Are you planning a trip to Bali and want to know what culinary options await you on the Indonesian island? In this food guide, you’ll learn all about eating out in Bali and whether this holiday paradise is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Traditional Cuisine in Bali
The value for money of food in Bali is incredible! For just 15 euros, you can spend a day in Bali well-fed and hit the road every time! Especially when it comes to traditional cuisine, authentic street restaurants are the cheapest. In this so-called warunzis, which Balinese mostly run, you will encounter typically prepared dishes, which we would now like to introduce to you. By the way, don’t be surprised if the food you order is served on a banana leaf and you are given a spoon and fork – this is quite common in Indonesia.
Everyday communal dining, like a normal family dinner, doesn’t play a significant role in Indonesia. Instead, everyone only eats when their stomach is growling. On the other hand, there is a lot of emphasis on impressive feasts during the holidays. One of the highlights is Babi Guling; a spit-roasted pig skewered on a skewer and grilled whole. The vibrant orange color, which comes from the rich spices of turmeric and coconut oil, is striking. If you want to try this delicacy, we recommend you visit Warung Selingsing Cepaka. Disclaimer: The food here is so good that you sometimes need to order a day in advance.
Let’s move on to another classic: Gado-Gado is a delicious salad of vegetables, sprouts – sometimes potatoes and eggs – tofu, fried soybeans, and peanut sauce that is one of Indonesia’s five national dishes. That’s why you’ll often come across this dish during your holiday. Gado-Gado is also great for vegetarians and anyone who needs something light in between meals. Definitely give it a try!
Sweet lovers will also find something to their liking in Balinese cuisine. If you’re craving dessert after a meal in Bali, don’t miss the sweet sticky rice cakes. By the way, coffee and tea are also served sweet in Bali, as long as you don’t ask for anything extra when ordering.
You’ll find these grilled skewers in Bali in more variations than you could ever try. At the Gourmet Sate House restaurant in Kuta alone, there are about 22 different satay skewers on the menu – including, of course, the well-known chicken with peanut sauce. However, satay skewers, also known as sate and famous throughout Indonesia, are also available with fish, tofu, or lamb. Just check out the Warungs menu. It’s hard to go wrong with the prices!
Bali Is a Paradise for Vegetarians and Vegans
Since meat and fish are often costly, it is not uncommon in Bali to avoid meat in your daily diet. In addition, most curries are made with coconut milk, and rice is essential in Indonesian cuisine. Vegans have it much easier than in many other destinations and can often choose from most menus. In particular, the wide range of exotic fruits makes you feel like you’re in heaven on earth: mangoes, papayas, bananas of all sizes, and – beware durian, the cheesy (smelly) fruit that many Indonesians swear by.
Vegetarians and Vegans Have It Easy in Bali
For the health-conscious, countless cafes serve coconut smoothie bowls or pancakes in various colors and designs. You should stop by Shelters or Cafe Organic in Seminyak, for example. There are also many restaurants in Bali with purely plant-based, if not purely raw, dishes. For instance, at Alchemy, you can get pasta, stews, and cakes conjured from natural ingredients.
Are you ready for your trip to Bali?