Balinese Cooking Class in Seminyak - Reviews

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gerri1980

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

What a great experience and so much fun! I would highly recommend this class to anyone.

PJ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

AWESOME!!!

Michelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

I booked this for my dad and he absolutely loved it! He was the only customer and he was so thrilled by the whole experience!

Troy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Chef Wayan was fabulous. The trip to the market was very educational and gave you a good local feel. The chef took our allergy issues into account and we had the most wonderful class and meal. We have had cooking classes around the world and this rates as one of the best.

Candies L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Cant say enough about how AMAZING this class was! It was set at the beautifully set Amala Spa and Hotel. The chef as very knowledgeable and did a absolutely fantastic job teaching us about the various spices, walking is thru each menu item, and adjusting the meals based off of our preferences i.e. food allergy and heat tolerance. We prepared 3 dishes that turned out to be delicious and then were able to enjoy our meal by the pool. Only warning is that the class is taught outside so make sure you bring mosquito repellent : I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn more about the Balinese cuisine and enjoying a wonderful dinner prepared by YOU!

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

What the perfect way to learn about Balinese cuisine! We discovered the secret ingredients, and were amazed by our own results! We visited the Jimbaran fish market to buy fresh products including our fish. The cooking class is placed in the beautiful settings of The Amala Hotel, where our patient and highly knowledgeable Chef taught us to prepare and cook a Michelin-worth lunch - Base Gede spicy paste, Tum Ikan steamed fish wrapped in banana leaf, traditional Lawar Salad, and Dadar Gulung coconut pancake. We had an amazing experience from the beginning to the end, and we recommend this class to learn about traditional Balinese cooking. The market visit is a must-see too, make sure to include it in your plans!

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

I was not sure what to expect from this cooking class and wanted to include the market ingredient shopping to have the full experience. Chef Mangde and our driver for the market came to pick my family and me up at our hotel. We first spent time at a local market, shopping for the different ingredients of the meal which was a perfect addition to the experience. Though the market on that day was far from fully crowded due to a holiday, we had the chance to see and get all that we needed. Mangde spent time explaining us the different vegetables and spices, some traditional western ones like onions, garlic, as well as some more exotic ones like three types of roots similar to ginger, lemongrass, super long string beans, local red peppers, shrimp paste and of course coconut and banana leaves! We also spent some time crawling through the fish market in search for our fish of the day. After that, we were transferred back to The Amala hotel where an outside area was arranged as a temporary kitchen for the class. Mangde gave us an overview of the different dishes to be prepared (appetizer, entree, and dessert) and off we went into action: mincing and slicing, grinding and crushing. A food processor was welcome for the sauces, but some other grating and whipping steps were hands on tiring! Mangde kept the flow of activities alternating between us though my dad apparently enjoyed the stir frying part a lot, monopolizing the stove! While cooking and preparing, I liked the way Mangde explained the different dishes and ingredients in more details, often adding Balinese cultural aspect as well as personal notes to it. The best part finally arrived with the actual meal that we complemented with a nice bottle of wine (not included). Not only the food was well prepared but also well presented and well eaten in front of the hotel pool with the entire area just for ourselves! I highly recommend this class, even more with the market shopping which makes it a very rich experience and makes you appreciate what you prepare and eat even more!

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

A highly informative class with Chef Mandge, who shared his secrets to the perfect Indonesian cuisine. We learned about new cooking methods and tasted delicious flavors. I will no longer cook noodles and rice the same way! The meal was fabulous, which we complemented with a refreshing white wine. The view of the private swimming pool added to the luxury of the day, which had been extraordinary! We had the best day possible, thanks to the whole Amala team!

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

An excellent way to discover a part of the culture of this remarkable country. First to learn and then taste ourselves. Our chef Mangde was fantastic, skilled and a great teacher, who helped us all the steps of the way. We first took us to the markets to shop for the local products needed for cooking. Back to the hotel and the cooking location and a lovely open-air kitchen, he showed us how to prepare 4 different traditional Balinese cuisine: the traditional Base Gede, the secret paste, Tum Ikan, fish mixed with various spices wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed, the traditional Lawar Salad, and a coconut pancake served with grilled coconut. We enjoyed the fantastic food served by a front pool - an amazing set for amazing food!

