Ubud: Babi Guling at Ibu Oka

Suckling pig at Ibu Oka!  This is what we’ve been waiting for.  Known for its appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, it’s gotten a lot of hype as Bali’s best babi guling.  It opens at 11am and by the time we get there at 11:30am, a lot of the tables are filled and they’re already out of crispy skin.  We order two “separates,” essentially you get a sampler plate of all the types of meat with rice and soup separate.  At 50,000 IDR, it’s twice the price of Warung Babi Guling in Sanur.  But it comes out and looks like its twice the amount of food!

The “Separated” Meal at Ibu Oka

I get a Teh Botol drink to go with it, which is a popular Indonesian drink.  Tastes like sweet tea.

Teh Botol – Tastes Like Sweet Tea

The verdict is that the meat is better than Warung Babi Guling in Sanur though I prefer the crispy skin at Warung Babi Guling.  We gobbled everything down, no problem.  As we were finishing, a roast pig arrived via motorbike and the chef started cutting it up.  Inside, you can see a ton of spices that were roasted with the pig to give it flavor and they baste it with coconut water while roasting.  Each pig apparently takes several hours and they start at 3am every morning.  Once they sell out, they close up shop around 2 or 3pm.

Pig Fresh Off of Motorbike Delivery
Carving the Pig