Our experience with Jambangan Bali cooking school started off positive when we received a prompt friendly email response to attend a cooking class that afternoon, with a free pick up and drop off to our hotel which was 15 mins north of Ubud. Cost is 350,000 rupiah per person via cash only payment and there is a morning and afternoon class available. I belive morning classes are usually busier and you visit the Ubud market which is closed by the afternoon classes, so you go to the coffee plantation instead (which was our preference as I wanted to sample the famous Kopi Luwak).
Rakesh was friendly, talkative and answered our many questions and being just two of us we received a indervidualised and intimate experience. After the coffee plantation (no pressure to buy) and a stop off to the bank to exchange money we drove to Rakesh's village to cook at home with his sister and family, receiving lessons on Bali life, temples and rice farming on the way.
Rakesh is an experienced Chef who spent 6 years cooking at a hotel and the standard of food, organisation and cleanliness were high. We were dressed in aprons and given coconut water on arrival before we got hard at work. Most of the ingredients are home grown and/or produced from scratch including the coconut oil, milk, chicken stock and spices.
You make 8 dishes, including 2 pastes plus desert, with explanations along the way. Bottled water is included as it's thirsty work. Rakeah and his Sister are happy to take photos, laugh along with you and make it enjoyable. I am an experienced cook at home but think this class is enjoyable for all levels of cooks as you can always learn a lot cooking in another part of the world with ingredients and techniques not commonly found at home.
Jambangan cooking school offers value for money and lessons you can take home as well as the added bonus of connections to a wonderful family if you choose to visit again. A highlight of our trip and highly recommended.
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