Bali Food Guide (with tips for vegans and vegetarians)
When it comes to making up your mind about what to order for breakfast: Don’t go for bread or croissants, especially if you have European (and even Australian) bakery expectations/standards. You’ll likely be disappointed. It’s just not a Balinese specialty, so stick to what Bali is best at…
Bali is good at a few things, but as a vegan/vegetarian your options will be limited. If you’re feeling sweet, it will be a bit easier as you can get some of the best banana pancakes or black rice pudding with coconut milk. Or you could go for what Bali is so well known for - its fruit and smoothie bowls and freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices. They are amazing and your best go-to if you’re vegan/vegetarian and looking for a healthy meal. My favourite juice/smoothie combo, which I discovered at Prashanti, is a mix of dragonfruit, pineapple, watermelon and papaya.
Talking about healthy food... I remember craving some fresh veggies or a healthy salad multiple times. While you can find vegetarian cafes/restaurants such as The Elephant in the main spots, sometimes getting your hand on fresh veggies can be hard. You can always go for Gado Gado of course, if you can talk your brain into believing that a bowl of raw veggies topped with endless amounts of peanut sauce is healthy. ;)
Don’t expect almond milk to taste the same as in Australia (it rather tastes like some sugary, sweet milk substitute). Just go for coconut milk instead, which is the most common type of milk around anyway.
And if you usually drink decaf instead of “real” coffee, be ok with switching to tea instead. The Balinese like their coffee strong with all the caffeine.
What are your thoughts on Bali’s cuisine? Have you got any tips to add to the list? I’d love to hear - talking about food is the second best thing after eating it after all. ;)