What I miss most when I leave Bali is the super cheap and home-made Balinese comfort food from warungs. Warungs are usually a very modest small family-owned eatery, generally tucked on a secluded roadside. They also usually carry the name of the owners. Here’s a list of my top 4 favorite Balinese warung food:
1. Warung Nasi Ayam Ibu Oki (Ibu Oki’s Chicken Rice)
Cooked the same way as the traditional suckling pork rice, but instead of pork, all the meat sides is replaced by chicken. That makes this place wildly popular with the Indonesian (Muslim) crowd. This hole in the wall is packed to the rafters from opening to closing with locals. A plate consists of white rice, urap vegetables, chicken with Balinese spices, chicken stay, and sambal mata (special Balinese chill). If you can’t handle spicy, do let them know when you order, because each place is a fireball in your mouth. Just like your regular warung, the premises is hot, dusty and uncomfortable to chill in for long periods of time. Unless you’re feeling adventurous and want a wholly local experience, I suggest you get this one to go.
Location: Jl. Uluwatu II, Jl. Celagi Basur No. 3y, Jimbaran, Bali
Price: Between Rp. 25k – Rp.40k depending on your plate size – small or large.
2. Warung Wardani
This is hands-down, my favorite warung in all of Bali. It’s so good that I sometimes take necessary detours just so I can devour a plate of Nasi Campur from Warung Wardani. Each rich plate of Nasi Campur (mixed rice) is served on a bed of white rice, topped with satay, dendeng (beef jerky), jackfruit soup, green beans, chicken breast meat, dried crispy shrimps and a sambal full of umami taste. The place itself is nothing special, very simple and modest, but it’s clean and is pretty well ventilated.
Location: Jalan Yudistira No. 2, Denpasar Utara, Bali 80232
Price: Between Rp. 30k to Rp. 40k
3. Warung Nasi Babi Guling Pak Dobiel (Pak Dobiel’s Suckling Pork Rice)
When I’m in Central Bali and need my Babi Guling fix, I head over to Pak Dobiel. A plate consists of spit roasted pork cooked in various different ways, served on a bed of white rice, spicy sambal, lawar vegetables and pork bone soup. Beware – the warung is searingly hot, expectedly dirty, and all around very uncomfortable to sit in. I strongly suggest you get this one to go and enjoy it in the comfort of your own accommodation.
Location: Jl. Srikandi No.9, Nusa Dua, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Price: Between Rp. 25k – Rp. 40k, everytime I go there the price seems to be slightly different.
4. Warung Tipat Kuah Bu Tresni
The word “tipat” is Balinese for “ketupat”, which means rice cake. “Kuah” means soup. Tipat Kuah means basically rice cake with soup. Tipat is a much loved Balinese dish, with the most famous joints located in Denpasar. A plate of Tipat Kuah consists of Indonesian “ketupat”, jukut urap (Balinese mixed vegetables), jackfruit gravy, chicken, fried peanuts and corn, served with a herby hot, delicious soup. The humble place combined with a friendly service makes this one of my local favorites.
Location: Jl. Drupadi No.54, Renon Denpasar, Bali.
Price: Around Rp. 25k
Enjoy these humble warungs! And as always, let me know if there’s anything else I should be trying out 🙂