I am a little late on my review but I wanted to review my girlfriend and my experience at Bali Asli.
First, the owner (Penny) is awesome! She was incredibly from the getgo and was very timely in responding to all of my questions leading up to our cooking class and special tour.
We signed up for one of the "Day in the life" tours and chose the Bali Fisherman. The tour was comprised of being picked up from our villa and taken to a fishing area where we boarded a Balinese fishing boat, fished for a couple hours, and then returned to Bali Asli for cooking (and eating) classes. Everything was amazing.
Penny picked us up herself (as her staff was on holiday) and drove us to the White Sandy Beach near our villa. She had a Balinese fishing boat reserved for us and we all went out to sea on it. Unfortuneately we were unable to catch anything. :( It was still a fun experience though.
After we went fishing we returned to her restaurant, which we never would've found on our own, and were offered different types of refreshing Balinese drinks. The drinks were really yummy and made the experience more relaxing. The view from inside the restaurant is stunning! We took so many pictures in and around the restaurant and they all turned out beautifully.
Now on to the cooking class. Before we began actually cooking, Penny sat down with us and gave us a brief class on the different types of Balinese seasonings and ingredients to help us get an understanding of how each flavor can affect the taste of the dish. It was very informative and we enjoyed it.
Next, we were taken to a cooking station where all of the ingredients we would need initially were waiting for us, along with aprons (which we got to keep as a souvenir). We began to cook out 5 course meal which included a chicken dish, a fish dish, a salad, rice, steamed tofu wrapped in banana leaves, and sauces. It took around an hour or so to go through the actual cooking portion but it was so much fun. Penny is a great teacher and was very patient with a couple of beginner "wannabe" chefs like us.
Afterwards, her staff brough all of our dishes to a table with an amazing view and we began to eat. Everything tasted amazing. I will have to admit I made a pig of myself and ate much more than my girlfriend did. To top it all off, Bali Asli also brews its own beer in a variety of flavors (mango beer, ginger beer, etc). We purchased the sampler of them all (cost extra but well worth it) and was able to try them all.
At the end, we were given certificates saying we completed a Balinese cooking class was neat and another souvenir from my experience.
On a side note, they also sell some pretty cool souvenirs. I purchased a Balinese cooking knife that was one of my favorite souvenirs from Bali. I will add that it is extremely sharp. While I was sticking it back in the leather sheath it comes with, I hit the part of the leather that snaps around the knife handle to hold it in place and cut it off. It barely touched the leather and still managed to slice it in half. Better the leather than my finger. ;)
Overall, we had a great time and this was one of the best tours we have ever taken together. We both highly recommend it!
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