BEBIK BENGIL (DIRTY DUCK DINER)
Hanoman, Padang Tegal,
hours: 10 AM - 11 PM
Kid friendliness: high chairs available
Visit reviewed: 1/2009
Before we went to Bali, a friend of mine from Singapore said that I had to eat at a place called Dirty Duck in Ubud. "Ask around. Everyone knows." And luckily, he was right.
I went to Bali on a family trip. Not only with my own family, but friends of the family. So everything was a group decision. One of the families was from Indonesia, so they had already planned for Bebik Bengil to be one of our lunch spots. Ubud was about an hour away from where we were staying, so by the time we got there I was starving.
There's an array of outdoor seating at Dirty Duck Diner- on cabana like seats or further back in the restaurant, on wooden tables with a pastoral view.
The service is quick and efficient and the menu has everything from Indonesian appetizers to chicken soup. But they are famous for their duck.
Remember the family friends I mentioned? They ordered a half fried duck each for everyone. I thought it would be too much food, but actually it was about right. The skin wasn't as crispy as I thought it would be (for being fried), but the meat was tender around the bone, a bit dried out near the wings and leg.
It tasted a lot better with the chili sauce, a bit of lime juice squeezed and the peanut sauce from the appetizer combo that was ordered.
I think this was their appetizer plate (above) and their Nasi Campur (which is like a Indonesian "mixed rice" plate- with various things with steamed rice) (below). The Nasi Campur was definitely better. The green beans were fantastic, crisp and juicy, with a kick of chili. Another thing that I learned in Bali is that they had different kinds of fried chips or krupuk- but my favorite were the shrimp chips, especially since that is the flavor we grew up with. So good! I didn't like some of the other fried chips that were a bit bitter.
I am also not into avocado milk, but I think here it was served with a splash of chocolate. Ugh.. shudder! For those with a sweet tooth, I think I also spied cakes and boston pie at the front counter.
Outside from the front of the Dirty Duck Diner, you can look for the Bebik Bengil sign.
The second thing my friend mentioned that I must try was babi gulingor roast suckling pig from Ibu Oka. Didn't make it there, but will definitely have to try it the next time!
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