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Host: Putu

Bali, Indonesia

USD
$32-$86 per person

Traditional Balinese cooking in a multi-generational family compound

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

Meet Putu

Putu lives in her ancestral village in a traditional family compound. When you arrive you will meet her grandparents, her husband, Pasta, as well as their three children. Putu learned to cook as a child, helping her grandmother prepare the daily meals. Her cooking skills have grown into a career and personal passion. Putu works as a cook at two private villas, creating fresh and creative Balinese dishes to delight her guests. She takes pride in her presentation and artfully decorates the dishes with delicately carved fruit and vegetables. At home, she is responsible for making the temple offerings, from the small offerings to the large fruit towers that she carries on her head during temple ceremonies. Putu also makes homemade jamu, traditional health tonics made from turmeric.

Putu’s grandparents are rice farmers and you will be served their homegrown rice with the meal. Putu and her family will take you on a tour of their compound and show you their family temple and explain about the objects in the temple. They have a lovely orchard where they grow jackfruit, cacao, durian, coffee and bananas. They also keep pigs, ducks, chickens and a cow.

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: (1-14 guests) Join Putu and her family for a traditional Balinese meal in their family compound. You’ll taste a variety of authentic dishes such as Putu’s grilled eggplant with tomato, grilled fish with Balinese sambal (chili sauce), a curry dish (either chicken, fish or vegetarian) or perhaps a variety of pepes (foods seasoned with local spices, wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed), ranging from fish, chicken or tofu to banana savory (made with the root of the banana plant) as well as a sweet version with made with fresh coconut. She might make gado gado (vegetables in peanut sauce), rendang (an Indonesian curry), sayur urab (vegetables with fresh shredded coconut), or bregedel (corn fritters). The meal will end with something sweet, perhaps Putu’s black rice pudding with fresh coconut cream and fresh palm sugar, or her famous banana cake with lemon-butter cream.

When in season, you will enjoy organic produce straight from the tree.

Cooking experience: (1-14 guests) Join Putu in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You'll work together to prepare 2-3 authentic Balinese dishes and as you chop, grind and grill Putu will teach you about the spices she uses in her family recipes and the medicinal qualities of Balinese ingredients. Putu's kitchen is simple, with only a two burner cooktop, and you are sure to be impressed by the speed and fluidity with which she can prepare a complex menu with multiple dishes.

You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-14 guests) You will be picked up from your Ubud hotel at 7am and driven to the Pejeng market to join the locals in shopping for the freshest produce. Putu will introduce you to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson. You will spend about 30 minutes at the market before driving to Putu's home to start cooking together. The market offers wonderful photo opportunities, so don't forget to bring your camera!

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

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

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Putu's home is in a lovely, quiet setting. When I arrived the table was set, the food prepped for cooking, and the children greeted me with shy looks and an occasional smile. Putu she explained the what, how, why of the cooking process. It amazed me that she could prepare 6 dishes on two burners with great fluidity to her work. Each dish turned out perfectly and looks beautiful - not to mention, everything was delicious!

