Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bebek Bengil - Those Dirty Ducks! WW

Bebek Bengil's Crispy Duck

After our babi guling meal, we proceeded to the famous Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner). Don't think crooked, not 'gigolo'. (For the Chinese, duck also = gigolo ). In Balinese, Bebek Bengil means dirty duck.

An interesting restaurant with rice field scenery and lovely gardens, this place was opened in 1990. Why is it called Dirty Duck? I copy the story behind this name extracted from the front page of its menu:

“One tropical monsoon morning, when the restaurant was very close being finished (we had concrete floor down and the tables in) a flock of ducks from the rice field across  the road (yes, there were rice fields all around us then) run quacking and squawking into the restaurant and cross all the floor and tables. They left the muddy webbed footprints all over the place. Those were our first guests – those “DirtyDucks”. 

The entrance of the restaurant - humble, right?

The inside of the restaurant looks like the garden of a Balinese home. There were Balinese musicians to entertain the diners.

I didn't expect to find a Balinese village scene once inside the restaurant. The restaurant has rice field scenery for guests to enjoy. This place is huge. They have individual pavilions all over the places - some beside the pond, some beside the rice field......

The restaurant was packed with busloads of tourists streaming in every now and then. We finally chose to sit near the entrance at a low table, overlooking the street. The cool shade and a gentle breeze was welcomed from the heat outside!

We each ordered its famous crispy duck (Indonesian Rupiah 83,000 after tax, S$9.30, USD12.20).There are several other duck dishes as well as pastas, kebabs and salads. We came only for its famous crispy duck.

The dish consists of half a duck steamed with Indonesian spices and deep-fried to a crispy finish. Besides steamed rice, you can choose sautéed potatoes and a side salad. Ignore the cutlery and use your fingers. yummmm..........

The meat was tender and moist. The skin was crispy..... even the bones are as crispy as French fries ..........

Price not cheap. Expect to pay about Rp 100,000 per head for a simple meal (excluding dessert and alcoholic drinks) here. Those Dirty Ducks!

Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner)
Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Indonesia
!0 am - 10 pm
There is a 10% tax and 5% service charge.

First Commenter -


  1. I forgot about checking out Dirty Ducks...but I think my itinery might not have permitted me time for visiting that restaurant.

    Nevertheless, I tried Bebek Lumbuk Hijau at the Ketupat Restaurant in Kuta and it turned to be a tasty dish. The duck was really tender and it wasn't gamey at all.

  2. Yeah! This dirty place where they serve dirty duck is gotta be one of the most famous of them all. :D

  3. Looks like a popular spot. IIRC, Foongpc also visited this shop when he was there. :)

  4. I love duck. Hubby can't eat them because he's had so many as pets. Bless his heart. Love the name of this eatery.

    Have a terrific day. :)

    Wordless Wednesday

  5. This is such a famous restaurant that they are charging very expensively. But I found the food OK not fantastic.

  6. Amazing how ducks can be so dirty after spending so much time in water but it's true enough they do get muddy feet. Well it appears those first hungry customers turned out to be dinners rather than diners :<

  7. It sounds delicious despite the name. Sitting on pillows looks like a comfortable way to eat a meal.

  8. Thanks for taking me to see this place. What a great story.

  9. Mei Teng,
    There are so many lovely eating places to check out in Bali, we just don't have the time and the space in our stomach. haha.....

    I like this crispy duck dish. I will try your duck at Kuta the next trip. :P

  10. Tekkaus,
    haha.... what a name eh! Great story, good food, lovely ambience.

  11. Lina,
    Popular with tourists. Another world famous restaurant. :P

    Foong was in Bali too? Oops, I was busy so for some time I didn't read his posts. :P

  12. Sandee,
    I love duck too.

    awww... your kind hubby! He will freak out if he sees the row of delicious, crispy roasted duck hanging in the front of food stalls selling roast meats in Singapore. :P

  13. foongpc,
    The price is expensive because most of the diners are tourist. I like its crispy duck, I didn't try the other dishes.

  14. Sukhmandir Kaur,
    haha.... the name 'Dirty Duck' is so suitable for this restaurant.

    I feel like I'm also a dirty duck who walked into this diner, only to be 'slaughtered' as well. hahaha.....

  15. AVCr8teur,
    It was a relaxing lunch that day, sitting on the wooden floor and resting on the pillows with the gentle breeze and a view of the huge expanse of greenery in front of us. Nice.

  16. Sandy Carlson,
    You have to see it for yourself one day. :)

  17. Gran,
    100,000 Indonesian Rupiah = USD11.20

    To the American tourists, it is cheap. :P

  18. Dirty Duck Diner?!!! Have you take a careful look at the duck before they cook it? Ha...

    Anyway, the place has very nice Balinese setting and your hubby seems to like the duck very much too ;)

  19. A fancy name for the dirty duck.As long as it tastes delectable, who cares!

  20. Well it all looks delicious and what soothing scenery. I must admit though when I read your story of how it came to get its name I really wanted to add: 'quack, quack!'

    I can see that you are having a lovely time .... what a heavenly place to visit.

  21. Hi ECL, how are you doing? I realize it has been quite a while since the last time I visit here in your blog.
    These are bunch of beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. :)

  22. duck is tasty but sometimes it tastes so gamey...