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If you want an authentic Balinese Cooking class experience, Paon Bali Cooking Class is simply the best. I have a culinary back ground & decided I didn't want to be shown the ropes by a European influenced chef ... We decided after great referrals from trip advisor we would chance Paon cooking class... I have to tell you I was not disappointed, It was the highlight of our trip to Ubud (including the surrounding lush rice paddies & undulating mountains & valleys). Our hosts Puspa & Wyan go beyond what you would expect from a regular cooking school. We were picked up on time from our Villa then ushered by a driver (included in cost) to the local Ubud markets. Met by Puspa & shown through with an enthusiastic attitude that immediately had the group of nine in the palm of her magic hands. I purchased 500g of vanilla beans from one of Puspa's recommended suppliers with the suggestion that I should bargain ( well priced) and which I later successfully passed through Australian customs with.

We were then whisked of to the the area of Laplapan where our hosts family & village members work their rice paddies that have been passed down through generations. This gave a good insight to how these fields are managed & worked. Then our group were ferried to our hosts family home & compound, After refreshments using bottled water & a brief and some times amusing history of how their life functions we were taken to an area which seemed dedicated to their cooking classes ( spotlessly clean) complete with traditional cooking fire. Our class was informative with local produce & entertaining, followed by a feast of the freshly cooked menu we helped produce.
After an entertaining class & lunch with some of our co-hort class members we were offered to feel free to stay on & chat which would have been well pass our due time, however we all decide to say good-bye & be dropped off at our individual digs. Thank you to Puspa, Wyan & staff who all added to a memorable day.. & great Value.....

  • Visited March 2011
Brisbane, Australia
Source : TripAdvisor.com

Paon Bali Cooking Class