Balinese Babi Guling at Warung Andi Jaya

Yes, I am not yet over roasted pigs but this time it is about our pigging experience in Bali, Indonesia. On our way back from our Pura Ulun Danu visit, I asked our driver to drop us to one of those warungs (roadside restaurants/stores that sell food and grocery items and even souvenirs) along the road to binge on Balinese version of lechon, the equally sumptuous “babi guling”. I heard about this Balinese cuisine way back then and since a lot as well recommended that feasting on babi guling when in Bali should be part of your to-do-list, we exactly did the same. We actually found a lot of warungs along the way, but our driver has recommended us to try Warung Babi Guling Andi Jaya. If you’re going your way to Pura Ulun Danu in Bedugul, this restaurant is located at the right side of Jalan Raya Denpasar. Andi Jaya is like a typical “turo-turo” roadside restaurants in the Philippines.  And here in this restaurant, “babi guling” is definitely their star.

This warung is at the right side of Jalan Raya Denpasar on the way to Ulun Danu, Bedugul.

This warung is at the right side of Jalan Raya Denpasar on the way to Ulun Danu, Bedugul.

This is how babi guling meal in Warung Andi Jaya is prepared.

This is how babi guling meal in Warung Andi Jaya is prepared.

Babi means pig, while guling is grilled/roasted. Like the Philippines’ lechon which we had in Zubuchon (read my post here http://clecstrotter.com/2013/07/27/zubuchon-arguably-cebus-best-lechon/), babi guling is also spit-roasted the traditional way over open flame. Preparing the suckling pigs for roasting involves stuffing them with various ingredients which may not be limited to lemongrass, turmeric, pepper, garlic, shallots among others and/or their own special concoctions. These are apparent in Andi Jaya’s, as I could taste those in their babi guling served to us especially the lemon grass and pepper.  A plate of Andi Jaya’s babi guling comprises roasted pig of course, a piece of sausage, fried pig skin (chicharon), brown rice, vegetable as side dish topped with a very spicy coconut sauce. Comes with the meal is a bowl of soup that tastes piquantly delicious. The meat is flavorful and succulent while the chicharon is indeed crunchy. I like also the sausage, though fatty, it is savory. Lovers of spicy food would definitely love Andi Jaya’s babi guling as they will never get disappointed. The spicy flavor runs throughout but like me who could not tolerate super hot food, a bottle of cola is an equalizer.

Babi guling in Andi Jaya served in native plate.

Babi guling in Andi Jaya served in native plate.

Andi Jaya's babi guling is served with brown rice.

Andi Jaya’s babi guling is served with brown rice.

A bowl of soup that is piquantly delicious.

A bowl of soup that is piquantly delicious.

Our experience in Andi Jaya of their delicious babi guling added enjoyment to our short stay in Bali. It was another satisfying treat to food lovers like us who like to explore and taste local cuisines. I am just glad that I have tasted Bali’s babi guling that is listed second in Anthony Bourdain’s Hierarchy of Pork (http://blog.travelchannel.com/anthony-bourdain/read/hierarchy-of-pork/). Perhaps, the next stop will be the third in the list, Puerto Rico’s own styled lechon.

 

Awestruck Experience: Pura Ulun Danu in Bali

I was in Bali with a friend and since it was our last day in the beautiful island, we decided to spend our limited time to explore its other side. There were a lot in our list, but hotel staff suggested to see one Balinese Hindu temple in Candi Kuning. At first I was reluctant because I thought it would be all the same temples I had previously visited like in Sri Lanka. I was actually thinking of visiting Ketut, a Balinese shaman (manghuhula) who was catapulted to fame because of the book/movie, “Eat, Pray, Love”. But since we would be hopping from one place to another along the way, then we got on for a day tour. There would be other time for Ketut and the adventure in Ubud.

After travelling for more than an hour in a rented private car, we reached our destination which is perhaps around 1000 meters above sea level. Cool breeze greeted us when we stepped out from the car. We proceeded to pay IR 30,000 to enter a relatively small complex where the Ulun Danu Temple is located. I was amazed by the place. Though busy that day as many tourists flocking the place, the atmosphere was peaceful. It gives you a feeling of serenity, a glimpse of Balinese spirituality.

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Ulun Danu Temple is set at the west side of lake Beratan, the second largest lake in the island. Built in honor of Siwa Ganung, goddess of water, the temple stands high and charms every visitor. It is picture perfect and couples would love to have this as backdrop of their pre-nuptial shoots.

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Adding to the stunning beauty of the place is Beratan mountain which on its own is likewise picturesque. During our visit, it is mist covered. And one local told us that anytime of the day a slight drizzle is expected.

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The place has manicured gardens with well trimmed grasses. A Buddha statue could also be found in another side which means that Buddhism has presence in the area.

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Scattered around the complex are several structures Hindus used for their worship and celebrations.

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I would not leave the place without at least dipping my feet on the cool water of the lake. I should have even tried to swim or ride a boat that roams around the lake to see the temple afar.

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Our visit in the temple was worth it. The romantic feel of the place and its spiritual aura overwhelmed me. I truly admire how the place was taken care of especially those pagodas which stand for hundred years. It was a good journey to end our one week stay in the city of Gods.