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Written by Stephanie Peeters
Co-written by Ng Jiayi
Surely you must be tired of bringing back another similar-yet-different souvenir from your holiday, which usually consists of chocolates, keychains, magnets and other trinkets with a somewhat exotic appearance.
Why not find something that is truly special in your holiday destination?
In Bali, where creativity abounds, you can actually find gifts that are unique to the island, to surprise your friends with and to bring home a little of the colours, scents, and the mystical music that you experienced during your vacation. Most of these are actually pretty affordable too!
Ready to find out?
1. Bali’s most famous and beloved sweet treat: Pie Susu
The Pie Susu is the most famous and iconic sweet treat in Bali. You’ll often find many local travellers hunting down these delicious milk pies to take home, but what’s so good about them and where is the best place to get them?
We did a little research and tasted different brands of this much-loved Pie Susu, and we found the best Pie Susu in Bali at Pie Susu Enaaak, the original Pie Susu maker, which has been around since 1989. Now, there are numerous Pie Susu shops around and it is very important not to confuse the replicas with the original one if you don’t want to be disappointed.
What makes this specific shop so good is that the pies are freshly made everyday by hand, without added preservatives. This is also the reason why there is only a limited daily stock available, of which most are reserved upfront. It tastes so good that every day, you will find queuing in front of the shop just to get a piece of this delicious homemade milk pie.
Pie Susu Enaaak’s milk pies are soft, sweet and creamy on the inside, wrapped in delicious homemade dough and baked to perfection. They are a must-try and a must-take-home Bali souvenir as well.
To make sure you get a taste of this Balinese delight, it is best to make a reservation one day before. You can pay online or at the shop when you pick up your box. It’s a bit more effort, but surely, you will taste the difference and you will know what the original Pie Susu in Bali is so famous for. Selamat Makan!2. Buy gorgeous fabrics and support the local women: Threads of Life
A beautifully well-suited name for an amazing initiative! Threads of Life supports thousands of women from 11 islands across the Indonesian archipelago. With a fair-trade business model, selling these fabrics empower these women to overcome poverty.
With local materials, natural dyes and traditional methods, the most stunning ikat and traditional Batik fabrics are created, handwoven by these skillful Indonesian women. Weaving traditional fabrics also helps to preserve ancient knowledge and cultural heritage that is traditionally passed on from generation to generation.
By buying these gorgeous fabrics, you are supporting the local community and bringing home a unique island souvenir with an amazing story. Aren’t the gifts with stories always the best ones?
You can add even more depth your story by joining one of the classes held at Threads of Life, where you will learn more about how these traditional fabrics are made!
3. Local pastries that’s all the hype in Bali: Pia Legong
Local travellers love these crumbly Chinese-style pastries so much that you’ll never fail to see a daily queue at the original store.
Every morning, the Pia Legong baker gets up early to bake a fresh stock of his delicious local treat. They are made by hand and do not contain additives, so you need to consume them soon after you buy.
There are many shops selling Legong pastries, but the original one is Pia Legong in Kuta and there’s only one branch. The famous pastries come in three flavours – chocolate, cheese and mung beans, with cheese being the most popular one.
There’s only a limited stock available every day, so if you want to ensure you get yours, it is wise to order one day before (just give them a call!). If you are buying them without prior reservation, you can only purchase a maximum of 5 boxes in one go. (When we were in the queue for 4 boxes, a local traveller in front of us even asked if we could purchase one more box just so she could buy it from us!)
Just resist your temptation to eat them all before you reach home to your loved ones!