Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bali Day 2: (Part 2) Mount Batur in Kintamani, Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka & Ubud Market

*Non-Halal Post*

Date of Visited: 12th August 2012


Mount Batur in Kintamani
Without realised, it's time for lunch break and Pak Bagus stopped exactly at Kintamani district where there are abundance of restaurants offering buffet lunches set up by the hill side. One of the main reason why Kintamani district is the most popular destinations in Bali is mainly because of Mount Batur Volcano, an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Bali, Indonesia.  

Bali Day 2 Mount Batu @ Kintamani 01
#1: Clear view of Mount Batur and Lake Batur in Kintamani District

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#2: The buffet menu of the restaurant we patronised - Batur Sri Restaurant

Batur Sri Restaurant comprised of two floors and when we went down to the ground floor, it was less crowded and not many people compare to the top floor. By looking at the menu, it may seem that there are plenty of foods but by the time we reached, not much foods left and we were kinda disappointed.

Bali Day 2 Mount Batu @ Kintamani 02
#3: Can opt to dine outdoor if wanna enjoy the spectacular mountain view 

The total damage that we paid for this buffet lunch was IDR121,000 per person (approx. to RM41) and it was really expensive, seeing that the foods were average and nothing extraordinary.

Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka
When comes to the most famous question of "What to Eat in Bali", most people will tell you to try "Babi Guling", or Balinese-style roasted suckling pig. It is huge hits among tourists and absolutely one of the local foods not to be missed. The most famous one would be in Warung Ibu Oka. Typically, it is served over rice with crispy pork skin, roasted pork, intestines, veggies and special spicy gravy in the package.  

Bali Day 2 Babi Guling at Warung Ibu Oka, Ubud 01
#4: Menu board

Bali Day 2 Babi Guling at Warung Ibu Oka, Ubud 02
#5: Pair with Teh Botol making the dish a perfect combo

Because we were still full from our buffet lunch, hence we just simply ordered two dishes without rice for testing purpose only. 

Bali Day 2 Babi Guling at Warung Ibu Oka, Ubud 03
#6: Suckling pig meat with special spicy gravy

Bali Day 2 Babi Guling at Warung Ibu Oka, Ubud 04
#7: Deep fried suckling pig meat

To be honest, my friends and I thought that these suckling pig meat was kinda over rated. Although the meat was very soft and tender but as for the special spicy gravy, the taste was so-so only. Frankly speaking, nothing to shout about. If you are going to Bali for the very first time, you could consider to add this into your itinerary but if you aren't, better opt for other choices.


Ubud Market
Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka that we visited is situated in Ubud village and there is a handicraft market nearby. If you love to buy souvenirs such as fridge magnets, keychains, theme T-shirt as memento and even as gifts to friends and family, this is the place that you are looking for. The price is negotiable and most of the items we bought here were indeed cheap than other places. 

Bali Day 2 Ubud Market 01
#8: Ubud handicraft market

Bali Day 2 Ubud Market 02
#9: Various handicrafts, arts and textiles can be found here

Bali Day 2 Ubud Palace
#10: A random temple in Ubud village

Bali Day 2 Shopping Haul from Ubud Market
#11: My loot from Ubud market - T-shirt, fridge magnets, keychains, tote bags

We did a quick shopping around Ubud Market because we saw all the shops were almost closed. It was around 6.30pm at that moment. Not forgetting, the journey from Ubud to Kuta took roughly an hour and plus the congested traffic jam around Kuta and Legian area, hence my friends and I need to be hurry or else, we will reach our hotel quite late. By the time we reached our hotel, we were indeed exhausted and didn't bother to think of the nightlife activities. All we did was went into 24 hours convenience store to buy snacks and drinks to end our second day in Bali.

Bali Day 2 - Spongebob Ice-Cream
#12: Look what we found - Spongebob Squarepants Choco Banana Ice-Cream!

6 comments:

  1. Bali! I kept seeing the island everywhere! Signs for me to go already...

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  2. that's a lot of FMs diana! nice catch! :)

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  3. I had my Babi Guling at a random road side restaurant brought by taxi we took and I had same feeling with u too, nothing to shout about though~~

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  4. Been to those places before . Got harassed by street vendors at kintamani :p

    I likevthe babi guling but not the skin. Too hard

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  5. That pig meat with gravy seems really delicious. But u said its so so only. Is it very spicy?

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  6. Hi Diane, how far is this Mount Batur from Kuta Beach? This one looks interesting or shall I go for surfing? haha

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