Nasi (rice) goreng (fried) is an Indonesian classic, which local people eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a mix of fried rice, vegetables (mostly carrots, onions, water spinach and garlic) and egg normally served with prawn crackers on the side. You can get in at street sales, warungs or restaurants, normally you can choose between a vegetarian, seafood or chicken variation. I like it as a late breakfast, especially after workout or surfing when I’m very hungry.
Roti canai is an Indian-influenced kind of flatbread, which you can find in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Bali you can get it at small street stands or in restaurans. The classic one is filled with fried egg, but there are a lot of variations.
A great place for this traditional dish ist the Roti canai – Street kitchen and dining room on Jl Raya Batu Bolong.
The fillings for roti reach from classical, like egg, onion, garlic or vegetables to western ones, for example tomato/mozzarella/basil. They also have sweet variants with chocolate, banana or sugar and cinnamon. Besides the flatbread there is also other local food on the menu such as nasi goreng (fried rice), curry or sate (spits with meat, tofu or vegetables served with peanut sauce).
I ordered the chicken curry, tempeh sate (tofu) with peanut sauce and hummus dip and roti stuffed with egg and cheese. All dishes were delicious, the presentation on the plate simple but nice to look at. The prices are very reasonable between 20.000 (1,30€) and 28.000 (1,80€) for a roti, 25.000-30.000 (1,70€-1,90€) for sate and 35.000 (2,20€) for the chicken curry. The interior of the dining room is beautiful, the furniture is a mix of old and new wood elements with a lot of pictures on the wall and decorative details all over the place. It is somewhat reminiscent of a living room, and you feel instantly at home.
This was the first roti I ate in Bali, but after this tasty first time I will try the ones from different sidewalk sales for sure.
The best coffee flavor in Canggu
Even though Indonesia cultivates some of the best coffee sorts in the world, the most popular with the locals is the instant one, where sugar and milkpowder are already mixed inside. But fortunately the good coffee culture, that we are used to, is arriving slow and steady also here in Indonesia. That’s why you can find more and more “real” coffee houses in Bali.
One of my favorite restaurants for coffee and breakfast is the Hungry Bird in Canggu, Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa no. 33. The location is small and cozy, held in turquoise and white with retro bird decorations. They offer different kinds of beans (java, sumatra, bali, flores) roasted in their own bean roaster, freshly ground and prepared with a great classical espresso machine.
The choice of coffee drinks is large, you can order cappuccino, latte macchiato, long black, flat white and a lot more. Usually my coffee of choice is cortado (ratio between milk and coffee 1:1). The presentation of the hot drinks is beautiful, the barista is always creative with his coffee art. I also like the extraordinary dinnerware in a mix of painted wood and porcelain.
Besides the great coffee, the Hungry Bird offers also tasty dishes for breakfast and lunch. My favourites are the chicken sandwich (shredded chicken/salad/tomato/celery) and the oatmeal with coconut milk and fresh fruits (you can choose between milk, coconut milk and soy milk). They also have delicious juices and lemonades made from seasonal fruits. The prices are relatively low, compared to other breakfast restaurants with the same quality. The hot drinks are around 18.000 rp (1,20 €), juices 15.000 rp (1,00€) and the breakfast and lunch dishes between 15.000 rp and 35.000 rp (1,00€ -2,50€). The Hungry Bird is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day of the week but on Sundays, where it is closed.
Nasi campur (translated: mixed rice) is a traditional indonesian dish, wich you can find in many warungs all over Bali. It is composed of various dishes like chicken/beef/tofu in diverse styles and vegetarian stews/currys. A variation of the classic nasi campur you can find at Kzu in Seminyak (Jalan Drupadi 2 No. 80). The presentation is like the classic one in a glass cabinet from wich you can pick your favorite dish creations and add withe or red rice. Beside the the local dishes there are also western ones like lasagna, chickpeas or croquettes. The Price is not salutary but still ok, around 50.000-70.000 rp. (3,00-4,50 €) and the food is very delicious.
I tried red rice with tofu curry, indonesian spinach, mixed vegetables and a chicken spit.
I also like the style of the interior, it is a little bit industrial on two floors and big window front to the green backyard. So if you want to try a different option for the classic nasi campur with a european impact, this is the right place for you.