Where & what to eat

Dining in Bali is generally a highlight. You may choose to eat in a five star hotel restaurant, or you may prefer a breezy open sided bamboo cafe.
Hotels and restaurants in Bali o er guests a wide variety of excellent dishes to satisfy every budget and taste.
When you feel like venturing outside for a meal, there are dozens of good restaurants to be found in the main streets of Kuta, Legian, Ubud, Candidasa, Lovina, Sanur and most of the major tourist areas.
The simple and relaxed restaurants, often with grass roofs and cane furniture are almost everywhere. Even more simple, are the warungs, the snack bars and the mobile carts that cater mainly to local workers and adventurous travellers who have discovered that low cost hawker meals really can be safe to eat.

The night markets are traditional outdoor eateries that come to life at dusk, and are famous all over Southeast Asia. Even if you cannot work up the courage to eat in the markets, you must visit one to experience the thrills, the smells, the sights and the noises that define this part of the world.
Surprisingly, authentic Balinese food is rarely enjoyed by the island’s thousands of visitors, simply because it is rarely served in hotels and restaurants.
True, a wide variety of exotic dishes are avail- able, but the typical fare is Indonesian and Chinese.

Popular Indonesian dishes

Some tourist restaurants present special Bali nights, featuring dishes such as suckling pig, a Balinese banquet favorite, the Babi Guling.
Almost every restaurant will serve nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top) and mie goreng (fried noodles with egg). These basic dishes are generally the favorites amongst tourists and travellers. Vegetarian versions may be requested.
Another Indonesian favorite is satay (spicy marinaded thin slices of meat, threaded onto a skewer, barbecued, and served with a spicy peanut sauce). Satay ayam is chicken served in the same way.

Gado gado is an Indonesian salad, served with spicy peanut sauce and often with prawn crackers.
Chinese dishes, such as sweet and sour, cap-cay (stir fried meat and vegetables) etc. are also widely available, as is an abundance of fresh seafood, which is often kept alive in tanks until ready for cooking.
Expect to pay for your meal about Rp.5,000 for basic dishes to over Rp.50,000. (USD 0,5 to USD 5).
Besides the traditional food you have also the most famous Western cuisine in the Island so don`t worry about the choice!

Some other popular Indonesian dishes are:

  • Martabak (a fried roti bread, filled with meat or vegetables).
  • Nasi campur (steamed rice with some vegetables and meat).
  • Nasi rames (rice with vegetables, meat and a fried egg),
  • Opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk usually served with white rice (nasi putih).
  • Martabak Manis (A sweet pancake with butter, chocolate, cheese, condensed milk and peanut toppings – not common on Bali, but sometimes available).

A special Balinese treat that is widely available, is black rice pudding (Bubuh Injin). This is a desert made from natural black glutinous rice, served hot, in a sweet sauce of palm sugar and thick coconut cream.

Bali Weather

So you’ve been wondering about what the weather in Bali. It’s in the tropics, located about 6 degrees South of the equator. It means that the sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm most of the year. The temperature variation is very small, and Bali does not have four seasons like the most of the places. Here we have the Wet season, typically from September to February, and a Dry season for the other half of the year.
But the difference is marginal; at the peak of the wet season you will see about a half-hour to an hour serious downpourin the afternoon, perfect for a nap. The rest of the time theweather is nice, warm temperature, especially with a twist of sea-breeze in the beaches.

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