Friday, April 03, 2009


Hanoman, Padang Tegal,
Ubud, Bali
(62-361) 975-489


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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grover said...

Mmm... such good food! The owners opened a restaurant in Hong Kong a while back. But late last year, they decided to move back to Bali. We were definitely sad to see them go!

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KevCheng said...

That looks GREAT!

tt said...

Mmmmmm, looks good. There is this fired chicken joint in Manila (that they also have in LA and SF) called Max's, and the way they fry their chicken is very similar the duck in your pic. I would imagine the duck is much tastier though, and the extra sauces make it more interesting.

Sapuche said...

Ah, what I wouldn't do for some fried duck done right and a heaping plate of authentic nasi campur! And I luuuv avocado shakes, especially with Vietnamese milk coffee mixed in! Haha, I'm sure you're cringing now. I loved the photos and descriptions of the food you had. I was in Ubud a few years ago and would dearly love to go back! Thanks for sharing this!

sheena said...

nom nom nom

i wanna go eat duck in bali. i envy your life (err, your dinner). yum!

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Unknown said...

The bitter fried chips is called Emping Melinjo = Chips made of gnetum gnenom fruit ^_^ perhaps you can called it "Melinjo chips" ^_^

Bali Accommodation said...

Near of Bebek Bengil you can find Warung Ibu Oka, that serves you balinese roasted pig.

People said (not balinese people) that she have a great roasted pig.