Authentic Balinese Home Cooking
Real Balinese food is rather time consuming to prepare but tantalizingly delicious as it’s such a lively, fresh and complex cuisine. Visiting tourists may be surprised to hear that they are actually sampling dishes from other parts of Indonesia (such as Nasi Goreng or Gado Gado), but these do not originate or represent real Balinese food. Our menus are Adi’s own recipes that he’s honed over decades of cooking for loved ones.
We teach only authentic Balinese home cooked dishes as well as extravagant ceremonial specialties such as whole Babi Guling (whole pig roast). We use the freshest of ingredients from our own gardens and the local market in Ubud.
We selected the location, only 7 minutes from Central Ubud, for its natural riverside tranquility away from the tourist beaches. We’ve attended cooking schools around Asia and beyond to learn from the best. We’ve tended our fruit trees for years, planted an organic garden and designed cooking stations that are comfortable and conducive to learning.
You pick your very own organic ingredients, using it in the freshest dishes moment later. We redefine "plant to platter" with food grown steps away from our table.
Beyond our beautiful location, we’re systemic in our approach. Having organized some of the most exclusive weddings on the island, we are applying our event expertise to our passion – authentic Balinese food and traditional living culture.
Our Cooking Class
Our class menus are a celebration of the freshest ingredients of that season and that day.
You will learn recipes found only in a traditional Balinese family compound where the head of the house is a passionate cook such as Adi. Start by chopping and pounding spices that you pick from our organic gardens to make Adi’s secret Balinese Spice Paste that he learned as a child from his grandfather and refined as an adult.
With your complete spice paste, you will create authentic Balinese dishes using variations of the paste - for example – raw paste to stuff a whole pig to be roasted, lightly sautéed paste for ceremonial pork satay lilit and caramelized paste for fresh urab salad.
Our intimate class size is limited to 12 guests. Each of you will have your very own cooking station. You will cook at least 2 salads, 4 mains, 1 dessert and several spicy sambals. The classes are fully hands on where you will cook all dishes together to be shared as a Balinese feast.
You will also make key staples such as fried chilies, finely sliced fried shallots and garlic and grated roasted coconut and learn about pantry items such as Balinese sea salt, homemade coconut oil and shrimp paste.
Balinese Feast Menu of the Day (may change on actual day, based on freshest ingredients available)
You will prepare a total of 12 recipes including our special spice pastes for a huge Balinese Feast!
You will receive the confirmation of your booking's availability within 24 hours. Once confirmed, please present your booking reference number at the cooking school.
Full refund will be issued for cancellation made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
Words can't capture the overall experience of visiting and cooking with Adi and Frances and their wonderful team of helpers at Tresna Cooking School. You will be transported to a magical place the moment you arrive. Absolutely everything is a feast for all the senses. You will be surrounded by beauty, kindness, love and will likely create the most magical meal of your life! I have taken many cooking classes in Bali and around the world, and this was by far the best... in another stratosphere. Can't wait to go again...and again…
Tresna Bali Cooking School is insanely good and a must do when in Bali. It was mine and my partners first time to Bali and the generosity, warmth and kindness shown was inspiring. Now for the actual cooking school it was fantastic, learning new cooking skills while being inspired by the local Balinese dishes using local organic ingredients. What can I say it was truly a fantastic opportunity to learn about the culture while enjoying yourself in a friendly atmosphere. We actually went to back to the cooking school a week later because we enjoyed ourselves so much. On the return journey we also stayed in the Little Wooden Cottage for 2 nights which is situated on the property. The luxury of the cottage is combined with the authentic exterior and nature surroundings. Additionally to the couple of nights we went out to experience the local wood and silver villages with Adi (Owner) giving us a real taste of the Balinese culture. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, with a couple nights stay in the Little Wooden Cottage to amerce yourself fully in the environment.
Adi & Frances Tresna cooking school is an excellent 'paddock to the plate' culinary experience. Set on river front acreage in a village 5 minutes from Ubud, Adi's passion for growing & cooking Balinese food, & his & Frances' ability to communicate what they do and 'how to' shine through. We have done quite a few cooking courses over our 30 years of visiting Bali, & Tresna cooking school is trumps. Almost all of the herbs & spices are grown on the property, & harvested by Adi & his guests prior to starting the class - more interesting than buying t the market, because you see what the ingredients look like in the raw. Not just lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, kencur & basil, but various herbs & spices you'll not have seen or heard!! See jangu & long pepper in situ, then use them! All Balinese rather than Indonesian recipes, some of which are festival/temple dishes only! & the hosts (& their helpers) are equally special!! Ten out of ten.
