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After a good night’s sleep at Tegal Sari, we woke up fairly late to enjoy our brunch at Ibu Oka, located just across the street from the Royal Palace. FYI, they open around 11AM and it is advisable to hog for a seat as the tables are limited.
We reached the place by 1030am, because the guys wanted to good pictures sans the crowd. Such dedicated photographers!
The menu. The obligatory order is the “special” with a little bit of everything. One can also opt for skin only or meat only portion.
We took off your shoes before heading into the dining area. We sat on the floor and waited patiently for our “babi” to arrive.
Fruit Tea Botol
As the clock was ticking away, we saw a lady who carry a basket on her head. Could that be the long awaited babi guling? No! It was just the rice, false alarm apparently.
Lo and behold! The pig arrived, and it was really huge one!
The crowd started pouring in, with a mix of locals and tourists like. Most of the locals opted for take away while the tourists will choose to dine in and whip out their camera from time to time. How typical!
Our ‘special’ plate (IDR25,000 / RM9.20 ) contains a little bit of everything: meat, skin,blood sausage, stir fried green beans along side with some spicy signature gravy.
We though that Ibu Oka was rather over rated. The skin was so jaw-breakingly hard and chewy. While the meat was tender and the spicy gravy sauce has some elements of ‘bumbu Bali’, it was still nothing to shout about.
*Bumbu means spice paste and bumbu Bali is apparent in the Balinese day to day cooking.
Ibu Oka Babi Guling
Jalan Suweta, Ubud
11.00am – 2.00pm daily
After a rather dissappointing meal (maybe we set our expectations too high) at Ibu Oka, we walked over to Pasar Ubud for some retail therapy!
The knick knacks here are really pretty but the price was a bit steep if we were to compare it to Sukawati Market. However, some of the nicer stuff that we saw here is not available at Sukawati market. So it is better to go to Sukawati before you do another round of shopping at Pasar Ubud.
Next up: Pura Ulu Danu @ Bratan Lake, Bedugul, Tanah Lot and Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner’s)