While traveling through the Thai Islands on a tour in 2016, I really wished that a cooking class had been one of the activities included!! So when I planned our trip to Bali I knew that I wanted to find a cooking class for the husband and I to take part in. We both like to cook, so I think this may become a traveling tradition.
I went with Lobong Culinary Experience, thanks to the recommendation of the lovely Amanda over at Living in Another Language; and let me tell you… it was AMAZING!!! I suggest doing this on your first day in Ubud, because you will learn so much about the Balinese culture.
Sang, our guide, picked us up at our villa in the Ubud area first thing in the morning and drove us to a local market, where we met up with the rest of our group. While at the market we received a lesson about all about the fresh ingredients we’d be cooking with later. It was such a special start to our day.
After we were done at the market they drove us to the family compound where the cooking class was going to be. We were both soo excited to get a peek inside one of these and learn more about them!! They are everywhere (of course) and have such interesting architecture/history. We were served coffee/tea and Pisang Goreng (banana fritters) while Sang taught us all the details of balinese family compounds. Of course I don’t remember everything now… but you can read more here.
I wish I had taken more photos, but at the same time I wanted to be present during the class. The best part is that we got a recipe book to take with us!! We haven’t attempted to re-create any.. but I’m thinking once we settle in we will try!
Lobong Culinary Experience
Starts at 8AM
Price: 425.000 IDR per person ($29 USD)
Transportation (roundtrip): 220.000 IDR ($15 USD)