Bali: Bebek Bengil

“The duck was really crispy on the outside, leaving the meat inside tender and bursting with flavours.

With the deluge of Bebek Bengil branches in our beloved capital city, some may have forgotten that this delightful joint actually originated from Bali. While I was on the island, I managed to pay a friendly visit to Bebek Bengil’s original flagshop to give its renowned signature dish a go.

Located on Jalan Hanoman in the heart of Ubud, Bebek Bengil – which was established in about 1990 and has a string of outlets in Bali and Jakarta – is equipped with a spacious dining area complete with an outdoor garden in the middle of the restaurant. It also features a paddy field in its backyard, amplifying the Balinese ambience up a notch. Parking space is non-existent, so you will need to leave your vehicle slightly further away from the establishment. You can also take advantage of its valet service.

Inside, a throng of customers were already eating their meal heartily, while some were lining up at the counter to pay for their respective bills. The already-buzzing atmosphere buzzed even louder when their children began to run around the hallway. Not long after I entered the establishment, a waiter escorted me to a table at the back of the restaurant.

After given the menu, I quickly ordered a portion of its crispy duck. The word on the street is that its crispy duck has raised the bar quite high, leaving others trailing in its wake and desperately trying to imitate its unique recipe. Time to justify its reputation, then.

I tucked in and made short work of my ordered food. The crispy duck is served with a selection of sambals – namelySambal Uleg (tomato and chilli paste), Sambal Goreng (fried chilli paste) and Sambal Matah (Balinese fresh chilli paste). There was also a plate of Sayur Urap (coconut and long beans dish) on the side as well. Now, as expected, the duck was really crispy on the outside, leaving the meat inside tender and bursting with flavours, which was probably the result of some of the spices being thrown into the frying pan together. One word: yummy.

Jl. Hanoman, Ubud
T: 0361 975 489
Open daily from 10am to 10.30pm
Rp.150,000/US$10.80 per person

A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.


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