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A Balinese Dish: Chicken Betutu  

by on Sunday, 21 June 2009No Comment | 3,072 views

One of Balinese culinary heritage is Ayam Be Tutu. This meal is so popular even for non-Balinese. And Gilimanuk in Jembrana regency, is the ‘nest’ of this yummy food.


Gilimanuk is like a door of Bali since it is a harbor area where the ship brings many people come in and out Bali. No wonder, along the way to the harbor there are so many warung (food booth) which sell various food. Yet, most of the warungs in this district sell Ayam Be Tutu.

A couple years ago, a famous warung selling Ayam Be Tutu was never lack of customer. Every single day Men (Mrs.) Tempeh’s warung served hundreds orders. Unfortunately, at about two years ago Men Tempeh passed away and her warung was closed.

Ayam Guling

Yet, another warung still offer the same taste as Men Tempeh’s Ayam Be Tutu. Standing on Mutiara Street at Gilimanuk area, Bu Lina’s warung serves two kind of Ayam Be Tutu: boiled and fried. It takes a minute longer for the fried Ayam Be tutu to be served. But, the time you have spent for this fried Ayam Be Tutu is not fruitless since you will get a fantastic dish: a fried chicken with crunchy layer on the surface but moist inside. The flavor is perfectly delicious with a complement of Plecing (a Balinese cooking made from swamp cabbage mix with hot sauce) and two kinds of hot sauces in different plate. The boiled Ayam Be Tutu also has the same complement but the chicken itself is served with little bit broth.

Ayam Guling

In the early morning Bu Lina’s employers start to boil chickens mix them with secret spices and many chilies. Indeed, the taste of Ayam Be Tutu will be not spectacular without chili. The process of boiling these chickens takes 5 hours even more to make the spices penetrate to the chicken and tenderize the flesh. In cooking these chickens the employers use firewood instead of gas. “The key why the taste of our Be Tutu is different is the firewood,” one of Bu Lina’s employers explained. No wonder many people adored Bu Lina’s Ayam Be Tutu.

Sambal Matah

Everyday this warung can cook 100 chickens to fulfill the order. “People who come to Bali through the sea always have a lunch here. They usually buy 1 up to 2 chickens as a presents for their friend,” she said. Even more, Bu Lina serves and distributes Ayam Be Tutu to Jakarta and other regions outside Bali.

Sambal Daun Ubi

With only Rp 50.000 per Ayam Be Tutu you can taste a delightful Balinese food with your friends or family. Open at 8 pm and close at 9 am, Bu Lina’s Ayam Be Tutu can make you lick your finger after eating it. Yummy!

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