The Vegan Food
Each day at breakfast in Purnawarman Restaurant we were served a vegan feast, with the staff more than happy to prepare vegan versions of traditional Indonesian dishes for us. We enjoyed excellent soya milk cappuccinos, espressos and fresh fruit juices (our favourite being the ‘detox’ juice made from apple, carrot and ginger).
There was a wide range of fresh fruit to choose from, and fruit compotes that were sweet and spiced with cinnamon and star anise. We were also served a basket of vegan breads, warm, fresh and totally delicious with nutty flavours and seeded tops.
The Chef made us a vegan version of ‘Ketoprak’, a local dish of ‘lontong’ rice cakes with a rich spicy sauce made from sweet soy, shallots, hazelnuts, garlic and chilli. It was great to be able to try some local cuisine and we were really impressed withe the rich, sweet flavours in the dipping sauce.
There was a great salad bar where we could select fresh salad leave and other vegetables to make ourselves tasty vegan salad, topped off with a vegan balsamic salad dressing.
A real highlight of our vegan breakfast feast was getting to sample the Indonesian vegan delights of ‘bubur sum sum’ and ‘bubur ketan hitam’, which we absolutely fell in love with. A light rice flour and coconut milk custard which is slightly sweet and salted, topped with caramel flavoured ‘gula merah’ sugar syrup and a generous amount of coconut cream or a sweet black rice pudding, again with coconut cream ladled on top.
Whilst at the Hilton Bandung we enjoyed delicious vegan meals in both restaurants and the reviews can be found via these links:
Purnawarman Restaurant and Fresco.