The one thing I wanted to do on this trip to Bali was a Bali cooking class. I had visions of becoming the queen of satay and transporting that new found skill back to my suburban Aussie kitchen and receiving adoration and hi fives from grown up sons. You know the ones, the ones who have to eat every freakin night. Finding a Bali cooking class though was a whole other ball game.
Bali is overwhelmingly busy and bustling and there’s sooo many business and just how does this mumma find a Bali cooking class. Well, like all good tourists she heads to concierge and hands over far too much cash for an ‘experience’.
Take my money…all of it.
I’ve done it before and I’ll likely do it again because I like convenience. The concierge hustle is a thing and we’ve been burned in the past with big promises costing us even bigger dollars and delivering very little. This time, well it was different. We struck gold.
We booked our cooking class which promised shopping at local market to collect ingredients-tick, a rickshaw ride-tick, a visit to a coffee farm-done it (cross it off the list), visit to a school– yes please and traditional cooking class-tick✔️ Sounds pretty awesome right? Well for $180 Aussie dollars I was crossing my fingers it would be.
To market to market.
An early start saw our driver pick us up at 7:30am and we headed through Seminyak, Kerobokan and up into the ‘jungle’ to visit a produce market. The market is for the locals and had all and truly been picked over by the time we arrived, the locals get started early while the weather is cooler.
The markets were hot, smelly and the walkways filthy but the produce was presented beautifully, go figure. The butchers area made me wanna dry reach and I’m so pleased I was there ‘after’ the bidding and slaughter of livestock. We stopped at the market for around thirty minutes, there was no actual ‘shopping for ingredients’ as stated in the brochure, more ‘here’s your pre packed bag, grab a photo and let’s be on our way’. Still, it was an experience we enjoyed.
We chose to not do the coffee farm as we had done it once before so phone calls were made to rally the rickshaw drivers early. We met them on the side of the road, changed into traditional dress ( a bit gimmicky but fun) and enjoyed a ‘wind through my hair’ kinda ride to the local primary school.
Oh my stars, the joy on the cheeky faces that greeted us at the entrance to the school was priceless!
Kids everywhere ran to greet us and I was giddy with happiness as they all jostled for attention. I’m going to write a post on our school visit so that’s all I’ll say about it here…sorry.
Time for a Bali cooking class
After the school visit it was back into the rickshaw for a short ride to Padangaling village where we pulled up at a local house/business…or something like that. We were greeted by Wyan and Ketut who showed us through to an outdoor kitchen where we went about the business of getting to know each other. It felt really informal, I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe something more western? But we were super thrilled at the authentic rustic charm of the Bali cooking.
The presentation was excellent, the ingredients for each dish were in brightly coloured baskets and recipes and a pen at our place setting. Oh, and we were the only ones there. That was kinda weird at first but then we actually liked it.
Things are different in Bali, nothing moves at great speed, no real structure to things and just a general cruisey vibe, you just gotta surrender to the experience. Our whole lesson was super relaxed but informative and bloody tasty.
Look we are actually chopping and shit with big arsed blades!
No stainless steel appliances in this kitchen, it’s fire baby.
At times I mentally questioned just ‘how long had that chicken been sitting outside for?’, and ‘just how safe is it to wash my hands in that cobbled together tap on the moss covered wall?’…but I threw caution to the wind and did just as the locals did. After all, that was the experience we were really after.
Eating out of banana leaves with coconut husk spoons (pulled straight from the trees) was a bonus.
Check out this turmeric rice (Nasi Kuning)….made it myself
And water spinach greens (Tumis Kangkung)…
Grilling the chicken skewers ( Sate Ayam)…
And the satay topping was just insanely tasty!
We did it! We made THIS! The fried chicken (Ayam Goreng) was sensational!!!!
And then we ate it. Sooo tasty!
We did make fried bananas ( Pisang Goreng) but they were so tasty I didn’t even get a pic. Here’s the ‘before’
Since we’ve been home I’ve made a few of the dishes and while they weren’t a fail the flavour just wasn’t quite like that day in the hills in Bali. Just another excuse to head back to Bali right 🙂
The details of our Bali cooking class
Bali Experience Adventure
Banjar Dinas Padangaling
Desu Cau Belayu
marga, Tabanan, Bali Indonesia
Have you ever done a cooking class? What is your favourite thing to do in Bali?
Til next time,