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Host: Kadek and Putu

Bali, Indonesia

USD
$22-$68 per person

Authentic Balinese meal in a family home

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Kadek and Putu

Kadek and his sister Putu grew up in the pretty village of Gianyar, nestled among smooth rice paddies, steep ravines, and dense forests. A professional cook, Putu lives in a simple home in a traditional family compound surrounded by farms.

Kadek will pick you up in Ubud and drive you 40min to his rural and traditional modest family compound.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-12 guests) Visit Putu's family compound and enjoy an authentic Balinese meal of dishes such as piquant chicken satay, fresh vegetable soup, and, for dessert, black sticky rice pudding with fresh coconut cream or fried banana with grated fresh coconut and palm sugar.

Cooking experience: (1-12 guests) Join Kadek's sister, Putu, and members of their family in the family compound to cook traditional Balinese dishes from scratch. If you're interested, before the cooking experience, Kadek can show you how he grows local fruits and vegetables at his home, a few doors down from his sister's house. As you explore the garden he will offer you a fresh juice, squeezed from just-picked seasonal fruits like mulberry, passion fruit, papaya, mango, or jackfruit.

Market visit: (1-12 guests) Kadek will pick you up in Ubud and, on the way to his family compound, you will stop at the Gianyar market, a large neighborhood market that locals frequent. Kadek will show you regional fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in Balinese cooking at this market before returning to his home to cook together.

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport only within Ubud. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so your host can arrange for your pick-up.

If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation. Please contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com for details.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

