Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must

Taking a Traditional Bali Cooking Class

A highlight from my time in Bali was taking a traditional Balinese cooking class. I love Asian food,  so it was interesting to learn about the process they use to make all their food and to be taught by a real chef!

Shopping in the Market for Food for a Bali Cooking Class

Made (pronounced Ma-day), our chef/teacher for the day, picked me and my mom up 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 and then explained all the wonderful and interesting things we were seeing. There were brightly colored flowers put out for offerings every day and elderly ladies were making and selling some kind of delicious smelling food, wrapped in banana leaves for takeaway. There were fruits and vegetables of all shapes and sizes, and even some dried fish!

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

Home Cooking Class

Made 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.

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

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

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

Making “the basic”

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

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

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

Cooking traditional Balinese Dishes

After that, we made a number of dishes: curry, crispy tofu and tempeh, long bean salad with jackfruit, chicken satay, and grilled chicken pepes in banana leaf.

IMG_4193.jpg

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

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

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

IMG_4224.jpg

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

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

For dessert, we made boiled banana in tapioca flour with coconut, it was delicious.

IMG_4281.jpg

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

Bali Cooking Techniques

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. That was no easy task, let me tell you!

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

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! The food really was delicious and it was even 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

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! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram.

You Might Also Like:

 

xx Chels

If you liked this post, then pin it to Pinterest!

6 thoughts on “Bali Cooking Class: A Foodie Must

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.