Bali’s Best BBQ Pork: Babi Guling

Ubud is where you can find amazing authentic Balinese food. The traditional market is located with exotic spices like saffron and hot chili peppers is located in the heart of Ubud.
bali traditional market

A popular authentic Balinese dish is babi guling and, one of the best places to try this dish is at Ibu Oka in Ubud. Their slogan is “warung Babi Guling” which translates to House of BBQ Pork. Babi guling is juicy suckling pig that is roasted on a spit for hours. Ibu Oka is located kiddy corner from the traditional market.

It was the crispiest pork skin and the juiciest pork I’ve ever had. I absolutely recommend anyone that is traveling to Indonesia to try it.

Sayur – vegetables, beans papaya with fresh coconut


Rice, fresh vegetables, pork roll, fried meat, sausage with pork skin – lezat! (Delicious)

pork skin

While sipping on fresh coconut juice

fresh coconut

Yes, it could get a little grotesque if you are not used to it but, I didn’t mind, was in foodie heaven.

babi guling head

More babi guling because it was so good I had to get a second order…

babi guling

Wildebeest – Hot Gastown Restaurant

wildebeast kitchen

It was a packed house for Saturday night at 9PM. Upon walking in you sense the Gastown hipster vibe, you when it’s uber cool to be anti – pretentious, they are so cool that they are turning pretentious, without realizing it, it’s a personal observation.

Now the food…
Slow-cooked natural Angus beef short rib, smoked salt, hay-infused jus. One of the more popular items on Wildebeast’s dinner menu. Ribs were souveed for 2 days then finished on the grilled. As expected very tender and smoky. Great except for my first piece, I grabbed the rib on the left, the entire piece was fat and bone. 3.5/5

Grilled beef tongue, wild mushroom consommé, toasted grains, mustard greens. Our favourite dish, the Asian inspired shiitake and dashi mushroom consume was made in-house, wow it was packed with flavor. I threw out my table manners and greedily slurped up the broth. 4.5/5
Beef tongue

Pork jowl, long pepper-scented oats, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Don’t be put off by the mush, which would remind you of oatmeal. Eat it together and you will understand and appreciate the combination. Sweet and salt with a little bacon fat, delicious. I mentioned, if my mom made oatmeal like this she wouldn’t have trouble feeding me in the morning. Yes, I was fussy even then. 4/5
Pig jowl

The service was satisfactory, it was great in the beginning then as the night progressed they got surlier. By the end of the night I was afraid to ask for a refill of water, less they gave me the glance that said “what you need water? Now?!

All in all  I would head back, the food was good enough for a second visit.





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