5.0 (13)
This was my first time using Traveling Spoon. It was the highlight of our trip. Our host family was so incredibly welcoming during our 4 hour visit. They were quite possibly the nicest people we have met. Initially my husband and I were nervous brining our daughter (1.5 years). We wanted to be able to participate in the cooking experience while tending to her. The entire family helped out with our daughter. She had an absolute blast with all the kids. I loved how the experience exposed us to many aspects of the Balinese culture including: the religion, history, food and the people. Authentic Local Culinary Experience. Anyone who gets to experience the traveling spoon with Putu and Kadek is very lucky! They treat you like your their family from the moment you enter their home.
- Brianna R May 14, 2020
Authentic! Having to cook with locals like Kedek and Putu is such a pleasure. This experience is not only about cooking but rather about experiencing how people are. The generosity and authenticity that Kedek and Putu have treated us with speaks volumes to the culture of Bali. All my Bali trips have been a pleasure; but this is a different level pleasure and ease that Bali represented this time. I do recommend cooking with Kedek and Putu.
- Faisalsh November 15, 2019
We had a wonderful time with Kadek and Putu. Kadek picked us up promptly at our hotel and took us on a tour of the local market, explaining the various sights. Below is a picture of flower vendor’s stall. Putu and her sister welcomed us into Putu’s home and treated us both as honored guests and old friends. It turned out to be the seventh birthday of Putu’s youngest child, so before we started cooking we got to sing Happy Birthday with him and his friends and watch his delight as he opened his present. The cooking lesson went on for hours: chopping, grinding, steaming, frying, grilling. We made a vast amount of food, joking and laughing with Putu the whole time. The food was amazingly good, better than in a fine restaurant because the ingredients were so fresh, many coming directly from Putu’s family fields. I still marvel at the fact that I made coconut milk with my own two hands. Here’s a few more pictures. I recommend this class with great enthusiasm to anyone who wants to experience the fine home cooking of the Balinese and their sincere and gracious hospitality.
- robertcV5198SG September 26, 2019
Best Christmas Dinner Ever. We had the most amazing Christmas dinner with Kadek and Putu and their family. My teenage children were a little skeptical of the idea of having dinner in someone’s home but during the meal they both told me it was the best idea ever!! (Huge compliment from teenagers!) Putu taught us how to make multiple dishes and had everyone involved. You have your choice of how much you want to participate or you can sit back and watch too. The food was the best we have had thus far in Bali! Chicken satay with peanut sauce, pork, chicken, tuna... and vegetarian dishes for me! Thanks so much for an unforgettable experience. We would recommend this experience highly!!
- ElizabethAnn68 December 28, 2018
We had the most amazing Christmas dinner with Kadek and Putu and their family. My teenage children were a little skeptical of the idea of having dinner in someone’s home but during the meal they both told me it was the best idea ever!! (Huge compliment from teenagers!)Putu taught us how to make multiple dishes and had everyone involved. You have your choice of how much you want to participate or you can sit back and watch too. The food was the best we have had thus far in Bali! Chicken satay with peanut sauce, pork, chicken, tuna... and vegetarian dishes for me! Thanks so much for an unforgettable experience. We would recommend this experience highly!!
- ElizabethAnn68 December 25, 2018
Kadek and Putu have such a beautiful, down-to-earth family that we got on so well with. We cooked some amazing dishes (that we'd suggested prior to arrival) and spent a lot of time talking about our respective lives and cultures. Would definitely recommend these guys to anyone travelling to Ubud who wants to learn some local cuisine and immerse themselves in a Balinese family and village lifestyle. Thanks again
- Samuel Ellis October 29, 2018
Incredible Balinese Cooking Experience. This is a must do experience in Bali! We loved every minute with this family. Kadek met us on time at our accommodation in Ubud and then took us to the local market in his hometown of Gianyar. We toured the market and Kadek told us about some of the foods we would be cooking with. Such a cool experience! From there we went to his sister Putu's home, where she and Kadek's wife (Ketut) met us to cook a beautiful Balinese meal. We made seven different traditional Balinese dishes and my partner and I were involved in the chopping and preparing of each dish from the start. They also gave us a sheet with recipes to take with us. Putu and Ketut were wonderful teachers and showed us how everything was to be prepared. Afterwards, Kadek took us to his home to see his garden, which was such a treat. This family was amazing, warm and so welcoming. This was the highlight of our trip to Bali. We can't wait to come back!
- BackPacker319185 October 06, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali!
- Geni S May 31, 2017
We absolutely loved our Traveling Spoon experience. It was really fun, meaningful, and educational. The whole purpose of traveling for us is to broaden our minds and learn by meeting people with different ways of life. Doing this cooking class was perfect for that as we got a really intimate experience cooking in the home compound and seeing how they live through how they cook and eat. It was really special to spend several hours one-on-one with a local who really spoke English well and was able to communicate to us so much about his way of life. Our conversation and interaction started and centered around food but we branched out to many other topics like health, daily life, spirituality, and family. The environment of cooking in a local traditional kitchen was also very fascinating and immersive for us. We were really impressed with how self-sufficient the Balinese way of life is since almost all of the food was grown at home and many of the tools were home made as well. The oven for example was simply a brick fireplace with some holes cut into it to let the fire heat the pots and pans. And our coconut grater was a special piece of prickly bark! Our teacher Made was a really good teacher and really took care and time in making sure that he passed on a lot of knowledge to us so that we could bring our lessons home with us and keep them forever. We spent an amazing 4 hours together and made 5 different dishes, we really felt we got our money's worth and had a huge feast at the end! There were also two other women helpers (Putu and Kaidek) who didn't speak English with us but helped with the cooking. They were very sweet and welcoming and amazing to watch in the kitchen. We love the idea of Traveling Spoon and are very excited to try it in other places that we visit! We have already told multiple friends about it :)
- Greg K May 14, 2017
We had such an amazing experience! This is my second time visiting and cooking with Kadek and their family. I loved them so much I came back again with my mom. They made us feel so at home and like we were part of their family. We bonded and made some great memories! When I come back again I have a family to visit. And the food was out of this world! We learned so much and it was extremely delicious! They are so fun and easy to cook with! Such a happy and positive family! Incredible experience!
- Graciela Tobar May 03, 2017
Our hosts were absolutely wonderful! They made us feel instantly like a part of their family, sharing insights about the culture, language, and general way of life in Bali. Our host led us through the market, helping us bargain and try local favorites, before welcoming us into their home. They lived on a beautiful compound where we learned to cook the most amazing Balinese dishes. So much food! I will absolutely do this again in the future!
- Lei, United States April 27, 2017
Thanks to Kadek and Putu and their families for a lovely experience! The food was divine (and I think I might even be able to recreate some of the recipes), and I loved meeting your families and visiting your home and learning more about Balinese people, food, and culture.
- SD April 24, 2016
This was my first time using traveling spoon. It was the highlight of our trip. Our host family was so incredibly welcoming during our 4 hour visit. They were quite possibly the nicest people we have met. Initially my husband and I were nervous brining our daughter (1.5 years). We wanted to be able to participate in the cooking experience while tending to her. The entire family helped out with our daughter. She had an absolute blast with all the kids. I loved how the experience exposed us to many aspects of the Balinese culture including: the religion, history, food and the people. Anyone who gets to experience the traveling spoon with Putu and Kadek is very lucky! They treat you like your their family from the moment you enter their home.
- Brianna January 17, 2016
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Kadek and Putu

$22-$68 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$48 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $36 $34
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $54 $48
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $36 $34
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $54 $48
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
8:30am-1:30pm 3:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Kadek and Putu

Kadek and his sister Putu grew up in the pretty village of Gianyar, nestled among smooth rice paddies, steep ravines, and dense forests. A professional cook, Putu lives in a simple home in a traditional family compound surrounded by farms.

