Sate Bali is a popular traditional Balinese Warung in Seminyak, offering not only great food throughout the day but also an awesome authentic cooking class in the morning. The class takes place in the open air dining room of the restaurant with chef, Nyoman Sudiyasa, from 9am to 12pm. It may be a group demonstration as opposed to a “hands on” cooking class, but it’s quite informal so all participants are welcome to help with some of the small jobs. It’s also very practical and actionable, with clear instructions and suggestions of substitutes for local ingredients expected to be harder to find back home.
An impressive ten recipes were showcased that morning, most of which were savoury dishes featuring an exciting combination of fish, chicken, pork, salads and condiments. The first recipe of the day was an authentic Balinese Spice Paste (Base Gede), a blend of spices, herbs and roots, commonly used in Balinese cuisine. Base Gede was then used in the three delicious dishes that followed: Steam Marinated Mahi Mahi, Minced Chicken in banana leaf, and Nasi Goreng. Next we made my personal favourite, the Pork in Sweet Soya Sauce, a delicious mix of pork cuts slowly cooked away in sweet soya sauce, garlic, chillies, ginger and stock for 90 minutes. Then we started preparing the sides and sauces, including Assorted Vegetables in Peanut Sauce, Green Salad of winged beans and paco ferns; Tomato Sambal, and Shallot and Lemon Grass Sambal. Both sambals can be used as condiment, sauce or dressing. The class was finally completed with a sweet treat – Coconut Pandan Pancakes, bringing a nice local tweak to an international classic!
The cost is US$40 per person, which is great value as all dishes are also sampled at the end of the session! You also get a recipe handout and drinks. Make sure you book your class a few days in advance as it’s a popular restaurant and the only cooking school in the Seminyak area!
Jl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort)
+62 361 736734