Best Babi Guling Roast Pig in Bali

  5 January 2020

Bali guling in Bali
So last year I went to Bali for my cousin’s wedding and can you believe it was my first time in Bali? I’ve avoided travelling there solely because I thought why leave Australia to travel to another country filled with Aussies haha but I’m glad I went! We stayed in Seminyak for a few nights and Uluwatu another few and had hired a local driver so we were able to travel around quite easily to visit all the babi guling warungs (family owned restaurant/streetside cafe).

Babi guling is basically suckling pig that’s stuffed with a bunch of spices like tumeric and lemongrass and then spit roasted. Most places roast their pigs overnight so the best time to go is as soon as the restaurant opens so the skin is still nice and crispy. I’d never tried babi guling before so was keen to fit in as many as possible, I actually went to 5 different places but the 5th one was terrible so I’m not even gonna write about it haha ready? Here we go!

Warung Nasi Babi Guling Men Agus

Babi guling at Warung Nasi Babi Guling Men AgusMen Agus was our first babi guling of the trip, it’s about a 30mins drive north from Seminyak and we arrived bright and early at 9am for breakfast. I’d read that Men Agus was a simple no frills, roadside type of warung and is very much a locals only joint which was fine with me because I wanted to try what the locals eat! The place was pretty empty so early in the morning but people started streaming in by the time we were finishing up. There’s no menu because they only serve babi guling! We ordered 3 plates and 3 teh botol (ice tea) for IDR165k/AUD$17.

The soup arrived first, a clear, light porky broth with shreds of pork meat, jackfruit and weirdly enough banana in it. And then babi guling time! The plate holds a a mound of tender shredded pork, nubbins of deep fried pork sausage, lawar (vegetables, coconut and minced meat mixed with rich herbs and spices), a deep fried pork skin puff, a tile of glorious roasted pork skin, one stick of chicken satay fragrant with lemongrass, with rice served separately on the side. They also sold bags of deep fried chicken skin at the counter but because we were headed to another babi guling straight after I resisted the temptation.

Warung Nasi Babi Guling Men Agus
Jl. Bay Pass Munggu, Canggu
7 days: 8am – 8.30pm

Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

Babi guling at Babi Guling Ibu Oka
From Men Agus we drove an hour east to Ubud’s tourist district to Ibu Oka of Anthony Bourdain fame, arriving at 11am on the dot to guarantee we wouldn’t miss out on the babi guling (warning they do sell out so don’t go late!). The entrance is a little weird, if you’re getting dropped off you find yourself on the end of a cul-de-sac and you walk down a smallish alleyway but don’t worry there’s heaps of signs to let you know you’re on the right track. The pigs are spit roasted for 5 hours and continuously basted with coconut water giving the skin a distinct glaze and flavour. Apparently you can book in to tour the kitchen and view the pigs roasting buuuut I didn’t think that far ahead.

We couldn’t tell the difference between the Babi Guling Pisah (IDR70k/AUD$7.25) and the Babi Guling Spesial (IDR55k/AUD$5.70) so we ordered both but basically the more exxy one has more meat and veggies and has their special grilled pork sausage that they make in house. Both plates had a pile of incredibly tender and flavourful pork meat, roasted pork skin, lawar and my favourite gorengan which is deep fried pork meat and was spectacularly crispy and so damn moreish. Oh and the accompanying pork soup was filled with pork meat, potatoes, carrots and beans. We also ordered a plate of Kulit (IDR60kAUD$6.20), roasted pork skin and IT WAS PERFECTION! The single tile of pork skin on all plates  just made us yearn for a whole plate of it haha also a longneck of Bintang beer was IDR35k/AUD$3.60 😀 This was our favourite babi guling of the trip!

Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3
Jl. Tegal Sari No.2, Tengah, Kecamatan Ubud
7 days: 11am – 6pm

Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen

Babi guling at Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
Pak Malen is the closest babi guling warung in Seminyak-Legian area and more importantly, the most highly recommended with the locals with motorbikes and Gojek delivery drivers streaming in at all times of the day which is always a sure thing.

On our first visit they asked how spicy we wanted our food and being the wimp that I am I asked for not spicy and my plate of babi guling was missing half the things that our driver had gotten who had asked for normal and Noods who had asked for a little bit spicy missed out on two of the veg. To be fair we did get extra of the other stuff but we learnt our lesson and returned a second time with the fam and asked for normal chilli level 😀  A paper lined wicker bowl holds a mound of fluffy white rice, lawar, tender strips of pork, a tile of incredibly crisp roasted pork skin, slices of pork sausage, a skewer of pork satay and a generous portion of spicy sambal. We paid IDR150k/AUD$15.50 for 3 plates and 3 teas and I reckon this would be a very close second to my favourite babi guling in Bali.

Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak
7 days: 8.30am – 7pm

Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel

Babi guling at Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel
Dobiel is a bit further out of the way, located south of the airport and over in Nusa Dua but we were staying in Uluwatu so it was about a 30min drive. It was by far the spiciest babi guling of the trip, but to be fair it also happened to be the hottest day in Bali that trip and we were feeling a little worse for wear after an epic wedding the day before.

We paid IDR155k/AUD$16 for 3plates, bottled water and a fresh coconut. The servings here have less sides than the others but it was all so damn tasty so I didn’t mind too much but also we were starting to get babi guling fatigue haha but the plates came with steamed rice, juicy pork, lawar, roasted pork skin, pork satay and a pile of gorengan and deep fried pork lard nubbins. There’s also a spoonful of sambal and my god be warned! And the soup was also SUPER peppery haha I’m so weak lolol but I spooned out the pork ribs to eat with the rice.

Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel
Jl. Srikandi No. 9, Nusa Dua
Weds – Mon: 10am – 4pm

3 thoughts on “Best Babi Guling Roast Pig in Bali”
  1. Ramen Raff says:

    Taking note of this post especially babi guling ibu oka 3! Everything is so cheap! love it

  2. Nicholas R Jordan says:

    This is heroic.

  3. This is exactly how I travel. lol….. #priorities

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