Sate is a typical Indonesian food that has a savory and delicious taste. No wonder this one food has many fans. Almost in every area in Indonesia, we can find this one food, of course, wrapped with the characteristics of the area. For example, in Yogyakarta there is Klathak satay, in West Sumatra there is Padang satay, in North Sulawesi there is Colombian satay, and in Bali there is Lilit satay.
But besides Lilit satay, in Bali, several types of satay are also popular and of course very appetizing. So, if you are traveling to the Island of the Gods, don’t miss trying these 5 popular satay dishes.
- Sate Kakul, Ubud
It is said that the Sate Kakul is a ‘deso’ food because it is made from rice field snails that taste chewy-chewy and savory. In the Ubud area, there are lots of stalls selling this Sate Kakul. The savory taste of Sate Kakul comes from the ingredients, namely sweet soy sauce, candlenut, lemongrass, tomato, and oyster sauce. Processed spices are smeared on the satay before being burned.
When served, the Sate Kakul is smothered in a sweet seasoning that comes from a mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar, and don’t forget to sprinkle it with fried onions. Usually, Sate Kakul will be served with jukut ares or soup containing young banana stems as a compliment.
You can find one of the stalls selling delicious Sate Kakul in Bali on Jalan Raya Sayan, Tebongkang, Singakerta Village, Ubud.
- Sate Languan, Mertha Sari
Sate Languan is satay made from tuna. If you look at the shape, this satay is very similar to wrapped satay. To make sate languan, tuna fish meat is processed together with the spices of shallot, garlic, brown sugar, lime, chili, shrimp paste, and salt.
One of the stalls selling languan satay in Bali is Warung Mertha Sari, this stall is located in the Klungkung area. In this stall, one portion of Languan satay will be served complete with lempet (pepes tuna fish), white rice, long bean vegetables, fish soup with spices, sambal matah, and fried peanuts.
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- Sate plecing, Arjuna
One of the most famous satays in Bali besides satay Lilit is plecing satay. This satay has a unique taste because it is served with plecing seasoning which is the result of a mixture of chili, garlic, candlenut, and shrimp paste. The aroma is delicious, especially doused with oil and lime.
The famous Sate Plecing in Bali is located at Jalan Arjuna No. 47, Denpasar. This plecing satay is also famous among foreign tourists. In general, pecing satay is made using pork, so this food is non-halal for Muslims.
- Sate Lilit, More Beach
When it comes to Balinese satay, all of you will immediately remember the sate lilit. This satay is made from mashed fish meat, then mixed with grated coconut, and then wrapped around a skewer in the form of coconut fronds or lemongrass stalks.
Even though it is made from fish meat, the satay wrap does not emit a fishy smell because it has been added with lemon grass, bay leaves, and lime leaves before being burned. These spices make the taste of the satay more savory and of course, it’s delicious. If you want to try this satay wrap, you can visit the More Beach area, Gianyar, Bali. There are many food stalls selling satay wrapped around.
- Pork satay, under the tree
From the name alone you can already guess that this one food is included in the non-halal category. But this one satay is very famous in Kuta, Bali. The satay meat is quite tender with a savory, sweet, and spicy taste.
The presentation is very simple. The satay is served with ketupat, cayenne pepper, and salt. But even though it looks simple, the taste of this satay is really good. This pork satay is sold right under a big tree located in the parking lot of Gelora Trisakti on Jalan Patih Jelantik, Legian. Maybe that’s also the reason this satay stall is known as the pork satay under the tree.
Those are 5 culinary satays that are very popular in Bali. Don’t forget to try it if you are visiting Bali. But you have to remember, even though it’s delicious, some satays are included in the non-halal category. Good luck!