This was the best 5 hours I spent in Ubud! For $35 I received an education in shopping at the traditional market (before 10am each day if you want to secure the prices locals pay rather than enjoy a 50% increase paid by tourists!). Following the tour, the Casa Luna cooking school staff treated us to a morning tea complete with a demonstration for making hibiscus tea from a fresh flower. The cooking class covered the preparation of 5 mainstays of Balinese cuisine, including my favorite...Mie Goreng (fried noodles).
The instructor, Yudi, shared tips and techniques for cooking Balinese food which she had learned from her mother. We learned the proper way to grind ingredients into a paste using a Balinese mortar and pestle as well as knife techniques for preparing vegetables without bruising them. The best tip, "Cook when you're happy." From the energy and enthusiasm she demonstrated during the class I suspect she is ALWAYS happy! :-)
The class takes place at the Honeymood Guest House down the street from the restaurant in a spacious beautifully decorated open kitchen surrounded by lush landscaping.
The best part of all...we ate our creations for lunch!