Roland S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Interesting insights into Balinese cooking and a great experience with amazing food.

danjsmith86

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

This was the first thing we did in Bali and really loved it! We spent some time picking which one to go with there are a lot out there! and were really happy we chose this one. The setting was beautiful and the chef Mangde was great. Definitely recommend going for the extra market visit as this really made our experience, going around the fish market right next to the beach and picking up ingredients from the other stalls. We prepared and cooked almost everything ourselves, and then got to eat it in a lovely restaurant area.

Binoj S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Wonerfull experience, we had a private class just for two and with a brilliant dinner at the end. Our Chef Made did a superb job, we had a great time.

Jenny G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Great cooking class, chef catered to all levels of experience. Home cook to chefs.
Chef provided substitute ingredients for items we might not find at home and answered any questions that people asked.
The location was a lovely outdoor setting to make for a very relaxing pleasant experience.
The food we made was delicious and I can't wait to make when I am back home.
I would highly recommend doing this class.

LauraBrougham

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

I would highly recommend this tour. Chef Wayan picked up us with a driver, and took us to the market where the locals buy their produce. We then went to the villa for the cooking class, which was a stunning setting. Chef Wayan spoke brilliant English, and explained things very well. We then had the chance to eat our menu beside the pool in the villa and it was beautiful. We even got certificates, a recipe card, and we kept our aprons. Worth the money for sure.

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

The tour was everything I hoped for, and more.
The drive to Jimbaran Market with Koman the lovely driver, and Wayan the Head Chef was an awesome experience. Once back at The Amala, the amazing cooking experience was one of the most enjoyable experiences I and #39;ve had on my many visits to Bali.
Highly recommended

Jacklyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Tour was amazing..Chef Mang De is an awesome guy, very humorous..very patient in teaching me..very friendly too..
Learned a lot in my class..Am.going to cook the dish again.
Will go back to stay In the hotel again and attend the cooking lesson once more..

Charmaine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jackie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Loved this cooking class... Our chef was informative and helpful and we made a very tasty 3 course lunch

Kevin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

A great experience. The chef was pleasant and polite he did not just demonstrate but made us feel we achieved a lot with our own cooking. The recepie to take home will definitely be used. All the staff made us feel welcome we aim to repeat the experience with a different menu.

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Very enjoyable experience, Chef Wayan was very pleasant and patient and the resort this cooking class is held in is gorgeous. All in all - a very very nice day.

Todd M

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

This was a great tour and experience. We did go with the chef to the local market and this I thought should be a must by all, but was provided as an option. It was nice for the chef to point out what was good and what was bad. He taught us how to pick the freshest Red Snapper the redder the eyes the better and one other secret. It was nice to see the real parts of the country and where your meal comes from. I will mention we were staying where most are in Nusa Dua south of South Kuta and it cost us 250,000 more Rupiah to get here. So that is one reason I cannot give this the full 5 stars. I say this because this wasn't brought up when we initially booked but only a day before the tour was to happen. Not good communication on this ... just be up front with the charges ... most will still pay, but don't be shady about it. I thought the chef was really good about explaining all the ingredients we were using and very detailed in how to prepare it. I was nice he had the recipe to follow along with. Something else that was nice ... I actually don't like Curry and he used ingredients that didn't include this and made the food authentic and delicious. We were given many opportunities to participate and be involved in the creation of the dishes. The staff were exceptional in helping us as well as the chef deliver a great experience and delicious food. They were also instrumental in preparing an elegant dining area to eat our finally prepared dishes. We were all very full and happy by the end.

In the end it was great to receive our cooking aprons as roots, spices and ingredients we cooked with as well as a certificate we completed the class.

Thanks again.

Peter T

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2017

I enjoyed this immensely. Only two of us were in the class and the chef was very informative. We made a Balinese curry paste, some satays and a couple of other dishes. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotels.

Kim T

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2016

Enjoyed our experience, especially eating what we cooked, well with great support. Being able to have an enjoyable bottle of wine with our meal was appreciated. Being used to enjoying our wine with meals in Australia, we were missing the opportunities in Bali - they were either too expensive or when we tried not so enjoyable but the wine we had this was. Being introduced to some Indonesian ingredients that we weren't confident we would find back home was great and we have found them, however they are not so fresh here. Would love to see a larger food processor used - like we do at home, but I guess the small one that was available was better than nothing. An experience work doing.

Andrew G

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Booked my non cooking husband and step son in for this tour, and they came back with some delicious samples for me to try. They said it was interesting and they learned a lot.

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