We went to beautiful Ubud in Bali which is known as the cultural centre of Bali. Lots of pretty temples, very friendly people, rice paddies, wood and stone craft, new smells, new sounds and, of course, new taste experiences! During our trip we enjoyed some incredibly delicious (and cheap!) food.
Main ingredients in most of the local dishes are peanuts, rice, eggs, all sorts of vegetables, lime, chicken, seafood, chilli, bananas, palm sugar, and other fruits I'd never seen or heard of before.
It was fun and exciting to try out new foods.
Below are photos of some of the dishes we had; I ate a lot of Nasi Goreng (fried rice with a fried egg, fried crackers and shredded chicken in an amazing sauce).
Nasi Campur was another favourite(rice with a number of small sides like chicken satay, curry, prawn crackers) as I am terribly indecisive when it comes to ordering food. This dish allowed me to try lots of different foods at once.
We drank lots of cold Bintang beer and fresh fruit juices. If only I had been introduced to water melon juice earlier - what a wonderfully refreshing drink, especially when it's humid.
Enjoying the local Bintang beer
Yummy fried bananas with ice cream
Pancakes with palm sugar and coconut filling
Freshly squeezed water melon
More Nasi Goreng
More fried bananas
Can't remember the name, but it was good
Where some of the fried bananas may have come from
I would warmly recommend visiting Ubud if you are planning a trip to Bali. Meanwhile stay away from Nusa Dua; it is basically a long strip of giant resorts packed with tourists.