Babi Guling Ibu Oka

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Jl. Suweta, Ubud, Indonesia

Babi Guling Ibu Oka Ubud Reviews

FrankDLaw FrankDLaw
1 reviews
Ibu Oka: Typical tourist trap! Nov 29, 2011
Stopped by Bali on our way back from Shanghai. Loved Bali, especially Ubud which is a place we would come back to again and again.

This is our third visit to Bali so we decided to give Ibu Oka one last chance, in view of the many superlative reviews in guide books, travel channels and magazines. Reasoning: So many cannot be wrong.

But it looks like they can be. Although the meat itself which was served piping hot, was generally underwhelming, gamy but flavorful enough, the crackling was still as tough as old leather shoes! It really made my DW and me wonder whether those folks who write glowing reviews of Ibu Oka and their babi guling, including Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Timmem and John Brunton, the travel writer from The Guardian have ever tasted suckling pig in a Chinese restaurant? If they have, they would have tasted exactly how good suckling pig should taste like with crackling so crispy thin that every bite is to be savored! It is highly unlikely that after that, they would ever venture to describe babi guling as amazing”, “fantastic”, “best ever” and all the silly hyperbole that have come to dominate this debate and given Ibu Oka an undeserved reputation. I have nothing against Ibu Oka per se. It is the integrity of reviews that I’m concerned about!

To draw an analogy, if you live in a small outpost, say in the far reaches of Siberia, you may describe your local football outfit as “amazing”, “best in the world” or whatever superlative terms you may wish to employ, not out of intellectual dishonesty, but only because you have never been exposed to the silky skills of the likes of Barcelona or Manchester United.

That is probably how it is with this “amazing babi guling” nonsense! We were in Shanghai for 9 days and tried Peking Duck and suckling pig IN SEVERAL RESTAURANTS and the stuff that they served up were slices of culinary heaven!

As we live in San Francisco, we have developed an affinity for the dish. We know that everyone is entitled to their opinion. But how do you judge a dish when you haven’t tasted even remotely the best? It is really like the uncultured and the philistine trying to pontificate on high-brow literature and classical music!

I’m a fan of Anthony Bourdain and look forward to his witty presentations but on this occasion he has dropped the baton big time! I certainly hope that Bourdain will wise up and realize that he must remain objective as a food critics/reviewer! If he continues to rate everything that he’s reviewing only in glowing terms, his credibility will soon be shot!

Finally, we remain baffled over these superlative reviews, because when we compare Ibu Oka’s babi guling to the suckling pig we have tasted in Chinese Restaurants from this side of San Francisco to Melbourne to Hong Kong to Singapore and Bayswater in London, we have to say that if the Chinese version and Ibu Oka’s babi guling are compared and placed on a scale of 1-100, the Chinese version would easily place near a hundred and Ibu Oka’s would limp in below minus 10. That is the difference between a culture with 2,000 plus years of culinary development and a rank amateur!
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clowboy clowboy
32 reviews
Suckling Pig in Indonesia Aug 20, 2011
This place is a great lunchtime treat and one of very few places you can eat Pig in Indonesia (most of indonesia is muslim however Bali is Hindu.) It is very popular and it is likely you may have to que for a table fr a short time, it has been so sucessful that they have opened a second resturant.

The menu is basically suckled (spit roasted) pig and spices (sauce) of your choosing. It is not the cheapest meal option (about 90,000 Rp for 2 adults with one coke each) but it is well worth the money and the experience you will recieve.

Tables are large comunial tables and shoes are not permitted. In more recent times they have started to have "tourist buses" come through.

I have been on several occasions and it's on my list of "Go back to" resturants in Ubud.
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riosekeon riosekeon
2 reviews
"the best pork in the world - Anthoni Bourdain" Jun 24, 2011
As Indonesian, i happened to know about this from a program which originally from other country, no reservation by Anthony Bourdain.

it is basically a BBQ Pork made by Ibu(Mdm) Oka.

it's quite different with western BBQ style. the speciality of this restaurant is the crunchy pork skin. mixture of honey and many local spices make the taste unique.

It is crunchy on the skin but yet very tender inside(the meat).

Babi Guling Ibu Oka can be found at some different places in BALI nowadays, but if you visit UBUD, it is where Babi Guling Ibu Oka originally from.

BEFORE I FORGET!!! do not come too late in the afternoon. you just gonna miss the best pork in the world. they usually close around 3PM as the food finished.
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bagusferriyanto bagusfer…
64 reviews
Most Popular Suckling Pig Restaurant in Ubud Sep 14, 2009
Do you want to try the best balinese suckling pig? Go to famous Warung babi Guling Ibu Oka.

This place would be the best first experience one to try suckling pig in Bali.

Price is cheap, and it's open in the morning around 10.00 am and amazingly close as quick as the can. Don't go there at the afternoon time b'coz u will just miss it.

This will suite for you if you wanted to have quick lunch, people seat, eat and go just like the flow.

Just another local Balinese culinary
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
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bagusferriyanto says:
thank you bernard...guess i did not realize it..
Posted on: Oct 08, 2009
bernard69 says:
congrats on yr feature:)
Posted on: Oct 03, 2009
travelfan1963 says:
Wow--looks really interesting.
Posted on: Oct 03, 2009
reikunboy reikunboy
48 reviews
Ibu Oka the best place for Babi Guling on Bali Aug 13, 2009
Ibu Oka located just opposite the Ubud Palace is the best place in all of Bali for their local food Babi Guling. A Balinese style,roast suckling pig supposed to be most tender and tasty on the island which I can definately vouch for.

A small local restraunt with customers being both Indonesian and tourists come to enjoy the tendor pork meat mixed with herbs and spices served on a bed of white rice topped with some crunchy crackle for the whopping price of around $1, the cheapest and best meal that we ate while in Bali.

The restraunt is so popular that by 3pm it has closed and packed up for the day as all their roast pork has been sold out.

Definately would return to this place if I was in Bali again. if your in Ubud then this is a must.
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junjunph says:
COngrats Chris!
Posted on: Oct 03, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Congrats on your featured review! Looks yummy:P
Posted on: Oct 03, 2009
sarahsan says:
Hi Chris! Congrats on getting your review featured today! Well done!
Posted on: Oct 03, 2009

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