The cooking school runs unique classes themed: “A day in the life of...” every class includes an adventure into local areas off the beaten track. Whether it's learning how to plant rice or plough with a cow, fishing in a jukung canoe and cooking on an open fire, or making cocktails from cashew nut wine, our students always leave with fond memories and new skills to experiment with when they get home.
Our trekking guide will take you “through the looking glass” up into the village of Pangi, where you will have the opportunity to peak into the daily life of the Balinese. As well as enjoying stunni…
Our chefs visit Amlapura morning market every day to gather the produce for our menu. Help carry the groceries! Sample some produce and absorb some real Balinese action in the hustle and bustle of …
Bapak Wayan, our local fisherman from Bug-Bug village, will help you aboard his traditional style jukung-out-rigger sailing boat and join the rest of the fishing fleet, in the crystal clear waters ar…
Penny, the owner was excellent since the beginning of our cooking experience. She asked each of us if we had any kind of special diet so she may prepare in advance. The Bali Asli restaurant vibe is sooo refreshing, the open air, the view. The food is excellent and i love how Penny plating it. We were doing trekking led by Penny and her friend, she stopped once in a while to show and explain us many kind of plants used for meal or medicine. It is an unforgettable experience. I'd love to return again and would recommend this place to anyone who'd like to experience the natural but very well presented dining & trekking experience. Well done Penny!
We were picked up from our accommodation and met the chef at the market. We shopped for the restaurant. He explained many different products in the market. Explaining their health benefits and why that product is used. Tasted many different products in the market. We the travelled to Asli to prepare the food. Chef was very professional and patient. The restaurant has fantastic views ( even from the open air toilets) I must say the food we produced was excellent. I highly recommend this experience. I would certainly go again.
My wife and I were in Bali for our honeymoon. We had booked a cooking school experience through our travel agent before leaving the UK and did not have any idea what it would be like. Penny is such a lovely, interesting, and lively person. We also enjoyed the spectacular views from the restaurant balcony which over looks the rice terraces with Mount Agung (1 of 2 volcanoes in Bali) in the background. We did not realize how close we were because when the clouds passed we could see how big the mountain was (3000m), it was unbelievable as I've never seen anything like it. Penny then took us on a 2 hour trek through Pangi Village where we stopped to see how local villagers tuak wine straight from the palm tree. We also then had the opportunity to taste some, however my wife and I do not drink. The other couple in our group seemed to really enjoy it, as did Penny. We continued our trek through the jungle and rice terraces to reach a family compound where we stopped for coffee and sumping nangka (steamed jackfruit rice cake). The family were very friendly and humble, and were busy weaving banana leaf into baskets. Their house was very interesting to see, especially the kitchen which was very traditional. After returning to Bali Asli we had a refreshing cocktail (non-alcoholic) and then sat down with Penny to taste some ingredients and learn about Bali spices, produce and cooking. We tried turmeric, bali limes, ginger, galangal, kencur, chilli, garlic, shallots, pandan leaves, tamarind, palm sugar, coconut, smelt lemongrass and cinnamon. Then we went over to our cooking stations to begin learning some Balinese dishes - nasi goreng, sumping waluh (steamed pumpkin rice cake), chicken sate and peanut satay sauce, urab paku sayur jepang (a Balinese salad), and fish marinated in bumbu rajang wrapped in banana leaf then grilled (forgotten the name of this one). I strongly recommend that anyone visiting Bali book a cooking class with Bali Asli and enjoy one of the best meals you'll eat with one of the best views you'll see.
Second time to do this experience, the market visit was so good, interesting and a sensory overload. Then coming back to your magnificent restaurant and that amazing view!!! Stunning! We loved learning the recipes and that feast was incredible! And to think we cooked it!
Stopped there for lunch without realizing what an amazing experience we were going to have. View so peaceful. Staff excellent. Food superb. Sparkling clean.
We had a wonderful experience gaining a fundamental insight into the ingredients so important for authentic Balinese & Indonesian food. We prepared, cooked & then ate Nasi Goreng..the best ever I’ve had in Asia. Thanks Penny and your wonderful staff for their hospitality. A must do event! At the very least, go and have lunch. You won’t be disappointed.