Wendy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.99 (190)
Wonderful evening with Putu. I spent the evening with Putu learning how to cook a traditional meal. It was one of the best experiences of our time in Ubud. He was patient and kind. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone
- Red-on-the-RoadCA March 15, 2020
Local market tour and traditional Balinese cooking class. What a fantastic truely authentic Balinese experience. Putu and her family made us feel really welcome in their home. Putu was so knowledgeable and the Balinese food we cooked was so tasty we will definitely be cooking these dishes at home. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants an real Balinese experience
- 18lynnel February 10, 2020
Amazing experience with lovely family. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time cooking with Putu and her family. We made six traditional Balinese dishes that were all delicious! Putu is a very kind teacher, taking the time to explain all the dishes, where they grow their ingredients, and how they make offerings in their family temple. I would 100% choose this style of cooking class every time. Thank you again Putu and family for a lovely afternoon.
- kristinpaige17 January 30, 2020
Balinese home cooking. Very authentic Balinese cooking experience. Putu picked us up and dropped us off to our accommodation. We prepared about 6 dishes and she and her family were very supportive and helpful with my 3 children in the kitchen (aged 6, 9 and 9). The dishes were all delicious and there was way too much food for us to eat. She also showed us how rice grows and was very knowledgeable of the local area. I would highly recommend this cooking class as an authentic Balinese experience.
- nicolewilson78 January 25, 2020
Top Experience in Bali. Of our weeklong trip to Bali, the private cooking class with Putu was the highlight. In our other touristy experiences, we saw a very curated picture of the country, but this gave us a true window into Balinese culture and life. We loved walking through the farmer's market and trying new fruits and vegetables (one of my favorite things back home, too!). Putu was a tremendous host, welcoming us into her home and introducing us to her family. She was very helpful in teaching us about all the products/produce we were using and showing us the techniques for cooking traditional dishes. In all, we made 7 dishes, which were all delicious. We requested a completely plant-based menu, and were blown away with the variety of flavors that we created. It was lovely to share the meal with her family. We highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Bali. Thanks, Putu!
- sngator January 20, 2020
Putu and Pasta took us in and made us feel like family for the night. We had a wonderful experience preparing and cooking dinner with them. Each dish that we made was absolutely delicious. I am salivated right now just thinking about it again. Putu has the best sense of humor. I really loved seeing how her family lives on the farm and all work together to create a heartwarming food experience. I would have never known what it truly feels like to eat in a Balinese home with a Balinese family if it wasn’t for the grace of Putu. She’s the absolute best!!
- JSmileySmiles January 14, 2020
Putu and her family were amazing hosts. We particularly enjoyed being shown around her lovely Balinese house and garden. She was very knowledgeable not just about cooking but also about Balinese culture and history.The food was delicious and class was held very professionally - you can tell the process was well-thought through because we managed to cook so many dishes in a short span of time! All in all, it was an eye-opener and I would highly recommend it for anyone seeking an authentic and meaningful experience while traveling.
- Jymx10 January 12, 2020
This was absolutely one of the highlights of our trip! Puta was so amazingly kind and knowledgeable about traditional Balinese food, culture and traditions and for me as a nutritionist it was so much fun to get to know all the local food and cooking techniques. It was also such an honour to see a traditional Balinese home and to be welcomed in such a beautiful and kind way. I would most definitely recommend it to absolutely everyone. Even my husband who isn’t a massive cook really enjoyed the experience. If you are thinking of doing it at all, just get booked in right now!
- S7939NDlaurenh January 12, 2020
