Lawar Bali: Introducing Balinese Local Food

Bali has a lot of local traditional foods that are delicious and famous. Some of the most famous traditional foods from Bali that you should try are Balinese satay, roasted pork, betutu, sambal matah, lawar, and many more. Those foods are never failing for all of the local people and tourists in Bali. If you want to go to Bali, trying this local dish is a must for you. So, these are the full and complete guide for you to know the detail of lawar, the Balinese traditional food.

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What is Lawar?

lawar illustration
Source: travel.kompas.com

Lawar is an original traditional food from Bali. It is a mixture or combination of vegetables, coconuts, also rich in herbs and spices from Balinese taste. Sometimes it contains fresh animal blood in it, but it makes lawar feel delicious. You can find lawar in Bali easily, each restaurant or stalls are usually added pork ribs, chicken, or any other protein meals to lawar. Besides that, lawar can’t be consumed for more than a day due to the ingredients inside it. So if you want to make lawar by yourself, make sure that you will eat right away.

Where to Buy It

If you are in Bali, you have to try lawar and you can find it easily. There are a lot of restaurants or stalls that sell lawar. These are a few of the stalls that sell lawar in Bali.

1. Warung Lawar Penatih

warung lawar penatih
Source: Wikipedia

The first famous warung in Bali that provides lawar is Warung Lawar Penatih. It was established in 1970 by Ketut Ribug and the stall itself still has a lot of people who are visiting here just to find the original taste of Balinese lawar. They serve the dish with minced meat, vegetables, slices of jackfruit, and coconuts that are mixed with herbs and spices. Also, you can eat it here with the pork satay, fried pork, and soup.

Address: Jl. Padma No.81, Penatih, Kec. Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237

Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM daily

Contact: +62 851 0043 2382

2. Lawar Bali Kartika

Another top-rated lawar stall in Bali that you should try is Lawar Bali Kartika. You can choose which stalls that you want to visit because they have 2 different stalls located in Denpasar. Established in 1970, you will never regret your decision when you taste how delicious their version of the traditional dish is. You will taste the steam lawar with pork sausage, pork satay, and a bowl of ares. If you want to eat here, you can request by yourself which protein toppings that you want to add like pork or chicken.

Address: Jalan By Pass I. Gusti Ngurah Rai, Kesiman, Kec. Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237

Opening hours: 8 AM – 6.30 PM daily

Contact: +62 852 3776 8048

3. Lawar Kuwir Pan Sinar

kuwir pan sinar
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And last but not least, you should at least try the dish in Lawar Kuwir Pan Sinar. Established in 1996, this is another famous and top-rated lawar in Bali. You could choose to eat it with fresh animal blood, soup, pork, ares, minced meat Balinese satay, and also kuwir. This is one of the lawar stalls that always has a good review from people. So, do you want to try?

Address: Jl. Kroya Gang Cemapaka No. 1, Kesiman, Denpasar Timur, Sumerta Kelod, Kec. Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237

Opening hours: 7 AM – 4 PM daily

Contact: +62 818 349 451

4. Warung Lawar Kodi

Another place where you can eat lawar is in Warung Lawar Kodi that is located in Sanur. Here, you can choose the option between pork, chicken, or you can request to mix it to be the protein dish of your lawar. You’d better come here in the evening or in the middle of the night to taste the legendary and delicious lawar from Warung Lawar Kodi.

Address: Gg. Harum Jl. Sekuta No.10, Sanur, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228

Opening hours: 6 PM – 7 PM on Monday to Saturday, 6 PM – 12 AM on Sunday

Contact: +62 361 289230

5. Lawar Kambing Mang Raka Gianyar

mang raka
Source: kintamani.id

Are you the type of person who doesn’t like pork or chicken in lawar? Then, you should visit and try the dish in Warung Makan Mang Raka Gianyar.  They serve lawar with lamb and you can choose satay also. The vibe of this restaurant is also different from the others because you can feel the natural Balinese ambiance while you taste the dish finely.

Address: Jl. Raya Tojan No.29, Blahbatuh, Kec. Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 2 PM

Contact: +62 821 4488 4717

How to Make It

Honestly, the local Balinese dish is not that easy to make in a home because sometimes it has to use the pure of animal blood. But, this is one of the simple and easy recipes to make by yourself that you can make in your home with simple ingredients. Let’s check these out!

Ingredients:

  • 100grams of long beans and chopped for 1cm
  • 150grams of shredded coconut
  • 50grams of jackfruit, boiled and chopped it
  • 100grams of chicken breast and chopped it
  • 1 spoon of lime
  • 4 spoon of fried shallot

Seasoning:

  • 6 spoon of coconut oil
  • 4 pieces of shallot
  • 3 pieces of onion
  • 2 pieces of red chili
  • 3 cm of ginger
  • 4 cm of galangal
  • 2 pieces of lemongrass
  • 4 pieces of roast candlenut
  • ¼ spoon of pepper
  • ½ spoon of coriander
  • 1 spoon of baked shrimp paste
  • ½ spoon of salt

Steps:

  1. Stir-fry the seasoning until it smells nice
  2. Add the long beans, shredded coconut, jackfruit, and chicken meat
  3. Mix it well and stir, move to the plate when it is done
  4. Add the lime and fried shallot on top of it
  5. Lawar is ready to serve

That’s all the things that you should know about one of the most famous Balinese foods, named lawar. How is it? Are you interesting enough to try? Well, we recommend you try it while you’re having your holiday in Bali.

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