Balinese Cooking Class

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Shannon and Stephen at Payuk Bali Cooking School

Balinese food is so delicious, we decided to take a class from Payuk Cooking Class, now renamed to Ketut’s Bali Cooking Class, to learn a little more about making it ourselves. We skipped breakfast and were picked up around 6am from our guesthouse so we could catch all the action of the local market.

Market at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Market Tour at Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Our guide, Ketut, explained about a lot of the stuff for sale and picked out some fresh vegetables and herbs for the dishes we would prepare. Next, we made our way to a local school to hang out with the kids for a little. Some of the students were the same age as my Korean students.

Payuk Bali Cooking School
Ketut, our guide, is to the left and you can see the ice cream vendor doing swift business in the school yard

Shannon and Stephen at Payuk Bali Cooking School

Next, we went to the family compound where we would be doing all our preparation and cooking. Once inside, we sat down to iced tea and learned how to make the offerings, or Channon, that we see all through the streets in Bali.

Shannon making a Balinese Offering

Payuk Bali Cooking School

The open kitchen and eating area were really nice and well organized.

Payuk Bali Cooking School

Payuk Bali Cooking School
The Dining Table

Out came a bunch of the spices, herbs and vegetables needed for the courses.

Payuk Bali Cooking School Payuk Bali Cooking School Payuk Bali Cooking School

Sambal is a red curry-like sauce that you see everywhere there is food. It is made with coconut oil, chillies, garlic, tomatoes, lime and other spices all muddled together with a mortar and pestle – lots of chopping, dicing and grinding to make this sauce.

Shannon and Stephen at Payuk Bali Cooking School Shannon at Payuk Bali Cooking School

Shannon at Payuk Bali Cooking School Payuk Bali Cooking School

Next, we worked on making Ayam (chicken) satay – basically grilled marinated chicken skewers served with a peanut based sauce.

Chicken Satay at Payuk Bali Cooking School Chicken Satay at Payuk Bali Cooking School

Payuk Bali Cooking School
That’s the chicken satay skewers on the grill

Bali is in Indonesia, which also contains the original ‘spice islands’ that served as a main impetus for the Dutch to colonize this archipelago. Ginger, turmeric, garlic, shallot, chili, pepper, coriander, nutmeg, clove, lime leaf, lemongrass and coconut milk were all ingredients used in the dishes we prepared.

We also made some grilled curry fish wrapped in banana leaves and a coconut-based vegetable stir fry.

Stephen at Payuk Bali Cooking School
That’s the peanut sauce for the chicken satay in front of me

Payuk Bali Cooking School

Payuk Bali Cooking School
Fish wrapped in banana leaves on the grill

And here is my lunch with all the foods that we prepared.

Payuk Bali Cooking School

There was plenty of food and I had seconds of everything – especially my favorite, the chicken satay. Back at the hotel later, we cracked open our durian from the night market to eat for dessert. Durian has a complicated taste – some people love it and the rest hate it. There’s not much middle ground. I think it’s pretty delicious – definitely the creamiest fruit I’ve ever eaten with a little bit of sweet to it.

Durian

2 thoughts on “Balinese Cooking Class

  1. It was excellent experience that you shared and I love to read it.
    Just for the information the cooking class name was Payuk Cooking Class and now has changed it with the new name is “Ketut’s Bali Cooking Class” that you share on the picture and the cook master is Ketut.
    If you are looking to book it again, please contact us on whatsapp +6283119911888

    1. Thank you for the update. I have updated the name of the class linked to your TripAdvisor page and also corrected Ketut’s name in the post. My apologies for the misspelling.

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