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Host: Dewa

Bali, Indonesia

USD
$18-$50 per person

Traditional Balinese feast in a family compound in North Ubud, Bali

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

Meet Dewa

Dewa, a gardener at the neighboring resort, lives with his wife, Jero, and their children and extended family in the artist village of Keliki in the elegant terraced foothills 20 minutes north of Ubud. Dewa is a wealth of knowledge about local customs, cuisine and agriculture and loves to share his culture with guests.

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: (1-24 guests) Your Balinese feast may include dishes such as pepes ikan (grilled tuna in banana leaves), a delicate and deeply satisfying dish, bumbu kuning (chicken in a fresh turmeric and coconut milk sauce), bregedel (corn fritters), and jukut urab (seasonal vegetables with grated coconut and fried shallots).

In traditional Balinese style, you will not eat your meal with Dewa and his family, although they will be with you throughout the rest of the experience. In keeping with their Balinese family tradition and sense of spirituality, your hosts will not share the meal with you at the dining table. Their preferred approach is to eat on one's own and focus on personal meditation to achieve a positive state of mind.

Cooking experience: (1-24 guests) Your immersive Balinese experience begins by discovering exotic Balinese fruit and herbs near Dewa's home. You will learn how local Balinese spices such as galangal, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, cacao, and nutmeg are grown and learn about their medicinal properties. Then you will walk about 10 minutes to Dewa’s home for a tour of the family compound before you start cooking together. Join his family to cook a range of Balinese dishes using a traditional wood-fired stove. Expect a very hands-on, communal cooking experience during which you will grind spices and chilies on a large stone grinder, chop ingredients, and wrap fish in banana leaves.

Notes: On days when Dewa is unavailable, an equally wonderful family member will host you with Dewa's wife Jero.

Dewa prefers not to host just a meal for solo travelers. For solo travelers who only want a meal, Dewa charges a premium.

Dewa can provide round-trip transportation only from Ubud hotels, for an additional cost. If you are staying outside Ubud, there is no transportation and Dewa will meet you at the Alam Sari Resort in Keliki.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

