Like the rest of Indonesia, Ubud is full of amazing dishes and flavours that just have to be tried. Whether it’s eating your body weight in noodles or filling up on local street food, there is something for even the fussiest of taste buds. If you’re anything like me, the heat can really decrease your appetite and sometimes nibbles are the only manageable option. So here are some delicious Balinese snacks for days like these.
Stay fresh, have a coconut
Refreshing, exotic and simply amazing, we have ourselves the coconut. I realise that coconuts are no hidden treasure but it just wouldn’t be the same going to Bali without having one, right? In no way in short supply, Bali has some of the sweetest coconuts going. Whether you buy one off a street vender or you have a tout selling them on the beach, I would highly recommend trying one. Not only are they a great source to rehydrate you, but they have some incredible health benefits.
For the coffee lover, I would recommend trying coconut coffee. The bitter taste of coffee complemented by sweet coconut is a match made in heaven.
Baffled by a jaffle
Seeing this on the menu I was baffled by the name and just had to try one! Presented on my plate was what the UK call a toasty. However Indonesian’s speciality is adding fruit. The combination of sweet and savoury is simply amazing and the mixture of exotic and continental is ideal for those not ready to venture into local cuisine. I would recommend stopping off at Wahyu Bungalow Restaurant, in the centre of Ubud, for a pineapple jaffle. Costing 35 IDR, approx. 0.25 USD, you will have yourself a tasty and cheap breakfast.
There’s always room for a mangosteen
One great thing about Ubud is the mass of exotic fruit. Perfect for snacking, the options of trying weird and wonderful fruit is endless. The deep purple mangosteen is an intriguing looking fruit, which when opened has an incredibly sweet aroma. Much like an orange, the mangosteen has segments which are full of flavour and when perfectly ripe, very juicy. These can be bought throughout the streets of Ubud where you can fill a bag for roughly 50 IDR, approx 0.36 USD. A suggestion as they do look a bit tricky to peel, squash them between your palms until a split forms in the skin, then you’re in!
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For the crisp lover
A common sight in Ubud is packets of what look like coloured crisps. They are actually dried vegetables. Often seeing the locals eating them, they can be found being sold by street vendors. I personally recommend the dried bananas as they maintain their sweet flavour, and to be honest they become quite addictive. Dehydrated potato is a great alternative for those who love crisps. Same great flavour without the grease.
Climate got your appetite?
Like previously mentioned, Ubud offers all the amazing dishes that you would expect from Indonesian food. But it seems snacks are rarely mentioned and are often overlooked as something to recommend. Unsurprisingly, it is common for a decrease in appetite in a warmer climate and these snack recommendations are typical of what will be found throughout the streets of Ubud. Perfect nibbles for those who don’t have a big appetite.
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