Whilst traveling, Bali was the first country I came to that would test whether or not it was possible to eat whilst being a vegetarian. I was very conscious that I could probably not find many foods that I could eat, but that they would be processed and harmful to my body. I also wanted the food to be rich in culture and be based around national dishes of the country.
We first traveled to Ubud in the forest region on Bali. Where we first encountered the term Warung which means Home. These are small restaurants that are run by the locals, often serving local or national dishes. These are common places around Bali, and in our experience have offered the best quality foods at the cheapest prices.
One of the first dishes I ate was called Cap Cay which is a vegetable broth with beautifully steamed veg. It is spiced with chili, peppers and soy sauce. We ordered a bowl of steamed rice each which was very cheap and filling.
We did a bit of island hopping which is recommended to see the crystal blue seas and stay beach side in cool and cosy bamboo huts. Whilst on the island of Lembongan, we ate in several Warungs which varied in offering foreign or local dishes. One dish in particular that stood out was a breakfast toasty called a Jaffle which is simply two pieces of toast melted banana with honey inside. This made our mornings we often added Nutella or cheese which gave it a yummy twist.
Lastly if your thinking of heading to the mainland of Sanur then you will be met with a busy main road teeming with shops, bars and local Warungs. Two main dishes that kept me going throughout was Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng which are simply fried rice and fried noodles. Mix this with Gado Gado a blend of fried tofu and vegetables and you have an epic mix of spices and crispy veg. Wash it all down with a glass of Kopi a local coffee and you have the perfect blend.