4.99 (127)
If you want to spend time immersing yourself in the local culture, Dewa’s cooking class is a must-do activity! Dewa not only taught us to make delicious food, but was also incredibly kind and informative. He taught us so much about local food and culture and was so gracious and welcoming. Thank you Dewa and family for an unforgettable evening!
- jessicaaW2354YG January 11, 2020
Dewa was a wonderful host. We were a group of 11, ranging from 4 years old to 72 and all of us had a great time. Dewa was so talented at meeting everyone's needs and interests. After an interesting and informative car ride we walked through the area where Dewa lives. Dewa would stop to explain the history of his family's move to the area as well as the philospohy with which they care for the property and the community. He spoke of good and not so good, (purposely not using the term bad) using the dutch colonial period as an example. We would all perhaps benefit from following this balanced approach to life. The family compound was peaceful and beautiful. Dewa took time to talk about the traditions that his family still follows. The cooking class was equally good, we made traditional indonesian foods but different (and better!) than what is found in the Warangs in the area. Many of the ingredients came from Dewa's garden. Dewa gave the younger children tasks that they enjoyed and they worked very happily, the adults worked but also had time to socialize. Dewa and his family did most of the actual cooking in the outdoor kitchen. We sat down at a large table surrounded by lush greenery to enjoy the meal. I would highly recommend this class, it was as many other reviewers commented one of the highlights of our trip!
- Wal98072 January 04, 2020
Really there's little I can add to what has already been said - it WAS so much more than just a cooking class. Dewa is an excellent communicator and everything about the day was so well thought through ensuring our one-on-one experience of Balinese cuisine and culture could not have been better or more enjoyable.
- suellen47 January 04, 2020
We had an amazing experience with Dewa! Cooking, nutrition, philosophy and spirituality all combined into one amazing morning. And an incredible, tasty meal at the end of it. Highly recommended, we would happily do the same class again!
- 784sophiei December 28, 2019
I agree with all the other reviews. This was so much more than a cooking class. It was the highlight of our trip!! You’re walking with Dewa through his garden, his community, and his home. Time was not ever a constraint and Dewa was so open to all questions. While he informs you about his family and culture; it’s also a complete cooking class with Dewa giving you a beautiful notebook to write down all the recipes. Dewa was such a great teacher and involved all of us in prepping the meals. We were with my in laws and my 2 month old baby and 2 year old toddler. Dewa’s wife watched the baby so we could enjoy the class without distractions. She was so amazing with the baby. I recommend this class to anyone who loves food, cooking, and learning the culture behind it.
- Shree B December 10, 2019
We both felt so lucky to have chosen this trip and experience a incredibly eye opening insight into the Balinese culture. The food was incredible and easily better than the majority of food from in town. Would highly recommend you take this cooking class. Hands in and every step is taken at whatever pace is needed. Recipes are also provided for you to recreate these dishes for family and friends at home. Mr Dewa is such an amazing host with incredible English and is more than happy to answer any questions about the food and culture. We left feeling like we were privileged to have met and spent the day together. Thank you so much.
- jononz2019 December 03, 2019
We did the cooking class with Mr. Dewa and it was fantastic. Mr. Dewa has told us a lot about the life of him, his family and the village community. the food was great, we got the recipes. everything was fresh and tasted great. We recommend this cooking course! great experience!we were very excited!!
- julilu2014 November 30, 2019
This class was recommended to me by a friend and I couldn't be more grateful. It was by far my favorite experience in Bali. I learned so much about Balinese culture and food, with the kindest, most insightful teacher. Beyond that, the garden was gorgeous and the food we made was delicious and memorable in every way. Dewa also gave us a journal to write down the recipes, which I'll keep forever.
- cldmalone November 24, 2019
My partner and I took Dewa's class and it was one of the most memorable things we did during our time in Bali.Dewa was so incredible as a host, giving us a tour of his garden and rice patty and sharing with us the knowledge and history of his land and his people. He speaks incredible English and is so considerate and kind.His home is lovely, and his kitchen is very traditional. The ingredients used to make all of the dishes were grown by his village. It was all fresh - they don't even own a refrigerator! He had us write down all the recipes for the dishes we made so we could remember them. The food we made was of the best that we ate in Bali. Would definitely recommend and will definitely come back!Thank you Dewa!!
- Marissa S November 23, 2019
Definitely a highlight of our trip to Bali! We were expecting just a cooking class but this was so much more. Our guide/host Dewa was fantastic, he showed us through the garden whilst teaching us so much about his ancestors, culture and Balinese history. We were welcomed into his home to cook beautiful and delicious authentic Balinese food with his family. A must do experience in Bali and well worth the drive from Seminyak.
- Lee-Anne C November 15, 2019
We had the most amazing day with Dewa, cannot recommend this experience enough! We learned so much about Balinese history, the local village that Dewa grew up in and resides in, as well as the local produce and cooking techniques. His wealth of knowledge and calm, comforting character made for such a wonderful time. Our family of 6 enjoyed this more than any other activity we had done, and is now a treasured memory for us all. Thank you Dewa for inviting us into your home and teaching us so much, giving care to every detail. From - Sinead and family from Sydney :)
- Sinead O November 08, 2019
This was easily one of the most memorable experiences of our ten day vacation in Bali. Dewa is a fantastic tour guide, kindly guiding us through the lush, wild and exhilarating garden full of jackfruit, papaya, macadamia nuts...A beautiful experience with a highly capable guide and amazing food. 10/10 would recommend.
- F6567MHshawnh November 04, 2019
Dewa is a beautiful person and my husband and I felt beyond lucky to have met and spent time with him. This experience is much more than a cooking class, but rather a rare insight into the unique culture of the Balinese. Dewa was kind, informative, and willing to answer the plethora of questions prompted by the information he shared with us. If you're an open person in search of an experience that will open your heart and change your perspective on the world, book this. You will enjoy some fabulous food, sure, but you will leave with much more than a full belly.
- galaboutglobe2 October 28, 2019
Wat een fantastische kookcursus is dit! Dewa is een super lieve man die je eerst vanalles vertelt over Indonesië, zijn dorp en de gewoontes. Je mag hem echt alles vragen! Hij geeft op alles antwoord. De kookles is top verzorgd. Veel uitleg en we kregen een super leuk boekje om alle recepten mee in op te schrijven. Uiteraard ook heerlijk gegeten. Hij neemt werkelijk alle tijd voor je. We hebben genoten! Dikke aanrader.
- Msimons13 October 28, 2019
This was by far the best experience you can have while staying in Ubud. Dewa explained so much to us about his culture and spiritual beliefs. His home is beautiful and the food he taught us how to cook was exceptional. Even Doggie, his dog was lovely company! I can't recommend this experience highly enough. Amazingly Dewa had no idea TripAdvisor existed nor that his class is highly rated!He doesn't have internet and is informed of bookings via the local hotel. All the money feeds back into his community and he offers classes for educational purposes, not for profit as his family are extremely self sufficient. I will be recommending this experience to everyone I know who plans a trip to Ubud.
- brookea684 October 24, 2019
We had such a wonderful time with Dewa, he created an exceptional experience. Much more than a cooking class he gave us a full history about Balinese culture, village walk talking about plants and fruits they use for cooking, visiting Dewa’s traditional Balinese home and much more... And the food that we cook was really amazing!He was very kind and happy to answer all our questions, no rush or tight on schedule he take the time to make a memorable experience with us. Go for the experience you won’t regret it! Thank you Dewa!Patricia & Stephane From Montreal, Canada
- Q4464WJpatriciac October 19, 2019
Lokales Essen zubereiten nach balinesischer Art (good but not delicious). Viele Informationen über die Kultur, Religion und ihr Zusammenleben. Spannender Tag und sehr freundliche Menschen.
- AnjaSelin October 12, 2019
I've been to Bali since I was a kid, and this was my third trip together with my wife.This was far the most memorable event we had in Bali. Very inspirational, slow paced, relaxed and a lot of talking about Balinese culture.I would recommend to people who want to learn and experience Balinese culture. This is much more than a cooking class.Dewa was very kind and happy to answer all of our questions. He enjoys talking and sharing about their history and culture.If you enjoy communicating and learning, go for it!Things we loved besides cooking.1. Private tour, no rush or tight on schedule2. Village walk talking about plants and fruits they use as ingredients3. Visiting Dewa's traditional Balinese home4. Learning about Balinese culture.
- lucasseol October 03, 2019
We had such a great day with Dewa. An amazing cultural experience, which we will treasure for ever. Dewa was a great tour guide and gave us so much information about the culture and the village he lives in with his family. To top this all off the food was out of this world. Do yourself a favour and book this experience.
- rachod86 October 01, 2019
We would like to thanks Dewa for his kindness and his wellknown in cooking!We were only us so we had time to visit the garden which was very instructif and very peaceful. Thank you to Dewa for all the nice informations to know about the balinese’s lifestyleWe had a pleasant moment and the cook was so good ! We also could bring home our recipe book of the day ! Very nice MemoryWe will be back ! Julie & Yannick
- Julie H September 25, 2019
One of our favorite experiences when we were in Bali. Dewa picked us up at our hotel and took us to his farm where he gave us a walking tour and pointed out all things they grow and various trees including clove and cinnamon trees. We went to his home and lovely gardens for the class and learned so much about his culture. Highly recommend for a unquie experience. Thank you Dewa.
- kstorey September 19, 2019
Dewa created an exceptional experience! One of the highlights of my Bali trip! I encourage everyone to do this tour. I got a full history lesson on Bali culture, religious practices, farming, community and most importantly the people who commit themselves to all of the above. It’s really more than a Cooking Experience. It’s an immersive cultural experience that includes cooking. Don’t hesitate in booking this tour, you will leave it feeling the true energy and pulse of Bali!Thank you Dewa and Family Tawny
- 626661 September 14, 2019
This is the 2nd time I have done this cooking class and it is a highlight of our trip. Dewa is a wealth of information and an amazing host. You start by going through the traditional village, which is great to see a working village. The cooking class is fantastic and the food delicious. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see a bit of real Bali.
- Jdyer11 September 11, 2019
"Dewa was amazing. His class is both informative and hands on. You walk away with a better understanding of Balanese culture and how to cook their traditional dishes. A must do! Thank you Dewa, a major highlight to our holiday." 🙏
- simon b September 10, 2019
We were a group of three, and we all absolutely enjoyed our wonderful cooking day with Oak Dewa.Pick up and driving through the local villages near Ubud was charming, Dewa informing about all sorts of local village life facts.We had a wonderful walk through the rice fields to his house. We stopped and watched some local tofu being made.Once at his house a family compound he continued to let us know how life is within a compound, which was great for learning a little bit about the Balinese culture.We then started our cooking class which was fun and informative, lots of laughing too!We then ate all six of the wonderful dishes that we had helped prepare.I thoroughly recommend this as a tour, both cultural and fun and finally delicious!We enjoyed meeting Pak Dewa very much.
- Wendyfishface September 07, 2019
Incredible food with an interesting and cultural experience. Dewa showed us his compound and provided insight into his life and culture. Definitely recommend for anyone trying to experience a true Balinese lifestyle.
- Michelle S September 05, 2019
Dewa was more than just a tour guide or even a cooking guide. He went above and beyond to share wisdom passed from generations of the Balinese culture, religion, and way of life. It felt like you were walking around the jungle with the wisest man in the village (we believe he is!) and we left with so much inspiration pearls to try to incorporate into our everyday American life. Cooking was amazing too but the highlight was Dewa- believe the other reviews, this will surely be the best part of your trip!
- alandicho September 02, 2019
Vom Anfang bis zum Ende des Kurses ist erstaunlich Gastgeber von Dewa,eine kleine Tour durch die Bauernhöfe des Dorfes machen und die Gerichte erklären, fabelhaft gemacht
- hanna s September 02, 2019
This was a gift from our daughter for my husband’s birthday and what a gift! Cannot express enough how wonderful it was. Dewa is a treasure- a wealth of knowledge with such a genuine love of his culture. The entire experience was quite overwhelming and the food was delicious. If you’re thinking about a cooking class in Bali this is the one!
- Merylbv August 22, 2019
We had a wonderful tour of small family farms and village with Dewa. During the tour we learning a lot about local village life. We also had detailed conversations with Dewa about the local views on religion and family - turns out he is quite a philosopher also!We then had a wonderful hands-on cooking experience where we helped to prepare all of the ingredients and cook the dishes. The food was the best that we had on the trip!This experience is highly recommended!
- DBGator August 22, 2019
We had a fantastic morning out with Dewa in his home. We started the tour by walking around the village, where Dewa explained more about his lifestyle and Balinese cultures, which was extremely interesting. He was very knowledgable and had such a great, positive outlook on life. A very inspiring character! Next, we went back to his house to learn about some of the key ingredients and help to chop and prepare them for cooking. Dewa presented us with a cute notebook to write down all the recipes so we can try them at home. We didn’t do all of the cooking, Dewa and his family/neighbours helped out too, but we did enough to keep us engaged and happy. We finished by enjoying an absolutely delicious lunch!A super morning which I would definitely recommend. Thank you Dewa!
- 450shelleyg August 02, 2019
Dewa is an excellent host, not only great cooking lesson but wonderful lessons on traditional Balinese lifestyle. We’ve been to Bali three times and done many activities, this ranks right at the top of the list. Would highly recommend. A memorable day out.
- AussieChico13 August 01, 2019
Had a fantastic day with Dewa and his family ! Dewa is such a fantastic character and has an amazing outlook on life. The class was fun but the walking through the village before the class was brilliant !! We didn’t do so much cooking as sorts but a lot of chopping and preparing. You make 6 or 7 dishes with loads of variety and flavour.
- MichaelB0210 July 16, 2019
We have been travelling Asia for the past 8 months and this has been by far the best cultural experience we have had. You take a tour of Dewa's village, pick from his community garden and then go to his home for a course in cooking traditional Balinese food. We learned so much about the traditions of his community. Would recommend this to anyone.
- 219grace219 July 07, 2019
Dewa picked us up at the hotel and drove us past Rice paddies to his village. On the drive there, he told us stories about the Balinese people, there Mongolian origins and hunter/gatherer lifestyle. At the village we walked through the village garden, rice paddy fields and a cemetery/cremation site. He pointed out the edible fruits and vegetables, talked about the use of ducks to manage weeds and insects in the rice paddies and explained about the burial and cremation traditions. We stopped by a home where a suckling pig was being prepared for the naming ceremony of a 3m old child. He was kind and patient in teaching us the recipies and left us alone to enjoy our delicious food. We like to enjoy cooking lessons in the various countries that we have visited, this is the best one ever! I would highly recommend this to everyone.
- Serene-Yogini June 24, 2019
Meeting Dewa and his family and learning about his community's way of life on top of the cooking class was such an enriching experience. We can't thank Dewa enough for the day that we had with him and his family... and Doggy. We are willingly going to recommend the cooking class to all our friends and family who travel to Ubud. One of our favourite quotes from Dewa - "Live every day like it is your last".
- KatieS4067 June 23, 2019
We were met by the most wonderful man. He learned us so much about the culture and traditions of the Balinese people. It was so interesting. The class is located in his besutiful home with great surroundings. We made seven dishes and they all tasted delishious. He speaks great english and knows so much, and is very reflected about other people and cultures. By taking this class and buying from local shops, he told us, we support the local community - and he is so positive to the tourists coming to his village. We could not recommend this any higher!! It’s a great experience. Thank you Dewa!
- mgchwk June 21, 2019
It was a beautiful drive to Dewa’s family compound. What a treat to be invited into his home. He showed us many locally grown ingredients such as pepper, lemongrass, Kaffi limes & many more. Explained traditional family life & the importance of the grandparents to the family. We cooked basis Bali fare which was fantastic. Easily repeatable at home. We loved his gentle ways & love for his family & community.
- 498angelav June 17, 2019
What am experience! The cooking lesson was only a part of the days attraction. Dewa our host gave us a small glimpse into traditional Balinese life opening his home and heart to us. We learnt when they take they must give back keeping their environment sustainable for future generations. Their gentle respect and love for others and their philosophy of living each day as their last. Seven delicious recipes and dishes created from ingredients gathered from the family garden and fields. A day not to be missed !
- 181maryannet June 12, 2019
Dewa is one of the most talented people in all of Bali and knows the area very well. On top of getting a cooking class we also received a history lesson on Bali and it’s culture. His personality is also extremely positive and he showed us how even though one can have very little they can be very lucky and very happy. Thank you Dewa for everything!
- Saul M June 08, 2019
A cooking lesson with Dewa is an immersion experience through an intimate doorway of Balinese culture because Dewa is a great but humble teacher who is able to demonstrate how everything relates to everything in a spiritually, materially, culturally, communally sustainable manner via the Balinese way of life by showing us tangible manifestations and examples. We took “home” his lessons, and recipes, with gratitude, and this experience continues to live within us. We also thank the community lady who helped out with such fine mortar and pestle grinding of the ingredients that Dewa taught us how to prepare and who then flash cooked them with such dexterity. We thank the masterful (but gently humble!) art teacher and his students who showed us their wonderful work. We thank the neighborhood lady on the motor scooter who gave a hello honk each time she passed by. We thank the woman who was feeding the three chicks who fell out of their nest so that they could be later released to go on….Om Shanti. Shanti. Shanti. Om!Russ & Vicki
- Swastyastu June 01, 2019
My wife and I did the private cooking class with Dewa. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and traditional cooking skills. His home and family were very welcoming. His outlook on life was extremely refreshing. The food was not only delicious, but is also good for you. I would highly recommend this tour. Dewa is simply one of the best guides I have ever experienced!
- ryane43 May 12, 2019
This was the first thing we did visiting Bali and it was the perfect introduction to Balinese food and culture. Dewa has a very warm and welcoming soul. We enjoyed hearing stories and sayings from his grandfather and learning about Balinese life and architecture. We had so much fun cooking and seeing the rice fields and learning about different ingredients. The meal was delicious. Best food in Ubud!
- kropok84 May 10, 2019
Dewa and his family were such kind hosts. They welcome us into their home and explained the customs of local Balinese life. We enjoyed learning the role that each generation plays in the home as well as learning about the different function of each space in the home.The meals that we prepared came from the family's organic garden, so the ingredients were fresh. The meal was excellent. This was a great way to gain insight into the local traditions and foods of Bali.Highly recommend!
- thetripwishlist May 09, 2019
Having read the great reviews on Dewa’s garden and cooking tour, I was expecting something very authentically Balinese and exciting. However none of the previous write ups can do justice to the incredible experience that my wife and I had in our few hours spent with Dewa. Dewa is knowledgeable about the land on which he lives, the produce he uses, and the culture in which he is born. The garden tour, the cooking class and conversation left my wife and I feeling enlightened, immediately speaking of a need to return to learn more from Dewa one day. I highly recommend this experience and I will seek further experiences like this in other countries. I’ve included very few photos below so as to not reveal too much.
- DoucheMania April 26, 2019
My husband and I spent 10 days in Bali, and our cooking class with Dewa was such a special experience that we will always remember! We travel internationally frequently, and it was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had!Dewa picked us up from our hotel and took us to see his land, crops, and home. We learned about how his family and community harvest and utilize every plant and crop in their daily lives. Throughout the evening we talked about Balinese culture, traditions, and food. We would not have gotten this level of immersion otherwise! We cooked a 7 course meal with Dewa, and I was so impressed with the variety of dishes we made. Everything was delicious and the meal itself was also one of the best we had our entire trip. We talked about this experience for days following the class, and cannot recommend it enough to other who are looking for a truly immersive experience in Bali!I cannot recommend this experience enough.
- IGD1089 April 26, 2019
My wife and I went on honeymoon to Bali and one of our activities we wanted to do was a cooking course. We found this activity and were so incredibly impressed by it that in any recollection of our trip to anyone, this has been the one activity that we highly recommended anyone go on if they were planning a trip to the area (or even if not!)Dewa gave us a full village tour and lots of insight into daily Balinese village life. It was amazing to learn about the culture from someone who is not a professional tour guide but who lives it. The cooking class was great and we have our own recipe book for trying them out. Luckily we can source most of the Balinese ingredients (or close substitutes!)
- R3volv360 April 23, 2019
The other reviewers are spot on: this is a wonderful experience and the absolute highlight of our trip. Dewan is as entertaining, humble and attentive as the other reviews suggest. For us, a highlight was how welcome and engaged the children were.After being picked up from our hotel Dewa took us for a tour of his village and it’s “garden” - a lush and thriving area, quite wild, in which so many of the edible and medicinal staples are found. We visited the house of the village Brahmin, where we took impromptu lessons in traditional painting. The cooking was marvellous. Our kids were at the centre of the experience, making coconut milk, mixing the batter for the fried bananas, stirring the corn fritter mixture and (under close supervision) chopping vegetables and tempeh. The food itself was the best we had in the whole trip. But without Heston the best part of the trip is Dewa himself. He is an articulate, gentle and insightful man, very proud of his village and it’s traditions, an ambassador for the importance of sustainability and community, and a lovely teacher.The best day I’ve spent in ages.
- P6367TSjonathanp April 18, 2019
Our family of 4 learned so much about the traditional balinese way of life and food. We loved seeing their home, learning about their traditions, cooking with their wood fire stove, getting inspired by their nearly waste-free lifestyle and enjoying their gorgeous property. Dewa and his family were very welcoming and happy to have us! Definitely was a highlight from our trip to beautiful Bali!
- 200brook April 17, 2019
We thought we had signed up for a cooking class but this was sooooo much more than we had expected! It really is a “private and personalised” class. Our host, Dewa, a very respectful and humble man was such a wealth of information and knowledge. We enjoyed hearing his stories and insights into traditional Balinese culture and lifestyle. Before arriving at his home, we were taken on a walking tour of his village and discovered the many different plants and animals that helped sustain the families living there. Under Dewa’s instruction, we prepared a Balinese feast and later enjoyed every delicious mouthful! We were pleased to learn that the entire village benefits from booking classes such as Dewa’s. It really was an honour to spend time with this gentleman. Wonderful host, great teacher and exceptional food!
- JohnandBarbF March 31, 2019
We met the most sweetest guy and had the greatest experience on March 23, 2019! He was non stop smiling and so welcoming! This was life changing. He was very accomadating to pick us up at our Hotel even after I accidentally sent him the wrong hotel. He told us about his family history which made this tour super personal. He answered all of your questions and loved talking about his traditional ways. The food was incredible and I'm so happy he had us jot down the recipe! Also his "doggie" was adorable!! Definitely book with him, you won't regret it!!! This will surely be one of my greatest memories and story to tell down the road!
- natashasadventure March 30, 2019
What an amazing day!!! This was organised for my birthday and I honestly could not of had a better day spent with Dewa. He came to pick us up from our hotel and drive us to his village - the whole time along the drive he spoke so much about his culture and gave us so much invaluable information about Bali and traditions and I have never learnt so much about Bali than what I did with Dewa!Walking through his village was such a beautiful experience to see how they live and arriving at his house was just amazing - such a differently life to what I have here in Melbourne. We sat for a couple of hours with Dewa writing down his recipes and chopping up food and cooking the food along with the recipe - this way you can cook the dishes at home yourself. The food was the best I have eaten in Bali and will 100% be cooking this back at home. My partner, who does not cook much and was doing this more for me and my birthday absolutely enjoyed himself and got SO much out of the experience. If you are wanting an experience you will always remember than please book this class in - you will not regret it - Dewa is one of the most beautiful and kind human beings I have ever meet.
- NattyNisbet March 20, 2019
One of the big highlights of Bali. Everything was perfect, from pickup to drop off. Dewa was fantastic, the history as well as the cooking was a brilliant experience. Best food ever. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. Thanks Dewa.
- 1511clarao March 06, 2019
My partner and I did this cooking class last year and it was the absolute highlight of our trip. It gave me so much appreciation for the culture and the food we cooked was delicious. I still make the recipes at home today! Dewa is such a lovely man and I would highly recommend this tour!
- 265georgiam March 01, 2019
We stayed in Ubud for 5 nights on our Honeymoon and this was by far the best experience we had while there. Not only was the food absolutely delicious but Dewa made the whole experience absolutely unforgettable. He welcomed us into his home and shared his family culture and traditions with us, and simply went above and beyond. This was the highlight of our Ubud trip without a doubt. You absolutely must book this if you are staying in Ubud!
- bucketoftravel February 27, 2019
You will not have a better experience! Dewa and his family are welcoming, warm, and so kind!!! They are also brilliant teachers and cooks. Wow wow wow!!! I wish I could’ve kept eating! This is a MUST when stopping in Ubud. MUST!!!
- 131jewelr February 20, 2019
This was definitely a highlight of the trip, the reviews don't lie, was a great chance to experience the local traditions and the food was absolutely amazing and seemingly so simple to prepare. Make sure you have your sneakers on as you do a fair bit if walking to begin with through the rice fieldsThe ingredients are mostly prepared, but you will need to refine your chopping skills and you need to write down the recipe in a beautiful book made by local childrenHands on experience and delicious food to top it off. Beautiful location and prompt pick up and drop off to our Ubud hotel
- Alister_Yiap January 13, 2019
Ce fût plus qu’une simple expérience culinaire balinaise Nous avons appris auprès de notre hôte Dewa (qui au passage parle très bien le français )la culture et les traditions de son pays au cœur de sa maison familiale Nous avons tt d’abord commencé ppar un passage au jardin où nous avons pu découvrir diverses plantes puis visites des rizières Nous avons ensuite commencer à cuisiner nos diverses plantes légumes ...Et nous nous sommes bien sûr par la suite régalées À faire absolument expérience délicieuse et enrichissante
- vanesspa79 November 05, 2018
This cooking class was fantastic, Dewa is great he tells you a lot about village life Then you cook 6 Balinese dishes very traditional, you can even ask for your favourite. I’ve been to Bali 50+ times and I tried dishes you’d never get in a restaurant. Don’t expect a commercial kitchen it’s in a Dewas home. Totally recommend
- jenashmit October 22, 2018
The meal was wonderful, made more so because we participated. Possibly the best, and certainly the freshest, meal we enjoyed in Bali.The overall experience was much, much more than a cooking class. Dewa is a kind and quietly passionate ambassador for Bali and the Balinese lifestyle.I would sure love to meet his grandfather, because if Dewa learned just about everything he knows from him, grandfather must be a wise man indeed.We were blessed, honored, and humbled by this experience, and simply cannot recommend it enough to others who are eager to develop a sense of Balinese culture.
- TravBugs0321 October 03, 2018
Had the most incredible time on our honeymoon with Dewa learning all about Balinese culture, touring his village and cooking and eating some of the best food we had the entire trip. I'm still dreaming of the 7 different things we had and since he was kind enough to provide the recipes, will definitely be recreating these the next time we have company over. The perfect host, Dewa was kind, charming, knowledgeable and very inviting to the amazing kitchen in his beautiful home. Had the most amazing time!!
- rogutierrez September 28, 2018
This cooking class was incredible! We were picked up in a lovely car with the most amazing host ever! He was kind and very informative! He told us all about Bali, the food and culture! He taught us about different plants and how they use the land here in Bali. Afterwards we went to his lovely family home and we learnt about the home and then we started cooking! Everything was clear and organized and we just got such fantastic instruction. We made an incredible lunch and then got to eat it there in his garden! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
- Andrew G September 17, 2018
Dewa was a phenomenal host. We walked through his village, where he explained his family's lifestyle. The food was fantastic. Easily the highlight of our Bali trip. This is a phenomenal way to get out of the touristy central Ubud. A must-do!
- kushm723 September 17, 2018
Had a fantastic time taking this cooking class. Dewa was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. We walked through his village, while he explained all about Balinese life. The class itself was great and the food was amazing. Highly recommend signing up for this.
- Pliskin1999 August 20, 2018
We spent our last night in Ubud here with Dewa. It is truly different experience and Dewa is passionate, in a very gentle way, about his life in the village. Having eaten local food for a week, and we enjoyed it all - the dinner provided here was by far the best. Both quality and exceptional taste. It was fun to participate in the preparation of the wonderful result. Thank you.
- Dexter56 August 03, 2018
