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“Morning Cooking Class”

Anika Balinese Cooking Class
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

A group of 4 of us staying in Sanur were picked up for the Morning Cooking Class and Market visit. Overall the class was good and the market visit informative although extremely off putting in regards to the storage of meat/fish and cockroach infested fruit and vegetables. The class is not that hands on. You get to do a bit of grinding and then a bit of stirring but everything is preprepared and sitting out on the table waiting for your arrival.
My major disappointment with this experience is the post course transport. Instead of using the same transport they had for the morning (4 picked up from Sanur in one vehicle and 1 from Legian in another vehicle) the manager told us we would all be travelling back to Sanur via Legian. Absolutely rediculous. The Cooking class is just off the bypass road which leads directly to Sanur (20 minute drive). When we protested the manager said we would have to wait 45minutes for another vehicle. This changed our entire experience. We spent 90minutes in Kuta and Legian Traffic instead of a quick 20 minute trip back to Sanur.
I recommend if you are faced with this same situation to wait the 45 minutes at Anika for the next tranport vehicle (who knows it might be available earlier when you are hanging around under their noses).

Thank TiffBec
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

I booked the cooking for myself and my son - 15yrs. We loved this class. we first started the morning by visiting the local market and having our chef explain all the different types of spices and ingredients that were to be used in our dishes. we were then taken to the Guesthouse where we were to begin our class. we ended up making 12 different dishes. You start off by thinking that there will not be enough food for everyone - but the amount was insane and we did not finish it all. Everyone has a turn cooking and helping in the preparation. At the end you received the recipe book for the dishes made and a certificate. All in all when we go back I will be doing this again but choosing another day so I learn a new batch of meals. Very well organised and was one the best days we had. even my 15 yr old son loved it.

2  Thank Suzan5
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

We did not stay here but did do the morning cooking class and market visit. We were collected from our hotel in Seminyak and transported to the market. Our host was excellent and provided an opportunity to purchase the base for satay sauce and pestle and mortar at the market. Then we were transported back to the B&B for the cooking class.
There was no doubting our hosts knowledge and every question was aswered quickly and thoroughly. Participants were involved along the way but some food had been prepared prior to the class.
The meal we ate was magnificent and we all left with a certificate and cook book. Overall the class was enjoyable but I preferred the Lobong class in Ubud which involved the particpants more and was half the price of the Anika class. The venue in Ubud was also better as the class was held within the familly compond and also involved explanation of the familly way of life.

Thank IanDebLeppard
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

We booked for the evening course as we didnt want the early start and didn't want to go to the local market (been there done that before) - unfortunately we were the only participants booked for the evening class so we had to attend the morning class with 17 other people.

In terms of the class I'd agree with all the positive comments in previous reviews. I'd also add that this is not a hands on cooking class - yes you do get to help grind the spices and cook a dish or two, but our role in prepaying and cooking the dishes is pretty minor, which suits if your relaxed and on holiday.

We choose the Monday/Thursday menu as it contained most of our favourite dishes and we weren't disappointed - the food was great and the recipes simple and well explained.

Thank NZMade
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

My wife and I were picked up from our hotel in Sanur and went to the local market in Kuta to see the ingredients we were to use in our cooking class, on sale. It was very interesting, even though you had to watch where you trod because of all the discarded vegetables, etc, on the ground. We were then taken to the Anika Cooking Class and had breakfast (which was definitely different - but delicious).
After we had eaten, the chef introduced us to the various ingredients we were to use in the preparation of our lunch, and explained their part in the recipes. He made it extremely interesting and good fun. He wasn't a chef who was full of himself, and stuffy, he appeared to be an ordinary bloke who knew what he was on about. We all had turns in trying to grind the herbs and spices into pastes for the cooking, but nobody was as deft as the cooks who finished off the preparation in the wink of an eye, and with seemingly effortless ease - they also knew what they were on about!! We then made sate sticks, ikan pepes envelopes, and cooked various other dishes which were explained as we went. This took the rest of the morning, and by the time it came to serve ourselves, and sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labour, we were all as hungry as hunters and ready for it. There was so much food (even for the 20 participants) that some people even went up for "seconds"!! We need not say it was delicious, but we haven't tasted such a surprising variety of tastes, that were all so fresh and individually different, in our many visits to Bali.
We were all given a reipe book of the food we had prepared, which we have used since we have been back in Australia, much to the delight of our friends we have entertained. We were taken back to our hotel, and all we wanted to do was to sit around relaxing, and we had no intention of going out for an evening meal that night.
In summary, we think that if you are at all interested in cooking, then this is a tour you should definitely consider. It was informative, good fun, and it filled you up!!
We noticed that another reviewer had the unpleasant experience of Bali Belly, and put it down to the food at the cooking class. That may be so, but we didn't suffer any ill effects. We suspect that they may have just been unlucky (if it was the cooking class), or maybe it was food they had eaten recently from somewhere else - who knows?
Just because there are many car accidents, it doesn't stop us from driving anywhere.

Thank George_and_Joyce
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