An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia has some of the most culturally diverse and delicious food on the planet. If you are going to try a cooking class, this is the place to do it! Serious foodies can delight their taste buds and learn valuable culinary skills in Bali that can be accentuate any type of cuisine. Available cooking classes are of an overwhelming variety but look no further, for we have compiled the best and most varied around in Ubud that foodies simply must try!
1. A Unique Food Tour and Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud
If you want to both explore the local food scene and learn how to cook with traditional ingredients, try the Unique Food Tour and Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud. One of the keys to delicious cooking is to know the origins of your ingredients. On this ‘off the beaten track’ tour, you will visit a traditional market to sample the local fruits, vegetables, and spices used in your cooking class and discover the farming methods used to grow them. You will learn about the “Subak”, the complex irrigation system employed in growing rice and crucial to survival on the island. Your cooking class will take place in a traditional Balinese compound overlooking a deep and jungled ravine with an onsite organic spice garden! Spices, central to Balinese cooking are often pounded with a traditional mortar and pestal, and learning the intricacies behind flavor profiles in an intimate, family setting is truly invaluable. As a part of the tour, you will even learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings, make Balinese coffee, and make coconut oil the traditional way! The kitchen is run by Local Balinese Chef Ketut Budi, who has studied at The Hotel and Tourism Education Bali and has worked at several hotels to develop his passion for cooking.
2. Explore Asian Ingredients in Western Cuisine
The most diverse chefs are able to incorporate a vast array of traditions into their own personal style. The Mozaic Afternoon Recreational Cooking Class: “Asian Ingredients in Western Cuisine” will guide you in doing just that. Designed as a cooking school for recreation classes doubled with facilities for professional chefs, this workshop is a venue for culinary arts development and culinary exchange, training and development. You will learn how to integrate Asian ingredients into Western cuisine to create a subtle and personalized flavor balance in the “Mozaic” philosophy, which is rooted in French cuisine.
3. Discover the Culinary Quilt of a Night Market
The Night Market Food Tour will expose you to a typcial Balinese Pasar, a colorful and diverse selection of ingredients, color, and culture. As dusk falls, the action at Gianyar Market begins. Strolling through the Pasar, you will experience local snacks and traditional market food, culminating in an open-air feast of home-cooked specialties from marinated satay to braised chicken, spicy greens, and grilled seafood.
From traditional cooking classes, day and night markets, and workshops to integrate Asian ingredients into Western cuisine, you can only deepen your culinary skills, accentuate your “foodie” tendencies, and become the most diversified chef imaginable!
Need more recommendation for things to do during your stay in Ubud?
To get a sense of the type of cooking skills you will learn as they are put into practice, visit some of the most alluring and delicious restaurants, detailed here in “16 Restaurants in Bali with the most Unique Luxury Dining Experience”.