Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaAnother highlight from my time in Bali was taking a traditional Balinese cooking class. I love Asian food, and it was so interesting to learn about the process they use to make all their food. Made (pronounced Ma-day), our chef/teacher for the day, picked me and my mom up right from our hotel and took us straight to the village market to pick out our ingredients for the day.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Made walked us through the market, explaining all the wonderful and interesting things we were seeing. There were brightly colored flowers that locals put out for offerings every day.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Elderly ladies making and selling some kind of delicious smelling food, wrapped in banana leaves for takeaway.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Fruits and vegetables of all shapes and sizes.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

And even some dried fish.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Made then drove us to his home and restaurant for our cooking class. It was peacefully nestled in between his family’s rice fields.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

He explained to us all the plants that grow in his garden, many of which we used to cook our lunch with.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Inside, all the ingredients we would be using were laid out on the table.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

It all looked so fresh!

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Large wooden cutting boards were set out with the sharpest knife I’ve ever used placed beside them.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Made’s daughter came out and was our little helper for the day. This 5-year-old had better chopping/knife handling skills than me — no joke! And she loved cheesing for a photo!

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The first thing we made was “the basic,” a mix of all ingredients that are the base for most of the dishes we made:  ginger, chilis, galangal, garlic, shallots, turmeric, pepper, coriander seed, lemongrass, bay leaf, and salt.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

We chopped all the ingredients up really fine and mixed them all together.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

After that, we made a number of dishes: a curry…

IMG_4193.jpg

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

crispy tofu and tempeh…

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

long bean salad with jackfruit…

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

chicken satay…

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

grilled chicken pepes in banana leaf…

IMG_4224.jpg

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

And for dessert, boiled banana in tapioca flour with coconut.

IMG_4281.jpg

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

They don’t use any type of blender or food processor, so we had to mix and mash the sauces by hand in a mortar and pestle.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

That was no easy task, let me tell you!

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

After we had finished all the meals, the family set them out nicely buffet style and we got to have them for lunch!

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The food really was delicious and it was more rewarding since we had made it all ourselves! Afterward, Made gave us all the recipes to take back home.

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

It was such a wonderful experience to learn how the locals cook, and Made was a great instructor!

Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I would definitely recommend booking a half day tour with him (book via email), especially if you’re a foodie like me!

xx Chels

If you liked this post, pin it to Pinterest!

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s