2 years later and I am back in Bali. With no wedding on the agenda this trip, food eating was priority. Today’s the first day in the island and immediately I was ready for some eating action. First up, was Babi Guling Warung Pak Malen in Seminyak located just minutes away from the bustling Kayu Aya strip of Seminyak. Reachable by foot, I walked approximately 10 minutes from my hotel Amadea Resort & Villas.
Warung Pak Malen in Seminyak is no longer the corrugated roof stall it used to be. Now its got its full shop. But has this upgrade diluted the authentic flavours of its Babi Guling? The Babi Guling Campur was my pick. It comes with soup with some pork ribs, a plate of mixed pork pieces and steamed rice.
Soup’s a little spicy and had great flavour to it. Do not expect a rich bone Tonkatsu but rather a clear bone broth filled with punchy spices.
The mixed platter of meat though, was where the magic ultimately happened. Tender, and tasty satay Babi, juicy spit roast pork, a crispy crackling and other fantastically flavoured piece of stir fried pork makes the Babi Guling at Warung Pak Malen a piece of art.
Having the Babi Guling mixed set was definitely the best way to go about enjoying this porky meal. You essentially had everything from flavour, to texture and even just looking at all the colours on the plate was tantalising. This was definitely one of the better Babi Guling I had during this trip.
Would I recommend the Babi Guling at Warung Pak Malen in Seminyak? I definitely will. But is this the best? You will find out soon enough!