Kadek will pick you up in Ubud and drive you 40min to his rural and traditional modest family compound.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-12 guests) Visit Putu's family compound and enjoy an authentic Balinese meal of dishes such as piquant chicken satay, fresh vegetable soup, and, for dessert, black sticky rice pudding with fresh coconut cream or fried banana with grated fresh coconut and palm sugar.

Cooking experience: (1-12 guests) Join Kadek's sister, Putu, and members of their family in the family compound to cook traditional Balinese dishes from scratch. If you're interested, before the cooking experience, Kadek can show you how he grows local fruits and vegetables at his home, a few doors down from his sister's house. As you explore the garden he will offer you a fresh juice, squeezed from just-picked seasonal fruits like mulberry, passion fruit, papaya, mango, or jackfruit.

Market visit: (1-12 guests) Kadek will pick you up in Ubud and, on the way to his family compound, you will stop at the Gianyar market, a large neighborhood market that locals frequent. Kadek will show you regional fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in Balinese cooking at this market before returning to his home to cook together.

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport only within Ubud. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so your host can arrange for your pick-up.

If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation. Please contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com for details.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

5.0 (13)
This was my first time using Traveling Spoon. It was the highlight of our trip. Our host family was so incredibly welcoming during our 4 hour visit. They were quite possibly the nicest people we have met. Initially my husband and I were nervous brining our daughter (1.5 years). We wanted to be able to participate in the cooking experience while tending to her. The entire family helped out with our daughter. She had an absolute blast with all the kids. I loved how the experience exposed us to many aspects of the Balinese culture including: the religion, history, food and the people. Authentic Local Culinary Experience. Anyone who gets to experience the traveling spoon with Putu and Kadek is very lucky! They treat you like your their family from the moment you enter their home.
- Brianna R May 14, 2020
Authentic! Having to cook with locals like Kedek and Putu is such a pleasure. This experience is not only about cooking but rather about experiencing how people are. The generosity and authenticity that Kedek and Putu have treated us with speaks volumes to the culture of Bali. All my Bali trips have been a pleasure; but this is a different level pleasure and ease that Bali represented this time. I do recommend cooking with Kedek and Putu.
- Faisalsh November 15, 2019
We had a wonderful time with Kadek and Putu. Kadek picked us up promptly at our hotel and took us on a tour of the local market, explaining the various sights. Below is a picture of flower vendor’s stall. Putu and her sister welcomed us into Putu’s home and treated us both as honored guests and old friends. It turned out to be the seventh birthday of Putu’s youngest child, so before we started cooking we got to sing Happy Birthday with him and his friends and watch his delight as he opened his present. The cooking lesson went on for hours: chopping, grinding, steaming, frying, grilling. We made a vast amount of food, joking and laughing with Putu the whole time. The food was amazingly good, better than in a fine restaurant because the ingredients were so fresh, many coming directly from Putu’s family fields. I still marvel at the fact that I made coconut milk with my own two hands. Here’s a few more pictures. I recommend this class with great enthusiasm to anyone who wants to experience the fine home cooking of the Balinese and their sincere and gracious hospitality.
- robertcV5198SG September 26, 2019
Best Christmas Dinner Ever. We had the most amazing Christmas dinner with Kadek and Putu and their family. My teenage children were a little skeptical of the idea of having dinner in someone’s home but during the meal they both told me it was the best idea ever!! (Huge compliment from teenagers!) Putu taught us how to make multiple dishes and had everyone involved. You have your choice of how much you want to participate or you can sit back and watch too. The food was the best we have had thus far in Bali! Chicken satay with peanut sauce, pork, chicken, tuna... and vegetarian dishes for me! Thanks so much for an unforgettable experience. We would recommend this experience highly!!
- ElizabethAnn68 December 28, 2018
We had the most amazing Christmas dinner with Kadek and Putu and their family. My teenage children were a little skeptical of the idea of having dinner in someone’s home but during the meal they both told me it was the best idea ever!! (Huge compliment from teenagers!)Putu taught us how to make multiple dishes and had everyone involved. You have your choice of how much you want to participate or you can sit back and watch too. The food was the best we have had thus far in Bali! Chicken satay with peanut sauce, pork, chicken, tuna... and vegetarian dishes for me! Thanks so much for an unforgettable experience. We would recommend this experience highly!!
- ElizabethAnn68 December 25, 2018
Kadek and Putu have such a beautiful, down-to-earth family that we got on so well with. We cooked some amazing dishes (that we'd suggested prior to arrival) and spent a lot of time talking about our respective lives and cultures. Would definitely recommend these guys to anyone travelling to Ubud who wants to learn some local cuisine and immerse themselves in a Balinese family and village lifestyle. Thanks again
