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Where is the Best Street Food in Sanur?

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I love walking, and I love eating good food. The more I eat, the more I need to walk, so I plan to walk all around the world, eating good food, at nice places. It's a worthwhile quest and I'd love you to follow at www.walkeatshare.wordpress.com
Published February 23rd 2016
I hold the belief that if you eat fresh, local 'Street Food' in Bali, prepared the way locals know how, you are far safer than if you eat food they are less familiar with. So no hamburgers, chips or steak from touristy restaurants for me.

Even now, many Indonesian families and businesses do not have refrigeration. Produce is bought from the market each morning and prepared to be eaten that day. No refrigeration, no storage for later.

So where can you find this fresh, delicious, authentic Street Food in Sanur?

As well as mobile food carts (known as Kaki Lima), you are practically guaranteed to find a small warung in every street in Sanur. They sell Indonesian 'take away' food. It's called Nasi Bungkus, which means, more or less, 'wrapped up rice'.

Nasi Bungkus
Nasi Bungkus


You'll see plates of food behind glass at the front of the small shop and you can choose what you want to go with your rice. Some of my favourites are perkedel jagung (corn fritters), Ikan bilis (fried whitebait with peanuts and spices), terong pedas (spicy eggplant), ayam goreng (fried chicken) and ikan (fish). Oh, and also tempe (soy bean cake), pekedel kantong (potato fritters) and urab (Balinese style mixed vegetables). And my most favourite of all is lawar, a grated coconut and vegetable dish with bits of crunchy pork. I could keep going. But you get the picture.

Your order will cost around Rp15.000. That's in the vicinity of $1.50 Aus. And it will be wrapped in brown paper, hence the name.

The place with the most food Street Food choices, and in my opinion the very best Street Food, is the Sanur Night Market. It's easy to find, on the Main Street, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, and it's there every day from about 5pm till late.


Sanur Night Market. Jalan Danau Tamblingan
Sanur Night Market. Jalan Danau Tamblingan


It's abuzz each evening with lots of locals and lots of delicious food. Mobile carts are set up with food selections from across the Indonesian archipelago.

Javanese Style Food at Sanur Night Market
Javanese Style Food at Sanur Night Market


There are tables and stools set up if you want to 'eat in'. Or you can get 'take away'.

Table at Sanur Night Market
Table at Sanur Night Market


There's plenty of fresh tropical fruit, ice cream, small cakes and 'pisang goreng' (fried banana) for dessert.

Tropical fruit, pastries and cakes.
Tropical fruit, pastries and cakes.


It's all enticing and therefore difficult to choose. But here's my recommendation for first time Sanur Night Market visitors;

Entree: Goat or chicken sates with a delicious sweet soy sauce and lontong (sticky rice). It will cost you all of Rp16.000 (about $1.60 Aus).

Sate Kambing Rp16.000
Sate Kambing Rp16.000


Main: Savoury Martabak. It's a cross between a thin pancake and a thin omelet, stuffed with a mildly spicy filling that usually includes minced meat, garlic, egg and onion. It comes with fresh, birds eye chillies, sweet chilli sauce and cucumber slices on the side. A huge serve will cost around Rp20.000 (about $2 Aus).

Martabak
Martabak


Dessert: You could buy a sweet Martabak with a filling of condensed milk, nuts and chocolate but you are likely to be rendered immobile after so much Martabak. So I'd go a fresh tropical fruit salad of papaya, banana and pineapple, or perhaps a Durian Ice Cream.

Where is your favourite street food in Sanur? I'd love to try it.
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