予約してからPutuさんからメールで連絡をもらい、ホテルの場所や時間を連絡し、当日はご主人の運転する車で迎えに来てくれました。Putuさんの自宅はウブドの中心地から車で20〜30分くらいの田園地帯の中にあり、バリの伝統的な家屋で、敷地は広く果樹園もり牛や豚やアヒルなどが飼育されています。ご主人が庭になっているドリアンを採ってきて食べさせてくれました。家族は3世代の大家族ですが、子供達が挨拶に来てくれたり、妹さんが手伝っていたり、本当に暖かく家族全員で迎えてくれました。バリの習慣やインドネシア語なども紹介してくれます。彼女は英語が堪能です。こちらがあまり話せなくても全然大丈夫です。料理は6種類の家庭料理を2時間くらいかけて作りますが、ソースや調味料などはすべてすり鉢で擦って作りますので新鮮でとても美味しいです。辛さも自分で調整すつことができます。キッチンも屋外の屋根付きの土間にありますがとても清潔で安心して料理できました。私はバリで色々なレストランに行きましたが、ここで食べて料理が一番美味しかったです。ホテルでも料理教室がありますが、このように一般の家庭に訪問して家庭料理を作る経験は本当に貴重で楽しかったです。それから本当にPutuさんの人柄がとても良くて、またバリに行ったら訪れたいと思います。
- YumikoU28 January 06, 2020
A ‘must do’ Indonesian cooking class - highly recommended! We had the pleasure of cooking with the lovely Putu during our trip to Ubud. We cooked six delicious and authentic Balinese meals (including chicken sate and corn fritters) and learned the traditional way to cook rice. The experience was intimate - the two of us were the only ‘students’ in the private class. Putu also showed us through her lovely Balinese home and told us about life in her village. It was a cultural experience as much as a food experience! Complete with welcome fruit, water and Bintang, it was a day to remember. Thanks Putu for your excellent cooking class! 🍚🍲🥗
- adventures_of_sam January 02, 2020
We enjoyed our time with Putu and her family a lot! Not only did we cook 6 tasty meals, but also learned about the way of living on Bali, starting from how the traditional house looks like, to grinding as a better alternative to a food processor, to farming, religion, culture and many other aspects of everyday’s life. Putu guided us through the whole process and made us feel like good cooks :) She and her family then shared a dinner with us and even gave some local fruits as a gift. Overall, highly recommended!
- KirillP496 December 31, 2019
Fuel for body, mind, and soul. We had the greatest time with Putu and her family, dadong (grandma) we love you❣️ We were picked up and then greeted first with yummy homegrown fruits and coffee, then took a tour of the family temple and ancestral home before learning how to prepare and cook no less than 6 dishes. The whole family were so lovely, this is an experience to remember!
- YaoLin_Madeleine December 30, 2019
We had the greatest time with Putu and her family, dadong (grandma) we love you❣️We were picked up and then greeted first with yummy homegrown fruits and coffee, then took a tour of the family temple and ancestral home before learning how to prepare and cook no less than 6 dishes.The whole family were so lovely, this is an experience to remember!
- YaoLin_Madeleine December 30, 2019
Putu’s cooking class was a great adventure. She was very welcoming and invited us into her traditional Balinese home where she introduced us to the family’s ceremonies, life style and food culture. Putu is a knowledgeable, fun, well-organised and inspirational teacher - and the food was delicious. We look forward to try out the recipes back in Sydney and will definitely recommend her cooking class as part of the Bali adventure!
- simonfU6445OM December 28, 2019
It was an unique experience to see the local market and cook local food with amazing host, Putu. She explained many local foods and vegetables/fruits and let us try at the market. We wouldn’t know half of the stuff that were sold at the market so it was nice to have a private guide with us. After, she and her husband, Pastor took us to their house. It was an amazing house with beautiful Balinese sculptures. You learn a lot about their lifestyle and culture, not only how to cook tasty food. Definitely recommended if you are ever in Ubud.
- 765hojoy December 26, 2019
We had an amazing stay at Putu’s place. She’s the best host you can wish for and we made such an incredibly good lunch! Loved it!
- TjakkoD1 December 21, 2019
“Warm” slaat niet alleen op de temperatuur van het eten maar ook op de begeleiding. Interessante uitleg over de rol van het eten in cultuur en godsdienst.
- J514UUtamaram December 07, 2019
I booked this experience for my best friend 's birthday. Putu and her husband picked us up early in the morning from our hotel. She then walked us through the local food market (which turns into the large art market from 8am) and educated us on the local traditions, food and culture. We tasted some local fruits, drinks and breakfast specialties which we thoroughly enjoyed.After this we went back to Putu's personal residence where we got a tour of her home and family temple. We then sat and had some coffee and tea with some of the local food that Putu purchased at the market like cakes and Balinese rice porridge.We then began the cooking with Putu her aunt and sister in law. The women were friendly and extremely