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Top 5: Bali Chinese food restaurants for Lunar New Year

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Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is about starting fresh for a prosperous new year. It’s a time to clean your home, don new clothes, gather with family, give lucky gifts and eat lucky food.

Lucky Chinese foods for Lunar New Year

Eating fresh citrus signifies fullness and wealth. Dumplings, spring rolls and nian gao (sweet glutinous rice cakes) bring prosperity. Catfish, Crucian carp and other fish are symbolic of surplus, traditionally served on both Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Don’t skip the noodles – they represent longevity and happiness.

chinese fortune cookie art by jiha moon

Chinese restaurants in Jimbaran, Seminyak and Canggu, Bali

There are hundreds of Chinese restaurants in Bali, Indonesia. These top five are award-winning establishments robust enough to host your Chinese New Year gathering and tasty enough to surpass expectations of the most discerning foodies from around the world.

best chinese restaurant in bali is ah yatIMAGE BY AH YAT

Ah Yat Abalone & Seafood Restaurant

Named Best Chinese Restaurant in Bali by NOW! Bali Magazine in 2017 with 720 votes is Ah Yat (there are several restaurants by the same name in this chain, including renowned locations in Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore). Executive Chef Cheung Kin Kau boasts over 20 years’ experience in fine dining. The menu is both adventurous and traditional – expect Japanese food, Hokkien food and Chinese food that demonstrates the chef’s Cantonese heritage.

The beautiful restaurant hosts massive saltwater tanks of live seafood, so fresh fish dishes and shellfish are centre stage. This large restaurant is the only place in Bali with a selection of Japanese special grade dried abalone and Greenlip abalone. A dim sum lover’s delight, there are 30 types of Hong Kong style steamed dumplings on the menu too.

HOURS 11AM-3PM, 530PM-10PM
PRICE $$$

Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera,
Jimbaran, Bali
(+62) 0361 846 8468
ahyatrestaurant.com.sg

Kwee Zeen

Taking the top award for Best Pan Asian Restaurant in 2017, Kwee Zeen caught our attention. The dining concept here is upscale Asian street market “kwee zeen” – get it? Cui-sine.

Executive Chef Daine Gilbert has a buffet of delights from China,

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Tai Hara on Bali and Beaches

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Tai Hara in Bali at Dea Villas in Canggu

How Bali unexpectedly became a very special place for the former Home and Away Heartthrob

Growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast with a love of surfing, it would have been natural for Tai Hara to join the schools of Aussies who habitually take breaks on Bali’s shores, but he had no strong ties to Indonesia (his heritage is Australian-Japanese) and he didn’t want to follow the trend of his fellow surfers.

Tai Hara poses at Seminyak Villa Sayang d'Amour

It wasn’t until 2015, when a friend’s 30th birthday party lured the actor to Bali, that he finally got hooked. It turned out the island was more exotic, welcoming and multi-faceted than he’d ever imagined. One look at his Instagram account and you’ll see the self-proclaimed “frangipani fella” posting plenty of pictures to suggest that he pops over to Bali at the drop of a hat.

‘We’re fortunate it’s so close to home.’ He likens the convenience and respite of short breaks in Bali to his experience whilst filming for Home and Away in Palm Beach, New South Wales, of which he said, ‘It’s so magic. It feels like you’re far away. It’s quite wild to be only an hour away [from Sydney].’

Most days, after acting for the TV series, he would stay at Palm Beach to surf and swim, taking full advantage of the opportunity to escape from ordinary city living. The character of the real Palm Beach is nothing like its depiction as Summer Bay on Home and Away – ‘a lot of drama and action and crime and death. The opposite of what you want at the beach.’

But his most loved beaches are those in Northern New South Wales. ‘Byron Bay, Lennox Head… That whole pocket is home to me. There’s a beautiful light house and a whale migration. It’s where the bush meets the coast in Australia.’

The soft spot he feels for home is irreplaceable, but the avid surfer also seems to enjoy plenty of other beaches all over the world. He and his wife visited their first Atlantic beach in Delaware, USA, by taking romantic walks on the beach, wearing stars and stripes and waving sparklers on 4th of July, and eating beach fries on the boardwalk – an all-American holiday.

Tai Hara Surfing in Bali

Evidently what Tai Hara loves most about Bali are its beaches.

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Canggu Yoga and Pilates Classes

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Canggu beach yoga

Yoga is a must-do in Bali, but you don’t need to go all the way to Ubud for an authentic experience. Canggu is a vibrant coastal district located close to – but far enough away from – the busy streets of Seminyak. It’s a popular destination for a relaxed holiday.

Canggu is best known for its surf beaches, trendy shops, casual cafes and restaurants, but a growing number of beautiful yoga and Pilates studios are making their way to an evolving wellness scene offering a range of classes for the healthy Canggu community. Whether you’re looking to break a sweat with Pilates or just to calm your body and soul doing yoga in a stunning setting – there is a class for you. Be ready for beach yoga poses like Canggu’s Instagram yoga babe Yogavive_ (SEE ABOVE, FEATURED IMAGE) in no time.

The highly experienced teachers will ensure you the get the most out of your exercise whether you are a beginner or an expert. Many of the studios feature holistic treatments, onsite spas and healthy cafés to round off your experience. Drop in early to reserve your space, or book a private class beforehand for more intimate exercise. All the studios provide mats and other equipment, so all you need to pack is comfortable, stretchy clothing.