Wonderful experience wandering the village and feeling and hearing about the grounded life the inter generational families live. The best food I have had in a long time and I love to cook! Set in a beautiful home hosted by Dewa and surrounded by his lovely garden this is a must do if you love culture and want to have a genuine experience. My husband and I had a terrific interesting and very enjoyable 4 hour tour and cooking experience that was so much more than that. I will come again. There’s another 14 dishes to experience- can’t wait to come back.
- Carolyn B July 12, 2018
Exceeded all expectations and one of the most unique and unforgettable cultural experiences in Bali. Listening to Dewa candidly sharing with us his way of life, Balinese culture, traditions and religion will be something that challenges your approach to life from its very core. Summarising his simplicity and content approach to life (on the topic of age) "Like others in my village, I don't know my date of birth (and my age by extension). Quality of life is not about how long you live but by how happy and full you live each day to."You pay for a 'cooking experience' and a 'garden tour' but you walk away with something truly intangible.
- Andy Z July 08, 2018
My friend and I have just returned from Bali; during our trip we had the pleasure of spending an evening with Dewa and his family. I am lucky to have travelled to many different countries, but I have never had an experience as fascinating and informative as this one. Dewa is a man of great charm and intellect; he is also a gifted storyteller, bringing the history and stories of his family to life in a most memorable way. The walk through the village to Dewa's beautiful family compound opened our eyes and our hearts to better understand and admire the ways of this beautiful island...Once we arrived at Dewa's house, the learning continued with stories of the traditions and meaningful aspects of life in a Balinese household, all told with warmth and humour. We then sat at the table in the outdoor kitchen whilst Dewa continued to weave history and tradition as he introduced us to the ingredients and methods for preparing our dinner. Dewa's wife and her assistants were graceful, patient and kind (my friend has a lengthy list of food intolerances!) and never once made us feel anything but welcome and appreciated. Dinner was redolent with spices such as garlic, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, pepper and galangal...all the flavours of Bali. In keeping with tradition, Dewa and his wife ate separately from us, joining us as we had finished our meal with crunchy banana fritters; almost too full for them, but not quite! We were driven back to our hotel and felt genuinely sad to say goodbye to these generous, warm-hearted, dignified people...I can't wait to meet them again.
- MelanieKitchenDiva May 02, 2018
We booked our tour with Dewa as we wanted to take the time to complete a cooking class during our stay in Bali. What we didn’t expect was that we would have one of the richest, authentic cultural experiences we have had in years. Dewa is a wonderful, humble and thoughtful host who took the time to explain to us the Balinese way of life, the history of his village and their approach to living in harmony with the world. He took us on a walk through the land surrounding his village, explaining traditions and pointing out plants and herbs and their uses from both a culinary and a medicinal purpose. He even told us about the work he and his village do to reduce plastic pollution through recycling and repurposing it. Once we made it to his house, Dewa explained the Balinese family lifestyle and routines including why the houses are payed out as they are. We had already got more than our money’s worth and the cooking hadn’t even begun. The cooking lesson was excellent and hands on. Dewa took the time to explain the significance of the ingredients and their quantities in terms of both taste and medicinal properties. He was open and engaging with our questions and given his English is excellent we were able to have a great conversation. The food we prepared was delicious and we took away the recipes as something that we will definitely be using at home. As Dewa said, food is like art - you start with the basic idea and then create it to your own preference. Definitely the highlight of our Bali trip so far and one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling tours we have ever been on. We couldn’t recommend it more highly!!
- PaulHandLisaE May 01, 2018
Cooking with Dewa far exceeded all expectations. He is a humble, friendly, gracious host that explains so much about Balinese culture as you walk through his village, pick ginger and turmeric from the side of the road. My family of 4 learned more in 5 hours with him, than in the 5 previous day's in Bali.He explained so much and made me feel at ease. The final stop on the walk was us arriving at his household compound to begin cooking. He walked us through the compound, his outdoor bedroom where he often sleeps on the floor, his family shrine, the kitchen, etc. I wrote down the recipes of each dish, as we cut up, mashed into paste. This is the simplistic way his family cooks everyday, using a wood burning cook-top. All items are fresh, we even made out own coconut milk for a chicken dish. It was such an empowering and enlightening experience. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. The most remarkable thing was telling Dewa about all of the positive postings in regards to his tour. He smiled humbly and said. "I didn't know". He doesn't use internet and only has access to email through the assistance of a local hotel and the Traveling Spoon agency. He lives his life in simplicity and it was such a breath of fresh air.
- RachaelC485 April 09, 2018
Dewa and family were lovely hosts and totally in touch with the island spirit and what it's like for us as visitors. It was fun, invigorating and most importantly delicious food. It was hands on enough to learn and hands off enough to not be arduous. The family compound was beautiful and instantly relaxing and welcoming. This is way better than any cooking school or hotel experience because it was a family doing it.
- bjp12007 March 05, 2018
We were a group of 6 coming from a cruise liner docked in southern Bali. We were met by Dewa at a nearby hotel and went to his village. The walk to his home was very informative, we learned much about the culture and how he lives. Once at the home we met his lovely wife Jero and we helped cook lunch. Recipes were written down then printed and the lunch was excellent. the best part of the day really was learning about how they live and the culture. Highly recommended!!
- Kent R February 02, 2018
This was hands-down one of the highlights of my trip to Indonesia! Dewa and his wife, Jero, were so warm and welcoming. They made us feel right at home and showed us around their compound, taking the time to really explain the local culture, their beliefs and how they lived, in addition to being wonderful cooking instructors. We learned about how the people in their village approach life and their relationship with food, which I felt made the experience far more enriching than just an ordinary cooking class.The cooking part itself was very hands-on, which I loved. We had so much fun, giggling with Dewa and Jero, and taking sooooo many of pictures of the amazingly colourful local ingredients that were a feast for the eyes before they ever made it onto our plates. And the end result was delicious! (Now if only I can reproduce the same results with the ingredients I have access to at home... Fingers crossed!)I was a little hesitant about booking with Traveling Spoon because it was pricey for my trip budget, but it came so enthusiastically and highly recommended by a woman I chatted with one day at my hotel that I decided to splurge. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. I felt like I wasn't just learning how to cook a few dishes, I was discovering the local culture through food, giving back to the communities that I was visiting by supporting local business--and making two new friends in the process! I will definitely seek out Traveling Spoon again the next time I go away and plan to shamelessly plug it to anybody who asks!
- spunkygamine January 04, 2018
The absolute best thing we did in Bali was the cooking class, not because of the cooking (that was just a bonus for me as a cookbook author and food writer) but because of our teacher, Dewa and the impact he had on us. My husband is NOT into cooking and this class was his highlight too - so that's saying something! Dewa is Buddhist (which is unusual for Bali) and lives in an Ubud village of 2000 people. He lives in his compound (house) with 4 generations and this is where the class is taken. It was an incredible experience to finally get to be inside one of these beautiful homes we often drove past. Many of them are so beautiful you think they are temples, but then realise they are actually peoples homes.It was a private class (some cooking classes have up to 40 people) so it was just my husband and I which felt really special, and it also included accommodation pick up. We covered everything from gardening and how they grow organically using things like crop rotation, how the compound has to be built and why (10% temple, 30% house, 60% for garden and livestock), about the traditions and religion and then about the food and cooking. This class was 5 days into our holiday so much of what Dewa was covering we already had interest in based on our Bali experience so far. Dewa studied linguistics for many years so his English is impeccable which was great for wanting to extend topics from just the basics to conversations on almost a spiritual level. He was one of the most humble, wise, kind and knowledgeable persons I have ever met, and a few times when he was talking to us I cried - in a good way. It's a hard thing to try and describe a connection you feel to someone - especially a stranger, but both my husband and I felt very blessed to have been able to meet Dewa. Every single thing we ate and cooked with he had the meaning for it and why it was good for us. For example, when we arrived he made us a lemongrass tea and he said "keep sipping the tea please, it will stop the mosquitos from biting you". We cooked 4 different dishes and there were also extra things made for us like salads and sambals. I'm sure there are many amazing cooking classes to attend in Bali, but I'm not sure if they would all have a Dewa. If going to Bali, this class is the number one thing I recommend you do!For my Bali Blog with all my travel tips, hot spots and photos, see The Forest Cantina (dot) com
- ajanduc December 28, 2017
This was SUCH a fantastic experience! Dewa and his family welcomed me into their home and we cooked the most delicious food I've ever eaten in my life. I felt truly immersed in the culture and learned so much about it beyond what I learned about cooking. Dewa was fantastic and I highly recommend him!
- Abbie November 05, 2017
Dewa was great -- we learned so much from him! The food was great, but honestly, it was secondary to talking to Dewa.
- Jennifer October 31, 2017
One of our favourite experiences in Bali. Dewa is a wonderful person. He teached us a lot not only about cooking, but also about Balinese life, culture and traditions.
- Sintija U October 07, 2017
can't speak highly enough of the great experience preparing a meal in Dewa's lovely home. Dewa showed us the surrounding area and helped give us an understanding of the spiritual and traditional influences on his family's life in Bali. Plus the food itself was amazing - will definitely be trying some of the recipes again soon.
- Leigh August 15, 2017
Again, traveling Spoon has delivered an amazing experience. Everyone in my party was absolutely amazed and pleased with the experience we had. This is simply something that can't be found with other services. Our host opened her home to us, shared her life and customs, and guided us to prepare delicious food.
- Adeh July 03, 2017
Some of my greatest experiences while traveling on my own have been getting lost outside a city, meeting locals and the ultimate goal - getting invited to a meal at their home. When I came across the traveling spoon I was intrigued and excited at the idea and booked a meal right away for an upcoming trip to Bali with my husband and 2 year old daughter. Traveling as a family is entirely different than traveling solo or just with your spouse. I was so thrilled to have a more culturally immersive experience as a family, just like ones I had traveling alone! It felt very organic as if we had met this wonderful man while wandering the streets and he took us in to give us a traditional Balinese meal cooked in his home. He shared all about his beliefs and culture and answered all of our questions about how things work in his community, his traditions and everything in between. I left feeling like we had each taken away so much knowledge on top of truly enjoying every part of our little adventure with Dewa. I will definitely be using traveling spoon again and have already recommended it to friends. If you share my passion for food, travel and an authentic cultural experience I highly recommend trying it out on your next trip!
- Ellice B June 02, 2017
We had fun, we laughed, and we learned to cook interesting dishes. More importantly, we got to spend time and make a connection with a really special woman, and we felt so honored to be welcomed into their home. (which was an experience in of itself, Balinese homes are so beautiful). Highlights are - getting a tour of the garden, having a puppy play at my feet, seeing the kids come home from school and chatting with our host, she was really so sweet. We had a funny moment talking about the similarities of harvesting palm oil, and palm sugar, with harvesting maple syrup. Thank you so much Traveling Spoon for providing this experience, It was really one of my favorite days of my entire trip.
- nat c May 17, 2017
We were gifted a cooking lesson with Putu and her family through the Traveling Spoon which proved to be one of the best experiences we had in Bali. For anyone looking to taste wonderful, real Balinese food and interact with a local family, this is a must-do activity for you!Putu and her brother-in-law picked us up at 7am and took us to visit two local markets where she had previously purchased ingredients for our extensive menu. This provided a great taste of local life, an eye into the community at large away from the tourists.Once at her home we were taken on a tour of her garden, family temple, and offered refreshing coconut juice as we met her family members that would be assisting with the cooking lesson. The kitchen, divided into three sections, was abuzz with activity for several hours as we chopped, ground, fried, steamed, wrapped, and prepared about 7 different courses - more if you take into account how wonderful Putu was in accommodating our various dietary restrictions. Everything was made with and without chili peppers for our varying tolerance levels and an emphasis was put on vegetarian dishes. As we were busy in the kitchen Putu and her family beautifully displayed each finished dish in palm leaves so that by the time we were ready, it was truly a magnificent feast with tastes far richer than we were getting at any of the Balinese restaurants. Left with hand-written recipes, colorful photos, new friends, and full bellies (complete with generous take-away boxes for left overs), we all thoroughly agree that a Traveling Spoon cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area.
- annonomous_11 May 12, 2017
I loved my "off the eaten path" experience in Ubud, Bali! This was a unique way to immerse myself in the local Balinese culture through a lovely family that is passionate about sharing their knowledge and culture with me through food. I learned a lot about the Balinese lifestyle and cuisine and had a great time cooking with Dewa and Jero. Jero can work the mortar and pestle like no other, creating fantastic Balinese spice pastes that are the foundation in many of their dishes. Dewa was also patient enough to drive me to/from my hotel, which was rather far away from their home due to distance/traffic.
- Selina A May 11, 2017
A wonderful experience at his modest home which was more than just a dining experience. We talked about the culture and Balinese way of life, while we were cooking together.
- Lynn May 07, 2017
We were welcomed into Dewa's home and felt completely at ease. Dewa provided us with great insight into the culture of family life in Bali and the Hindu faith. We asked a lot of questions and Dewa responded with ease. We thoroughly enjoyed participating in the meal preparation and learning about the ingredients and especially appreciated the notebook to record the recipes for the food we would soon eat. Everything Dewa, his assistants and my husband and I prepared was delicious. By evenings' end we knew we had experienced a truly special occasion, one of the most memorable from all our travels over many years.
- Jordan and Cheryl April 24, 2017
We had fun, we laughed, and we learned to cook interesting dishes. More importantly, we got to spend time and make a connection with a really special woman, and we felt so honored to be welcomed into their home. (which was an experience in of itself, Balinese homes are so beautiful). Highlights are - getting a tour of the garden, having a puppy play at my feet, seeing the kids come home from school and chatting with our host, she was really so sweet. We had a funny moment talking about the similarities of harvesting palm oil, and palm sugar, with harvesting maple syrup. Thank you so much traveling spoon for providing this experience, It was really one of my favorite days of my entire trip.
- April 15, 2017
Dewa was not around, but his wife Jari filled in and did an excellent job. We've taken a few cooking classes around Southeast Asia and this was one of our favourites. Although each dish started with the same base or ingredients, they each had a lot of individual flavour and character. One of the highest praises I can sing about the food is that when I asked my partner what her favourite dishes were, she picked three of the five. When I picked my three out of five, we only overlapped on one dish. In most cases, we both agree on our favourite dishes, and to have us choose different things speaks to the overall quality and consistency here. The setting is also really special. The back of the property has a garden with a couple cows and a few pigs, while the cooking area itself is outdoors and surrounded by more plants: ginger, turmeric, galangal, chilies, lemongrass and fresh peppercorn are all growing within reach of the kitchen. I highly recommend this class, and I wouldn't change a thing about it.
- Reid March 10, 2017
Some of my greatest experiences while traveling on my own have been getting lost outside a city, meeting locals and the ultimate goal - getting invited to a meal at their home. When I came across the traveling spoon I was intrigued and excited at the idea and booked a meal right away for an upcoming trip to Bali with my husband and 2 year old daughter. Traveling as a family is entirely different than traveling solo or just with your spouse. I was so thrilled to have a more culturally immersive experience as a family, just like ones I had traveling alone! It felt very organic as if we had met this wonderful man while wandering the streets and he took us in to give us a traditional Balinese meal cooked in his home. He shared all about his beliefs and culture and answered all of our questions about how things work in his community, his traditions and everything in between. I left feeling like we had each taken away so much knowledge on top of truly enjoying every part of our little adventure with Dewa. I will definitely be using traveling spoon again and have already recommended it to friends. If you share my passion for food, travel and an authentic cultural experience I highly recommend trying it out on your next trip!
- Ellice March 08, 2017
It was an amazing expereine, Dewa were amazing hosts and we really enjoyed their company!
- Nikhil February 22, 2017
I had an amazing day with Dewa! I not only learned how to prepare Balinese home food, I also learned about Balinese every day life, their beliefs, religion and culture. Dewa was a great host. He made me feel comfortable from the minute he picked me up. Additional feedback: I have booked the market + cooking + meal package. But Dewa does not actually go to the market because everything he uses is from his garden. So this was a surprise for me. I talked to him about it and he would like to correct this on his description as he never visits the market (also timing wise it will not be work as the local markets close before noon). It would also be great if you could add the option of veg/non-veg / vegan similar as you have it already for spice level and alcohol.
- Angela February 10, 2017
Best culinary experience of any vacations- Dewa was very calming and offered a divine experience incorporating culture, food, religious practices, and general personal connection.
- Jennifer and Chris December 30, 2016
- December 28, 2016
My traveling companions and I visited a traditional Balinese family compound. Walking through the garden and rice paddies and learning about the culture from Dewa, our host, was an experience I will remember forever. There is so much wisdom to be gained by listening to people whose lives are different from ours. The Balinese people have few possessions, but their smiles are big and bright and their outlook is positive beyond belief. Thank you so much to Traveling Spoon for connecting us with Dewa and his beautiful family!
- Cody December 26, 2016
My boyfriend and I had a fun time learning about the Balinese culture while magically preparing so much food. I wish we could've shared it with our friends and family back home because it everything tasted so good. I'm very excited to have these recipes for life and the experience was a memorable one.
- Iris October 20, 2016
It was a highlight of the trip, and an important cultural connection for our family, especially our kids.
- Kirk August 24, 2016
We absolutely loved our Traveling Spoon experience. Dewa and his family were so kind, and it was so interesting and fun to learn from him about local gardening, cooking and culture. Our night at Dewa's house was probably one of the best that we had in Bali!
- Elsita & Dominik August 22, 2016
The cooking class and meal at Dewa's house was an amazing experience! Not only was the food delicious but Dewa was also the best host ever! He explained a lot about the culture, their way of living and the food. That was a great way of connecting with the local culture. We definitely recommend doing a course with him - you will leave happy and inspired with a full belly :)
- Alexandra August 10, 2016
Our evening with Dewa, Jero and their family was simply a delight. The food, their stories, their patience answering all our questions, their heart-warming kindness - everything we saw, heard, smelled, stirred, chopped and tasted contributed to a wonderful experience that we will remember forever. We were picked up by Dewas lovely friend Kadek, who brought us to the family compound, where we met Jero and her sisters-in-law, who had prepared everything already. Jero gave us a tour of the marvellous garden which was rather short since it got dark quite quickly. Dewa joined us a little later and shared his vast knowledge about Balinese food, culture and life in general with us. We enjoyed gorgeous dishes and the wonderful atmosphere of this lovely family home - all in all a great evening!
- Anja & Iris June 22, 2016
Dewa was a wealth of information about his culture and the local environment. This experience was the highlight of our trip to Indonesia and has left us with so many wonderful memories and knowledge of the way that the locals live and view family, food, and life.
- Arash Boostani June 11, 2016
Dewa my host in Indonesia Bali was the best host and experience I could ask for he went out his way to make my experience the best I could ask for he was warm welcoming and loving he showed me his home, his family and even let me write all my recipes down! Yum. I'm thrilled with my experience and would advise any one to do it!
- Savanna gude June 07, 2016
Nothing to say, we just loved everything! From our host and the food to the traveling spoon service and the opportunity it gives to locals! You guys are amazing!
- Valentina-Chile May 25, 2016
Truly wonderful and memorable first Traveling Spoon experience! Dewa was a warm, welcoming and knowledgeable host and the food was delicious. This was definitely the best way to learn about Balinese food, lifestyle and culture.
- Lisa February 24, 2016
I honestly feel like we now have a caring friend that lives in a village of 200 people, deep in the jungle in Bali. The time we spent with Dewa, our cooking mentor, was absolutely priceless and I will never forget it.
- Drs. Jeff and Erin Spees February 17, 2016
This was one of the highlights of our time in Bali! The food was incredible, and cooking in the open kitchen over a fire was a real treat. Dewa and his family provided great insights into Balinese culture and traditions. Highly recommend Dewa!
- Anjali January 14, 2016
My wife and I had an excellent time with Dewa this evening. He is extremely warm and inviting and puts you at ease right away. Honestly, I relaxed fully for the first time on this trip. We loved seeing Balinese culture from a local perspective, It's quite difficult to get this from the touristy hustle and bustle of Ubud. We learned from Dewa (in his very good English) not just the "what" and "how" of Balinese cooking, but also the "why". As much a lesson in culture and philosophy as in cooking. A definite highlight of our trip!
- Andrew December 27, 2015
What an amazing way to get a real glimpse into someone's home, life, and culture. We learned so much about the Balinese culture from Dewa and the food was amazing night and plentiful, too. Highly recommend.
- Lindsay October 28, 2015
This was hands-down one of the highlights of my trip to Indonesia! Dewa and his wife, Jero, were so warm and welcoming. They made us feel right at home and showed us around their compound, taking the time to really explain the local culture, their beliefs and how they lived, in addition to being wonderful cooking instructors. We learned about how the people in their village approach life and their relationship with food, which I felt made the experience far more enriching than just an ordinary cooking class. The cooking part itself was very hands-on, which I loved. We had so much fun, giggling with Dewa and Jero, and taking sooooo many of pictures of the amazingly colourful local ingredients that were a feast for the eyes before they ever made it onto our plates. And the end result was delicious! (Now if only I can reproduce the same results with the ingredients I have access to at home... Fingers crossed!) I was a little hesitant about booking with Traveling Spoon because it was pricey for my trip budget, but it came so enthusiastically and highly recommended by a woman I chatted with one day at my hotel that I decided to splurge. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. I felt like I wasn't just learning how to cook a few dishes, I was discovering the local culture through food, giving back to the communities that I was visiting by supporting local business--and making two new friends in the process! I will definitely seek out Traveling Spoon again the next time I go away and plan to shamelessly plug it to anybody who asks!
- Darlene October 28, 2015
It was a fAntastic and unique experience we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Dewa and his wife showed what true Balinese life is all about and we prepared the best meal ever! Nothing but amazing positive comments from all of us!
- Hiddenglasshouse October 27, 2015
Everything was fabulous. We all enjoyed the host, along with all of the information he shared with us, the food and the experience. It was a lovely day.
- Sheri October 12, 2015
Dewa and his family were absolutely charming and gave us the nicest introduction to Balinese culture you could hope for!
- Sophie October 09, 2015
It was pretty confusing throughout the entire process. It started with my misunderstanding of the price and pick-up time and so on. I also feel that adding another $10-12 for the garden tour was a bit too pricey. If the amount of time it takes is the problem, why not charge the price for the whole group instead of charging per person? I got lucky because of the generous discount you provided but I think without it I would have felt that the experience was a bit too pricey.
- Anthony September 29, 2015
Our host was just amazing. The way he shared their culture along with his relatives, their home and lives gave us the oportunity to glimpse a part of the true Balinese culture. The only problem is that now the standard is extremely high for our next travelingspoon experience.
- Cristobal Salvatierra September 28, 2015
Friendly and genuine hosts in a fantastic setting
- September 26, 2015
This experience was a gift for us... More than a cooking class, it was like a "way of living our lives class". At first we thought that the price was a little expensive for us as we were tavelling for a long time, but DEFINETLY it worths it!!!! Is the best way yo know and learn the place you are visiting! Our host was awsome and his family was beautiful. After this experience, for sure we will repeat it in every city that we visit. Thanks travelling spoons for giving us the oportunity to meet Dewa and his amazing family... And the last thing: we have stayed many days in Ubud and we didn't like balinense food until yesterday afternoon, delicious!!!!!!!
- Pili and Luigi September 20, 2015
Amazing, Educational, Delicous
- September 10, 2015
- August 19, 2015
Made was a great host. So funny and friendly, the food was great. Just an amazing time
- Adam and Katie Glover August 17, 2015
Dewa was a really nice, laid-back host. He picked us up from our hotel and gave us some insights into the culture in Ubud, and his family's history dating back several centuries. He took us on a tour of his house/temple/garden, while introducing us to his family and explaining more about their customs and culture. Afterwards, we helped his wife and two daughters prepare the dishes that we ate for dinner. Dewa was extremely patient with us and walked us through each recipe, ensuring that we wrote down each one correctly so we could replicate at home. In instances where he wasn't sure if the ingredient would be readily available in the US, he also provided alternatives & substitutes, which was really helpful. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed having a part in preparing it. The only semi-weird thing was that we ate separately by ourselves at a table (it wasn't clear if the family had eaten before we got there or was waiting until after we left), which was different than our other experiences but wasn't awkward or anything. All in all, it was another amazing time! Thank you!
- June 30, 2015
Dewar and Made were wonderful hosts. Walking around Dewar's tropical vegetable garden was an incredible insight into Balinese agriculture and history. In the family compound, Made helped us to make 4 traditional and delicious dishes over the kitchen fire. For us this was an unique way to meet local people, understand more about Balinese culture and to enjoy the process of cooking some great food (best chicken curry ever!).
- May 18, 2015
This was an incredible experience for our family. We cooked every dish from scratch, using all local ingredients, nothing store bought and over a wood oven! Our hosts were lovely and we learned so much about the culture.
- Meryl Weber May 14, 2015
We had a fabulous experience and integration into real Balinese cooking and culture. Authentic food, setting, cooking, and people.
- Kyle February 02, 2015
Well, that would take more than 1 minute :) . I'm on a mobile device and can't write anything lengthy right now. Lots of positive things to say and I will follow up via email.
- December 23, 2014
Our first Traveling Spoon experience was simply perfect from start to finish! Dewa and Jero were wonderful hosts. We learned a huge amount about Balinese culture and Dewa was happy to answer any questions we had. Their traditional-style house and village are beautiful. The cooking lesson was fantastic, and the resulting meal delicious. The experience was definitely the highlight of our time in Bali.
- Kieran December 10, 2014
I loved my "off the eaten path" experience in Ubud, Bali! This was a unique way to immerse myself in the local Balinese culture through a lovely family that is passionate about sharing their knowledge and culture with me through food. I learned a lot about the Balinese lifestyle and cuisine and had a great time cooking with Dewa and Jero. Jero can work the mortar and pestle like no other, creating fantastic Balinese spice pastes that are the foundation in many of their dishes. Dewa was also patient enough to drive me to/from my hotel, which was rather far away from their home due to distance/traffic.
- Selina Ang or @SelinaAng October 26, 2014
Unbelievably amazing!
- Hannah 360 October 02, 2014
My three friends and I went into this experience without much knowledge about Balinese culture other than what we had gleaned from our travel books, and we left our hosts' house with every question answered in great detail. Dewa and Jura are a lovely couple who clearly have so much fun together, which poured over onto all of us. They and a few other women from the town had prepped a ton of food, but they got us involved with the chopping and grating and frying, not to mention eating!!! They explained each of the ingredients, discussing the health benefits and different ways of eating everything. We got to grate and milk coconut, wrap tuna in bamboo leaves, and fry corn fritters! The meal we helped to prepare was so delicious that my mouth is watering now just thinking about it. Wow! In addition to the food, Jura and Dewa showed us around their family's home, which is a traditional multi-generation compound with pigs and chickens in the back and a number of different structures for sleeping, eating, praying, etc.The home was beautiful, and learning about their traditional practices (like the ways they name their children and their ceremonies) was fascinating. Dewa and Jura are warm, welcoming people with plenty of fun stories and insights on local customs to share (in flawless English, no less). I can't recommend a visit to their home highly enough. Thank you, Steph and Aashi, for arranging such a fantastic experience for us!! It was the highlight of our trip to Bali, and that is saying a lot!!!
- Kelsey Green September 03, 2014
We absolutely loved our experience. It was really fun, meaningful, and educational. The whole purpose of travelling 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 and Ellie August 01, 2014
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Dewa

