Though there are parts of Indonesia that are reputed to have beaches as nice as Bali’s, due to the Hindu, pork-loving fervor of the Balinese (most of ex-Bali Indonesia is composed primarily of Muslim or Christian majorities), you’d most certainly be hard-pressed to find a beach & pork combination like that offered up in these parts. While both beach and pork can be enjoyed completely independent of each other, there is, well, a certain je ne sais quoi about the combination of sun, sand, surf, and Indonesian roasted pig.
Mornings are particularly enjoyable at the beach
First, the beach. Heading out to any of the beaches along the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak strand in the morning, you will find large swaths of beautiful white sand with very few people to cramp your a.m. bliss. Even better, the sea is much calmer in the morning, making it fun to play in the less aggressive waves, or just swim around in a calmer spot. The heat is not yet oppressive, either.
Babi Guling is best served in an un-air conditioned restaurant
Babi Guiling is the pork dish well known as a very typical Balinese affair. Look for restaurants that have signs like the above, featuring well-tanned pigs writ large. Or, better yet, look for restaurants where you can see said pig already on tenterhooks or on a carving board.
Time to get piggy
It could be perceived as very environmentally insensitive, and possibly even elitist, to only eat pork ribs, or only eat tenderloin. Dig in to Bali’s pork horn of plenty, with its embarrassing riches of flavors and textures, including the shredded bits, chewy bits, crunchy bits, and even slightly mysterious bits. The pièce de résistance is arguably the crispy pork skin that crowns the mound. A scrumptious pork bone soup (not pictured) rounds out the vibe nicely.
Afternoons are particularly enjoyable at the beach
As the heat picks up, a nice place to be is under an umbrella, with a view out on to the great blue ocean. Quick dips in the sea are highly recommended, followed perhaps by a little sun, and then more umbrella time. Many will say that the natural accompaniment to this scene is a beer, which will run you about 25,000 IDR (2 USD), but soft drinks and bottled water are also available for a bit less than the cost of a beer. Though there is no charge to sit under the umbrella, you will need to at least order something.
Sunset is particularly enjoyable at the beach
You may be sensing a pattern here. Indeed, the beach can be lovely at just about any time of the day. As the sun sinks towards and then drops below the ocean, the temperatures cool, and music inevitably starts flowing from somewhere or another. It’s the end of another beautiful day in Bali. Time to start making your evening plans.
Put simply, a beautiful day awaits you
Beach and Pig. Or just beach if you really insist. See how simple the pleasures of life can be?
One place to get Bali’s famous pork: Melasty Babi Guling: Jl. Melasti, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361. Stall No. 47 inside the marketplace (towards the rear).
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