Jan 6, 2017 – A Balinese Cooking Class in the Middle of Rice Fields


Our Cooking Class at Canting Bali (Laplapan Village, Ubud)

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A van picked us up from our hostel and one other family before stopping at the Ubud Market. There, we were shown which ingredients we would be using during our Balinese cooking class and provided information about the market and Balinese cuisine in general. It definitely gave me a better understanding and deeper appreciation of Balinese cooking.

Next, our tour guide then drove for about half an hour until we reached some lovely rice terraces. Our group walked along the rice fields with cute quacking ducks and right into an open dining room and cooking studio! A second group joined us. We all got outfitted with aprons, instructions, and then got to work, chopping, slicing, frying, crushing, etc. It almost felt like I was on the famous TV show Iron Chef! At the end of our cooking journey, we had a spectacular feast that everyone shared!

By the end of our class our group had created:

  • Basa Gede (Basic Sauce)
  • Soup Ayam Jamur (Chicken Mushroom Soup)
  • Tempe Lalah Manis (Sweet Fried Tempe)
  • Tahu Kare (Tofu Curry)
  • Sate Lilit (Marinated Fish Skewers)
  • Lawar Bali (Mixed Vegetables with Coconut and Balinese Spices)
  • Pepes Tuna (Grilled Tuna in Banana Leaf)
  • Sambal Matah (Raw Sambal)
  • Dadar Gulung (Rolled Crepe with Coconut and Palm Sugar) – My Favourite!

On our way back to our hostel, we each got a recipe book to take home. Overall, I highly recommend the company we did it through: Canting Bali Cooking Class Laplapan Village. It was an outstanding experience!


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