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“A Great Introduction to Bali”

Anika Balinese Cooking Class
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Anika cooking school is a professionally run organisation, that gives a terrific overview of Balinese cooking & commonly used Asian herbs and spices. Transfers to and from the cooking school were excellent and in new vehicles. For us it was only a five minute drive as we were in the Tuban area.

First stop were the food markets. This was mainly to give us a general overview of the various types of herbs, spices, gingers, leaves etc that are utilised in Balinese cooking. No food for cooking was purchased here as our ingredients were from a safe and accredited supplier.

I found the markets fascinating, but one of my daughters was desperate to leave as the smell from the fresh chicken was sending her green. If you could put your back to it and move away from the smell it was fine. We were at the markets for about 30 minutes before heading to the Cooking School.

The Cooking School was at the Anika Hotel. Our instructor was terrific and there were several new techniques learnt that will be well utilised in other Asian style cooking back home. You don't have to be any type of cook to attend. Novices will fit in as easily as the Masterchef's. Everyones on an even playing field. There's a lot of chopping & then a lot of grinding to make the pastes for the dishes. There's plenty of guidance along the way and everybody is given a turn on the hot plates.

We thought it was a great family activity and although my 14yo was not that keen to attend, it ended up being one of her favourite activities on the entire trip.

What you cook throughout the morning is served as a truly delicious lunch. Bon appetite!

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My wife and I attended 2 morning cooking classes at Anika during our recent stay in Bali. We were picked up on time at our villa in Seminyak and were taken to the markets at Kuta. The markets were very interesting and we were surprised to find that they weren't smelly.

The cooking classes were very well presented. On t5he first day there were 15 of us, so we were split into 2 groups. We had 7 in our group and that was a perfect number. Everyone got to chop the ingredients for a dish, then grind the ingredients for another dish and then cook yet another dish. It was very hands on and no one was standing around just watching.

We were planning on attending the afternoon class the next day but found out that we were the only people booked in. The morning class only had 3 people booked in, so we transferred to the morning class with a later pickup so we didn't have to attend the markets. Komang (the chief instructor) told us that he would change the menu slightly for us because some of the dishes were the same. He was true to his word and we cooked the nasi goreng a different way.

Komang has travelled to Australia for the purpose of finding which ingredients are available and what could be substituted for those which are unavailable. The recipe booklet that is given to everyone has these substitutions listed.

We really enjoyed the experience and is something that shouldn't be missed.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We had a very enjoyable afternoon class. There were only 3 of us, so plenty of food to prepare and ultimately eat. My husband doesn't cook, but they helped him along, and he enjoyed himself.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Mostly went as I have two friends interested in cooking (I just like to eat :)...picked up from the hotel and driven to Kuta and then given a tour of the markets. The real deal! This was my favourite part, being taken 'behind the scenes' and getting a tour and review of different Balinese ingredients we would be using. With an English speaking "head chef and tour guide", it was all very easy. About 10 in our group from teenagers with their Mums to a Dad and daughter as well. All had a role preparing the Balinese menu and then the absolute pleasure of eating the spoils along with a cold Bintang. Recommended particularly if you enjoy cooking tho' good fun regardless.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I convinced my husband to do this cooking class with me, he wasn't keen on the early start, but it was well worth it, we both enjoyed it very much! It is an interactive experience, you learn about the ingredients by visiting the market, you get to cut up the ingredients, cook them, then eat them of course, you can even buy a beer to go with your meal! Well worth the money, recommend to do this at the start of your holiday as it can help with choosing the various options off menus in restaurants.

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