There is more to take from Bali than pink beaches and awesome sunsets. Indonesian cuisine is the one gift that keeps giving. You can give the gift of Bali food to family and friends whenever they visit.
So take a bit of Bali home with you by enrolling in any of the many cooking classes that Bali has to offer. You can become your family’s Bali cuisine expert and even have a business idea by offering to tech some Bali cuisine classes yourself!
First of all, though, you must find out where to start. There are quite a number of places you can check out for your cooking class Bali experience. Bali is peppered with lovely and popular tourist spots and many of them offer cooking classes.
The Most Popular Cooking Classes
Here are a few of the best cooking classes you will find.
Anika Cooking Class
Located in Kuta, Anika has a morning cooking class which begins with a tour of the traditional market. This visit is necessary because when you get back, you will need all the vegetables and spices you get here for a total of 10 traditional dishes that you will learn to cook.
This cooking class lasts 8 hours and you will find the intrigues of the traditional Balinese kitchen quite enthralling. You will also learn vegetarian recipes and get a certificate at the end of your lesson. Then, of course, you are allowed to feast on your own cooking!
Your fee includes transport from your hotel or villa in Seminyak, Nusa Dua as well as Sanur. If your accommodation is in Kuta, they will organize transport to the class for you too.
The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa Cooking Class
This one is located in Seminyak and offers you a 5-course cooking lesson. The beauty of the Seminyak class is that it includes the whole family. If you are visiting with your children, they are also allowed to join in. It, therefore, becomes a fun family activity that keeps everyone happily occupied.
Included among the five dishes is a traditional Indonesian dessert that will no doubt be a hit with everyone. Indonesia is famous for its delicious desserts. Additionally, you will take home a recipe book that you can use to reproduce the exciting spread.
This eating place is owned and run by Ibu Eny and her husband Wayan. You are allowed to follow along as the couple does their magic with fresh local ingredients. Some of the dishes you can look forward to learning here include:
- Gado Gado
- Shredded chicken salad
- Corn fritters
- Satay and fish in banana leaf
The place is delightfully close to the private villas in Seminyak and you can enjoy a stroll over for your class.
The Bale is located in Nusa Dua and is loved for the intimate classes it arranges for small groups of people. You will be in a group of at most 6 people varying in age from 16 years upwards.
Expect to have the following as part of your class:
- Learn how to make traditional Balinese cuisine
- Visit the local fish and vegetable market to fetch your ingredients
- A visit to a ceramic factory
All of this before the actual class even begins! Once you have the ingredients you need, the chef will take you through the lessons and you will learn, from scratch, how to make such delicacies as Gado Gado and seafood curry among a number of other traditional dishes.
In addition, you will learn about the local herbs as well as spices used to bring out the delightful flavors. You will have learned some new skills that you can show off to your friends and family back home.
There are lots of other classes in Ubud and Lovina that you can check out. In fact, for every town, you chose to live in while in Bali, you will find a cooking class that you can roll it. Go ahead and make your Bali experience not only one for sightseeing but also for learning a few cooking skills.