One of the major highlights of my trip to Bali was the cooking class and market tour that I signed up for in Seminyak. I've used Tripadvisor several times now for booking excursions for a paragliding experience in Malibu and a day trip to Tijuana.
I used TripAdvisor again to sign up for three excursions while in Bali, this one being the Balinese Cooking Class in Seminyak. This particular class was extremely well reviewed which was why it made it as my final choice!
I love using TripAdvisor to search for excursions while traveling because it has one of the most comprehensive listings of attractions all over the world. There are tons of reviews to refer to when making my selections and an awesome mobile app that is easy and intuitive to use. Also great is the low price guarantee, so you know that you are getting the best deal on the internet!
The cooking class itself was awesome and I especially loved the morning trip to the fish market in Jimbaran. The chef picked me up from my hotel in Seminyak at 9am in the morning. The fish market was extremely lively and packed with all the fresh catch from that morning. You can make your selections of fish and take it right outside the market to grill at one of the vendors next to the market and enjoy your meal right out on the beach. Also along the beach are numerous restaurants where you can bring your fish selections to also.
*If you are prone to food sickness make sure to check out our guide to keeping your stomach free from Bali Belly, a common condition for travelers to encounter when eating street food in Bali *
The selection of fresh seafood was so abundant and gorgeous. One of the ladies on our tour bought prawns from the fish market so that we could grill it up in our cooking class.
After the market tour, we headed back to Seminyak. The cooking class was held in the Amala, at a gorgeous outdoor kitchen. We each also received custom aprons and printed certificates after the cooking class.
There were two menus to choose from and I selected the following
- LAWAR SALAD - green bean, fresh coconut & chicken salad
- TUM IKAN - steamed fish in banana leaf
- DADAR GULUNG - coconut pancake
Our class was a packed house, with 8 students and we all gathered around the kitchen island to help prep all the dishes and watch our chef's demonstration.
To start the class off, we prepared the Base Gede, which made the base of every dish that we were cooking that day. When the flavors hit the pan, the aroma was absolutely mouthwatering.
The prawns from the market were liberally topped with the base gede.
The base gede is also used in the tum ikan, featuring yellow tail which we picked up from the market. The tum ikan is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed before serving
The Lawar salad is composed of long beans and chicken. If you can't find long beans at your local supermarket, regular green beans will do.
Last up was the delicious Dadar Guling, composed of roasted and shredded coconut.
It was super fun making the crepes for the pancakes. We each had a turn flipping the pancakes in the pan, with varying degrees of success!
How was the meal you ask? It was absolutely delicious! Here is some complimentary fried tempeh with a delicious dipping sauce.
This cooking class was comped by TripAdvisor but as always all opinions are my own!