Hands Down Bali’s Babi Guling Tastes Better than Filipino Lechon

Ibu Oka's Ibu Oka’s Babi Guling (Mama Oka’s Suckling Pig)

Location: just across from the Ubud Tourist Information Center.
Hours: 11am – 3pm-ish (They sell out fast and may close early)
Cost: $3 US Dollars with a drink of Frestea

After a late start to the day, we went straight for lunch at Bali’s famous Babi Guling (suckling pig) at Ibu Oka’s. Since growing up eating Filipino food and having a huge lechon roasted pig as a main course for every big party, I have always wanted to taste other flavors of roasted pigs. Apparently, Filipinos have mastered the roasted pig for decades and getting that perfect crispy skin, but after trying Bali’s Babi Guling, the tender meat was bursting with flavor.

Lechon vs Babi Guling
What honestly made the pig tastes better was the spices they used to roast the pig. My meal came with tender pieces of spiced meat, 3 pieces of skin, pork crackling, a sausage wrapped in banana leaf, and spiced green beans over spiced rice. They brushed the pig with coconut oil as it roasted and stuck Balinese spices inside for the flavor such as garlic, turmeric, ginger, and a few others I can’t recall. The pairings that came with it was a perfect meal and probably the best plate I’ve had in Bali next to Mie Goreng (Fried Noodles) and Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice).

PROS
Lots of Flavor
Price is Right

CONS
Skin isn’t as crispy
Can be a flop for non-spicy lovers

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