Bali: Warung Lawar Sapi Odah


” Seeing my hesitation, Bu Odah handed me a piece of the blood. The dark colour turned me down, however, I tried to be polite and took a bite.

Since most Balinese are pre-dominantly Hindu, a beef-based food is a rarity in the Island of Gods. Therefore, finding a Lawar Sapi (a finely chopped beef mix with vegetables, coconuts, and various spices) is similar to looking for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, Warung Lawar Sapi Odah manages to satisfy our craving for beef.

This Sanur’s best-kept secret food stall has been around for more than 40 years. Despite its old age, Warung Lawar Odah isn’t as popular as Warung Mak Beng or Warung Men Weti. The warung is located outside the beach area, which requires an extra effort from a foodie to locate it.

After asking a few people around Sanur beach, I managed to arrive in Warung Lawar Sapi Odah. The stall was packed with customers. At the age of 80 years, Ibu Odah is still manning the stall with help from her kids. I was amused to see her and decided to sit right in front of the serving table.

Warung Lawar Odah offers a complete set meal consisting lawar, tum (steamed lawar), and soup. The tum was similar with pork tum I tried before. However, using beef, the texture was slightly rougher. Mixed with Balinese spices, the tum delivered a rich spicy flavour. Moreover, since it’s using beef, you would find deep fry offal being served. I was taken aback when seeing a freshly cooked deep fry blood on the table. Seeing my hesitation, Bu Odah handed me a piece of the blood. The dark colour turned me down, however, I tried to be polite and took a bite. Luckily, the taste wasn’t as intimidating as the colour. The velvety texture please my taste buds straight away, and there was no pungent odour coming from it. I couldn’t stop myself and took another bite.

Jl. Danau Buyan
Sanur, Bali
Open daily from 9am-1pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.30 per person


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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