Top Bali’s Traditional Snacks to Try

Welcome to Bali! If you’re looking to satisfy your snack cravings and explore traditional Balinese flavors, you’ve come to the right place. Indulge in these recommendations for a variety of authentic Balinese snacks.

Beyond filling your stomach, these snacks offer a glimpse into the rich culinary heritage of Bali. From sweet to savory delights, many are perfect as desserts or paired with coffee during lively chats, making them integral to social gatherings among the Balinese.

Discover these traditional Balinese snacks, not just as treats, but also as cultural icons that bring people together:

Laklak

Bali’s Traditional Snack: Laklak (Source: Dinas Kebudayaan Buleleng)

Laklak is one of the traditional round-shaped snacks made from rice flour. Typically infused with natural extracts of suji or pandan leaves, it boasts a delightful green color and fragrant aroma. Served with grated coconut and melted brown sugar, this cake offers a unique taste experience.

Interestingly, the preparation of laklak remains largely traditional, utilizing stoves and firewood. You can discover these treats at traditional Balinese markets, where they uphold their authentic charm and flavors.

Pisang Rai

Bali’s Traditional Snack: Pisang Rai (Source: Kompas.com)

Pisang rai, a traditional Balinese snack, starts with ripe bananas peeled and halved, then coated in rice flour dough. While the dough is typically white, some recipes include natural pandan leaf dye for a green tint.

This delicacy is often accompanied by grated coconut and brown sugar to enhance its sweetness. Although somewhat rare these days, you can still savor pisang rai at traditional Balinese markets.

Klepon Bali

Bali’s Traditional Snack: Klepon Bali (Source: Tribun Travel)

Klepon is actually a typical Indonesian food, but in Bali the form is slightly different. Made from rice flour dough with natural green extracts such as pandan leaves or suji. Then form small balls the size of a thumb.

Then add brown sugar to the round dough. Finally served with grated coconut. Because it contains brown sugar, you will feel the sweet taste erupt and the sugar melts in your mouth. Combined with delicious grated coconut, it creates harmony in one bite. You will often find this snack in traditional Balinese stalls.

Lumpia Bali

Bali’s Traditional Snack: Lumpia Bali (Source: Jejak Panorama)

Switching gears from sweet to savory, Lumpia Bali is a perfect appetizer. This Balinese fried snack is made from dumpling wrappers rolled lengthwise and filled with vegetables like bean sprouts, cabbage, and carrots, then deep-fried to a crispy perfection.

What sets Balinese spring rolls apart is the way they are served—sliced into pieces and drizzled with a savory peanut sauce and chopped green chilies. The combination of the crispy texture and the slightly sweet peanut sauce creates a delicious harmony. You’ll often find this snack at Sanur Beach, especially in the morning and evening. Enjoy this treat while taking in the beautiful waves.

Read also: Recommendation Holiday Activities in Sanur

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