What to Eat

What to Eat

Check out some typical Indonesian dishes, how much it costs to eat out and what time restaurants are open until in Bali. 

Typical Indonesian dishes

  • Soto: Meat and vegetable soup.
  • Sayur asem: Sweet and sour vegetable soup.
  • Keropok: Shrimp crackers.
  • Lumpia semarang: Spring roll.
  • Gado-gado: Vegetables with peanut sauce.
  • Babi guling: Roast pork.
  • Nasi goreng: Fried rice with sweet soy sauce.
  • Mie goreng: Fried noodles with sweet soy sauce. 
  • Nasi uduk: Basmati rice cooked in coconut milk served with limes, tomatoes, tofu and meat.
  • Rendang: Curry sauce served with chicken, lamb, vegetables and rice.
  • Sate: Meat skewer usually served with peanut sauce.
  • Klepon: Boiled rice cake balls with palm sugar, usually served wrapped in banana leaves.
  • Murtabak: Pancake filled with minced meat.
  • Otak-otak: Fish cake.
  • Serabi: Pancake made with rice flour and coconut milk.
  • Durian: Fruit with strong flavor and characteristic smell.
  • Salak: Fruit whose skin looks similar to that of a snake.
  • Fruit juices: Although not a typical dish, most dishes in Bali are accompanied by fruit juice.

Rice in Bali

Rice is an extremely important element of Bali's culture, economy and gastronomy. It is used in many dishes and consumed for any meal of the day. 


Although it varies depending on the area, the price of food in Bali is quite cheap. Standard restaurants offer freshly-squeezed fruit juices for just over 1 (US$ 1.10) and dinner for two will cost around 10 (US$ 10.90). Premium restaurants will charge more.

Opening hours

Most restaurants are open from morning until 10 pm.