In the comments to my previous post Vegetarian in Bali someone wrote that few years ago when you asked for a vegetarian meal in Bali you usually stood before a choice of fish or chicken. Yesss, very funny… That was also my biggest concern before I arrived here. I am happy to report that things have changed considerably and now it is so much easier to be a vegetarian in this paradise island.
In second part of this article I would like to share with you how many options the vegetarians have on Bali apart from the typical Indonesian specialties.
So get ready for a yummy trip.
I was really surprised to find so many places where vegetarian burgers were on menu – the dish that vegetarians can usually eat in specialized vegetarian/vegan bars, but very rarely in a regular restaurant.
One of the most popular is the Tempeh Burger made with battered or simply marinated and grilled Tempeh. If you put it together with coconut coated and fried sweet potatoes, tomato and cucumber salad and pumpkin coconut cream you get a really wholesome delicious dish that leaves you with no space in your stomach for dessert.
Or what about the Tropical red rice – kidney beans burger with sweet and spicy chutney and grilled pineapple?
Just look at the pictures below.. can you actually resist them?
When it comes to light lunch this is my favourite option. Whether it is filled with fresh vegetables with sundried tomatos and marinated eggplant or falafel with salad and mint sauce the wrap is a perfect lunch for me, actually I wouldn’t refuse it for dinner either. Although flour tortilla is really far from traditional Balinese cousine, I found this dish in so many places that I’m no longer surprised by seing the hole wrap sections on the menu.
And usually the wrap itself is wrapped in banana leaf… really convenient and ecological solution, and how cool it looks.
SPRING ROLLS and SAMOSAS
Neither Balinese nor Indonesian specialty, but widely popular in many places and very easy to get in vegetarian version. Often accompanied by a small salad and a sweet and sour or yogurt souse.
Oops, one of the samosas disappeared before I managed to take a photo…
I already learned that in most cases the vegetable soups in Asia are vegetarian, which is not so obvious in Europe. I think it is just the mere fact that Asians wouldn’t bother to boil the meat broth and make a soup and then not put the meat inside. It is not their style of cooking and it’s too much trouble.
PIZZA & PASTA
Yes, you can find them everywhere and no, I wouldn’t recommend them, if you are a fan of a “real thing”. I only found one place where pizza and pasta were close enough to the Italian ones, and let’s be honest – it was not cheap. Hmm, at least for Bali.. I think I just got used to the fact that you can easily eat decent meal for just few dollars 🙂
Anyway, if you are anywhere near Amed make sure you visit Trattoria, for a real Italian fest, beautiful ocean view and a cozy atmosphere.
Could you resist such plate of grilled vegetables with marinated artichoke, olives and sun dried tomatos?
SWEETS & FRUITS
Sticky rice with banana, sweet “soup” made of coconut milk and mung beans, bananas deep fried in a dough, dragon fruit, snake fruit, soooooo sweet mango or sirsak – soursop – you name it. You are sure to find something new and exciting to eat here.
I got hungry just by writing this post and remembering all those flavours.. I hope you enjoyed reading and the photos 🙂 Here is the previous post about the typical Balinese dishes made vegetarian. Bon Appétit!