For the past few weeks foodie holidays have been a popular topic here at RoomCritic. A couple of family members have been researching a cooking trip in Thailand, definitely a destination that’s top of our culinary map. But there is so much more to asian cuisine than Thai food.
An Indonesian friend of ours has introduced us to many Indo dishes over the years and the simple Nasi Goreng fried rice dish is a staple in our house. So we decided to find out how we can learn to get a bit more creative with our Balinese cooking skills next time we’re there.
We discovered the perfect way to spice up our next holiday at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Soori and Manggis. Not only are they two of the best resorts on Bali to relax, but the day classes they offer means we won’t be sweating over a hot stove for days on end.
There are 3 culinary classes to choose from depending on what activities you want to include.
A Taste of Local Markets
For those curious about the local food markets or interested in the traditional dishes of Balinese cuisine, Alila Villas Uluwatu’s Journey of Gastronomy satisfies all the senses. Come morning, step into the buzzing excitement of the Balinese market with swift fishmongers and eager vegetable and fruit vendors, permeating scents of herbs and spices as well as street side eateries. Watch from afar or be part of the frenzied bargaining in return for the freshest ingredients for dinner. Back at the resort, learn the ancient recipes that produce these finger-licking aromatic Balinese dishes from the Executive Chef and end the day with a mouthwatering dinner.
From Ocean to Kitchen
The early bird always catches the fish. Set out at 7.30am with local fishermen on colorful fleets of ‘jukung’ (traditional local fishing boats) to start right at the Alila Manggis’ Seafood Cooking School. Try your luck to reel in some fish and other seafood. Back ashore an open-air kitchen setup in the garden by the sea is the perfect backdrop to learn traditional Balinese seafood recipes, including fish and prawn curry, Bumbu Bali sauce and pepes ikan (steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves).
Lovingly Crafted Kids’ Treats
Every junior master chef needs to start somewhere, so why not while holidaying on an exotic island in Asia? Parents can leave their kids in the creative hands of Alila Villas Soori’s pastry team who will guide the budding chefs on a flavorful and colorful culinary day of cookie-making and cake decorating. Equipped with a chef’s hat and an apron, kids learn about simple ingredients and make their own delicious discoveries. Head back to the bakery after a relaxing day at the spa or beach and try the treats handmade with love. An array of temptations await – from cookies with Smarties to cupcakes with marshmallows.
Notes: Rates apply to all activities, approximately USD30 for Alila Villas Soori “Journey of Little Soori Chef”, USD 130 for Alila Villas Uluwatu “Journey of Gastronomy” and USD 95 for Alila Manggis “Seafood Cooking School”, excluding taxes.
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Alila Villas Soori
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