I do a local cooking class in pretty much every country I visit, I find it a really good way to learn more about the locals customs, way of life, and of course the food they eat. This class is one of the best I have done!
I booked in for the saturday morning class. There are three different menus, repeated twice a week. There are morning and afternoon classes, but the morning class included a tour around the Kuta market, which i was keen to do. Transport to and from the class is included in the cost if you are in the local Kuta area, but is available for pretty much anywhere. My transport arrived at 7am as promised, and included Nyoman, the chef/instructor as a passenger.
The various transports met at Kuta Market and as there were about 13 of us the group was split in two for the tour of the market. Asian wet markets can be confronting for westerners, this one is no exception. It was probably a good thing I hadn't eaten, the smell inside is quite strong (mostly dried fish). Our guide gave a great run through of the key ingredients, and also how they differ in strength to different countries, or possible substitutes. Got some great tips here!
After the market we were wisked off to the cooking class. On arrival hibiscus tea and water are served, then a light breakfast of traditional bali foods, we had black rice pudding and pandan pancakes. Yum. Nyoman talked about the dishes we would make and how they are used in balinese life. Some more traditional, some celebration dishes. We went over the ingredients. Nyoman has an incredible knowledge of the ingredients available in a variety of countries, customs restrictions and substitutions. A dutch couple were very impressed with his knowledge of ingredients they could access at home.
We were all given jobs to do preparing ingredients, first dicing and slicing, then grinding with a huge mortar and pestle. We then marinated and made the sate sticks before starting to cook the various dishes, everyone getting time cooking a dish or two. Nyoman was kind enough to ask for our cameras to take pics of us when we were cooking.
Once all the dishes were prepared we sat down to eat our food. It was all so yummy, great balance of flavours. No dishes so spicy the average person couldn't eat them, but enough complexity of flavour for those used to spices. After a yummy desert we were transported back to our hotels, I was back close to 1:30. A menu\recipe booklet and certificate were provided as well.
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