We booked a private cooking class as a couple. We were picked up at 6.30 am at our hotel in Ubud and had a wonderful 2 hour drive through fields of flowers and along the coast. Once we arrived to the restaurant, we were greeted one of the signature drinks (snakefruit and spices, you must give it a try!) which set the tone for a wonderful, unique experience. The view from the restaurant is breathtaking, by the way! We went to the market with Penny who was very patient to explain lots of useful knowledge about the ingredients. She is also very passionate about reducing plastic waste which I appreciate a lot! Once back at the restaurant, we learned how to make the little flower baskets you see as offerings at temples and were introduced to Balinese ways of praying. This was a wonderful way to mindfully start our cooking journey. We ate the treats we collected earlier at the market and then were taught a variety of dishes using traditional tools such as volcano stone and complex combinations of local ingredients. We really appreciated that the basic ingredients of the dishes were already prepared so that we could focus fully on the instructions and carrying them out. Penny is incredibly passionate and committed with her lesson so that it was one-of-a-kind-experience. Once all the work was done, we got to enjoy our lunch with the best view ever. Do not miss out on Penny's first class cooking and if you have the time, book the cooking class. We will come back!!!
Let’s be honest, I can’t cook to save my life. But along with my wife and 13 year old daughter I did the half day cooking course at the Bali Asli Restaurant. The day we did the course the restaurant owner, Penny, was unavailable, though she did come and introduce herself and apologize. Our course was taken by Dewa Ariawan, who must be the head chef. Dewa was an absolute delight and being a local only added to the experience. We started by learning how to make the baskets that are used for the various offering to the gods you see in every doorway, driveway, etc. across Bali. Dewa not only explained how to make the basket but the relevance of each piece of flower, etc. that goes into the basket. Nimble fingers are required to create these tiny baskets! Each piece having its own spot in the basket and signifying a particular offering to a specific god. After this Dewa went through a basked of herbs, vegetable and fruits. Explaining the role of each in Indonesian cooking and allowing us to feel and taste them all, a great experience for the uninitiated. Then we all took our positions – Masterchef style – and proceeded to make four separate courses. Initially we were shown how to make the underlying ingredient by grinding all the different spices and herbs in our volcanic stone pestle and mortar. We then made chicken satay, Nasi Goreng, a fish disk cooked in a banana leaf, and a pumpkin-based dessert, again cooked in a banana leaf. The fish dish and the satay are cooked on the tradition Indonesian BBQ, which all adds to the fun of the morning. At the end you sit down and eat your various courses. And as a nice souvenir you keep your apron. On top of all this the restaurant is in the most wonderful location, looking out across the valley to Mount Agung (the volcano) in the near distance – absolutely stunning.
It's a beautiful place with great food. The surroundings are amazing and so is the view. A very peaceful and enjoyable place. I was there on business with a couple of guests that were interested in taking a cooking class. We started in the morning with a relaxing welcome drink and had a short briefing. We took a ride to the market for some shopping and introduction in some herbs and other Balinese cooking ingredients. When we got back to Bali Asli, we went through our shopping and tasted and smelled different condiments and herbs. After this, we started our cooking class. It was very interesting, nice and we had a great time while cooking. When we were done with the cooking, we sat down together and had lunch. Our food was amazing, even though I'm normally not a great chef. We stayed there for a while afterwords and had a drink while continuing enjoying the view. My experience was great and I will definitely take my boyfriend there in the close future. I recommend Bali Asli to everyone. If possible, pay it a visit while you are in Bali. I'm sure you will enjoy your time there.
My review is about two years late, which makes it all the more meaningful because I am still cooking the dishes I learned at Bali Asli! It was an incredible experience. We learned how to make delicious meals! They are flavorful yet easy to make! I also learned how to crack an egg with one hand. I chose to learn something new on my birthday and Bali Asli was so wonderful they prepared a cake for me! It really was one of my favorite birthdays, thanks for a memorable day :)
We enjoyed a very informative cooking class at Bali Asli. The chef explained us in detail for what the Balinese fruits and spices are used for cooking and healing. We were lucky because we were only two people registered for the class, so the chef had time to answer all our questions and to explain everything in detail. After the "theoretical" part, we used all these fruits and spices for preparing a delicious meal. Each of us had their own bowls and pans so that we could try out everything on our own. We received all the recipes so that we can cook the meal also at home. Among others, we prepared Nasi Goreng, Satay (with fish), a Balinese salad, Bumbu (typical Balinese sauce), etc. Afterwards, we enjoyed the meal that we cooked in the nice restaurant. In the end, we received a certificate and an apron as a souvenir. All in all, we can highly recommend taking a cooking class at Bali Asli. It is really worth the money, considered what you get for!