hospitable. Everything was explained thoroughly and it was very hands on which was really fun. Please be aware the kitchen is very traditional and we got very hot while cooking over the traditional wooden stove, we felt this just added to the authenticity of the experience, but it's something to be aware of if heat affects you heavily.After cooking the food, we prepared and made offerings in Putu's temple. We very much appreciated this authentic and genuine experience.We then sat and ate the dishes with Putu, her aunt and sister in law. The food was absolutely delicious, and there was NO shortage of it.I mentioned in the morning that the experience was booked for my friends birthday, and after we ate, Putu and her husband surprised my friend with a birthday cake that was decorated with 'Happy birthday Ashlea' This was at no prior arrangement by myself, and was such a beautiful and kind gesture organised by Putu and her family.Putu also organised for us to take a whole lot of the food home with us to enjoy later for dinner also, which was lovely.I would HIGHLY recommend this tour with Putu if you're looking for a private but authentic Balinese food experience.
- Bo-W22 November 14, 2019
We had an absolutely fantastic morning with Putu and her family. First of all, touring the market with a local resident is much better than trying to figure out everything yourself. I definitely tried some things I might not have on my own. After our market tour, we went to Putu’s home outside of Ubud where we met her lovely family and began cooking. As others have mentioned, come hungry- the food is delicious and there is a lot of it. It’s so nice to be hosted in a home environment where you have a more authentic interaction. I strongly recommend this experience.
- travelbug_lo November 06, 2019
We are so glad that we found Cooking with Putu on Tripadvisor and chose to attend this instead of going with a run-of-the-mill cooking class offered by other establishments. Putu, Pasta and their family were so warm and welcoming right from the moment they picked us up from our hotel - we were made to feel very comfy as they caught up with us like old friends, showed us their village plantations and even the pigs, cows, dogs and chickens! Putu and family were very organised in teaching us 6 dishes - Pepes Ayam, Tempe Manis, Nasi Selar, Sate Ayam, Urab and Perkedel Jagung. Each dish tasted fantastic and we were amazed at all the flavours in the food :) Putu even gave us some chilli, tomato and rice seeds because we wanted to try planting these at home :)Thank you Putu and family for giving us a glimpse into simple, wholesome Balinese family life. Do let us know if you come to Singapore and we would be glad to bring you around. Wishing you every success, good health and happiness! :) To all who are reading this - join this tour, you will not regret it!
- MoleyPooh November 04, 2019
If you want a 'taste' of a traditional Balinese cooking experience and to share a meal with a wonderfully warm and friendly Balinese family in their compound, this is for you! From the moment you meet Puspa she excudes warmth (and a very cheeky sense...More
- ExplorerShe November 03, 2019
We had a wonderful, delicious and hospitable evening.We we're picked up in our accomondation by time and drive than to the privat house of our hospitals. First they show us their surroundings. Later they explain us the meels we will cook and gave us very...More
- Carla B November 03, 2019
Eine tolle Gastgeberin, leckeres authentisches Essen und eine schöne Umgebung! Ich habe mich sehr wohl gefühlt und hatte viel Spaß!...More
- Ulrike N November 02, 2019
Putu and her family were the most authentic experience I had in Ubud, Bali. She welcomes you with such a kind face and politeness, introduces you to their food garden, and explains her traditions, beliefs and their way of living. She was patient and thorough...More
- Adventurer417399 November 01, 2019
Cooking with Putu was great! She showed us around the food market and explained all the local ingredients to us. Afterwards she welcomed us very warmly to her house and answered all the questions we had about Balinese living and tradition. Her relatives helped with...More
- Leonie H October 31, 2019
We had such an amazing time. Putu is very welcoming, it was fascinating to see how the Balinese use local products from their gardens. The food was delicious, we were happy to get the recipies to try at home as well. This class is a 10/10!
- kay_fitz October 30, 2019
