March 29, 2014

Warung Wahaha ~ Is This The Best Pork Ribs in Bali?

It has been a couple of years since I had a beach vacation, last being in Phuket. Not that I don't like sunshine, but it's the damaging UV rays which causes skin photo-aging which scares me off. So when my friends suggested a weekend getaway in Bali, the first thing I thought of was not its beaches, but... "Woohoo! All the delicious food in Bali, here I come!"... Muahaha!!! Babi Guling (Balinese suckling pig)! Bebek Bengil's Crispy Duck! Pork Ribs! I want all of you in my tummy!

But but but, long story short - not enough time, friends not food crazy enough to travel the rather long distance from Seminyak (where we stayed) to Ubud (where the best Babi Guling and Bebek Bengil are) - I ended up trying only the Pork Ribs from Naughty Nuri's Warung and Warung Wahaha.

Still, I'm counting the yummy blessings as both places are said to serve up the Best Pork Ribs in Bali! While flight delay and insane immigration queue allowed us the weary souls only a simple takeaway from Naughty Nuri's Warung upon night of arrival, we were grateful to have a proper sit-down dinner at Warung Wahaha the next evening.

Warung Wahaha - The name itself already radiates a happy feel which made us smile at its mention. "Wahaha" actually denotes "come hungry, leave happy", which really kind of summarized our experience there haha.

Housed in a charming standalone building along the main road of Jalan Sunset in Seminyak, the casual establishment offers spacious indoor seating, as well as an outdoor garden area for al-fresco dining. A live band was playing on the Saturday night when we visited, which had my friend commenting, "It feels like Timbre (in Singapore)".

As the live loud music made conversations a little difficult, we turned our full attention to the food menu which offers both western and local delights. It didn't take us too long to succumb into the lure of Crispy Ribs (IDR40,000), Chicken Wings (IDR32,000), Nasi Goreng (IDR30,000) and of course the dish which everyone goes for, their specialty Wahaha Pork Ribs (IDR130,000)!

I did not have the opportunity to taste all the pork ribs in Bali to fairly judge if it lives up to its reputation as the best pork ribs in Bali, but the deliciousness of Wahaha's Pork Ribs is undeniable.

The whole rack of meat was well-marinated and beautifully fire-grilled to fall-off-the-bone tenderness with lovely charred bits on the outer. Our table unanimously agreed that its coat of savory pepperish BBQ sauce was a notch better than Naughty Nuri's version which is more on the sweetish side. Simply lip-smacking and addictive! We all love it!

The Crispy Ribs, deep-fried and glazed with a garlicky sauce, could do with more tenderness and succulence, but still, I enjoyed gnawing every bit of flesh off its bones. Pity the Chicken Wings, though crispy, is a tad too dry.

Nasi Goreng, another local staple which we had almost everyday during our trip, was a hearty dish comprising of rice fried with chicken and shrimp in kecap manis, served alongside with chicken satay, fried egg and shrimp cracker. Simple and satisfying.

Overall, the dining experience at Warung Wahaha was pleasant. Though not exactly life-changing, it was still a worthy visit which left good memories. Bye for now, I hope to be back again :)

Thanks to my lovely angels, Joey and Doris, for pampering this gluttonous nature of mine lol.

Warung Wahaha
Address: Jalan Sunset Road, Barat 1689, Seminyak-Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 886 9858
Opening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm Daily

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