Bali's best cycling tour & cooking class!
Hi-ya, Britney here!
We were always looking forward to arrive in Bali as we feel it is almost like our second home. This was my 4th time here and I think Damo's 6th or 7th! One of the reasons we were excited was because we got to meet up with my 'new' parent in laws. It had been 3 months since we left Australia and seen them!
So for our first week instead of travelling, we treated it as a holiday! We stayed in the family villa in Seminyak and indulged in all the amazing cafes and restaurants. It was on our 2nd night at the well known Mama San restaurant that Anne and I saw a flyer advertising a cycling tour that ended with a cooking class. We both love cooking (and eating) so we instantly knew this was for us.
The tour included a car to pick us up early morning that took us to the starting location, which was also a resort. This is where we later enjoyed preparing, cooking and eating some traditional Indonesian dishes. Our group was nice and intimate with only 4 of us, plus 3 tour guides, who made the day really enjoyable with their loveable sense of humours.
Cycling tour rundown.
- 6:15am - You get picked up from Seminyak or Ubud areas.
- 7:00am - You arrive and are given a welcome drink. Your choice of tea or balinese coffee.
- 7:30am - You choose your bike and start the cycling tour through the country side.
- 8:30am - You arrive at the local markets, here is where your guide purchases most of the ingredients for the cooking class.
- 9:00am - After walking through the markets you get to choose between two warungs for breakfast. We opted for rice with vegetables and peanut sauce, the other option was pork and rice. (You'll see below in my photos, that we got to watch the locals make our food)
- 9:30am - We got back on the bikes and continued to cycle through the local village and rice fields. We witnessed a few naked balinese men and women bathing in the river.
- 10:30am - We stopped by a temple and were welcomed with huge fresh coconuts. Here we met some locals that taught us how to make traditional balinese offerings (Canang Sari) and dressed us in a sarong each so we could enter the temple.
- 11:00am - Jumping on the bikes again for the last leg of the tour!
Hujan cooking class.
- 11:30am - We are back at the resort and welcomed with a delicous nutmeg juice (it was actually to die for!) First up there is a short course and demonstration on how to season and stuff a chicken, which we later eat! (Chicken Betutu)
- 12:00pm - We start our cooking class in an open pergola overlooking the beautiful rice fields. We each have someone assisting us at our tables as well as the main chef demonstrating each recipe. We are given 5 traditional balinese recipes to follow.
- 12:30pm - Half way through preparing and cooking, it smells absolutely amazing.
- 1:00pm - Cooking class comes to a conclusion, you plate up your food and now for the best part. Eating it!
Lunch is accompanied by wine and the food was mouth watering. It was honestly one of the best cooking classes I have ever experienced. From cooking with ingredients I hadn't even heard of, to learning about the traditional balinese dishes. I will never forget it. I highly recommend you look up this tour next time you are in Bali. You really got what you paid for.
- The price of the tour was $150AUD and it lasted around 8 hours including travel.
- The price included a personal driver to pick you up and drop you off.
- All 3 welcome drinks, breakfast at the markets as well as trying foods along the way.
- Your own bike and helmut, accompanied with tour guides plus bottled water.
- The cooking class, including your own station with your own personal helper.
- And there was a pool at the resort which you had access to.
- Here is a link to the website (non affiliate) hujancookingclass.com
Check out what we made below! Let me know in the comments if you have been here before or experienced a similar tour. We would love to hear from you!
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