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“Brilliant cooking class - a must-do!”

Ketut's Bali Cooking Class
Ranked #3 of 35 Food & Drink in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: An Original Balinese Cooking Class offers you an opportunity to learn how to cook real Balinese food with local ingredients, with skilled and friendly Instructors. Teachers who can impart the secrets of Balinese cooking to you in a casual and fun atmosphere. Chef Ketut is cooking instructor of Payuk Bali Cooking Class. He emphasizes a friendly teaching style centered on actually doing, rather than watching. He guarantees that by the time you complete your course you will not only have learned a thing or two about Balinese cooking but you will also have had a most memorable experience.
London
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“Brilliant cooking class - a must-do!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This cooking class was the best thing we did on our honeymoon. We'd done a lot of research into the activities we were planning to do, and there are a lot of similar cooking classes on offer - we're so glad we chose this one!

It is a special privelege to visit someone's home to learn how to cook traditional Balinese food! The house is set in lovely surroundings, overlooking a river, with lots of vividly coloured flowers. Before we started cooking, we used some of these flowers to learn how to make small offerings. We also visited an afternoon food market beforehand, and tried some snake fruit, which was interesting!

Ketut, Kadek and all the staff make sure you get really involved, and a hands-on experience is exactly what we were looking for! There was also plenty of time for photos, and Ketut himself was happy to take photos of us chopping/frying away. You also get a recipe book to take home, so that you can recreate (or at least, try to!) all of the dishes at home. There were 4 of us, which I think is a perfectly sized group, and we all got along really well. This made the experience even better! There was lots of laughter, especially from Ketut, who is brimming with genuine warmth, friendliness and all-round cheerfulness. Kadek, who showed us around the markets and taught us how to make our offerings, was lovely and a great guide, and made us feel so welcome!

At the end of the day while the sun was setting, we got to sit down and eat what we'd made. The food was delicious, varied, and plentiful, and the atmosphere was beautiful, and very relaxed. It was the perfect ending to a fun-filled day in the kitchen.

I'd recommend this course to anyone who is visiting Ubud. It's superb value for money, and you get a fantastic experience that you'll never forget!

Another thing I'd recommend when visiting Ubud is to use mosquito repellent wherever you go!

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Surpassed my expectations”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We got to cook in a beautiful Balinese villa overlooking a valley with monkeys jumping from tree to tree! There was little waiting time and a lot of eating time, and the food was great!

The cooking was great fun. Everyone got to participate and chop, grill, or fry things. I particularly appreciated the fact that we didn't need to know the recipe itself (what a relief, the basic sauce is NOT basic at all!) The staff was there to give us directions every now and then, and we all worked together to move every quickly through recipes. Indonesian food involves many herbs and ingredients, so it was better to rely on the staff and study the recipe on your own later. I have taken cooking classes before that I thought was so-so, but this one is great because the food smells so good and you wouldn't make indonesian at home.

I also liked the other participants and even made friends after the class! I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who has any interest in cooking or would like to see explore a traditional Balinese home.

Visited October 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Brilliantly Authentic”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

For my girlfriend and I this was the highlight of our trip to Ubud. Ketut was full of fun and knowledge, the food was simple to prepare and wonderful to eat. The best part was that it was in a family compound amongst real Balinese locals, far from the tourist traps of Ubud central. And now the recipe book has pride of place in our kitchen.

Visited October 2013
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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“A must for anyone going to Ubud!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We were picked up in the morning when the beautiful Kardek took us to the market and showed us around. He was extremely knowledgeable with a wonderful sense of humor that was infectious. The cooking school was excellent, where a team of local balinese made you feel welcome in their compound and worked hard to ensure everyone was happy and safe. There were young children in our group and they were given individual help. The food was delicious and we were able to sit at the table and talk to other guests for over an hour. Loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Visited October 2013
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“"Memorable Balinese experience - highly recommended"”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

My nine year old daughter and I had the most wonderful day with the Payuk team. We started with a visit to a rice field followed by the markets - so many different sights and smells!! My daughter was amazed at the colourful flowers, fruits and vegetables. We returned to a traditional Balinese home to begin our cooking experience. We began by making a flower offering and then made our way to the 'kitchen' and 'dining' area - the most beautiful setting. Surrounded by lush garden, high on a cliff edge - we could hear the river running below.

After a cuppa and fried banana we began to chop, sauté, steam, pound (chicken mince), fry, mix, grill etc. Our group of four was kept very busy!! Once all dishes were completed came the best part...time to feast!!

The food was delicious, company was wonderful and the setting was second to none.

Payuk Cooking Class is highly recommended. There is something very special about being invited into a private home to experience the Balinese way as opposed to cooking in a restaurant kitchen.

Thank you Payuk!

Visited October 2013
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