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$40 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $42 $38
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $42 $38
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Dewa

Dewa, a gardener at the neighboring resort, lives with his wife, Jero, and their children and extended family in the artist village of Keliki in the elegant terraced foothills 20 minutes north of Ubud. Dewa is a wealth of knowledge about local customs, cuisine and agriculture and loves to share his culture with guests.

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: (1-24 guests) Your Balinese feast may include dishes such as pepes ikan (grilled tuna in banana leaves), a delicate and deeply satisfying dish, bumbu kuning (chicken in a fresh turmeric and coconut milk sauce), bregedel (corn fritters), and jukut urab (seasonal vegetables with grated coconut and fried shallots).

In traditional Balinese style, you will not eat your meal with Dewa and his family, although they will be with you throughout the rest of the experience. In keeping with their Balinese family tradition and sense of spirituality, your hosts will not share the meal with you at the dining table. Their preferred approach is to eat on one's own and focus on personal meditation to achieve a positive state of mind.

Cooking experience: (1-24 guests) Your immersive Balinese experience begins by discovering exotic Balinese fruit and herbs near Dewa's home. You will learn how local Balinese spices such as galangal, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, cacao, and nutmeg are grown and learn about their medicinal properties. Then you will walk about 10 minutes to Dewa’s home for a tour of the family compound before you start cooking together. Join his family to cook a range of Balinese dishes using a traditional wood-fired stove. Expect a very hands-on, communal cooking experience during which you will grind spices and chilies on a large stone grinder, chop ingredients, and wrap fish in banana leaves.

Notes: On days when Dewa is unavailable, an equally wonderful family member will host you with Dewa's wife Jero.

Dewa prefers not to host just a meal for solo travelers. For solo travelers who only want a meal, Dewa charges a premium.

Dewa can provide round-trip transportation only from Ubud hotels, for an additional cost. If you are staying outside Ubud, there is no transportation and Dewa will meet you at the Alam Sari Resort in Keliki.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

