A pig roast or hog roast is an event or gathering which involves the barbecuing of a whole hog (the castrated male pig or boar, bred for consumption at about 12 months old).
In Indonesia, a pig roast is called babi (pig) guling, babi panggang or babi bakar; however it is rarely found in Indonesia, except in non-Muslim majority provinces, such as Hindu Bali and Christian Batak lands in North Sumatra, Minahasa people of North Sulawesi, Toraja in South Sulawesi, Papua, and also among Chinese Indonesians. In Bali, babi guling usually served with lawar and steamed rice; it is a popular dish in Balinese restaurants and warungs. In Batak people’s tradition, babi guling is a prerequisite in wedding offerings for the bride’s family. In Papua, pigs and yams are roasted in heated stones placed in a hole dug in the ground and covered with leaves; this cooking method is called bakar batu (burning the stone), and it is an important cultural and social event among Papuan people.
There is a very popular restorant in Denpasar, Bali, named Candra Babi Guling, which specially serve the roasted pig. A quest for authentic Balinese meat ends in a fiery, smoky, porky insight into one of the island’s most epic dishes.
Setting off on a winding 30-minute cab ride from Kuta, established 25 years ago as a bamboo hawker stall, today Candra Babi Guling is a full-service restaurant and arguably the best babi guling place in Bali. The owners, Mr. Candra and his wife, started the business on their own, but now employ 50 workers. The restaurant is open daily, from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
The best time to have babi guling is mid- to late-morning, times that ensure the freshest cuts of roast pork are delivered to you.
The food came in a flash and we were presented with a large helping of pork in many guises: crispy pork skin that tasted of light coconut milk; sweet pork satay; blood sausage; dried pork floss; and a helping of rice and pork bone soup.
On a typical day, he and a partner grill 10 pigs for the restaurant during a 14-hour shift. They choose only young pigs, aged from eight to 18 months, and grilling can take three to four hours per pig.
Candra Babi Guling
Jalan Teuku Umar 140, Denpasar, Bali,
Phone : +62 361 221 278;
daily, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.,