When you are in Bali, Babi Guling is the one food that you absolutely must try. You can’t leave Bali without trying because it’s pretty much equivalent to visiting Penang and not eating char koay teow. The ubiquitous babi guling, or roast suckling pig, is commonly found in small stalls known as “warung”. The most famous one would be Ibu Oka in Ubud, popularised by Anthony Bourdain when he did a TV show on it. For our Bali trip, we stayed in Nusa Dua, and Ubud would simply be too far to go considering the heavy traffic, so we opted for another place closer to us recommended by the locals- Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel, or just Babi Guling Pak Dobiel in short.
The “warung” is a fairly small one that gets filled up quickly during lunch hours. If you have a big group, it’s a good idea to go there just before lunch time at about 11.30 am to make sure everyone has a seat without waiting too long. Pak Dobiel’s babi guling consists of pork satay, pork skin, pork lard, pork meat, and vegetables, at the price of IDR50,000 (about RM 15) with one drink of your choice, and everything about this porkilicious dish is fantastic !
The deep-fried pork lard was too sinful but I ate the calorific chunk nonetheless. It was too good to be put aside; there’s always a tomorrow for a diet !
I was too happy eating babi guling that I completely forgot to explore further. Thanks to my friend that came and said let’s go and check out the kitchen behind, and it was until then that I witnessed the fascinating roasting in action. The two women handling the pigs patiently sat there, turning the pigs as required. The room was filled with smoke, almost to a choking extent but the two women seemed oblivious.
It’s not a place one can stand in for long because the room was scorching hot with all the roasting and cooking in action. But it’s an intriguing process to see, even if you just peeped inside the room for a few minutes. My babi guling experience was a memorable one, completed by also seeing what was done behind the scenes.
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