4.99 (127)
If you want to spend time immersing yourself in the local culture, Dewa’s cooking class is a must-do activity! Dewa not only taught us to make delicious food, but was also incredibly kind and informative. He taught us so much about local food and culture and was so gracious and welcoming. Thank you Dewa and family for an unforgettable evening!
- jessicaaW2354YG January 11, 2020
Dewa was a wonderful host. We were a group of 11, ranging from 4 years old to 72 and all of us had a great time. Dewa was so talented at meeting everyone's needs and interests. After an interesting and informative car ride we walked through the area where Dewa lives. Dewa would stop to explain the history of his family's move to the area as well as the philospohy with which they care for the property and the community. He spoke of good and not so good, (purposely not using the term bad) using the dutch colonial period as an example. We would all perhaps benefit from following this balanced approach to life. The family compound was peaceful and beautiful. Dewa took time to talk about the traditions that his family still follows. The cooking class was equally good, we made traditional indonesian foods but different (and better!) than what is found in the Warangs in the area. Many of the ingredients came from Dewa's garden. Dewa gave the younger children tasks that they enjoyed and they worked very happily, the adults worked but also had time to socialize. Dewa and his family did most of the actual cooking in the outdoor kitchen. We sat down at a large table surrounded by lush greenery to enjoy the meal. I would highly recommend this class, it was as many other reviewers commented one of the highlights of our trip!
- Wal98072 January 04, 2020
Really there's little I can add to what has already been said - it WAS so much more than just a cooking class. Dewa is an excellent communicator and everything about the day was so well thought through ensuring our one-on-one experience of Balinese cuisine and culture could not have been better or more enjoyable.
- suellen47 January 04, 2020
We had an amazing experience with Dewa! Cooking, nutrition, philosophy and spirituality all combined into one amazing morning. And an incredible, tasty meal at the end of it. Highly recommended, we would happily do the same class again!
- 784sophiei December 28, 2019
I agree with all the other reviews. This was so much more than a cooking class. It was the highlight of our trip!! You’re walking with Dewa through his garden, his community, and his home. Time was not ever a constraint and Dewa was so open to all questions. While he informs you about his family and culture; it’s also a complete cooking class with Dewa giving you a beautiful notebook to write down all the recipes. Dewa was such a great teacher and involved all of us in prepping the meals. We were with my in laws and my 2 month old baby and 2 year old toddler. Dewa’s wife watched the baby so we could enjoy the class without distractions. She was so amazing with the baby. I recommend this class to anyone who loves food, cooking, and learning the culture behind it.
- Shree B December 10, 2019
We both felt so lucky to have chosen this trip and experience a incredibly eye opening insight into the Balinese culture. The food was incredible and easily better than the majority of food from in town. Would highly recommend you take this cooking class. Hands in and every step is taken at whatever pace is needed. Recipes are also provided for you to recreate these dishes for family and friends at home. Mr Dewa is such an amazing host with incredible English and is more than happy to answer any questions about the food and culture. We left feeling like we were privileged to have met and spent the day together. Thank you so much.
- jononz2019 December 03, 2019
We did the cooking class with Mr. Dewa and it was fantastic. Mr. Dewa has told us a lot about the life of him, his family and the village community. the food was great, we got the recipes. everything was fresh and tasted great. We recommend this cooking course! great experience!we were very excited!!
- julilu2014 November 30, 2019
This class was recommended to me by a friend and I couldn't be more grateful. It was by far my favorite experience in Bali. I learned so much about Balinese culture and food, with the kindest, most insightful teacher. Beyond that, the garden was gorgeous and the food we made was delicious and memorable in every way. Dewa also gave us a journal to write down the recipes, which I'll keep forever.
- cldmalone November 24, 2019
My partner and I took Dewa's class and it was one of the most memorable things we did during our time in Bali.Dewa was so incredible as a host, giving us a tour of his garden and rice patty and sharing with us the knowledge and history of his land and his people. He speaks incredible English and is so considerate and kind.His home is lovely, and his kitchen is very traditional. The ingredients used to make all of the dishes were grown by his village. It was all fresh - they don't even own a refrigerator! He had us write down all the recipes for the dishes we made so we could remember them. The food we made was of the best that we ate in Bali. Would definitely recommend and will definitely come back!Thank you Dewa!!
- Marissa S November 23, 2019
Definitely a highlight of our trip to Bali! We were expecting just a cooking class but this was so much more. Our guide/host Dewa was fantastic, he showed us through the garden whilst teaching us so much about his ancestors, culture and Balinese history. We were welcomed into his home to cook beautiful and delicious authentic Balinese food with his family. A must do experience in Bali and well worth the drive from Seminyak.
- Lee-Anne C November 15, 2019
We had the most amazing day with Dewa, cannot recommend this experience enough! We learned so much about Balinese history, the local village that Dewa grew up in and resides in, as well as the local produce and cooking techniques. His wealth of knowledge and calm, comforting character made for such a wonderful time. Our family of 6 enjoyed this more than any other activity we had done, and is now a treasured memory for us all. Thank you Dewa for inviting us into your home and teaching us so much, giving care to every detail. From - Sinead and family from Sydney :)
- Sinead O November 08, 2019
This was easily one of the most memorable experiences of our ten day vacation in Bali. Dewa is a fantastic tour guide, kindly guiding us through the lush, wild and exhilarating garden full of jackfruit, papaya, macadamia nuts...A beautiful experience with a highly capable guide and amazing food. 10/10 would recommend.
- F6567MHshawnh November 04, 2019
Dewa is a beautiful person and my husband and I felt beyond lucky to have met and spent time with him. This experience is much more than a cooking class, but rather a rare insight into the unique culture of the Balinese. Dewa was kind, informative, and willing to answer the plethora of questions prompted by the information he shared with us. If you're an open person in search of an experience that will open your heart and change your perspective on the world, book this. You will enjoy some fabulous food, sure, but you will leave with much more than a full belly.
- galaboutglobe2 October 28, 2019
Wat een fantastische kookcursus is dit! Dewa is een super lieve man die je eerst vanalles vertelt over Indonesië, zijn dorp en de gewoontes. Je mag hem echt alles vragen! Hij geeft op alles antwoord. De kookles is top verzorgd. Veel uitleg en we kregen een super leuk boekje om alle recepten mee in op te schrijven. Uiteraard ook heerlijk gegeten. Hij neemt werkelijk alle tijd voor je. We hebben genoten! Dikke aanrader.
- Msimons13 October 28, 2019
This was by far the best experience you can have while staying in Ubud. Dewa explained so much to us about his culture and spiritual beliefs. His home is beautiful and the food he taught us how to cook was exceptional. Even Doggie, his dog was lovely company! I can't recommend this experience highly enough. Amazingly Dewa had no idea TripAdvisor existed nor that his class is highly rated!He doesn't have internet and is informed of bookings via the local hotel. All the money feeds back into his community and he offers classes for educational purposes, not for profit as his family are extremely self sufficient. I will be recommending this experience to everyone I know who plans a trip to Ubud.
- brookea684 October 24, 2019
We had such a wonderful time with Dewa, he created an exceptional experience. Much more than a cooking class he gave us a full history about Balinese culture, village walk talking about plants and fruits they use for cooking, visiting Dewa’s traditional Balinese home and much more... And the food that we cook was really amazing!He was very kind and happy to answer all our questions, no rush or tight on schedule he take the time to make a memorable experience with us. Go for the experience you won’t regret it! Thank you Dewa!Patricia & Stephane From Montreal, Canada
- Q4464WJpatriciac October 19, 2019
Lokales Essen zubereiten nach balinesischer Art (good but not delicious). Viele Informationen über die Kultur, Religion und ihr Zusammenleben. Spannender Tag und sehr freundliche Menschen.
- AnjaSelin October 12, 2019
I've been to Bali since I was a kid, and this was my third trip together with my wife.This was far the most memorable event we had in Bali. Very inspirational, slow paced, relaxed and a lot of talking about Balinese culture.I would recommend to people who want to learn and experience Balinese culture. This is much more than a cooking class.Dewa was very kind and happy to answer all of our questions. He enjoys talking and sharing about their history and culture.If you enjoy communicating and learning, go for it!Things we loved besides cooking.1. Private tour, no rush or tight on schedule2. Village walk talking about plants and fruits they use as ingredients3. Visiting Dewa's traditional Balinese home4. Learning about Balinese culture.
- lucasseol October 03, 2019
We had such a great day with Dewa. An amazing cultural experience, which we will treasure for ever. Dewa was a great tour guide and gave us so much information about the culture and the village he lives in with his family. To top this all off the food was out of this world. Do yourself a favour and book this experience.
- rachod86 October 01, 2019
We would like to thanks Dewa for his kindness and his wellknown in cooking!We were only us so we had time to visit the garden which was very instructif and very peaceful. Thank you to Dewa for all the nice informations to know about the balinese’s lifestyleWe had a pleasant moment and the cook was so good ! We also could bring home our recipe book of the day ! Very nice MemoryWe will be back ! Julie & Yannick
- Julie H September 25, 2019
One of our favorite experiences when we were in Bali. Dewa picked us up at our hotel and took us to his farm where he gave us a walking tour and pointed out all things they grow and various trees including clove and cinnamon trees. We went to his home and lovely gardens for the class and learned so much about his culture. Highly recommend for a unquie experience. Thank you Dewa.
- kstorey September 19, 2019
Dewa created an exceptional experience! One of the highlights of my Bali trip! I encourage everyone to do this tour. I got a full history lesson on Bali culture, religious practices, farming, community and most importantly the people who commit themselves to all of the above. It’s really more than a Cooking Experience. It’s an immersive cultural experience that includes cooking. Don’t hesitate in booking this tour, you will leave it feeling the true energy and pulse of Bali!Thank you Dewa and Family Tawny
- 626661 September 14, 2019
This is the 2nd time I have done this cooking class and it is a highlight of our trip. Dewa is a wealth of information and an amazing host. You start by going through the traditional village, which is great to see a working village. The cooking class is fantastic and the food delicious. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see a bit of real Bali.
- Jdyer11 September 11, 2019
"Dewa was amazing. His class is both informative and hands on. You walk away with a better understanding of Balanese culture and how to cook their traditional dishes. A must do! Thank you Dewa, a major highlight to our holiday." 🙏
- simon b September 10, 2019
We were a group of three, and we all absolutely enjoyed our wonderful cooking day with Oak Dewa.Pick up and driving through the local villages near Ubud was charming, Dewa informing about all sorts of local village life facts.We had a wonderful walk through the rice fields to his house. We stopped and watched some local tofu being made.Once at his house a family compound he continued to let us know how life is within a compound, which was great for learning a little bit about the Balinese culture.We then started our cooking class which was fun and informative, lots of laughing too!We then ate all six of the wonderful dishes that we had helped prepare.I thoroughly recommend this as a tour, both cultural and fun and finally delicious!We enjoyed meeting Pak Dewa very much.
- Wendyfishface September 07, 2019
Incredible food with an interesting and cultural experience. Dewa showed us his compound and provided insight into his life and culture. Definitely recommend for anyone trying to experience a true Balinese lifestyle.
- Michelle S September 05, 2019
Dewa was more than just a tour guide or even a cooking guide. He went above and beyond to share wisdom passed from generations of the Balinese culture, religion, and way of life. It felt like you were walking around the jungle with the wisest man in the village (we believe he is!) and we left with so much inspiration pearls to try to incorporate into our everyday American life. Cooking was amazing too but the highlight was Dewa- believe the other reviews, this will surely be the best part of your trip!
- alandicho September 02, 2019
Vom Anfang bis zum Ende des Kurses ist erstaunlich Gastgeber von Dewa,eine kleine Tour durch die Bauernhöfe des Dorfes machen und die Gerichte erklären, fabelhaft gemacht
- hanna s September 02, 2019
This was a gift from our daughter for my husband’s birthday and what a gift! Cannot express enough how wonderful it was. Dewa is a treasure- a wealth of knowledge with such a genuine love of his culture. The entire experience was quite overwhelming and the food was delicious. If you’re thinking about a cooking class in Bali this is the one!
- Merylbv August 22, 2019
We had a wonderful tour of small family farms and village with Dewa. During the tour we learning a lot about local village life. We also had detailed conversations with Dewa about the local views on religion and family - turns out he is quite a philosopher also!We then had a wonderful hands-on cooking experience where we helped to prepare all of the ingredients and cook the dishes. The food was the best that we had on the trip!This experience is highly recommended!
- DBGator August 22, 2019
We had a fantastic morning out with Dewa in his home. We started the tour by walking around the village, where Dewa explained more about his lifestyle and Balinese cultures, which was extremely interesting. He was very knowledgable and had such a great, positive outlook on life. A very inspiring character! Next, we went back to his house to learn about some of the key ingredients and help to chop and prepare them for cooking. Dewa presented us with a cute notebook to write down all the recipes so we can try them at home. We didn’t do all of the cooking, Dewa and his family/neighbours helped out too, but we did enough to keep us engaged and happy. We finished by enjoying an absolutely delicious lunch!A super morning which I would definitely recommend. Thank you Dewa!
- 450shelleyg August 02, 2019
Dewa is an excellent host, not only great cooking lesson but wonderful lessons on traditional Balinese lifestyle. We’ve been to Bali three times and done many activities, this ranks right at the top of the list. Would highly recommend. A memorable day out.
- AussieChico13 August 01, 2019
Had a fantastic day with Dewa and his family ! Dewa is such a fantastic character and has an amazing outlook on life. The class was fun but the walking through the village before the class was brilliant !! We didn’t do so much cooking as sorts but a lot of chopping and preparing. You make 6 or 7 dishes with loads of variety and flavour.
- MichaelB0210 July 16, 2019
We have been travelling Asia for the past 8 months and this has been by far the best cultural experience we have had. You take a tour of Dewa's village, pick from his community garden and then go to his home for a course in cooking traditional Balinese food. We learned so much about the traditions of his community. Would recommend this to anyone.
- 219grace219 July 07, 2019
Dewa picked us up at the hotel and drove us past Rice paddies to his village. On the drive there, he told us stories about the Balinese people, there Mongolian origins and hunter/gatherer lifestyle. At the village we walked through the village garden, rice paddy fields and a cemetery/cremation site. He pointed out the edible fruits and vegetables, talked about the use of ducks to manage weeds and insects in the rice paddies and explained about the burial and cremation traditions. We stopped by a home where a suckling pig was being prepared for the naming ceremony of a 3m old child. He was kind and patient in teaching us the recipies and left us alone to enjoy our delicious food. We like to enjoy cooking lessons in the various countries that we have visited, this is the best one ever! I would highly recommend this to everyone.
- Serene-Yogini June 24, 2019
Meeting Dewa and his family and learning about his community's way of life on top of the cooking class was such an enriching experience. We can't thank Dewa enough for the day that we had with him and his family... and Doggy. We are willingly going to recommend the cooking class to all our friends and family who travel to Ubud. One of our favourite quotes from Dewa - "Live every day like it is your last".
- KatieS4067 June 23, 2019
We were met by the most wonderful man. He learned us so much about the culture and traditions of the Balinese people. It was so interesting. The class is located in his besutiful home with great surroundings. We made seven dishes and they all tasted delishious. He speaks great english and knows so much, and is very reflected about other people and cultures. By taking this class and buying from local shops, he told us, we support the local community - and he is so positive to the tourists coming to his village. We could not recommend this any higher!! It’s a great experience. Thank you Dewa!
- mgchwk June 21, 2019
It was a beautiful drive to Dewa’s family compound. What a treat to be invited into his home. He showed us many locally grown ingredients such as pepper, lemongrass, Kaffi limes & many more. Explained traditional family life & the importance of the grandparents to the family. We cooked basis Bali fare which was fantastic. Easily repeatable at home. We loved his gentle ways & love for his family & community.
- 498angelav June 17, 2019
What am experience! The cooking lesson was only a part of the days attraction. Dewa our host gave us a small glimpse into traditional Balinese life opening his home and heart to us. We learnt when they take they must give back keeping their environment sustainable for future generations. Their gentle respect and love for others and their philosophy of living each day as their last. Seven delicious recipes and dishes created from ingredients gathered from the family garden and fields. A day not to be missed !
- 181maryannet June 12, 2019
Dewa is one of the most talented people in all of Bali and knows the area very well. On top of getting a cooking class we also received a history lesson on Bali and it’s culture. His personality is also extremely positive and he showed us how even though one can have very little they can be very lucky and very happy. Thank you Dewa for everything!
- Saul M June 08, 2019
A cooking lesson with Dewa is an immersion experience through an intimate doorway of Balinese culture because Dewa is a great but humble teacher who is able to demonstrate how everything relates to everything in a spiritually, materially, culturally, communally sustainable manner via the Balinese way of life by showing us tangible manifestations and examples. We took “home” his lessons, and recipes, with gratitude, and this experience continues to live within us. We also thank the community lady who helped out with such fine mortar and pestle grinding of the ingredients that Dewa taught us how to prepare and who then flash cooked them with such dexterity. We thank the masterful (but gently humble!) art teacher and his students who showed us their wonderful work. We thank the neighborhood lady on the motor scooter who gave a hello honk each time she passed by. We thank the woman who was feeding the three chicks who fell out of their nest so that they could be later released to go on….Om Shanti. Shanti. Shanti. Om!Russ & Vicki
- Swastyastu June 01, 2019
My wife and I did the private cooking class with Dewa. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and traditional cooking skills. His home and family were very welcoming. His outlook on life was extremely refreshing. The food was not only delicious, but is also good for you. I would highly recommend this tour. Dewa is simply one of the best guides I have ever experienced!
- ryane43 May 12, 2019
This was the first thing we did visiting Bali and it was the perfect introduction to Balinese food and culture. Dewa has a very warm and welcoming soul. We enjoyed hearing stories and sayings from his grandfather and learning about Balinese life and architecture. We had so much fun cooking and seeing the rice fields and learning about different ingredients. The meal was delicious. Best food in Ubud!
- kropok84 May 10, 2019
Dewa and his family were such kind hosts. They welcome us into their home and explained the customs of local Balinese life. We enjoyed learning the role that each generation plays in the home as well as learning about the different function of each space in the home.The meals that we prepared came from the family's organic garden, so the ingredients were fresh. The meal was excellent. This was a great way to gain insight into the local traditions and foods of Bali.Highly recommend!
- thetripwishlist May 09, 2019
Having read the great reviews on Dewa’s garden and cooking tour, I was expecting something very authentically Balinese and exciting. However none of the previous write ups can do justice to the incredible experience that my wife and I had in our few hours spent with Dewa. Dewa is knowledgeable about the land on which he lives, the produce he uses, and the culture in which he is born. The garden tour, the cooking class and conversation left my wife and I feeling enlightened, immediately speaking of a need to return to learn more from Dewa one day. I highly recommend this experience and I will seek further experiences like this in other countries. I’ve included very few photos below so as to not reveal too much.
- DoucheMania April 26, 2019
