While in Bali, I discovered many interesting things about Balinese culture, especially food. I set out to study Balinese food and attended a couple of cooking schools, while I also had a chance to interview a couple of Balinese individuals too.
The first cooking school I went to is called "Satri's Warung." It costs approximately $15.00 USD (or RP 150,000) for a single class. The class starts and 11:00 a.m. and you can expect to be finished in an hour or two.
At first, it was a little confusing finding Satri's Warung. There was a sign outside pointing to her restaurant. You have to walk through an alley with paintings hung all over the walls. Then, I noticed I walked into a housing complex. There was laundry on people's porches and motorbikes parked outside. A friend and I were confused for a second until a man pointed us in the right direction.
Satri was really sweet. An older Balinese woman, she has had a restaurant for nearly 22 years. Although she requires a minimum of 2 people per class, she allowed me to take a class with her by myself because I am a student. I paid my deposit and began class the following day.
Most cooking schools, I learned, are demonstration based. I watched Satri cook several Balinese foods and I had a chance to try using a pestle and mortar.
She mentioned how Balinese food is spicy and she wasn't kidding! I loved the food, but she wasn't lying when she said it was hot. After my meal, she demonstrated how to make Banana Pudding. When I thought I couldn't eat any more, there was one more dish to top off the meal.
I learned a lot about Satri and I'm glad to have taken a class at Satri's Warung. It was a quick guide to Balinese cooking and I received a small recipe book too.
If you are interested in a more detailed class with a market tour, however, I would recommend studying elsewhere. Satri's Warung seemed to be more of a "quick" learning guide to Balinese food. I didn't learn too much background information about Balinese food, but I did have an incredible lunch for a good price and a quick demonstration on how to prepare Balinese food too.