Puspa and Wayan’s Balinese Cooking Class in their home in the gorgeous lush lolly green rice paddy fields of Laplapan is an experience not to be missed. Wayan met me in Ubud in the morning then Puspa took us on a tour of the colourful local market where we had the opportunity to smell, sniff, taste and feel, the glorious abundance of fresh topical fruit, herbs and spices.What I liked the most about this class was that I had an inside view of the way the Balinese people live. Wayan took us on a tour of his family temple and explained a little a about his culture and customs which added a richness and roundness to the cooking that was to come later. Puspa took us on a tour of her organic kitchen garden, coming from a colder climate I found it so interesting to see vanilla, ginger, tumeric and many other spices growing. Under Puspa’s guidance in her beautiful ‘backyard kitchen’ with the most stunning views, we cooked, chopped, sliced, talked, laughed, tasted and looked. We sat down to 6 traditional Balinese dishes followed by dessert and tea; Puspa supplied written recipes at the finish of the course. When we had finished lunch Wayan took us on a tour of his village showing us the rice paddy fields and talked about farming techniques including organic rice growing, village life, water, customs and ceremonies.
Puspa and Wayan are delightful, their generosity, hospitality and warmth will be something that I will treasure and especially so now that I can cook their dishes in my home.
I stayed in Kuta and organised a driver to take me to Ubud (which is around 1 hour from Kuta), it was not expensive, cheaper than a taxi. Wayan picked me up at Ubud.
If you are thinking of doing a cooking class in Bali I would thoroughly recommend Paon Bali Cooking Class with Puspa and Wayan.
Source : TripAdvisor.com