My husband and I spent 10 days in Bali, and our cooking class with Dewa was such a special experience that we will always remember! We travel internationally frequently, and it was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had!Dewa picked us up from our hotel and took us to see his land, crops, and home. We learned about how his family and community harvest and utilize every plant and crop in their daily lives. Throughout the evening we talked about Balinese culture, traditions, and food. We would not have gotten this level of immersion otherwise! We cooked a 7 course meal with Dewa, and I was so impressed with the variety of dishes we made. Everything was delicious and the meal itself was also one of the best we had our entire trip. We talked about this experience for days following the class, and cannot recommend it enough to other who are looking for a truly immersive experience in Bali!I cannot recommend this experience enough.
- IGD1089 April 26, 2019
My wife and I went on honeymoon to Bali and one of our activities we wanted to do was a cooking course. We found this activity and were so incredibly impressed by it that in any recollection of our trip to anyone, this has been the one activity that we highly recommended anyone go on if they were planning a trip to the area (or even if not!)Dewa gave us a full village tour and lots of insight into daily Balinese village life. It was amazing to learn about the culture from someone who is not a professional tour guide but who lives it. The cooking class was great and we have our own recipe book for trying them out. Luckily we can source most of the Balinese ingredients (or close substitutes!)
- R3volv360 April 23, 2019
The other reviewers are spot on: this is a wonderful experience and the absolute highlight of our trip. Dewan is as entertaining, humble and attentive as the other reviews suggest. For us, a highlight was how welcome and engaged the children were.After being picked up from our hotel Dewa took us for a tour of his village and it’s “garden” - a lush and thriving area, quite wild, in which so many of the edible and medicinal staples are found. We visited the house of the village Brahmin, where we took impromptu lessons in traditional painting. The cooking was marvellous. Our kids were at the centre of the experience, making coconut milk, mixing the batter for the fried bananas, stirring the corn fritter mixture and (under close supervision) chopping vegetables and tempeh. The food itself was the best we had in the whole trip. But without Heston the best part of the trip is Dewa himself. He is an articulate, gentle and insightful man, very proud of his village and it’s traditions, an ambassador for the importance of sustainability and community, and a lovely teacher.The best day I’ve spent in ages.
- P6367TSjonathanp April 18, 2019
Our family of 4 learned so much about the traditional balinese way of life and food. We loved seeing their home, learning about their traditions, cooking with their wood fire stove, getting inspired by their nearly waste-free lifestyle and enjoying their gorgeous property. Dewa and his family were very welcoming and happy to have us! Definitely was a highlight from our trip to beautiful Bali!
- 200brook April 17, 2019
We thought we had signed up for a cooking class but this was sooooo much more than we had expected! It really is a “private and personalised” class. Our host, Dewa, a very respectful and humble man was such a wealth of information and knowledge. We enjoyed hearing his stories and insights into traditional Balinese culture and lifestyle. Before arriving at his home, we were taken on a walking tour of his village and discovered the many different plants and animals that helped sustain the families living there. Under Dewa’s instruction, we prepared a Balinese feast and later enjoyed every delicious mouthful! We were pleased to learn that the entire village benefits from booking classes such as Dewa’s. It really was an honour to spend time with this gentleman. Wonderful host, great teacher and exceptional food!
- JohnandBarbF March 31, 2019
We met the most sweetest guy and had the greatest experience on March 23, 2019! He was non stop smiling and so welcoming! This was life changing. He was very accomadating to pick us up at our Hotel even after I accidentally sent him the wrong hotel. He told us about his family history which made this tour super personal. He answered all of your questions and loved talking about his traditional ways. The food was incredible and I'm so happy he had us jot down the recipe! Also his "doggie" was adorable!! Definitely book with him, you won't regret it!!! This will surely be one of my greatest memories and story to tell down the road!
- natashasadventure March 30, 2019
What an amazing day!!! This was organised for my birthday and I honestly could not of had a better day spent with Dewa. He came to pick us up from our hotel and drive us to his village - the whole time along the drive he spoke so much about his culture and gave us so much invaluable information about Bali and traditions and I have never learnt so much about Bali than what I did with Dewa!Walking through his village was such a beautiful experience to see how they live and arriving at his house was just amazing - such a differently life to what I have here in Melbourne. We sat for a couple of hours with Dewa writing down his recipes and chopping up food and cooking the food along with the recipe - this way you can cook the dishes at home yourself. The food was the best I have eaten in Bali and will 100% be cooking this back at home. My partner, who does not cook much and was doing this more for me and my birthday absolutely enjoyed himself and got SO much out of the experience. If you are wanting an experience you will always remember than please book this class in - you will not regret it - Dewa is one of the most beautiful and kind human beings I have ever meet.
- NattyNisbet March 20, 2019
One of the big highlights of Bali. Everything was perfect, from pickup to drop off. Dewa was fantastic, the history as well as the cooking was a brilliant experience. Best food ever. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. Thanks Dewa.
- 1511clarao March 06, 2019
My partner and I did this cooking class last year and it was the absolute highlight of our trip. It gave me so much appreciation for the culture and the food we cooked was delicious. I still make the recipes at home today! Dewa is such a lovely man and I would highly recommend this tour!
- 265georgiam March 01, 2019
We stayed in Ubud for 5 nights on our Honeymoon and this was by far the best experience we had while there. Not only was the food absolutely delicious but Dewa made the whole experience absolutely unforgettable. He welcomed us into his home and shared his family culture and traditions with us, and simply went above and beyond. This was the highlight of our Ubud trip without a doubt. You absolutely must book this if you are staying in Ubud!
- bucketoftravel February 27, 2019
You will not have a better experience! Dewa and his family are welcoming, warm, and so kind!!! They are also brilliant teachers and cooks. Wow wow wow!!! I wish I could’ve kept eating! This is a MUST when stopping in Ubud. MUST!!!
- 131jewelr February 20, 2019
This was definitely a highlight of the trip, the reviews don't lie, was a great chance to experience the local traditions and the food was absolutely amazing and seemingly so simple to prepare. Make sure you have your sneakers on as you do a fair bit if walking to begin with through the rice fieldsThe ingredients are mostly prepared, but you will need to refine your chopping skills and you need to write down the recipe in a beautiful book made by local childrenHands on experience and delicious food to top it off. Beautiful location and prompt pick up and drop off to our Ubud hotel
- Alister_Yiap January 13, 2019
Ce fût plus qu’une simple expérience culinaire balinaise Nous avons appris auprès de notre hôte Dewa (qui au passage parle très bien le français )la culture et les traditions de son pays au cœur de sa maison familiale Nous avons tt d’abord commencé ppar un passage au jardin où nous avons pu découvrir diverses plantes puis visites des rizières Nous avons ensuite commencer à cuisiner nos diverses plantes légumes ...Et nous nous sommes bien sûr par la suite régalées À faire absolument expérience délicieuse et enrichissante
- vanesspa79 November 05, 2018
This cooking class was fantastic, Dewa is great he tells you a lot about village life Then you cook 6 Balinese dishes very traditional, you can even ask for your favourite. I’ve been to Bali 50+ times and I tried dishes you’d never get in a restaurant. Don’t expect a commercial kitchen it’s in a Dewas home. Totally recommend
- jenashmit October 22, 2018
The meal was wonderful, made more so because we participated. Possibly the best, and certainly the freshest, meal we enjoyed in Bali.The overall experience was much, much more than a cooking class. Dewa is a kind and quietly passionate ambassador for Bali and the Balinese lifestyle.I would sure love to meet his grandfather, because if Dewa learned just about everything he knows from him, grandfather must be a wise man indeed.We were blessed, honored, and humbled by this experience, and simply cannot recommend it enough to others who are eager to develop a sense of Balinese culture.
- TravBugs0321 October 03, 2018
Had the most incredible time on our honeymoon with Dewa learning all about Balinese culture, touring his village and cooking and eating some of the best food we had the entire trip. I'm still dreaming of the 7 different things we had and since he was kind enough to provide the recipes, will definitely be recreating these the next time we have company over. The perfect host, Dewa was kind, charming, knowledgeable and very inviting to the amazing kitchen in his beautiful home. Had the most amazing time!!
- rogutierrez September 28, 2018
This cooking class was incredible! We were picked up in a lovely car with the most amazing host ever! He was kind and very informative! He told us all about Bali, the food and culture! He taught us about different plants and how they use the land here in Bali. Afterwards we went to his lovely family home and we learnt about the home and then we started cooking! Everything was clear and organized and we just got such fantastic instruction. We made an incredible lunch and then got to eat it there in his garden! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
- Andrew G September 17, 2018
Dewa was a phenomenal host. We walked through his village, where he explained his family's lifestyle. The food was fantastic. Easily the highlight of our Bali trip. This is a phenomenal way to get out of the touristy central Ubud. A must-do!
- kushm723 September 17, 2018
Had a fantastic time taking this cooking class. Dewa was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. We walked through his village, while he explained all about Balinese life. The class itself was great and the food was amazing. Highly recommend signing up for this.
- Pliskin1999 August 20, 2018
We spent our last night in Ubud here with Dewa. It is truly different experience and Dewa is passionate, in a very gentle way, about his life in the village. Having eaten local food for a week, and we enjoyed it all - the dinner provided here was by far the best. Both quality and exceptional taste. It was fun to participate in the preparation of the wonderful result. Thank you.
- Dexter56 August 03, 2018
Wonderful experience wandering the village and feeling and hearing about the grounded life the inter generational families live. The best food I have had in a long time and I love to cook! Set in a beautiful home hosted by Dewa and surrounded by his lovely garden this is a must do if you love culture and want to have a genuine experience. My husband and I had a terrific interesting and very enjoyable 4 hour tour and cooking experience that was so much more than that. I will come again. There’s another 14 dishes to experience- can’t wait to come back.
- Carolyn B July 12, 2018
Exceeded all expectations and one of the most unique and unforgettable cultural experiences in Bali. Listening to Dewa candidly sharing with us his way of life, Balinese culture, traditions and religion will be something that challenges your approach to life from its very core. Summarising his simplicity and content approach to life (on the topic of age) "Like others in my village, I don't know my date of birth (and my age by extension). Quality of life is not about how long you live but by how happy and full you live each day to."You pay for a 'cooking experience' and a 'garden tour' but you walk away with something truly intangible.
- Andy Z July 08, 2018
My friend and I have just returned from Bali; during our trip we had the pleasure of spending an evening with Dewa and his family. I am lucky to have travelled to many different countries, but I have never had an experience as fascinating and informative as this one. Dewa is a man of great charm and intellect; he is also a gifted storyteller, bringing the history and stories of his family to life in a most memorable way. The walk through the village to Dewa's beautiful family compound opened our eyes and our hearts to better understand and admire the ways of this beautiful island...Once we arrived at Dewa's house, the learning continued with stories of the traditions and meaningful aspects of life in a Balinese household, all told with warmth and humour. We then sat at the table in the outdoor kitchen whilst Dewa continued to weave history and tradition as he introduced us to the ingredients and methods for preparing our dinner. Dewa's wife and her assistants were graceful, patient and kind (my friend has a lengthy list of food intolerances!) and never once made us feel anything but welcome and appreciated. Dinner was redolent with spices such as garlic, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, pepper and galangal...all the flavours of Bali. In keeping with tradition, Dewa and his wife ate separately from us, joining us as we had finished our meal with crunchy banana fritters; almost too full for them, but not quite! We were driven back to our hotel and felt genuinely sad to say goodbye to these generous, warm-hearted, dignified people...I can't wait to meet them again.
- MelanieKitchenDiva May 02, 2018
We booked our tour with Dewa as we wanted to take the time to complete a cooking class during our stay in Bali. What we didn’t expect was that we would have one of the richest, authentic cultural experiences we have had in years. Dewa is a wonderful, humble and thoughtful host who took the time to explain to us the Balinese way of life, the history of his village and their approach to living in harmony with the world. He took us on a walk through the land surrounding his village, explaining traditions and pointing out plants and herbs and their uses from both a culinary and a medicinal purpose. He even told us about the work he and his village do to reduce plastic pollution through recycling and repurposing it. Once we made it to his house, Dewa explained the Balinese family lifestyle and routines including why the houses are payed out as they are. We had already got more than our money’s worth and the cooking hadn’t even begun. The cooking lesson was excellent and hands on. Dewa took the time to explain the significance of the ingredients and their quantities in terms of both taste and medicinal properties. He was open and engaging with our questions and given his English is excellent we were able to have a great conversation. The food we prepared was delicious and we took away the recipes as something that we will definitely be using at home. As Dewa said, food is like art - you start with the basic idea and then create it to your own preference. Definitely the highlight of our Bali trip so far and one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling tours we have ever been on. We couldn’t recommend it more highly!!
- PaulHandLisaE May 01, 2018
Cooking with Dewa far exceeded all expectations. He is a humble, friendly, gracious host that explains so much about Balinese culture as you walk through his village, pick ginger and turmeric from the side of the road. My family of 4 learned more in 5 hours with him, than in the 5 previous day's in Bali.He explained so much and made me feel at ease. The final stop on the walk was us arriving at his household compound to begin cooking. He walked us through the compound, his outdoor bedroom where he often sleeps on the floor, his family shrine, the kitchen, etc. I wrote down the recipes of each dish, as we cut up, mashed into paste. This is the simplistic way his family cooks everyday, using a wood burning cook-top. All items are fresh, we even made out own coconut milk for a chicken dish. It was such an empowering and enlightening experience. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. The most remarkable thing was telling Dewa about all of the positive postings in regards to his tour. He smiled humbly and said. "I didn't know". He doesn't use internet and only has access to email through the assistance of a local hotel and the Traveling Spoon agency. He lives his life in simplicity and it was such a breath of fresh air.
- RachaelC485 April 09, 2018
Dewa and family were lovely hosts and totally in touch with the island spirit and what it's like for us as visitors. It was fun, invigorating and most importantly delicious food. It was hands on enough to learn and hands off enough to not be arduous. The family compound was beautiful and instantly relaxing and welcoming. This is way better than any cooking school or hotel experience because it was a family doing it.
- bjp12007 March 05, 2018
We were a group of 6 coming from a cruise liner docked in southern Bali. We were met by Dewa at a nearby hotel and went to his village. The walk to his home was very informative, we learned much about the culture and how he lives. Once at the home we met his lovely wife Jero and we helped cook lunch. Recipes were written down then printed and the lunch was excellent. the best part of the day really was learning about how they live and the culture. Highly recommended!!
- Kent R February 02, 2018
This was hands-down one of the highlights of my trip to Indonesia! Dewa and his wife, Jero, were so warm and welcoming. They made us feel right at home and showed us around their compound, taking the time to really explain the local culture, their beliefs and how they lived, in addition to being wonderful cooking instructors. We learned about how the people in their village approach life and their relationship with food, which I felt made the experience far more enriching than just an ordinary cooking class.The cooking part itself was very hands-on, which I loved. We had so much fun, giggling with Dewa and Jero, and taking sooooo many of pictures of the amazingly colourful local ingredients that were a feast for the eyes before they ever made it onto our plates. And the end result was delicious! (Now if only I can reproduce the same results with the ingredients I have access to at home... Fingers crossed!)I was a little hesitant about booking with Traveling Spoon because it was pricey for my trip budget, but it came so enthusiastically and highly recommended by a woman I chatted with one day at my hotel that I decided to splurge. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. I felt like I wasn't just learning how to cook a few dishes, I was discovering the local culture through food, giving back to the communities that I was visiting by supporting local business--and making two new friends in the process! I will definitely seek out Traveling Spoon again the next time I go away and plan to shamelessly plug it to anybody who asks!
- spunkygamine January 04, 2018
The absolute best thing we did in Bali was the cooking class, not because of the cooking (that was just a bonus for me as a cookbook author and food writer) but because of our teacher, Dewa and the impact he had on us. My husband is NOT into cooking and this class was his highlight too - so that's saying something! Dewa is Buddhist (which is unusual for Bali) and lives in an Ubud village of 2000 people. He lives in his compound (house) with 4 generations and this is where the class is taken. It was an incredible experience to finally get to be inside one of these beautiful homes we often drove past. Many of them are so beautiful you think they are temples, but then realise they are actually peoples homes.It was a private class (some cooking classes have up to 40 people) so it was just my husband and I which felt really special, and it also included accommodation pick up. We covered everything from gardening and how they grow organically using things like crop rotation, how the compound has to be built and why (10% temple, 30% house, 60% for garden and livestock), about the traditions and religion and then about the food and cooking. This class was 5 days into our holiday so much of what Dewa was covering we already had interest in based on our Bali experience so far. Dewa studied linguistics for many years so his English is impeccable which was great for wanting to extend topics from just the basics to conversations on almost a spiritual level. He was one of the most humble, wise, kind and knowledgeable persons I have ever met, and a few times when he was talking to us I cried - in a good way. It's a hard thing to try and describe a connection you feel to someone - especially a stranger, but both my husband and I felt very blessed to have been able to meet Dewa. Every single thing we ate and cooked with he had the meaning for it and why it was good for us. For example, when we arrived he made us a lemongrass tea and he said "keep sipping the tea please, it will stop the mosquitos from biting you". We cooked 4 different dishes and there were also extra things made for us like salads and sambals. I'm sure there are many amazing cooking classes to attend in Bali, but I'm not sure if they would all have a Dewa. If going to Bali, this class is the number one thing I recommend you do!For my Bali Blog with all my travel tips, hot spots and photos, see The Forest Cantina (dot) com
- ajanduc December 28, 2017
This was SUCH a fantastic experience! Dewa and his family welcomed me into their home and we cooked the most delicious food I've ever eaten in my life. I felt truly immersed in the culture and learned so much about it beyond what I learned about cooking. Dewa was fantastic and I highly recommend him!
- Abbie November 05, 2017
Dewa was great -- we learned so much from him! The food was great, but honestly, it was secondary to talking to Dewa.
- Jennifer October 31, 2017
One of our favourite experiences in Bali. Dewa is a wonderful person. He teached us a lot not only about cooking, but also about Balinese life, culture and traditions.
- Sintija U October 07, 2017
can't speak highly enough of the great experience preparing a meal in Dewa's lovely home. Dewa showed us the surrounding area and helped give us an understanding of the spiritual and traditional influences on his family's life in Bali. Plus the food itself was amazing - will definitely be trying some of the recipes again soon.
- Leigh August 15, 2017
Again, traveling Spoon has delivered an amazing experience. Everyone in my party was absolutely amazed and pleased with the experience we had. This is simply something that can't be found with other services. Our host opened her home to us, shared her life and customs, and guided us to prepare delicious food.
