Recently, four girl cousins and myself from all over Australia got together in Bali for a week. One of the activities we experienced was Anika's Balinese cooking Class. A van picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at a traditional looking building. We were welcomed and taken upstairs to an open air kitchen with a couple of long tables. The Chef Instructor welcomed us with cold bottles of water and then went on to explain all the ingredients we were to use. We were each given an apron (which you had to buy if you wanted to keep it) and a cook book which contains a glossary of ingredients as well as recipes. Then we started to chop and grind the herbs, spices and vegetables. Once this had been completed to the instructor's satisfaction, we assembled the dishes and cooked them. We all had a turn and then got to taste. Some of the dishes we cooked were - Balinese Beef satay, grilled fish in banana leaves, chicken curry, Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng. We finished off with Green pancakes with coconut and black rice pudding. The green pancake must be an acquired taste; we all thought it was like chewing a wettex! Overall, the instructor and his helpers were very informative, the food was very fresh and tasty and we all left with the cook book and a certificate to say we had completed the course. There were about a dozen in our class from all over the world. I would recommend this course to anyone who wanted to experience traditional Balinese cooking.
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