I’ve been very lucky to take some seriously great cooking classes around the world. From Turkey to Thailand and Osaka to Kuala Lumpur, there have been some unique ones too. The Balinese Farm Cooking School just outside of Ubud offered something I have never done before.
Our small group of world foodies were collected in Ubud and taken to a local market on the outskirts of town. Like many cooking classes before, our Balinese Farm Cooking School guide went on to explain Balinese ingredients that we were going to cook with. Unlike many cooking classes before, we weren’t going to be using any of these market ingredients. The Balinese Farm Cooking School has much fresher ones in mind.
Our journey continued deep into the center of Bali. Once at the school we were treated to a tour of the property and all the fresh organic ingredients they grow there. In just over 2 years, the Balinese Farm Cooking School has turned this unused land into something truly magical, and I’m not the only one to say so. With over 2500 happy guests in that short time, the Balinese Farm Cooking School is a true success story. It’s also one that gives back the farm is open to the local children looking to help out and practice their English.
With woven baskets in tow, We headed out to pick our fresh ingredients to cook with. This, of course, was an amazing touch and something I have yet to do.
On the Menu
With ingredients collected we move to the Balinese Farm Cooking School outdoor kitchen. There we prepped our fresh ingredients while watching a demonstration of each dish before trying it on our own. This included some Balinese favourites like Sayur Urab (mix green salad with coconut and spice), Tempe Asam Manis (Sweet Sour Temple), Pisang Goreng (Banana fritters with coconut and melted palm sugar) and Sambal Curry – something I fell in love with while cooking in Kuala Lumpur.
Between each dish we sat and enjoyed our creations. It’s hard to argue the freshness of these dishes as the Balinese Farm Cooking School truly is as fresh as it gets.
For a truly unique and fresh taste of Indonesia, add the Balinese Farm Cooking School to your Bali itinerary. It’s a great way to experience the real Bali and support a truly local company set on helping the community by cooking amazing food.
If that’s not a winning combo I don’t know what is.
Balinese Farm Cooking School Good to Know
Class Cost: $35 USD
Includes: Pickup, market tour, class, and amazing food!
Don’t Miss: Farm tour,Tempe, and Banana Fritters! For a true local experience try a farm stay!
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Although I was provided a complimentary lesson at the Balinese Farm Cooking School,
the experience, opinions, and forged vegetables were my own.
I love this, especially the part about the kids being able to come to the farm!! Cooking lessons are a great way to connect with a culture. I’d definitely do this!
Ya they have a great model and outlook for their community. Have you been to Bali?
Well I already wanted to visit Bali, but this definitely makes me want to go. How cool is that cooking class?
So cool! Highly recommend when (not if!) you go!