I’m so very excited to share with you the first of my posts from our amazing trip to Bali! Daniel and I made sure that when we were in Bali we ate and experienced as much of the culture as we possibly could. And, what better way to experience a new culture than through their food?
We started our trip in Bali off with a truly unique cooking class experience. In planning our trip, I had found the Paon Bali Cooking Class as one of the top things to do on Tripadvisor in Ubud, where we were staying. (Props to how useful tips from strangers on Tripadvisor really can be when you’re traveling to a new destination.)
There were several classes to chose from, including ones that were offered at our hotel, but we were ecstatic to hear that we chose the “right one” from our driver who picked us up from the hotel, Ketut.
Our day began in the streets with a tour of the traditional market place in Ubud. The arrangement he’s holding in his hand above
is a typical offering that is given at the temples for prayers and good luck.
In the markets you can buy the various colorful flowers used in their daily temple offerings.
And find a variety of fruits and vegetables–many that we’d never seen before.
Our cooking adventures continued into the village with a tour of the rice field. In many of the villages there are rice fields that produce rice specifically for production for that village.
Our host, Wayan showed us the different cycles of what rice looks like before it’s harvested. Here, the rice is closer to being ready for for harvest.
He did this all before welcoming us into his home where he explained the set up of traditional Balinese homes as we sipped on refreshing, icy citrus drinks. (It was really a delicious treat although, with how hot it is in Bali I’ll admit that anything is refreshing!)
There were 14 of us participating in the cooking class. And because they had a really great system going it was so efficient that although we did all the work it really was an enjoyable learning experience.
And we did just enough that we can hopefully remember how to make the dishes again when we try them at home. (They gave us all the recipes!)
Daniel making Chicken Satay.
Me preparing a steamed fish dish.
Our final meal was absolutely delicious, complete with 11 different dishes! Here are just a few of our favorites:
Fried Tempe- a soy product that became one of our newfound favorite foods.
Green Bean Salad
Bananas and Mango in Coconut Milk
Stay tuned for more adventures from our amazing Bali trip 2014!