2 Days Traditional Cooking Holidays in Bali

  • Alam Sari Resort, Jl. Raya Keliki, Tegallalang, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Overview

Balinese Cooking Vacation and Spice Garden Tour

Traveling Spoon connects travelers with local, vetted hosts to share the joy of a homemade meal in their home and learn about their cultural and culinary traditions passed down through the generations. Your experience will be private. During this retreat, you will join Dewa for a tour of his spice garden followed by a hands-on cooking lesson using traditional tools and a wood-fired stove.

Highlights

  • Cooking class
  • Spice garden tour
  • Vegetarian menu available
  • Learn about Balinese culture
  • Authentic rural farmhouse
  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat you will be staying at the Alam Sari Hotel, which in Indonesian means natural essence, a place where you experience the life of Bali through its people and the natural tropical beauty. You will stay in superior deluxe room.

Day 1

  • Arrive in Keliki and check-in at the Alam Sari Resort.
  • At 17:00, you will meet Dewa and begin your experience with a tour of the beautiful vegetable and spice garden that he tends (please note that there are many steps leading to this tropical garden).
  • You will discover local Balinese spices such as galangal, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, cacao, and nutmeg, learning about their medicinal properties. Walk a short distance to Dewas home for a tour of the family compound.
  • Next, you will join Dewa and his family in their kitchen for an immersive, hands-on cooking experience in their outdoor kitchen.
  • You will cook a range of Balinese dishes using a traditional wood-fired stove.
  • Learn about Balinese culture as you grate coconut and grind fresh spices on their traditional mortar and pestle.
  • In keeping with their Balinese family tradition and sense of spirituality, your hosts will not share the meal with you at the dining table although they will be with you throughout the rest of your experience.
  • The preferred approach is to eat on one's own and focus on personal meditation to achieve a positive state of mind.
  • After dinner, when everyone is fully satisfied and filled with positive energy, it is common for the family to gather and spend time together chatting.
  • After your culinary experience, you'll return to the Alam Sari for the night.

Day 2

  • The following morning is at leisure.
  • Enjoy free time at the resort until check-out.

Rather than a tour of a local market, Dewa will take you on a tour of a beautiful vegetable and spice garden where you may pick your own ingredients for your meal.

This retreat will take place in Bali, Indonesia, specifically in a place near to Ubud, the well-known center for traditional crafts and dance.

This tour includes 1 breakfast and 1 dinner. Moreover, you will learn to prepare Balinese dishes and enjoy the fruit of your labor, such as:

  • Bregedel: corn fritters
  • Bumbu kuning: chicken in a fresh turmeric and coconut milk sauce
  • Jukut urab: seasonal vegetables with grated coconut and fried shallots, cooked on an open wood-fired stove
  • Pepes ikan: grilled tuna in banana leaves, a delicate and deeply satisfying dish

Exclusions

Alcohol is not included in the price, but is available at an extra price.

  • 1 night accommodation at the Alam Sari Resort in superior deluxe room
  • 2 meals: breakfast and dinner
  • All taxes
  • Beverages including 1 or 2 glasses of local beer and bottled water
  • Fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities to your local hosts
  • Spice garden tour and cooking lesson
  • Gratuities to hotel staff, porters, or other service staff
  • Transportation to and from the Alam Sari Resort

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the retreat is Bali airport, the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Traveling Spoon an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by The Travel Sisters

    "Our meal sharing experience with Traveling Spoon in Singapore was one of the highlights of our trip. Even with all the hawker centers and food options in Singapore, for us, nothing beats sharing a meal with a local."

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  • Review by a traveler from Portland, USA

    "A friend and I booked an evening class and dinner with Jyoti using the booking group "Travelling Spoon." Jyoti had arranged for transportation from the airport, then hotel, then her house and back, which was really helpful to have done in advance. The evening started with an education about Indian food and culture, which was nice because this was the beginning of a 3 week trip, and the information I learned was useful on a regular basis. We started by making some batter for pakoras, got some kheer going, and watched as some main dishes were put together. Later we watched rotis puff up to go with our food. It was overall, a great experience, though the food was much too salty for our tastes - we were starving and getting so excited, but then the salt almost ruined it for us. Oh well, I would still highly recommend the experience, and the kheer we created was the best I ever had!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Portland, USA

    "A friend and I booked an evening class and dinner with Jyoti using the booking group "Travelling Spoon." Jyoti had arranged for transportation from the airport, then hotel, then her house and back, which was really helpful to have done in advance. The evening started with an education about Indian food and culture, which was nice because this was the beginning of a 3 week trip, and the information I learned was useful on a regular basis. We started by making some batter for pakoras, got some kheer going, and watched as some main dishes were put together. Later we watched rotis puff up to go with our food. It was overall, a great experience, though the food was much too salty for our tastes - we were starving and getting so excited, but then the salt almost ruined it for us. Oh well, I would still highly recommend the experience, and the kheer we created was the best I ever had!"

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  • Review by traveler from Tokyo, Japan

    "I spent 3 months studying abroad in Tokyo. My classmates and I wanted a more local experience and Traveling Spoon was perfect. Even staying in the university dorms we did not feel really connected to the local culture the way we did during our cooking class with Keiko. It was great to get out into a more residential area away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the delight of a home-cooked meal. It was certainly a highlight of my time abroad and I have already suggested it to several friends headed overseas."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Delhi, India

    "I traveled to India with a group of Google colleagues to consult on a project with a microfinance organization. We worked hard during our time in India and so we celebrated presenting our final project with a Traveling Spoon dinner! Our clothing soaked up the smells of ginger and cumin, we drank Indian wine and Kingfisher beer, and we wiped the biryani and butter chicken off our plates with rotis. It was wonderful to sample restaurants and street food, but being invited into a local person's home is an experience that just can't be replicated. I learned to love spicy food in India; tasting and smelling the different spices and learning to identify the different flavors will help me in all my future cooking."

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  • Review by traveler from Chiang Mai, Thailand

    "We visited Thailand on our honeymoon and when we found that Traveling Spoon had hosts in Chiang Mai, we didn't hesitate and booked right away. Michael and I are both food-lovers and we enjoy cooking a lot. It was a no brainer that we wanted to learn traditional cooking and culture. There is no better way to do that than over shared food.Walking around Pea's amazing garden, picking fresh products to prepare our meal, and visiting her family shrine while Pea told us about her family and ancestors made it such a meaningful experience for us. We still reminisce about that entire day. The best Thai food that we ever had! The entire meal was delicious, but the green curry with chicken and the nam prik ong (ground pork in tomato sauce) were standouts. We even cook these two dishes regularly at home now. If other honeymooners are looking for an excursion, or an interactive and enriching experience, Traveling Spoon will definitely make it happen."

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  • Review by Patricia B.

    "Highlight of my time abroad."

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To help you experience local cuisine while traveling, Traveling Spoon offers in-home meals with our hosts. In addition, we also offer in-home cooking experiences as well as market tours as an add-on to many of the meal experiences. All of our hosts have been vetted to ensure a safe and delightful culinary experience.

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