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.
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.
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.