Why Bali Is Paradise for Vegans
The Balinese believe in harmonious and respectful relationship not only between humans but with the environment and animals as well. That is why its culture has been changing to a more plant-based lifestyle which means a lot of good vegan food everywhere in Bali! Here are some of our favourites!
Smoothie bowls are a very good way to eat your daily portions of fruit! One kind of bowl is the açai fruit one, a Brazilian superfood that is not only full of antioxidants but also provides a lot of energy for you to go surfing or hiking in style. Another one is the dragon fruit bowl which is the very pink-coloured bowl that has lots of vitamins and minerals. Any of these vegan smoothie bowl’s can be topped with many different toppings that make them even tastier and nutritious. A range from peanuts, cashews, banana, kiwi, honey, shredded coconut, cacao nibs and more might be on your list of choices and a very good place to go for a smoothie like these is definitely Cafe Organic in Seminyak or Canggu, where the bowls are not only tasty and beautiful, but served in half cut coconuts.
Sambal Goreng Tempeh
This is a famous Indonesian dish in which the fried tempeh is served with a spicy flavourable sauce. The tempeh itself is a fried fermented soybean that substitutes the meat in a dish as it is a good source of protein that does not come from animals. In this case, it is a great option for vegans wanting something other than vegetables or fruits.
Fruit Salad Bowls
Starting off with the basics, everywhere you go in Bali you can enjoy having a delicious fruit salad bowl that typically all restaurants offer. Very colourful and with a variety of fruits cut in different designs these bowls are not only healthy but also soo beautiful that you can almost feel sorry to eat. Some of the traditional ingredients in the bowls include jackfruit, dragon fruit, strawberries, kiwis, mangos, granola and flowers to decorate it even more. It for sure can be a good option for every time of the day, but starting off with one these are actually a great idea.
Vegan Gado-Gado Bowl
Gado Gado is a salad famous for its simplicity, but do not confuse simple with not tasty or unflavored. This salad is made with a mixture of raw and gently cooked vegetables with a very flavourful peanut sauce that gives this salad the sweetness it needs. You can always include plant-based protein sources like the famous tempeh and change the kind of vegetables on the plate which makes it a dish that you can't get sick of.
Sayur Asem and Sayur Lodeh
If you want to eat a light vegan food Sayur Asem, a hot vegetable soup, is a great idea. It consists of different kinds of vegetables in a bowl of tamarind soup. Some of the ingredients may vary but it usually includes young jackfruit, cabbage, chayote, snake beans, corn, and melinjo seeds. Sayur Lodeh is another vegetable soup very famous in Indonesia that can be found in Bali. The ingredients are very similar differing basically in the fact that it is cooked in a white coconut milk soup.
If you are looking for a treat in Bali, Kokolato is a very famous gelato that is not only plant-based but is also considered a healthy dessert option! The ice cream is made from organic ingredients and low glycemic coconut sugar in a creamy coconut milk base. Ranging from exotic different flavours, any of your choices might be a good cruelty-free tasting experience to suit your sweet cravings.
Indonesian people love sweet, sour, and spicy and Rujak Buah is exactly the mixture of these 3 tastes. It consists of a fruit salad made with traditional tropical fruits such as water apple, unripe mango, jicama, pineapple, and star fruit. These fruits are mostly sour, so they’ve decided to create a chilli and palm sugar sauce to put on top or to dip the sliced fruits. Weird… but worth a try.
Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng
Nasi stands for noodles, mie stands for rice and goreng means fried, so those two dishes are respectively fried noodles and fried rice. They are typically topped with vegetables and eggs but you can always adapt it and change the egg for tofu or add tempeh as well. Those are considered national dishes, very common in other Asian countries but in each place, there is always something that differentiates the taste making it special, in this case, a Bali special.
La Pacha Mama
This is not a dish, but a Mexican restaurant in Bali. Despite its cuisine being known for using meat, this place in Ubud is very famous for its Vegan and Vegetarian separate menus which includes a variety of dishes that make eating out in Bali possible and enjoyable for Vegans instead of a burden.
Even if you are not Vegan or Vegetarian, it is a good idea to try out these plant-based food options as they are incredibly tasty! Don’t miss out on the opportunity when you go to Bali!