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Best Babi Guling Recipe: but with Lamb…


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Best Babi Guling Recipe

Best Babi Guling Recipe: All the way from Bali comes an inspired dish. Inspired by Babi Guling, a dish I hunted down when in Bali one year having read Mr Bourdain’s review on this restaurant.

Best Babi Guling Recipe: with Lamb

What hit us was a smorgasbord of stuff that looked more medical than edible haha. We soldiered on and ate and ate. Tonnes of pork it seemed was consumed. Crackling skin, succulent meat, sausages, some flappy bits, and some tuby bits – but all were tasty, and of course, washed down by the local beverage they have named beer. Roadside, watching the world whizz by as we ate and drank with the locals – truly wonderful.

Best Babi Guling Recipe

Here is the roadside shack, Pak Malen’s – purveyors of Babi Guling and Babi Guling only.

Yours truly tucking in to the fare - and what a selection there was

Yours truly tucking into the fare – and what a selection there was. Clearly, Amy had had some Ribena or something. 

See what I mean. Waiter waiter can I please order some more of the deep fried tube <a href=

So I thought today – well yesterday let’s give it a go, let’s recreate for this is Ollie’s 13th birthday on the 21st but let me try cook this for the 20th when I knew I would be home to cook at 6 pm. Here’s how it goes from yesterday when I did the shopping, prepping, and marinading.

Yes you are recommended, nay highly recommended to leave this marinating for 24 hours overnight. In the fridge, uncovered.

This was a hunk of lamb shoulder, not pork shoulder. Why? Well because they had no pork at the supermarket is why. So I took a gamble, I improvised. It truly worked in fact, it rocks. Delicious together. Stella. Stunning. Boy oh boy – SHIOK.

Enough here for 6 or so.


Take a 3kg lamb shoulder and score the skin with a crisscross of small cuts on the skin side. Rub into the skin 2 teaspoons of turmeric and salt, making sure you cover all the skin. Yes, it will go yellow, do not worry. Then get a roasting tray and lay it down skin side. I then took a sharp knife and cut lengthways down the meat to create a sort of pocket, a pocket that would be the resting place for the stuffing. More on that in a minute. Set this aside, meat prepped!


  • 4 stalks of lemon grass – peel the outer layers and cut into small pieces;
  • 4 small red onions roughly chopped;
  • 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped;
  • 3 green jalapeños roughly chopped;
  • 5 Kaffir lime leaves roughly chopped;
  • 1-2 inch knob of cleaned and roughly chopped ginger;
  • 1 tablespoon of Belacan or shrimp paste;
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper;
  • 1 tablespoon of salt; and some olive oil to bind.

Whack all this in a blitzer and whizz until a finely chopped stuffing consistency.

Then add in additional spices;

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric;
  • 1 teaspoon of ground galangal; and
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin.

In they go and blitz again to mix these in.

Spoon this stuffing into the hole or pocket you created in the meet and bash that in the fridge. Leave that to marinade overnight.

When you are ready to cook drizzle both sides of the meat with oil, and then turn over and lay the meat on the roasting tray skin side up. Sprinkle a little more salt atop the skin and you are ready to roast. I did this in a normal oven at 220 for 25 minutes and then took it out for a rest.

Whilst resting I peeled 4 potatoes cut to cubes and par-boiled. Drain and bash them about a bit in a colander. Add to the roasting tray with the meat, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with some salt for seasoning. I also cut a couple of bulbs of garlic in half and did the same with the oil and the salt. Basically what is going to happen here is that you get roasted potatoes that absorb all the meat juices from the lamb – oh yeah baby bring it on!!!

Back in the oven for another 20-25 until spuds roasted and crispy brown. Take a sharp knife and test the meat – the usual way spike the thickest part and then touch the knife on top of your lip. If hot all the way along the knife, you are done. Place on a carving tray and cover with some foil for 10 minutes or so to rest.

You could also put the spuds back in to final crisp up and then you are indeed ready to serve.

Babi Guling Best Recipe: conclusions

The meat will be crispy with crackling on the top, but pink lamb inside, the potatoes will be meaty and crispy, and the stuffing will have blackened a little too through the roasting process. All this you want to happen as that is where the flavour comes from.

Enjoy this one friends – it is indeed a BELTER!!! Best Babi Guling Recipe, with LAMB…

What are the origins of Babi Guling?

Babi guling has deep roots in the rich culinary heritage of Bali, Indonesia. Its origins trace back to traditional Balinese ceremonies and celebrations, where the communal act of roasting a whole pig became a symbol of prosperity and festive abundance. This culinary practice was traditionally reserved for special occasions, religious ceremonies, and important gatherings within the community.

The significance of babi guling in Balinese culture is intertwined with religious beliefs and customs. The practice of roasting a suckling pig is often associated with Hindu rituals, where the pig symbolizes a sacrificial offering to the gods. The preparation and consumption of babi guling during religious ceremonies are seen as a way to invoke blessings and express gratitude.

While babi guling’s roots are deeply embedded in Balinese culture, its popularity has transcended cultural boundaries, making it a beloved dish for locals and a sought-after experience for tourists. Over the years, the dish has evolved, and various chefs and restaurants have put their unique twists on the traditional recipe, contributing to its widespread appeal.

In modern times, babi guling has become an iconic symbol of Balinese cuisine, attracting food enthusiasts from around the world. Its succulent, flavorful meat and aromatic spices continue to captivate the taste buds, making babi guling a must-try dish for anyone seeking an authentic culinary adventure in Bali.

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