Will this only be health food?
For a long time now, I have waited to write this Ubud food guide, because it’s going to take me forever. So instead of doing one complete guide, I am going to break it into bits. The first one in this mini series is going to be about the cheap spots, the places where you pay less than 50.000 Rupiah for your meal, the next one will be more of general guide, and the last one will then be about health food.
I will try not to include to many places, as it always confuses me a whole lot when trying to find out where to eat. To be honest it might even be the thing responsible for 90 % of our arguments, so I’ll only include the once we actually visit on a regular basis.
Location: Jalan raya Penestanan, just before the hill on the opposite side of alchemy.
Ibu Prima serves up a daily dish of vegan food, with vegan satay, corn fritter, red rice, long beans and all sorts of different stuff, with that is always a pumpkin soup and a bit of sambal. The plates are huge and you never leave hungry. The food is amazingly tasty, don’t worry if you are not vegetarian, please do yourself a favor and try it out anyway, it’s delicious and filling. At the restaurant you can’t really chose anything as it is a daily changing set menu, but we have never left disappointed with anything. The whole menu is super cheap and at only 30.000 Rupiah, it’s among the absolute cheapest great clean places to eat. There is also gluten free banana cake for dessert for only 5.000 Rupiah and it’s possible to buy young coconut or water to drink. Amazing!! No msg, no meat, no onion, no garlic, no egg.
Puteri Minang Masakan Padang
Location: Jalan raya Ubud, right next to the Bali Buddha mart.
If you have never tried padang food in your life, you’ll probably get a bit of a shock, as it looks like something the health authorities in most parts of the western world would have closed down yesterday. BUT! That being said this is something you can’t cheat yourself away from. Walking past this place and looking in, you will see the plates stabled up in the window, with white fly curtains making sure no bugs get in. The way it works is, that you just go up and then they grab a plate and let you pick and chose what you wan’t, there is both vegetarian, vegan, meat and fish options available. There is really something for everyone, I personally am a BIG fan of their corn fritters and potato cakes, I sometimes skip the rice to make room for some extra:) The red sambal is not super spicy, but be careful with the green one as it will make your face melt:). You only pay for what you chose, so you can make it as cheap as you wish, the meat options are slightly more expensive than vegetables, but even if you go crazy and have a soda with the food, it is really hard to push it more than 50.000, on a normal meal I pay about 30-35.000, so pretty cheap(extra sambal is free) Everything is halal and suitable for practicing Muslims. I would like to throw in an msg warning for those of you who are sensitive to that.
Location: Jalan Sugriwa, right in the middle:)
This all vegetarian/vegan restaurant is great place for those day where you can’t really decide where to go eat, “let’s just go to Sopa”. It’s not the best of foods, but it serves the purpose of filling you up, without you being disappointed about the service(or lack thereof) or the food. It has a great little nasi campur pick and chose menu with a nice little selection of different curries, stir fries and deep fried stuff. I won’t categorize it as healthy, but it’s definitely cheap and good. A little bonus is that they have decent WiFi so you can actually get a bit of work in or take a scroll down facebook or 9gag to catch up on the latest gossip:) No meat, no msg, otherwise nothing special to say about this one, but I like to finish off with this awesome italic writing to make it look important.
Location: At the bottom of Jalan Sri Wedari.
We found this little gem on one of those “let’s just go in here” days, and it just so happens that they serve up the best damn nasi goreng with chicken in the whole of Ubud, even the cap cay and the vegetarian nasi goreng is awesome, everything is tasty. You can sit upstairs and look down on the busy street while eating. The food made is packed full of local flavors and you can order all the campur (small dishes) if you are doubting what to have. I recommend the nasi goreng with a side of tempe manis (bits of tempe, pan fried with sweet soy and chili, amazing), or the cap cay (wok fried vegetables with vegetable stock and spices) and add a side of whatever you love:) No msg, vegetarian and vegan options available.
Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, the 3rd. side street to the left from the bottom, tricky but you’ll find it.
The most expensive thing on the menu is 25.000. With that as my opening statement, let me just say that the food is actually pretty great, and everything is between 10-25.000 so if you are truly on a budget, but don’t like cup noodles and chicken soup, then seriously don’t hesitate to get your hunger satisfied here, fresh cooking or reheating to order, and great atmosphere considering it’s only a stone throw away from monkey forest road. No msg, a few vegan/vegetarian options available, so just go get some:)
That’s all from this little guide, now go get some food!!
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