Five yoga classes in Canggu, Bali

HATHA YOGA CLASSES
PERSONAL GROWTH TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

The Practice offers three Hatha yoga classes for varying levels of practice;

  • Stage1 Moon Hatha class focuses on stability and calmness of body and mind with long holds.
  • Stage 2 Sun Hatha includes conscious Vinyasa, standing poses and floor work with deep breathing and movements.
  • Stage 3 Fire Hatha brings together all the elements – Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation.

Typical class length is 90 minutes.

In addition to the Hatha series, yoga programs include Yin, Restorative and Complete Practice, as well as the occasional Yoga Fundamentals workshop tailored to those discovering yoga.

The stunning open-air bamboo studio amidst rice fields (and just few steps away from the beach) also hosts yoga teacher training as well as community groups and life-enriching events. Cute giftshop and yoga-wear for sale here too.

The Practice
Jl.

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10 Vegan Restaurants in Canggu, Bali

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Canggu Bali Vegan Food

A growing number of Bali restaurants are catering to tourists who are partial to plant-based diets and in pursuit of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Yes, even whilst on holiday. Their menus are laden with Asian-fusion vegan/vegetarian dishes combining fresh local produce with the aromatic flavour profiles famous around Southeast Asia, as well as vegan renditions of well-known western meals. 

For a large selection of vegan-friendly and exclusively vegan restaurants in Bali, visit the trendy laid back surf town of Canggu on the island’s west coast (or go to yogi haven Ubud, but that’s a different list of restaurants for another day).

To all the vegans, vegetarians, health nuts, locavores and omnivores (OK that’s everyone), feast your eyes on our guide to Canggu’s best restaurants with good vegan food. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite food spot.

 

Peloton vegan cafe Canggu

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Peloton Supershop
VEGAN CAFÉ FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Vintage bicycles meet vegan food on the corner of Jl. Pantai Berawa. The friendly, creative atmosphere and irresistible menu at Peloton Supershop welcome you for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch. Their burgers with a charcoal or spirulina bun, and large hearty vegan salads fuel you up with goodness. Nourishing superfood shots and coffees with coconut, almond or soy milk make a perfect accompaniment.

Peloton Supershop
Jl. Pantai Berawa No.46
www.pelotonsupershop.com

The Shady Shack Canggu restaurant

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Shady Shack
RICE FIELDS FOREVER

Overlooking the rice fields on Jl. Tanak Barah, this popular Canggu vegetarian restaurant serves up delicious vegan and gluten-free dishes that won’t leave you hungry or disappointed. Their menu consists of bowls, burgers and wraps that delight from breakfast to dinner. This cute hideaway’s garden décor makes it a great place to grab a coffee and a piece of cake with in a beautiful setting anytime.

Shady Shack
Jl. Tanah Barak No.57
www.facebook.com/Theshadyshackbali

Pad Thai at Green Ginger Bali

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Green Ginger Noodle House
VEGETARIAN ASIAN FOOD

Delivering a range of exotic flavours, Green Ginger Noodle House is a vegetarian restaurant which also boasts an excellent variety of vegan dishes, including Vietnamese Pho Chay and the tastiest Pad Thai in town.

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Canggu Club Changes Name to Finns Recreation Club

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Finns Recreation Club

June 2017 kicks off with an update (and a party) right on time before Bali’s happening high tourist season. Canggu Club teams up with Finns Beach Club and takes the name:

FINNS RECREATION CLUB

By any name, the sizeable compound on both sides of Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa is not your average rec club. Beyond its watchful entrances, Finns Recreation Club has a modern gym, tennis courts, an outdoor sports field, a 25-metre lap pool, fitness classes and programmes, personal trainers, a high-end spa, eateries and bars, a business centre and an array of activities for kids – Junior Sport Academy, Splash Waterpark, Strike Ten Pin Bowling, Bounce Trampoline Centre and Cubby Kids Club.

 

With exhaustive facilities and a prestigious reputation, why change a thing? Because Finns.

The other side of the partnership is just as good. Finns Beach Club opened at Berawa Beach in June 2016 and quickly made its way into every travel blogger’s list of the “Best Beach Clubs in Bali” and beyond.

 

By joining forces, Finns Recreation Club and Finns Beach Club are Canggu’s celebrity power couple, and the pair hopes to charm Bali’s residents and visitors alike.

With two cooperating venues offering worthwhile activities for all ages, poolside relaxation, events, entertainment and all-day dining, everyone wins. Perhaps the best news of all, complimentary door to door transportation back and forth throughout the day means it’s never been easier for families and groups to split up and meet up for different activities around Canggu throughout a day.

Also in the business of delivering effortless luxury experiences, Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals is pleased about the new opportunities this brings to our guests. Those wanting to rent a villa with Finns Bali membership included or arrange Finns Bali guest passes for a day, week or more, simply ask your Villa Specialist or Villa Manager to assist.

Finns memberships are tiered, with the upper echelons enjoying the most open-handed benefits. According to Finns’ PR, all members can expect more benefits as part of the change, with entry to both venues (and no minimum spend) being the most obvious of the perks. Rewarding loyal patrons who might be inconvenienced by the changes will likely prove to be a wise move.

FINNS BEACH CLUB 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY

Another smart play by Finns is the start of an After Dark event series at Finns Beach Club.

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