I can recommend to visit Putu and learn about Balinese cooking and culture. Putu and her husband picked me up at the place I was staying and made me feel comfortable with their open minds and personalities. Then she showed me around her home and we started cooking 6 wonderful dishes. The best food I ate on Bali was the food we prepared together.She took me after the meal til a ceremony in the local temple and dressed me in one of her Balinese dresses. It was such a wonderful night, and I can really recommend everyone to do it.
- Charlotte M October 26, 2019
We just got back from Putu’s home with full bellies and happy hearts. We enjoyed our time with Putu and her family so much. Her & her husband picked us up from our hotel and brought us to their family compound in a quiet serene neighborhood. Their home is beautiful and spotless. We had so much fun cooking while getting to know Putu. We drank fresh coconuts, tea & beer (Putu was a fantastic host) while talking about our contrasting cultures, listening to the geckos and meeting her sweet children. Our meal was fantastic and we are so grateful that we were able to meet Putu and her lovely family. This was our favorite part of our honeymoon in Bali. Putu, your family is lovely and your cooking is delicious! Thank you for letting us into your home and making us feel welcome.
- Lisabauerrn October 23, 2019
Mein Mann und ich wurden morgens um 7:30 Uhr von Putu und ihrem Mann an unserem Hotel abgeholt. Wir haben den Lunch mit dem vorherigen Besuch eines Marktes gewählt. Dort ging es dann als erstes hin. Hier wurde uns von Putu viel erklärt und sie kaufte einiges zum Probieren für uns. Dann fuhren wir zu ihrem wunderschönen Zuhause. Dort wurde uns alles gezeigt und wir bekamen viele Infos zum Tempel, Reisanbau und vielem mehr. Wir konnten die gekauften Produkte vom Markt probieren und bekamen eine leckerer Kokosnuss dazu. Wir haben insgesamt sechs Gerichte gekocht, welche wir von Anfang bis Ende mit Putus Hilfe selbstständig zubereiten konnten. Das Kochen war sehr traditionell und man macht absolut alles selbst. Putu steht einem mit tollen Tipps und helfenden Händen zur Seite. Anschließend haben wir gemeinsam mit der Familie unseren Lunch genossen. Es war unglaublich lecker und eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Putu ist wahnsinnig sympathisch, sehr interessiert an einem und macht einen grandiosen Job. Wir haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt und würden dieses Erlebnis jederzeit wieder buchen! Danke Putu!!
- lisala16 October 22, 2019
I can't fully express how lovely our afternoon with Putu, Pasta and her family was. From the welcome snacks, tour of the garden and cultural explanations we learned so much about Balinese culture and felt truly welcomed. She has selected great dishes to cook and try and much to my delight my 10 year old and 14 year old were front and center in the cooking process. She is a terrific teacher and really made them feel competent and included. The rice we cooked is rice from her own family's field and many of the ingredients (almost all) are locally sourced. I was curious about medicinal herbs and drinks and she answered all my questions. Her auntie made us juice from the Kayu Manis plant for us to try which was above and beyond.
- Ungilreng October 19, 2019
I wanted to surprise my mom with an activity that would help us understand Indonesian culture a little bit more and this was just perfect. Putu was very flexible and she didn't mind that we change the pick-up location/time in the last minute. Her husband and herself took us to their beautiful home in the outskirts of Ubud, where her aunt and her sister-in-law were waiting for us. We had a great time: we coocked 6 different dishes and they were all delicious. Everybody was so nice to us, but specially Putu's sister-in-law who was incredibly funny and warm. Putu explained so many things to us about Indonesian culture and her family during our dinner together. We exchanged stories and laughed a lot together.It was an incredible experience that I would recomend to anybody :)Terima kasih for everything :)
- CAguado October 14, 2019
