This little beauty was somewhere no other tour guide would take you to. I would pretty much guarantee you that. We had just visited the Royal Palace in Ubud and was asked if we wanted to visit a babi (pork) buffet restaurant and see how the pigs are cooked. Yeah, why not we thought. It will certainly be a cultural experience.
So we headed down, off the beaten path. Asking Bawa as we were going, are they sure we can just walk into the restaurant and head into the kitchen. Yes he said, it will be okay. So further and further down this narrow path. Houses on either side, we were wondering where we were going. Then out of the blue, we were at this person’s back gate. This was not the entrance to the restaurant, but the entrance to their home. In we go, rather cautiously. There were birds, and rats all over the place (as pets mind). We were then led into the ‘kitchen.’ I say ‘kitchen’ because it was just an open furnace. You had a chap there turning this whole pig for 5 hours.
We have never witnessed a kitchen like this. Hygiene was certainly not on their list of priorities!
As I walked further down this narrow ‘kitchen,’ you had some people cutting spices and vegetables. Pig! They said, pointing down the stairs. As I look over you, see live pigs. We were told they slaughter ten pigs roughly a day. Ten pigs just to feed the hungry punters! It was a stark eye-opener as to how Balinese people not only eat. But store their livestock, slaughter and cook their food.
Needless to say, we didn’t eat here, we had places to go and people to see (ok, maybe not the later).
They have three different restaurants across Ubud and have been renowned for being the best. So if you are in the area, have some time on your hands. Visit one; we have been assured you will not be disappointed.