Feast Your Eyes
I have officially been in Bali for two weeks now. It really seems like I arrived here just yesterday. I have been exploring the town of Sanur, eating so much amazing food and even making some wonderful friends along the way. There is too much to tell you in one post (sorry! I should have been updating you all way more but I’ve been doing all the reading for my yoga teacher training) so today I am going to focus on one thing: Food.
I love food. On my list of favorite things, food only comes second to sleeping. When I travel I love to try everything, especially things that I have never heard of before. I also try things that most people wouldn’t eat even if they were paid (Hello cow brain in Spain!)
For the past 8 months I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet. No meat, no fish, no eggs, and very little dairy. I was a little bit worried on what kind of protein sources they would have in Bali so I introduced eggs and fish back into my diet. This may have been the best decision of my life because so many tasty things here have to do with fish and eggs!
So keep reading (and salivating) below to see my mini two-week culinary tour of most of the things I’ve eaten in Sanur, Bali. Sometimes I was so hungry I couldn’t stop myself to take a photo.
I wanted my first meal in Bali to be a healthy one since I had been traveling for 37 hours. I had done some research before I came and found that there were so many healthy, vegetarian and vegan restaurants. My internal clock was really messed up when I arrived so I was up at 5am Bali time (5pm US East Coast time) so I choose to start at Zula because they opened the earliest. I was not disappointed. I ordered grilled tofu, sautéed greens, and rye bread with pumpkin butter. It was wonderful! I was utterly full and happy. The pumpkin butter was my favorite, especially on the rye bread, sweet and savory. Another great thing about Zula is they sell some organic food and skincare products. I found a lot of things that I normally use at home, like aloe vera face moisturizer and flax seeds, so its nice to know I can still get them here.
I fell asleep around noon my first day and didn't wake up until the next morning for breakfast. My internal clock took forever to get normal. But thats okay because it just means I got to eat two breakfasts in a row!
When I woke up, I headed to Soul in a Bowl. This place has my heart because they have a breakfast that is just a little bit of everything! They call it the "What Everybody Wants" and it has a roasted tomato with a yummy balsamic sauce, a corn fritter, yogurt with dragon fruit, muesli with yogurt and dragon fruit, and one eggs Benedict. I was in breakfast heaven! I got to try a little of everything and it was all incredible. I also got a little coffee to help me stay awake past noon and of course they made it look beautiful and gave me a mini cookie on the side.
So I managed to stay up for lunch and went to a place near the yoga studio called Warung Baby Monkeys. Its a small spot with pretty cheap breakfast, lunch and dinner. I ordered the vegetarian fried rice and couldn't finish it all there was so much!
I fell asleep at an admirable time of 5:00pm and woke up around 10am the next morning. I knew it was a little bit late for breakfast but they do have brunch in Bali! I headed to another vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Manik Organik. I ordered a fresh passion fruit juice and a plate full of goodness. I cant remember what everything was called (I need to start taking photos of the menu to remember!) but it was wonderful. It had a green papaya salad with coconut, 2 corn fritters, fried tofu, a little onion sauté and a mountain of rice. Or maybe a volcano of rice. It was just really tall. I did push it over and said "Timber," to myself. Yes...I am a 5 year old.
I've been lucky enough to make a couple of friends here, one being Donny. He has showed me some cool places that I would have never found on my own (Hidden Canyon, which I will show you in another post soon) and has taken me to restaurants that are places he likes to go. After getting a great hike in at Hidden Canyon he took me to a small warung in a different city. Its right by the ocean and I didn't see anyone who wasn't Indonesian anywhere in the area. I told Donny that I like almost anything except for meat and he ordered us a fish feast! We had fish ball soup, and all different kinds of fish satay, which is pretty much meat on stick. It was all tuna but made with different spices and each one was incredible. There was a side of green beans and a seaweed salad. I am still thinking about how amazing this food was. Incredibly, the meal cost about $4 US a person. How crazy is that!?!
The next day I was walking along the beach and decided to stop at one of the many restaurants they have lining the beach. The meal was just "eh." It was fish and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with rice on the side. I honestly cant even remember the restaurants name...but I do remember it had great wifi...
There is a restaurant called Warung Jawa and I have become a little obsessed with it. I can get a huge meal for $0.75. Its freaking amazing! I eat there at least once a day now because everything there is absolutely wonderful and so cheap. When you go in, they have everything laid out, kind of like Chipotle, and you let them know what you want. In the picture, I have rice, a boiled egg that has been warmed in a spicy sauce, little fried sticks that are sweet and crunchy but have a spicy flavor in the end, sauteed bok choy and tofu curry. All of that for less than a dollar! This is by far one of my favorite restaurants!
I met a couple of Americans, Cecilia and Rachelle, last weekend and we decided to have a fancy dinner. We went to a well known restaurant called Malaika Secret Moshka. They have vegan and raw food options. To start, I ordered a watermelon "salad" which was really just a huge chunk of watermelon with coconut "cheese" on top. It was so refreshing and incredibly tasty. Also, if someone gave me coconut cheese without telling me, I would have no idea it wasn't real cheese. I really need to learn how to make it. For my main course I got the zucchini zoodles in an avocado sauce. The owner also gave us a little sample of her coconut yogurt with a cacao sauce on top. If I hadn't been so full from a great dinner, I would have ordered at least 10 servings of that dessert. So flavorful but so healthy. You can really tell they use fresh ingredients here and it makes such a difference. I cant wait to eat there again!
The next morning, my new friends and I went to eat breakfast at one of my favorites, Soul in a Bowl. Everyone loved it! This time I ordered the eggs on shredded potatoes, Rachelle ordered the corn fritters with eggs and dill sauce and Cecilia ordered eggs over quinoa. Still absolutely wonderful. I cant wait to go back and try another new dish!
There is a small night market in Sanur that sells clothes and food. Donny and I went there the other night and I was able to try some new things. I ordered noodles with a cheese "meat" ball. I'm not exactly sure what it was made of but it tasted wonderful! The noodle they use here look like ramen noodles most of the time. I still haven't figured out if they really are just ramen noodles.
For dessert, we ordered fruit soup. This is the weirdest and yummiest dessert Ive ever had. They have fruit like melon, dragon fruit and pineapple cut up but then they also have these gelatinous balls the size of grapes in there too. Its not like bubble tea with tapioca balls, these are much more dense and don't have a taste of their own. You put all of that into a bowl then pour a mixture of what I believe is coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and water over it. Top it with some ice and serve. Once you get it you can stir it all up or eat it piece by piece. Once you stir it up, it turns a very ugly brown color but it tastes incredible. If no one else had been looking I would have licked the bowl.
Yep, now we're at the end. How good did everything look?!? Is there anything you would want to try? Anything you have questions about? Let me know in the comments below!
Don’t be sad were at the end of this post, though. As I said before, I LOVE food so get ready for so many more food posts in the future!