Babi Guling @ Ubud, Bali
This is what my portion looked like after the sausages were removed. I snapped a pic while trying to convince the driver that he should have more pig skin (which is sold a la carte for IDR 15,000 per portion). I absolutely love the chili that was poured all over the pork! The meat was oh so tender and tasty from the Bumbu (spice mix) that the pig was seasoned with. The chili was very spicy and had a wonderful mix of spices that warmed the belly. The skin was so crispy that you could hear fellow diners crunching onto it. I also like the stewed Jackfruit that accompanied the dish. The brown crispy fritter next to the skin was interesting. I could not tell what it was except that it seemed to have a salty taste that was similar to Chinese Prawn Paste. I took a few tentative nibbles and decided not to risk it any further for I remembered that most of what was served was made from some part of the pig. I dreaded to think what it was made of. Then my buddy, who was surreptitiously discussing the "mystery fritter" with the driver, while I was nibbling inquisitively started giggling and told me that it was made from the blood of the pig. Sputter, sputter, what? I need more orange juice!
Here's a picture of the Babi Guling which they were just beginning to slice as we were leaving. I love this place despite the shabby set-up because the food is good and the prices are reasonable. It's popular both with the locals and with tourists. Eating in the dining shed was an interesting experience because we were sitting alongside locals, Jakarta residents, Japanese, Taiwanese, Germans, Americans & Australians. This is a MUST-TRY if you happen to be in Ubud.
Along Jl. Suweta, Opposite Ubud Palace & close to the Tourist Information Centre.