denpasar.

Ayam Betutu
(chicken) tends to be hotter than Bebek Betutu (duck). Be sure to ask for a side of Betutu broth called “betutu kuah.”

2. Nasi Ayam Ibu Oki


Nasi Ayam Bali is a deceptively simple dish that is arguably the most preferred lunchtime for millions of Balinese each day. Affordable usually costing less than Rp. 50,000 per portion, this dish is a plate of rice slathered with strips of spicy boiled chicken, adorned with several portions of Balinese sate lilit made with ground chicken or fish, tea egg (telur pindang), and 'Balinese Jukut Urab' - a mixed vegetable salad made from beans, spinach, sprouts, andgrated coconut dressed in sweet and sour flavors.

Restaurants will happily modify the spiciness of a plate of Nasi Ayam Bali in the preparation process or via the amount of tasty sambal sauce dashed on the side as a condiment.

Try Warung Nasi Ayam Ibu Oki on Jalan Siligita Nomor 27 in Nusa Dua. Also visit the famed Warung Wardani with two locations: Jalan Yudistira No. 2 in Denpasar or Jalan Waringan No. 3 at the entrance to Bali’s airport.

3. Gusto Gelato


Perhaps Bali’s most popular ice cream parlor, Gusto Gelato on Jalan Mertanadi No. 46 B (near Bali’s Kerobokan Prison) is crowded from morning to night with ice cream maniacs lining up to try the tens of flavors that include traditional standards and exotic variants of ice cream that is, for instance, chili flavored.

4. Rujak Gelogor


Rujak Gelogor is the Balinese rendition of "rujak"  that incorporates thin slices of raw and sometimes unripe fruits - unripe papaya, young mangga, jicama, carambola (belimbing or sour star fruit), and kedongdong (anbarella). The “secret” of Rujak Gelorgor is in the thick and flavorfull sauce of made of chilies, nut sauce, pindang fish sauce, and fragrant shrimp paste.

Visit Warung Rujak Gelogor on Jalan Bukit Tunggal No. 27, Pemecutan, in Denpasar for this spicy and uniquely Balinese delicacy.

5. Pasar Sindhu


Pasar Sindhu is the Sanur Night Market. During the day, this location sells the produce and ingredients for a day’s grocery shopping. At night a transformation takes place leaving a culinary wonderland of delicious and affordable food. Traditional Balinese food and items from other parts of Indonesia are served from 5:00 pm until late night.
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