web analytics

The Quest for the Best Babi Guling in Bali


Babi Guling is easily the most widely known Balinese dish and tourists have even been known to come to Bali just to sample it. The most famous place for Babi Guling would be none other than Ibu Oka in Ubud but it is it really the best? So far I have never known a Balinese person that says their favorite Babi Guling is the one from Ibu Oka and I would have to agree with them. To be fair, I don’t think the food at Ibu Oka is bad, it is a delicious selection of pork – I just think that as far as Babi Guling goes it is far from the best. Finding the best Babi Guling though takes a lot of work and perseverance however.


Babi Guling at Warung Ibu Oka in Ubud

While the traditional “Balinese Menu” is not quite as fleshed out as the cuisine that is found on other islands throughout the archipelago, there is one thing that Bali has that none of the islands have, or do as well.  Babi Guling.  Ask any Balinese what their favorite dish is and chances are a majority of them will answer Babi Guling, which translates to ”suckling pig”.  There are warungs all over Bali serving up Babi Guling, each one being a little bit different, but the most famous is at Warung Ibu Oka in Ubud.