If you are in Bali and love to cook good food...Do Not Miss This Experience. Adi and wife, Frances have created the Garden of Eden complete with a state of the art kitchen. From harvesting all your needed herbs and spices fresh from their garden, to chopping all your ingredients, to cooking each dish and then eating everything together...it is a complete success. Adi's pride in his food is evident. From his personalized blended spice base used in most Balinese dishes to his peanut sauce to his hand shredded grilled chicken in fresh coconut cream to his traditional pork satay and fresh sea bass cooked over a fire wrapped in banana leaves. Oh Wait...Corn fritters, sweet and spicy tempe matchsticks and a salad made with organic greens of amaranth, snake beans, cabbage, carrots and baby mung bean sprouts...And NOW...Wait for it...Dessert!!! Coconut Pandan Crepes with fresh cooked coconut and palm sugar syrup. Honestly...I didn't even know this was what coconut was suppose to taste like. Game Changer!!! But where does the SOUL come into it, you ask??? I'll tell you. It's from meeting Frances and Adi. They have carved a s small piece of heaven out of a jungle and they believe 100% in what they do. You will come away from the experience feeling uplifted and just happy to know them. Oh...and you can spend the night there too! They have a beautiful separate and private house on their property with a full modern bath. I wish I had know about this because it would have been wonderful to spend more time with them.
Professional, delicious, friendly - this class lived up to all expectations. I will definitely return to learn how to cook more amazing Balinese food!
We were very lucky to get into a morning class at short notice at the "Tresna Bali Cooking School", and from the moment we set foot in the kitchen we knew we were in for a real treat. Adi was a "superb" host and Chef and without writing a short novel here we can easily say that this was a cooking experience that we would instantly recommend. The kitchen was purpose built and new, with produce chosen from the garden (of which you get a guided tour of). It was well worth the early morning trip to Ubud (for us from Legian) and if you were already there, then simply it's a must do. With a maximum of 12 (and just 4 people in our class) we received individual attention and instruction. Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday in Bali and we would highly recommend this cook school to either a beginner or a more experienced cook. Jill and Keith Forlong (New Zealand)
I have done many culinary classes in my time, but I must say what Adi and Frances have created is so unique. From the moment we were picked up, through the organic garden tour, to fantastic kitchen space, this place is a must for you if you want to really appreciate Balinese cuisine and want to use all your senses! My two daughters loved the time we spent together. We did not know where the time went. We ate like royalty . The Tresna cooking school is in high demand and we were so lucky Adi and Frances accommodated us on our last day in Bali.
Frances and Adi welcomed us into their home and treated us to the best day of my entire summer! Indonesian food at its best! What fun - picking herbs and veggies from their garden, chopping with great conversation and eating over a wonderful glass of wine! They have become our family in Bali!....the hospitality is second to none. I look forward to returning every year. Thank you Frances and Adi!
Yesterday was hands down one of the best experiences I have had in Bali since coming here for the past 9 years. From the moment you walked into the stunning location, through the doors to the kitchen you knew you’re in for a good morning. The moment we left, we're not only very full but we felt as though we were long lost friends of Adi & Frances, preparing and sharing lunch together as you would with all your friends and families. The produce was fresh from the market and of course hand picked from the yard. The pork looked better then some we get from our local butcher in Australia. The fish was also so fresh, I almost wanted to eat it raw with the amazing paste we created. You get your hands right in there chopping and pounding away creating your fantastic authentic meal! Whilst there beautiful team of the most AMAZING young people as your kitchen hands. I loved this part as they are bringing skills and healthy eating lessons to the next generation of Balinese in the locale area. I would go on but you want to know about the food. Adi helped tailor my meals to not so spicy whilst the rest of the group didn't miss out, then we sat down as a family and ate the wonderful food we created together, listening to Frances share stories of the family's life, culture, creation of the school and adventures.
If you are a lover of food and want to discover the true taste of authentic Balinese food then do yourself a favour and book one of these cooking classes. It's not just a cooking class, it's a Balinese experience. From the moment you walk through the front gate you will feel at home with these warm and wonderful hosts, Frances and Adi. We are foodies and have been to Bali many times, this was without doubt the most memorable. The complex flavours using freshly collected herbs and spices from their beautiful garden enhanced the whole experience. You won't regret it!
What a fabulous day! Frances & Adi have poured their hearts into creating an amazing culinary experience we will never forget. From the tour of their beautiful garden to cooking up the most delicious Balinese dishes in their gorgeous kitchen, it's evident Frances and Adi's passion and love for what they do shines through. The kitchen they have designed & built needs to be seen to be believed! It truly deserves to be in a magazine! We had so much fun laughing, chopping, pounding and grinding our way to a mouth watering & authentic Balinese feast. Sitting down to enjoy our meal with Frances and Adi was a highlight and we learned so much about their fascinating and unique Balinese culture. If you have the opportunity to spend a day with this delightful & inspiring couple in a magical setting don't pass it up! Thank you Frances and Adi for sharing your love of cooking & culture with us, we loved every minute!