Bali is known for its roast suckling pig, known as babi guling. Ibu Oka in Ubud was made famous by Anthony Bourdain when he visited is for No Reservations Indonesia, so we’ll be sure to check that out in Ubud. But there is also a decently well known babi guling place in Sanur, just a 5 minute drive from our hotel. We hopped on a bemo and told him to take us to McDonald’s (we knew it was across the street). We couldn’t find Warung Babi Guling (warung means restaurant) at first and when we asked someone where it was, they didn’t really know. Oh no—hopefully this isn’t one of our fruitless food searches. I could tell Mike was getting suspicious already—I always drag him on food hunts and they don’t always work out haha. Luckily the next person we asked knew where it was and we found it!
Always a good sign that it is frequented by locals. We got two of the babi guling plates and some fruit drinks that we saw everyone drinking. Still not sure what was in it, but it tasted like orange juice with palm sugar? It had a strange sugary aftertaste that we couldn’t place.
The babi guling came out and was really good! It’s actually a plate full of pork a ton of different ways. Pork satay was Mike’s favorite and I really like the pork bones in the soup it came with. Lots of different fried parts of pork—always delicious but I didn’t always know which part it was. We also had a chunk of crispy pork skin which was really good but Mike was creeped out by the hair still on it.
This was our cheapest meal in Bali at 25,000 IDR per plate ($3). Conclusion was that it was good, but maybe not worth traveling for. I still prefer Hawaiian roast pig! We’ll compare with Ibu Oka in Ubud when we head up there.