- Adeh July 03, 2017
Some of my greatest experiences while traveling on my own have been getting lost outside a city, meeting locals and the ultimate goal - getting invited to a meal at their home. When I came across the traveling spoon I was intrigued and excited at the idea and booked a meal right away for an upcoming trip to Bali with my husband and 2 year old daughter. Traveling as a family is entirely different than traveling solo or just with your spouse. I was so thrilled to have a more culturally immersive experience as a family, just like ones I had traveling alone! It felt very organic as if we had met this wonderful man while wandering the streets and he took us in to give us a traditional Balinese meal cooked in his home. He shared all about his beliefs and culture and answered all of our questions about how things work in his community, his traditions and everything in between. I left feeling like we had each taken away so much knowledge on top of truly enjoying every part of our little adventure with Dewa. I will definitely be using traveling spoon again and have already recommended it to friends. If you share my passion for food, travel and an authentic cultural experience I highly recommend trying it out on your next trip!
- Ellice B June 02, 2017
We had fun, we laughed, and we learned to cook interesting dishes. More importantly, we got to spend time and make a connection with a really special woman, and we felt so honored to be welcomed into their home. (which was an experience in of itself, Balinese homes are so beautiful). Highlights are - getting a tour of the garden, having a puppy play at my feet, seeing the kids come home from school and chatting with our host, she was really so sweet. We had a funny moment talking about the similarities of harvesting palm oil, and palm sugar, with harvesting maple syrup. Thank you so much Traveling Spoon for providing this experience, It was really one of my favorite days of my entire trip.
- nat c May 17, 2017
We were gifted a cooking lesson with Putu and her family through the Traveling Spoon which proved to be one of the best experiences we had in Bali. For anyone looking to taste wonderful, real Balinese food and interact with a local family, this is a must-do activity for you!Putu and her brother-in-law picked us up at 7am and took us to visit two local markets where she had previously purchased ingredients for our extensive menu. This provided a great taste of local life, an eye into the community at large away from the tourists.Once at her home we were taken on a tour of her garden, family temple, and offered refreshing coconut juice as we met her family members that would be assisting with the cooking lesson. The kitchen, divided into three sections, was abuzz with activity for several hours as we chopped, ground, fried, steamed, wrapped, and prepared about 7 different courses - more if you take into account how wonderful Putu was in accommodating our various dietary restrictions. Everything was made with and without chili peppers for our varying tolerance levels and an emphasis was put on vegetarian dishes. As we were busy in the kitchen Putu and her family beautifully displayed each finished dish in palm leaves so that by the time we were ready, it was truly a magnificent feast with tastes far richer than we were getting at any of the Balinese restaurants. Left with hand-written recipes, colorful photos, new friends, and full bellies (complete with generous take-away boxes for left overs), we all thoroughly agree that a Traveling Spoon cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area.
- annonomous_11 May 12, 2017
I loved my "off the eaten path" experience in Ubud, Bali! This was a unique way to immerse myself in the local Balinese culture through a lovely family that is passionate about sharing their knowledge and culture with me through food. I learned a lot about the Balinese lifestyle and cuisine and had a great time cooking with Dewa and Jero. Jero can work the mortar and pestle like no other, creating fantastic Balinese spice pastes that are the foundation in many of their dishes. Dewa was also patient enough to drive me to/from my hotel, which was rather far away from their home due to distance/traffic.
- Selina A May 11, 2017
A wonderful experience at his modest home which was more than just a dining experience. We talked about the culture and Balinese way of life, while we were cooking together.
- Lynn May 07, 2017
We were welcomed into Dewa's home and felt completely at ease. Dewa provided us with great insight into the culture of family life in Bali and the Hindu faith. We asked a lot of questions and Dewa responded with ease. We thoroughly enjoyed participating in the meal preparation and learning about the ingredients and especially appreciated the notebook to record the recipes for the food we would soon eat. Everything Dewa, his assistants and my husband and I prepared was delicious. By evenings' end we knew we had experienced a truly special occasion, one of the most memorable from all our travels over many years.
- Jordan and Cheryl April 24, 2017
We had fun, we laughed, and we learned to cook interesting dishes. More importantly, we got to spend time and make a connection with a really special woman, and we felt so honored to be welcomed into their home. (which was an experience in of itself, Balinese homes are so beautiful). Highlights are - getting a tour of the garden, having a puppy play at my feet, seeing the kids come home from school and chatting with our host, she was really so sweet. We had a funny moment talking about the similarities of harvesting palm oil, and palm sugar, with harvesting maple syrup. Thank you so much traveling spoon for providing this experience, It was really one of my favorite days of my entire trip.
- April 15, 2017
Dewa was not around, but his wife Jari filled in and did an excellent job. We've taken a few cooking classes around Southeast Asia and this was one of our favourites. Although each dish started with the same base or ingredients, they each had a lot of individual flavour and character. One of the highest praises I can sing about the food is that when I asked my partner what her favourite dishes were, she picked three of the five. When I picked my three out of five, we only overlapped on one dish. In most cases, we both agree on our favourite dishes, and to have us choose different things speaks to the overall quality and consistency here. The setting is also really special. The back of the property has a garden with a couple cows and a few pigs, while the cooking area itself is outdoors and surrounded by more plants: ginger, turmeric, galangal, chilies, lemongrass and fresh peppercorn are all growing within reach of the kitchen. I highly recommend this class, and I wouldn't change a thing about it.
- Reid March 10, 2017
Some of my greatest experiences while traveling on my own have been getting lost outside a city, meeting locals and the ultimate goal - getting invited to a meal at their home. When I came across the traveling spoon I was intrigued and excited at the idea and booked a meal right away for an upcoming trip to Bali with my husband and 2 year old daughter. Traveling as a family is entirely different than traveling solo or just with your spouse. I was so thrilled to have a more culturally immersive experience as a family, just like ones I had traveling alone! It felt very organic as if we had met this wonderful man while wandering the streets and he took us in to give us a traditional Balinese meal cooked in his home. He shared all about his beliefs and culture and answered all of our questions about how things work in his community, his traditions and everything in between. I left feeling like we had each taken away so much knowledge on top of truly enjoying every part of our little adventure with Dewa. I will definitely be using traveling spoon again and have already recommended it to friends. If you share my passion for food, travel and an authentic cultural experience I highly recommend trying it out on your next trip!
- Ellice March 08, 2017
It was an amazing expereine, Dewa were amazing hosts and we really enjoyed their company!
- Nikhil February 22, 2017
I had an amazing day with Dewa! I not only learned how to prepare Balinese home food, I also learned about Balinese every day life, their beliefs, religion and culture. Dewa was a great host. He made me feel comfortable from the minute he picked me up. Additional feedback: I have booked the market + cooking + meal package. But Dewa does not actually go to the market because everything he uses is from his garden. So this was a surprise for me. I talked to him about it and he would like to correct this on his description as he never visits the market (also timing wise it will not be work as the local markets close before noon). It would also be great if you could add the option of veg/non-veg / vegan similar as you have it already for spice level and alcohol.
- Angela February 10, 2017
Best culinary experience of any vacations- Dewa was very calming and offered a divine experience incorporating culture, food, religious practices, and general personal connection.
- Jennifer and Chris December 30, 2016
- December 28, 2016
My traveling companions and I visited a traditional Balinese family compound. Walking through the garden and rice paddies and learning about the culture from Dewa, our host, was an experience I will remember forever. There is so much wisdom to be gained by listening to people whose lives are different from ours. The Balinese people have few possessions, but their smiles are big and bright and their outlook is positive beyond belief. Thank you so much to Traveling Spoon for connecting us with Dewa and his beautiful family!
- Cody December 26, 2016
My boyfriend and I had a fun time learning about the Balinese culture while magically preparing so much food. I wish we could've shared it with our friends and family back home because it everything tasted so good. I'm very excited to have these recipes for life and the experience was a memorable one.
- Iris October 20, 2016
It was a highlight of the trip, and an important cultural connection for our family, especially our kids.
- Kirk August 24, 2016
We absolutely loved our Traveling Spoon experience. Dewa and his family were so kind, and it was so interesting and fun to learn from him about local gardening, cooking and culture. Our night at Dewa's house was probably one of the best that we had in Bali!
- Elsita & Dominik August 22, 2016
The cooking class and meal at Dewa's house was an amazing experience! Not only was the food delicious but Dewa was also the best host ever! He explained a lot about the culture, their way of living and the food. That was a great way of connecting with the local culture. We definitely recommend doing a course with him - you will leave happy and inspired with a full belly :)
- Alexandra August 10, 2016
Our evening with Dewa, Jero and their family was simply a delight. The food, their stories, their patience answering all our questions, their heart-warming kindness - everything we saw, heard, smelled, stirred, chopped and tasted contributed to a wonderful experience that we will remember forever. We were picked up by Dewas lovely friend Kadek, who brought us to the family compound, where we met Jero and her sisters-in-law, who had prepared everything already. Jero gave us a tour of the marvellous garden which was rather short since it got dark quite quickly. Dewa joined us a little later and shared his vast knowledge about Balinese food, culture and life in general with us. We enjoyed gorgeous dishes and the wonderful atmosphere of this lovely family home - all in all a great evening!
- Anja & Iris June 22, 2016
Dewa was a wealth of information about his culture and the local environment. This experience was the highlight of our trip to Indonesia and has left us with so many wonderful memories and knowledge of the way that the locals live and view family, food, and life.
- Arash Boostani June 11, 2016
Dewa my host in Indonesia Bali was the best host and experience I could ask for he went out his way to make my experience the best I could ask for he was warm welcoming and loving he showed me his home, his family and even let me write all my recipes down! Yum. I'm thrilled with my experience and would advise any one to do it!
- Savanna gude June 07, 2016
Nothing to say, we just loved everything! From our host and the food to the traveling spoon service and the opportunity it gives to locals! You guys are amazing!
- Valentina-Chile May 25, 2016
Truly wonderful and memorable first Traveling Spoon experience! Dewa was a warm, welcoming and knowledgeable host and the food was delicious. This was definitely the best way to learn about Balinese food, lifestyle and culture.
- Lisa February 24, 2016
I honestly feel like we now have a caring friend that lives in a village of 200 people, deep in the jungle in Bali. The time we spent with Dewa, our cooking mentor, was absolutely priceless and I will never forget it.
- Drs. Jeff and Erin Spees February 17, 2016
This was one of the highlights of our time in Bali! The food was incredible, and cooking in the open kitchen over a fire was a real treat. Dewa and his family provided great insights into Balinese culture and traditions. Highly recommend Dewa!
- Anjali January 14, 2016
My wife and I had an excellent time with Dewa this evening. He is extremely warm and inviting and puts you at ease right away. Honestly, I relaxed fully for the first time on this trip. We loved seeing Balinese culture from a local perspective, It's quite difficult to get this from the touristy hustle and bustle of Ubud. We learned from Dewa (in his very good English) not just the "what" and "how" of Balinese cooking, but also the "why". As much a lesson in culture and philosophy as in cooking. A definite highlight of our trip!
- Andrew December 27, 2015
What an amazing way to get a real glimpse into someone's home, life, and culture. We learned so much about the Balinese culture from Dewa and the food was amazing night and plentiful, too. Highly recommend.
- Lindsay October 28, 2015
This was hands-down one of the highlights of my trip to Indonesia! Dewa and his wife, Jero, were so warm and welcoming. They made us feel right at home and showed us around their compound, taking the time to really explain the local culture, their beliefs and how they lived, in addition to being wonderful cooking instructors. We learned about how the people in their village approach life and their relationship with food, which I felt made the experience far more enriching than just an ordinary cooking class. The cooking part itself was very hands-on, which I loved. We had so much fun, giggling with Dewa and Jero, and taking sooooo many of pictures of the amazingly colourful local ingredients that were a feast for the eyes before they ever made it onto our plates. And the end result was delicious! (Now if only I can reproduce the same results with the ingredients I have access to at home... Fingers crossed!) I was a little hesitant about booking with Traveling Spoon because it was pricey for my trip budget, but it came so enthusiastically and highly recommended by a woman I chatted with one day at my hotel that I decided to splurge. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. I felt like I wasn't just learning how to cook a few dishes, I was discovering the local culture through food, giving back to the communities that I was visiting by supporting local business--and making two new friends in the process! I will definitely seek out Traveling Spoon again the next time I go away and plan to shamelessly plug it to anybody who asks!
- Darlene October 28, 2015
It was a fAntastic and unique experience we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Dewa and his wife showed what true Balinese life is all about and we prepared the best meal ever! Nothing but amazing positive comments from all of us!
- Hiddenglasshouse October 27, 2015
Everything was fabulous. We all enjoyed the host, along with all of the information he shared with us, the food and the experience. It was a lovely day.
- Sheri October 12, 2015
Dewa and his family were absolutely charming and gave us the nicest introduction to Balinese culture you could hope for!
- Sophie October 09, 2015
It was pretty confusing throughout the entire process. It started with my misunderstanding of the price and pick-up time and so on. I also feel that adding another $10-12 for the garden tour was a bit too pricey. If the amount of time it takes is the problem, why not charge the price for the whole group instead of charging per person? I got lucky because of the generous discount you provided but I think without it I would have felt that the experience was a bit too pricey.
- Anthony September 29, 2015
Our host was just amazing. The way he shared their culture along with his relatives, their home and lives gave us the oportunity to glimpse a part of the true Balinese culture. The only problem is that now the standard is extremely high for our next travelingspoon experience.
- Cristobal Salvatierra September 28, 2015
Friendly and genuine hosts in a fantastic setting
- September 26, 2015
This experience was a gift for us... More than a cooking class, it was like a "way of living our lives class". At first we thought that the price was a little expensive for us as we were tavelling for a long time, but DEFINETLY it worths it!!!! Is the best way yo know and learn the place you are visiting! Our host was awsome and his family was beautiful. After this experience, for sure we will repeat it in every city that we visit. Thanks travelling spoons for giving us the oportunity to meet Dewa and his amazing family... And the last thing: we have stayed many days in Ubud and we didn't like balinense food until yesterday afternoon, delicious!!!!!!!
- Pili and Luigi September 20, 2015
Amazing, Educational, Delicous
- September 10, 2015
- August 19, 2015
Made was a great host. So funny and friendly, the food was great. Just an amazing time
- Adam and Katie Glover August 17, 2015
Dewa was a really nice, laid-back host. He picked us up from our hotel and gave us some insights into the culture in Ubud, and his family's history dating back several centuries. He took us on a tour of his house/temple/garden, while introducing us to his family and explaining more about their customs and culture. Afterwards, we helped his wife and two daughters prepare the dishes that we ate for dinner. Dewa was extremely patient with us and walked us through each recipe, ensuring that we wrote down each one correctly so we could replicate at home. In instances where he wasn't sure if the ingredient would be readily available in the US, he also provided alternatives & substitutes, which was really helpful. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed having a part in preparing it. The only semi-weird thing was that we ate separately by ourselves at a table (it wasn't clear if the family had eaten before we got there or was waiting until after we left), which was different than our other experiences but wasn't awkward or anything. All in all, it was another amazing time! Thank you!
- June 30, 2015
Dewar and Made were wonderful hosts. Walking around Dewar's tropical vegetable garden was an incredible insight into Balinese agriculture and history. In the family compound, Made helped us to make 4 traditional and delicious dishes over the kitchen fire. For us this was an unique way to meet local people, understand more about Balinese culture and to enjoy the process of cooking some great food (best chicken curry ever!).
- May 18, 2015
This was an incredible experience for our family. We cooked every dish from scratch, using all local ingredients, nothing store bought and over a wood oven! Our hosts were lovely and we learned so much about the culture.
- Meryl Weber May 14, 2015
We had a fabulous experience and integration into real Balinese cooking and culture. Authentic food, setting, cooking, and people.
- Kyle February 02, 2015
Well, that would take more than 1 minute :) . I'm on a mobile device and can't write anything lengthy right now. Lots of positive things to say and I will follow up via email.
- December 23, 2014
Our first Traveling Spoon experience was simply perfect from start to finish! Dewa and Jero were wonderful hosts. We learned a huge amount about Balinese culture and Dewa was happy to answer any questions we had. Their traditional-style house and village are beautiful. The cooking lesson was fantastic, and the resulting meal delicious. The experience was definitely the highlight of our time in Bali.
- Kieran December 10, 2014
I loved my "off the eaten path" experience in Ubud, Bali! This was a unique way to immerse myself in the local Balinese culture through a lovely family that is passionate about sharing their knowledge and culture with me through food. I learned a lot about the Balinese lifestyle and cuisine and had a great time cooking with Dewa and Jero. Jero can work the mortar and pestle like no other, creating fantastic Balinese spice pastes that are the foundation in many of their dishes. Dewa was also patient enough to drive me to/from my hotel, which was rather far away from their home due to distance/traffic.
- Selina Ang or @SelinaAng October 26, 2014
Unbelievably amazing!
- Hannah 360 October 02, 2014
My three friends and I went into this experience without much knowledge about Balinese culture other than what we had gleaned from our travel books, and we left our hosts' house with every question answered in great detail. Dewa and Jura are a lovely couple who clearly have so much fun together, which poured over onto all of us. They and a few other women from the town had prepped a ton of food, but they got us involved with the chopping and grating and frying, not to mention eating!!! They explained each of the ingredients, discussing the health benefits and different ways of eating everything. We got to grate and milk coconut, wrap tuna in bamboo leaves, and fry corn fritters! The meal we helped to prepare was so delicious that my mouth is watering now just thinking about it. Wow! In addition to the food, Jura and Dewa showed us around their family's home, which is a traditional multi-generation compound with pigs and chickens in the back and a number of different structures for sleeping, eating, praying, etc.The home was beautiful, and learning about their traditional practices (like the ways they name their children and their ceremonies) was fascinating. Dewa and Jura are warm, welcoming people with plenty of fun stories and insights on local customs to share (in flawless English, no less). I can't recommend a visit to their home highly enough. Thank you, Steph and Aashi, for arranging such a fantastic experience for us!! It was the highlight of our trip to Bali, and that is saying a lot!!!
- Kelsey Green September 03, 2014
We absolutely loved our experience. It was really fun, meaningful, and educational. The whole purpose of travelling 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 and Ellie August 01, 2014
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$40 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $42 $38
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $20 $18
Cooking Experience + Meal
$50 $42 $38
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
ABOUT TRAVELING SPOON

