Bali: Nasi Tahu Sukawati


It’s a very simple yet unique dish, comprising rice, fried tofu, Sayur Urap Kacang Panjang(mixed vegetable salad with spiced grated coconut and long beans), tofu crackers, andSambal Terasi (shrimp paste sambal).

My pursuit to bring long-standing eateries in Bali that have gone unnoticed to light led me to travelling to areas on the island that I would never imagine stepping foot on. It also taught me that unexpected-yet-delightful surprises could just pop up during moments you would least expect them to. A good case in point was when I stumbled upon Nasi Tahu Sukawati by accident.

I was paying a visit to Sukawati Village to investigate the renowned Sate Lilit Pak Komang after a few days full of driving around Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar and Ubud. I fired up Google Maps on my smartphone, and found that its location is near the famous souvenir market Pasar Sukawati. As I was just about to reach my destination, I chanced upon pinpointed eatery on the map called Nasi Tahu. My foodie instinct went into overdrive, prompting me to make an unscheduled beeline to the place.

Fortunately, my speculative intuition proved to be a blessing. Upon entering, two ladies – one was in her 70s and the other looked like she just hit 50 – were busy packing food for their regulars to go. The eatery only consisted of a kitchen, a wooden table functioning as a counter for the food, and two plastic chairs for customers to sit on – very fancy indeed.

I tried to engage in some small talk with the older-looking lady in order to get more information regarding her establishment after asking for a pack of its signature dish. However, perhaps due to old age, she had problems hearing what I was saying, which turned the conversation into a very awkward one. Thank the stars for her younger colleague, then, who stepped in just as the chat was reaching a dead end. It turns out that the older lady was her mum, whose name is Ibu Surti, while she introduced herself as Ibu Murni. It was the former who started off the business back in the 1960s.

Now, as for its Nasi Tahu, you must first know that if you wish to eat it on the spot, there are no cutleries available so you’ve no choice but to use your bare hands. The majority of the customers here would usually have their food to go, which is exactly what I did. It’s a very simple yet unique dish, comprising rice, fried tofu, Sayur Urap Kacang Panjang (mixed vegetable salad with spiced grated coconut and long beans), tofu crackers, and Sambal Terasi (shrimp paste sambal). Spicy food lovers would thoroughly enjoy this one as the sambal packs a spiciness that will set your palate on fire, and no meat involved means this is a pretty dish to ingest. Well, as long as you wash your hands first if you decide to eat it at the warung.

Jl. Lettu Wayan Sutta II,
Sukawati, Bali
Open daily from 7am to 1pm
Rp.7,000/US$0.60 per portion


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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