This experience is a must-do if you are visiting Ubud area. More than just cooking and having traditional Balinese meal, we get to see the traditional Balinese house compound including the house temple, learnt a little bit about their life, got to know their family and their beautiful life!Putu and her family are amazing hosts. Putu and her husband picked us up from our hotel in Ubud area, then from that time on we had great conversations about many things. When we arrived at her place, she first showed us the whole house and introduced us to the family. Putu and her family are truly blessed with many fresh resources around their house. They are self-sufficient with rice, fruits, vegetables, meats, and poultry. That's where most of the ingredients for our cooking came from.The cooking itself was a fun experience. We got to use the traditional steamer to cook rice. We used the traditional cobek to grind spices and ingredients (no food processor) for the best possible flavor. Definitely need to exert our energy to grind a lot of ingredients and mixed them with our bare hands.Very delicious foods, fun cooking and overall experience. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys food and cooking!
- VKuswandi October 12, 2019
"Cooking with Putu" war auf jeden Fall eins der Highlites meiner Reise quer durch Bali. Putu und ihre Familie haben mich super lieb empfangen. Es gab zur Begrüßung eine Führung durch den hauseigenen Tempel über den sie mir alles erklärt hat. Danach gab es eine Kokosnuss, leckere Früchte zum probieren und andere kleine einheimische Snacks. Danach ging es zum gemeinsamen Kochen und während dessen gab Putu mir viele Einblicke in ihren Alltag und der ihrer Familie. Außerdem wurde mir bei dem gemeinsame Kochen viel Wissen über die Gerichte vermittelt. Nachdem wir unser zubereitetes Essen gemeinsam gegessen hatten, wurde ich spontan in Sarong und Udeng gekleidet und hatte die Chance bei einer Zeremonie im Tempel teilzunehmen.Es war einfach ein so gelungener Abend und ich kann es jedem nur empfehlen mit Putu zu kochen. Wer das "echte Bali" erleben möchte ist hier genau an der richtigen Adresse.
- E7659ANalexs October 04, 2019
I really enjoyed it. They picked me up from my hotel in candi dasa and took me to their farm. They took me on a tour of their traditional bali home compound including their family temple area, it was very interesting. I got to meet the family, they were all very friendly. The cooking experience was really interesting and with the conversation going backwards and forwards it was fun. The food was absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend this experience.
- Cra1245 October 01, 2019
Not a fan of touristy excursions, my husband and I were so delighted to have happened upon this incredible lady, Putu! First of all, Putu collected us from our hotel with trusty husband Pasta and drove us to their beautiful family home in a small rice village outside Ubud. Putu is very funny and speaks very good English, telling us all about life in Bali and their village, traditions and customs. On arrival at Putu's family home, she introduced us to her animals and wonderful garden, which contained around 80% of the ingredients we were to use that day. We were offered hot drinks on arrival as well as homemade Balinese snacks, fruit and fresh coconut water - all so delicious. The best coffee in Bali so far! Putu also gave us a tour of her family temple, explaining all about the Hindu religion, ceremonies and offerings. We relaxed and chatted for a while before hitting the kitchen! Putu explained we would be making six dishes, a mix of meat and vegetables. We were hands on from the get go, chopping, peeling, steaming, frying, grilling, pestling, grating...Putu always encouraging us to taste and smell the food, add salt, more/less chilli...Where we struggled, she was gracious to help without taking over. Always feeling integral to the cooking and very much in charge of the process. Once all was done, dinner was served. We ate outside with some of Putu's family, proud as punch to serve our food. We enjoyed the fruits of our labour with a Bintang in hand. After, Putu even gave us gifts and then very kindly asked whether we would prefer to go to our hotel or elsewhere in Ubud. This is quite honestly one of the most genuine and incredible experiences we have ever had. So real and such an honour to feel part of a real family home when so far away from your own. Feel we have made friends for life and can't wait to see Putu and her family again. Thank you Putu
- livstar6 September 30, 2019
