Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud

If you follow my blog, then you know that I like to take a cooking class in every country I visit. Truth is, I’m a terrible cook. The great thing about cooking for friends back home is that they have no idea if you’ve messed up because they have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. This has given me a little more confidence in the kitchen. I can honestly say most of my friends and family don’t know what Balinese food is. In fact, I’m not sure I even know.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

From what I can gather so far, some of the staples include curry, satay, fried rice, tofu/tempe, and seafood. The base ingredients are lemon grass, pepper, shallot, chili, garlic, ginger, ginger, and more ginger. Oh, and did I mention ginger? It’s similar to a lot of other Asian cuisines, however it feels a little lighter. It’s still spicy, but not as hearty as other places I’ve been.

My mom and I decided to take a class with Canting Bali since it was the class our homestay recommended. The price included transportation, a tour of the local market, an eight-course meal, and a print out of all the recipes to take with us. We started off at the morning market where we got a run down of all the local fruits, vegetables, and spices. We even got a little insight into Hinduism and how to make an offering. Once we arrived at the cooking school, we got to make an offering of our own which was really cool.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
My offering to the Hindu Gods

This class was a little different from previous classes as we all prepped the food together and took turns cooking. In the end, all of our ingredients were combined to make one buffet meal. Although we didn’t each get to make every step of the food, I felt I was able to participate a lot more than I had originally anticipated.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Mom and I getting to work on the preparations
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Prepping the tempe to be fried
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The ingredients for the basic sauce

We started by chopping up all of the ingredients for prep work. After that, we moved on to making the sauces we would use in each of the meals. Finally, we began to cook. Mom and I took turns at one burner. We fried tempe, stirred curry, mixed soup, and flipped crepes. The crepe flipping was my favorite. I was sure mine would end up somewhere in the rice paddies, but it actually came out ok.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tuna satay on the grill
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Cooking the tofu curry in a coconut cream sauce

The whole process was so organized, and I was really impressed with the company. Did I mention that we were cooking outside while admiring rice paddies? It was so beautiful and serene. We even got a quick lesson on how rice is actually cultivated.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Mushroom and chicken soup
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Fried tempe in a sweet soy sauce
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tofu and vegetables in a coconut curry
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tuna steamed in banana leaves
Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Pancakes stuffed with palm sugar and coconut

After all the work was done, we got to eat our ginormous feast! My favorite dishes were the tuna satay with peanut sauce, the fried tempe in a sweet soy sauce, and crepes filled with palm sugar. I bought some palm sugar at the market to take home, so I can’t wait to make those again. Overall, this was one of the best cooking classes I’ve done.

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Have you ever had Balinese food? Which dish would you want to try?

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

This post originally appeared on www.fulltimeexplorer.com

Comments

  1. Nicole says:

    Feel free to buy me some palm sugar… and or make those crepes for me! They sound AMAZING

    1. fulltimeexplorer says:

      I’ll make them for you when I visit. They were so good! I’ll have to remind mom to pack the palm sugar haha.

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