Among the verdant rice fields, quiet villages and cerulean seas of eastern Bali lies the bustling Klungkung market. Here visitors will find large baskets of snake fruit, ginger, dried sardines, durian, boiled eggs soaked in lemongrass, garlic and turmeric, and a multitude of potent spices. As you weave through the thick lines of locals bargaining for their list of food items for the day, it's best to try some some of the hot and cold Balinese dishes prepared with ingredients sourced directly from the market that morning.
For starters, order a bowl of steaming black rice pudding, a few slices of suckling pig, grilled chicken satay smothered in peanut sauce and a side of seaweed "jello." End the meal with a few mouthfuls of "laklak," a sweet dessert of tiny pancake-like bites made from rice flour, grated coconut and brown sugar beautifully presented on a strip of banana leaf.
Tip: The best time to visit the market is after 8:00 a.m. as most locals do their shopping between 5-7 a.m., and the crowds can become a bit overwhelming.