Traveling Spoon connects you with meaningful culinary experiences, from private cooking lessons to homecooked meals in people's homes. Enjoy an immersive cultural experience that gives you a glimpse into the local way of life.

FAQ

    You can cancel your reservation for free up until 48 hours before your experience. Experiences within 48 hours are not refundable.

    If you have a question for your host, you can include a note in the field "Write a note to your host" during the booking process. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be emailed your host's direct contact information and you will also be able to message the host through your profile. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund 48 hours or more before your experience. If you have other questions you can also email us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Have a flight or other tour planned and can’t make the timing provided? If the timing listed on the host’s profile doesn’t work for you, our hosts can often accommodate timing changes. Because all of our experiences are private our hosts are happy to tailor experiences to meet your travel needs. Simply note your request in the booking process.

    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free. Hosts set their own prices and Traveling Spoon marks up the experiences; on average hosts receive over 70% of the price paid by the traveler.

    100% of Traveling Spoon experiences are private! Just you and your host and host’s family.

    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.

    Your safety and security are our top priority. To ensure this, Traveling Spoon personally vets 100% of all hosts, including an in-person host visit, to ensure each host and experience meets our strict quality requirements.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

    Most of our Traveling Spoon experiences are incredibly family friendly and can accommodate infants and children. If a host is unable to accommodate children that will be noted in the “Notes” section of their profile. Our child pricing policy is children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.