Indulge in the best vegan food that Bali has to offer! This paradise island is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and rich cultural heritage, as well as its delicious plant-based cuisine. In this article, we’ll explore 5 must-try vegan dishes that showcase the very best of Balinese food. Let’s dive in!
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To experience Bali’s local cuisine, particularly for plant-based eaters, trying gado-gado is a must. This vegan delicacy features boiled vegetables like green beans, cabbage, and potatoes, tossed in a savory peanut sauce that’s the highlight of the dish, made with roasted peanuts, garlic, chili, and lime juice. Gado-gado is widely available in many vegan-friendly restaurants in Bali, especially in Ubud. Additionally, warungs, small family-owned eateries serving authentic Indonesian cuisine, are also a great place to try this dish.
2. ES CAMPUR
Es Campur is one of the many vegan dishes in Bali that you shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re looking for a refreshing dessert. This popular dessert can be found all over the island and is perfect for hot and humid days. Made with shaved ice and coconut milk, it has a creamy and refreshing taste. Es Campur is topped with a mix of fruits and other toppings like jackfruit, avocado, mango, and jelly.
3. TEMPEH CURRY
Another must-try vegan dish in Bali is tempeh curry, a popular local dish made with fermented soybean cake. This dish is an excellent source of plant-based protein, with a nutty flavor that complements the spicy curry sauce. Tempeh curry is available in both vegan and non-vegan restaurants all over Bali, but Ubud is especially famous for its vegan-friendly dining options. If you’re a fan of plant-based cuisine, make sure to try this healthy and flavorful dish during your Bali trip.
4. SATE LILIT
Sate Lilit is a delicious and healthy vegan dish that is prominent in Bali’s local cuisine. This dish is made with minced tofu or tempeh and a blend of flavorful spices, then grilled and served with a dipping sauce. You can find it in many local restaurants and food stalls all over Bali, with Ubud and Seminyak being the most popular areas to try it out.
Lawar, a mixed vegetable dish seasoned with local herbs and spices, is a beloved Balinese vegan dish that captures the vibrant flavors of Bali’s local cuisine. It features shredded bean sprouts, jackfruit, long beans, and grated coconut and is typically served with rice. Lawar is easily accessible to tourists and locals alike, as it can be found in many local restaurants and warungs throughout the island, making it a must-try for anyone looking to savor Balinese vegan cuisine.
If you’re a vegan food lover planning a trip to Bali, make sure to add these five must-try vegan dishes in Bali to your list. Exploring the vegan dishes in Bali is an essential part of any travel experience, and Bali has a rich culinary heritage to offer. From the nutritious Gado-Gado to the savory and aromatic Lawar, these vegan dishes are a perfect introduction to Balinese cuisine. So pack your bags, let your taste buds lead the way, and discover the vibrant food scene in Bali!
Wishing you happy travels,
Sue & Renesh
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