Babi Guling

What is Babi Guling?

Babi Guling is a traditional Balinese dish featuring spit-roasted suckling pig. It’s a culinary centerpiece during celebrations and ceremonies.

Babi Guling
Babi Guling | Photo Credit Luke Martin

What does babi guling taste like?

The taste of babi guling is a symphony of textures and flavors. The skin delivers a delightful salty crunch, a delightful contrast to the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of the meat. The fragrant bumbu (spice paste) adds a depth of earthy, savory notes of Balinese spices mixture.

What is Babi Guling made of?

  • A young pig normally around 2-3 months old.
  • The bumbu bali, a secret family recipe spices.
  • Cassava leaves to put inside the pig stomach

How do you eat Babi Guling?

Traditionally served with steamed rice, shredded meat alongside the crispy skin, along with a delightful medley of accompaniments.

What do you eat with babi guling?

These might include:

  • Lawar: A salad of chopped vegetables, meat, and grated coconut.
  • Crispy Organs: Deep fried of organs (liver, heart and intestine)
  • Sambal: A fiery chili paste, for those who like a kick.

Is babi guling spicy?

The spice level varies. Some bumbu recipes lean towards a milder, earthy profile, while others might pack a touch of heat. You can usually adjust the spice level with a dollop of sambal on the side.

How to make Babi Guling?

Where is the best place to go for babi guling?

  • Traditional Market like Gianyar Night Market and Payangan Night Market is best place to enjoy.
  • Special Babi Guling Warung (eatery place) during the day is best option.