- Samuel Ellis October 29, 2018
Incredible Balinese Cooking Experience. This is a must do experience in Bali! We loved every minute with this family. Kadek met us on time at our accommodation in Ubud and then took us to the local market in his hometown of Gianyar. We toured the market and Kadek told us about some of the foods we would be cooking with. Such a cool experience! From there we went to his sister Putu's home, where she and Kadek's wife (Ketut) met us to cook a beautiful Balinese meal. We made seven different traditional Balinese dishes and my partner and I were involved in the chopping and preparing of each dish from the start. They also gave us a sheet with recipes to take with us. Putu and Ketut were wonderful teachers and showed us how everything was to be prepared. Afterwards, Kadek took us to his home to see his garden, which was such a treat. This family was amazing, warm and so welcoming. This was the highlight of our trip to Bali. We can't wait to come back!
- BackPacker319185 October 06, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali!
- Geni S May 31, 2017
We absolutely loved our Traveling Spoon experience. It was really fun, meaningful, and educational. The whole purpose of traveling for us is to broaden our minds and learn by meeting people with different ways of life. Doing this cooking class was perfect for that as we got a really intimate experience cooking in the home compound and seeing how they live through how they cook and eat. It was really special to spend several hours one-on-one with a local who really spoke English well and was able to communicate to us so much about his way of life. Our conversation and interaction started and centered around food but we branched out to many other topics like health, daily life, spirituality, and family. The environment of cooking in a local traditional kitchen was also very fascinating and immersive for us. We were really impressed with how self-sufficient the Balinese way of life is since almost all of the food was grown at home and many of the tools were home made as well. The oven for example was simply a brick fireplace with some holes cut into it to let the fire heat the pots and pans. And our coconut grater was a special piece of prickly bark! Our teacher Made was a really good teacher and really took care and time in making sure that he passed on a lot of knowledge to us so that we could bring our lessons home with us and keep them forever. We spent an amazing 4 hours together and made 5 different dishes, we really felt we got our money's worth and had a huge feast at the end! There were also two other women helpers (Putu and Kaidek) who didn't speak English with us but helped with the cooking. They were very sweet and welcoming and amazing to watch in the kitchen. We love the idea of Traveling Spoon and are very excited to try it in other places that we visit! We have already told multiple friends about it :)
- Greg K May 14, 2017
We had such an amazing experience! This is my second time visiting and cooking with Kadek and their family. I loved them so much I came back again with my mom. They made us feel so at home and like we were part of their family. We bonded and made some great memories! When I come back again I have a family to visit. And the food was out of this world! We learned so much and it was extremely delicious! They are so fun and easy to cook with! Such a happy and positive family! Incredible experience!
- Graciela Tobar May 03, 2017
Our hosts were absolutely wonderful! They made us feel instantly like a part of their family, sharing insights about the culture, language, and general way of life in Bali. Our host led us through the market, helping us bargain and try local favorites, before welcoming us into their home. They lived on a beautiful compound where we learned to cook the most amazing Balinese dishes. So much food! I will absolutely do this again in the future!
- Lei, United States April 27, 2017
Thanks to Kadek and Putu and their families for a lovely experience! The food was divine (and I think I might even be able to recreate some of the recipes), and I loved meeting your families and visiting your home and learning more about Balinese people, food, and culture.
- SD April 24, 2016
This was my first time using traveling spoon. It was the highlight of our trip. Our host family was so incredibly welcoming during our 4 hour visit. They were quite possibly the nicest people we have met. Initially my husband and I were nervous brining our daughter (1.5 years). We wanted to be able to participate in the cooking experience while tending to her. The entire family helped out with our daughter. She had an absolute blast with all the kids. I loved how the experience exposed us to many aspects of the Balinese culture including: the religion, history, food and the people. Anyone who gets to experience the traveling spoon with Putu and Kadek is very lucky! They treat you like your their family from the moment you enter their home.
- Brianna January 17, 2016
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$48 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $36 $34
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $54 $48
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $24 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $36 $34
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $54 $48
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
8:30am-1:30pm 3:30pm-8:30pm
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