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 mix with tofu to be roasted, lightly sautéed paste for rich coconut curries and caramelized paste for fresh organic green salads.
Each of you will have your very own cooking station. You will cook at least 2 salads, 3 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.
VEGAN 8-Course Feast
No meat, no dairy, no eggs, no gluten.
PURE PLANT BASED MENU
You will prepare a total of 13 recipes including our special spice pastes for a huge Balinese Feast, not found anywhere else on this island:
Adi’s Base Ganep (Complete Balinese Spice Paste) - our ceremonial spice paste with 15 ingredients, some that you pick from our organic gardens
Base Rajang (Fragrant Spice Paste) - a lighter spice paste perfect for vegetables and tofu
Base Kacang - homemade peanut sauce
Sambal Goreng - a traditional staple in every Balinese Family Compound
Sambal Tomat - rich and deep tomato spice paste of lombok chilis straight from our gardens
Sate Tahu (Tofu Satay) – grilled over coconut husks, served with homemade peanut sauce
Kare Nangka, Jepang dan Labu - Jackfruit, Chayote and Pumpkin Curry
Jekut Mecantok - Organic greens including amaranth, snake beans, cabbage, carrot, baby mung bean sprouts with you very own homemade peanut sauce
Urab Salad - Organic greens (depends on what’s fresh) including wild ferns, gonda (indigenous vegetable) and baby mung bean sprouts with roasted coconut, kaffir lime juice and golden shallots
Pepes Tofu – Tofu and spicy handmade tomato sambal wrapped and grilled in Banana Leaves
Tempe Manis - Sweet and Spicy Tempe Matchsticks
We pick up in Central Ubud at Danamon Bank, Main Road Ubud. For areas outside of Ubud, we can arrange private transfers at an extra charge.
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
Chef Adi is knowledgeble and helpful. I learnt a lot from him. Will join his cooking class again when I visit Bali.
This cooking was the absolute best experience of our vacation. We booked a plant based cooking class. When we arrived we were welcomed so warmly which made us feel right at home. We were the first ones to arrive so we got the chance to take some pictures in the garden. This class was so well organized everything was perfect. Instead of going to a market we got most of the produce out of the garden. The staff were on the road early to get some additional greens. We loved the funny family stories from Frances and Adi which made the experience intimate. We also loved the fact that the group was not too big. It is a hands on cooking class and they really take the time to teach. They can also arrange a pick-up / drop-off service. We stayed in Seminyak so we decided to chill out some more after the cooking class. Our driver Gun stayed with us the whole day. That way we also got to visit the craft market and the Monkey Forest. Thank you Gun! Thank you Adi and Frances and of course, the lovely team who helped make this class into a great experience! Much Love
The Pure Plant Based Vegetarian Balinese Cooking Class was a great experience and we highly recommend it. We had a really good time and the food was delicious! The house and the garden was outstanding. The cooking class made us inspired and we had a really good and fun time together.
I truly had the most incredible experience at Tresna Bali Cooking School, it 100% made my trip to Ubud! I'm a chef and cooking instructor in Los Angeles, and so am a pretty tough critic- but I literally couldn't find a single thing that I would change about my experience. The food, the environment, and the teaching style all were simply flawless- especially considering I sprung the inquiry on them two days before I came and asked them for a completely off the menu vegetarian class just a week after they opened! They not only accommodated, but exceeded my wildest cooking expectations with a menu and ingredients that blew my mind. My one goal for my Bali trip was to learn how to cook traditional Balinese food (harder to find the real deal than you would think!), and they delivered this in spades. The entire property is gorgeous- from the jackfruit and coconut trees to the fragrant garden to the modern, beautiful, and HUGE cooking space with state of the art equipment and epic views. It is safe to say that the meal we cooked was one of the top 5 most flavorful and fresh meals I have ever had. I learned more than I ever could have hoped for, and have continued to cook the recipes back home and made all my friends' swoon. Adi is a truly gifted teacher and chef, and Frances' energy and culinary/design/organizational prowess was the perfect yin to his yang. Getting to know them and hearing about their incredible journey to open the school just made it all mean even more. The entire team treated me like family from the moment I walked in the door, and by the end of our class I truly felt like I was. I will DEFINITELY be back soon!
We - one keen cook and one not so keen cook - had an amazing morning and lunch at Tresna. Our class was a small group of four and we were guided through making six different dishes - covering several great salads, fish, pork, chicken, and dessert. Be prepared to do a fair bit of chopping as you are taught how to make several spice pastes - mainly from plants harvested from their own garden - that are the key to all the dishes. This is a family business in a unique location and Adi and Frances went out of their way to make everything work for us. They were also happy to fit the menu around any dietary restrictions or requests. This really was the best meal we ate on Bali by a long long way, something which was made all the better by us making it.
I was really looking forward to booking a cooking class in Bali and stumbling across Tresna Cooking School was pure luck! The class beyond exceeded my expectations and it was easily the highlight of my 2 week girls trip! Frances and Adi are beautiful people, making us feel very welcome and we left feeling truly inspired. The meals we cooked were mouth watering and after a few weeks hunting out the best foodie spots in Bali I can say with honesty that the meals we prepared at Tresna were unbeatable, the flavour was amazing and after working our way through tasting the main dishes we had cooked we couldn't stop eating one Dadar Gulung after another (Coconut Pandan Crepes) - there is always room for dessert!!