the ultimate guide to the must try Balinese SWEET TREATS

I’m not a huge fan of this festive season, usually try to avoid it as much as possible. the only likeable part of it is to meet your beloved ones and spend time with them – anyway I don’t need a business reason to do so.

as this time of the year is basically all about diabetes, if anyone wanna have some sweet feelings, I have a list for you: the must try sweet treats in Bali. of course there’s always something new, but I prefer consistency, especially when it’s about sugar, and believe me this list won’t leave you disappointed.

SAYCHIZU

since I have seen this video I wanted to try a real Japanese cheesecake:

luckily it is available in Bali. Saychizu has no shop to walk in, orders only via phone/whatsapp, they are super friendly and as your cake is home delivered, you don’t even have to move. easy.

my first order happened even on Christmas day, and as they mixed it up a bit (cake was ordered for the 27th, but delivered on the 26th) we got a second cheesecake for free (Christmas miracle hey).

I’m in love with this fluffy indulgence: the texture is like super soft sponge, the taste is not too sweet and not too heavy, it’s perfect for every occasion and in every time.

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J.CO

“nothing is sweeter than the togetherness we share.”

definitely this should stand in first place. Krispy Kreme or any other company is nowhere to the J.Co donuts (sorry not sorry). I tasted almost the full collection and can’t get tired of it. my absolute favorites are: Peterpandan, Choco Caviar, Avocado DiCaprio (filled), White Dessert (filled) and Copa Banana (filled).

this is literally the best donut that you’ve ever had, doesn’t matter if you are not a donut person.

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GAYA GELATO

the BEST ice cream in Bali. that’s it.

you can find many trendy-fancy places and ice cream is basically everywhere, but why hunt and go extra rounds when you know exactly where you get your daily dose of frozen heaven? Gaya is seriously the best one, the pistachio and coconut are just unbeatable.

btw the second best ice cream is at Gusto (huge selection of flavors), both need to be tested!

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EAST BALI CASHEWS

okay, so when in Bali, this is a must eat.

I love the brand, the design and of course the products. if you want something instant awesomeness then just head to any supermarket and grab a bag of chocolate caramel cashew popcorn (sweet and salty, crunchy and yummy in one), or any granola (who said they are exclusively for breakfast). East Bali Cashews is dope, I’m sure everyone can find a favorite pack from the selection, these are too good to miss!

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and of course.. if you ever tasted the real indo food (I mean not the tourist version), you know that they are totally up for sugar. the tempting Balinese/Indonesian sweets are to die for.. ahh they give my belly an indescribable homesickness even now. all of the followings are real street foods, the best to go after the smell or just to stop by where a local crowd is waiting.

TERANG BULAN

or martabak manis, alias the filled half moon. basically a thick pancake with various fillings, folded in half. the ultimate taste is the choco-banana-cheese combo – no, it’s not strange, no, I wouldn’t call it cheese (but don’t want to know what it is) –, but if it sounds too much, just take a pandan or a choco-peanut version. and just sayin’: 3 pieces and you are full.

for me this is the perfect morning starter with a bali kopi, the only problem that you can buy it only in the evening (yes, locals start the day with spicy not with sweet). my solution for the problem is to buy it the previous evening because I am pervert enough to love it even when it’s a bit gooey the next day.

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ONDE-ONDE & MOLEN

this is how I see myself: beach, sunset, a pineapple soda, my fav cigarette, Bob Marley in the background and a huge bag of these deep fried goodies.

onde2 is a sesame seed ball, molen is a rolled pastry, both filled usually with banana. big or small (I prefer the small ones), not too sweet, fresh made is the best while still hot and crunchy. the most perfect snack ever made! such a shame available only in the evening again, also not that easy to find it in Bali, but once you have your closest vendor don’t let him go. I also had my guy for this, he’s usually open from 4pm:

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LAK-LAK

the traditional Balinese rice flour cake, cooked on firewood stove (helps to recognize the vendors). almost tasteless small green (from the suji leaf) pancakes, but you get coconut flakes and liquid palm sugar on side, and all together make a delicious combination.

they bake it from morning till afternoon, so finally a daytime dessert for hungry bellies.

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PISANG GORENG

basically all kind of gorengan is a lit. the most common is the deep fried, batter covered banana, but there’s also sweet potato, tofu, tempeh etc. pretty heavy from the oil, but OMG so good. available all day long and literally everywhere. the “same same different” rule works here as well, my favorite vendor is here:

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PISANG AROMA

similar to the gorengan. here the banana is covered in lumpia sheet and extra flavors are added (choco/cheese, vanilla, durian, strawberry), then of course deep fried. inside sweet, outside crunchy. less common than the gorengans, the vendors open in the afternoon, but not a big challenge to find it and it’s totally worth a try.

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