Bali: Galungan Festival
Welcome back to Bali! Last time, we mentioned that, believe it or not, it’s actually pretty difficult to find true Balinese food in Bali. Much of what’s found in restaurants is actually Indonesian and Chinese food.
So unless your great aunt is Balinese or you’re here during a festival season, you’re pretty much stuck on open water without a paddle when it comes to finding local sea fare.
The Galungan Festival is the prime example of the right time and place to experience true Balinese gastronomic art. It’s Bali’s major feast and is celebrated all throughout the island. It’s a 10-day celebration held between Galungan and Kuningan, the first and last days of the festival.
During this time, all of the gods come down to Earth to revel in the good times. Ready for some seafood fit for the gods themselves?
There are tons of different options, among them:
Be Pasih Mepanggang, a marinated grilled fish
Pesan Be Pasih, fish grilled in banana leaves
Tambusan Be Pasih, diced fish roasted in banana leaves
Kenus Mebase Bali, squid in coconut milk
Udang Pantung Kuning, lobster in yellow sauceNext time, we’ll talk about other ways to tap into Bali’s local culture.