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Learning Bali’s true flavors

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 14 2012   /  02:17 pm

Balinese food is very complex and even after visiting Bali a few times, I still didn’t know exactly what Balinese cuisine was.

Real Balinese cooking is typically enjoyed at home, so you won’t find it on hotel menus. There might be lots of places to get babi guling (suckling pig) at lunch time, but for the most part, traditional Balinese meals aren’t offered to the visiting public.

In order to learn about true Balinese cooking, I took a cooking class in Ubud.

There are a number of cooking classes in Ubud. I chose Bumi Bali restaurant for a comprehensive experience and for the book of recipes.

The class met at the restaurant at 9 a.m. and headed over to the Ubud traditional market. I have been to this market before, but in the evening. It is completely different market in the morning, teeming with fresh produce and meat.

During the evening, the m...