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.
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