Balinese cuisine is complex and made with a variety of spices, meats and vegetables. Don’t let the complexity of the dishes scare you, though. You will learn how to cook seven dishes in this 5-hour class that also includes a morning market tour. Taught by the entertaining Chef Ketut and his staff, you will get hands-on training while also learning new kitchen skills like how to properly use a mortar and pestle. The kitchen is located right on the Petanu River and offers small class sizes with free pick-up from your hotel.
Visiting morning market
This full day course starts at 8:30 AM where you are picked up by Chef Ketut to start you on your 5-hour excursion. The first stop is at Ubud’s public market, where you get a tour of all the vegetables and spices you will be using in the dishes later that day. The market is very popular, and you can visit on your own another day. The market is located in the heart of Ubud and is filled with stalls of flowers, fruits, vegetables and meat. There are also lots of street food vendors to choose from and art stalls selling trinkets to clothing.
The first thing you learn upon arrival is how to make coconut oil. Everyone on the island makes their own, from fresh coconuts, and is used in everything. It takes ten coconuts to make 1 liter of oil and is a 3-hour cooking process. Next you are taught how to make traditional Balinese cuisine. You first learn how to make the two basic spices that are in most of the dishes, Sambal Ulek (Balinese spicy sauce) and Bumbu Bali (Balinese multi-purpose sauce that’s used in many of the dishes). The first course is Soup Ayam (Balinese chicken soup). You then learn how to make Nasi Putih (steamed rice). The main courses are Sata Tusuk Ayam (chicken satay with peanut sauce), Pepes Ikan (steamed tuna in banana leaf), Ayam Bumbu Bali (Balinese fried chicken). Lastly, dessert is Kolak Pisang (Braised banana in palm sugar gravy).
The cost of the class is 350,000 IDR (25.57 USD) and includes transportation to and from your hotel or guesthouse. A reasonable price to learn five dishes. Ketut and his staff keep you entertained by showing you new knife skills and how to make peanuts into paste by hand. They also stop the class to take many “selfie breaks”. Chef Ketut will yell “Selfie Time!” and the staff will grab your camera and take pictures of you, so your day of cooking is fully documented. Once all the dishes are complete, you’d sit down at a European style table and are served to a buffet feast overlooking the Petanu River.
Get inspired to cook more
The dishes although complex are easy to make when you follow the recipe. All the recipes are given to you before you leave so you don’t have to take notes during class. Ketut also gives you “western options” for when you are back in your country, as some of the ingredients may not be readily available. Impress your family and friends with a tasty Indonesian meal using your new talents learned from Payuk Bali.
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