When in Bali, there are always 2 things people say you must try (i) babi guling (Balinese suckling pig) and (ii) bebek bengil (crispy duck). Since The Hubs doesn’t eat pork, the duck it was. Most tourists head to this place called the Dirty Duck Diner but we were recommended The Pond – a lovely resturant about a ten-minute walk from the Monkey Forest.
Service at The Pond was excellent. The lady boss was warm and friendly, and despite the busy lunch hour, she managed to put together a table for us right next to the pond. The food did take a little while to arrive but we didn’t mind. We had some problems finding the restaurant and had spent more than twenty minutes walking up and down the same stupid road under the scorching sun. So I was more than happy to sit back with a cold bottle of coke and a plate of really yummy sweet potato chips. Don’t they look like pretty rose petals?
We tried the Bebek Bengil (crispy duck) and Bebek Betutu which is duck cooked with rich Indonesian spices. Both were excellent. I was especially surprised by the crispy duck which looked like it had been electrocuted to death. The skin was crispy and the meat tender and juicy. Too bad we were in Ubud for such a short time – I would have loved to go back and try some of their other dishes. Another time, perhaps.