We spent several enjoyable hours with Putu learning how to prepare and cook six different Indonesian recipes. Putu is a wonderful teacher and also shared her recipes with us via WhatsApp. We were so inspired that we ended up bringing a lavastone mortar and pestle back home with us and are now working our way through an Indonesian cookbook! Although this activity is all about the food, it works on many other levels too. Putu and her husband collected us from our hotel and drove us through some of the rice fields on the outskirts of Ubud, explaining much on the way - such as the role of ducks in cleaning up the harvested fields. Putu also gave us a good insight into life in a typical village house and the importance of the community on Balinese culture. We were even asked to share in making offerings at the family shrines before we ate.If you are fortunate to ever had a few spare hours in Ubud, then I cannot imagine a better way to spend your time. A recent review on here describes this as the best experience in Bali and we completely agree!
- LeelaandEd September 29, 2019
This was our favorite ‘trip’. My daughter and I have been on Bali for two weeks and this was our most authentic experience. The food was great, and the whole family was very gracious.
- JMDPearce September 26, 2019
We had a wonderful morning visiting a village market and learning to cook delicious Balinese dishes in our guide’s family home. Putu was a warm and welcoming host, and her family were so kind and gracious in showing us around their home and family temple. We learned how to prepare six different dishes and then had the pleasure of eating lunch with some of Putu’s family. Putu’s English is excellent and we found the whole experience really informative and enjoyable. I would highly recommend it!
- NZNat September 24, 2019
This was such an awesome experience for my fiancé and I. If you are looking for an activity away from tourists that really provides a look into everyday life and the culture of Bali, this is the one. Putu and her family could not be nicer. They were so welcoming of having us in her home and they were all so fun to be around. She was such a patient and kind teacher and my wife and I left eager to try out some recipes ourselves. And beyond the cooking, we learned more about Bali, Hinduism, etc. than we had in our prior 5 days. Putu was so accommodating as well. After cooking my wife asked to see how the Hindu offering was made - no problem. Could we see the different farm animals? No problem. We think this is a “must-do” for anyone visiting Bali and will absolutely make a point to visit again the next time we are back.
- Maxs-238507 September 23, 2019
Words can hardly describe how much we enjoyed the evening at Putu's home. She and Widia were the nicest "teachers" imaginable and we loved every moment of the cooking class. Not only was it instructive, it was also incredibly delicious. We would have loved to eat for hours...but our stomachs unfortunately were too small. An insight like this is not easy to get and we are deeply impressed by these great women. So if you're looking for the perfect "excursion" you shouldn't wait any longer and book exactly this class. You won't regret it at all.
- Jane Lynn S September 22, 2019
Our private Tour startet at 7 am, Putu and her husband fetched us and guided us to the local Market in Ubud, where we bought local food for our cooking class. After that we were at Putus House where she showed us her Home, the religious habits and where we had breakfast. After that we startet to Cook 6 different dishes, all of them were great and Tasteful. We really enjoyed our Morning with Putu and her Family.Highly recommended!!
- Kathrin S September 21, 2019
Danke liebe Putu mit Familie für diesen schönen Abend! Meiner Familie mit Kinder hat es sehr gut gefallen. Alles war perfekt...wir kommen wieder!!! Klare Empfehlung....
- Mark L September 15, 2019
My husband and I signed up for this tour during our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience - and the best cultural experience that we had during our 2 weeks in Bali. We spent the morning with Putu at the market sampling various foods, interesting juices and Balinese street style breakfast. DO NOT EAT breakfast before you go on this tour! Putu and her husband took us to her family home and talked to us about life in Bali, explaining daily life, traditions, and religious practices while we enjoyed coffee and Balinese sweets. Putu is so easy to talk to and very insightful to Balinese culture. We proceeded to cook 6 traditional dishes with the help of Putu and her sister in law. She made the cooking simple, giving us tasks and explaining each process for each dish. She even arranged for us to purchase and take home our own grinding stone and sent over the recipes so that we can cook the dishes at home! Needless to say, the food was DELICIOUS and we enjoyed every moment of our time with Putu. I highly recommend this experience if you're looking for a private one on one cooking and cultural experience!
- Lauren T September 14, 2019
We absolutely loved our morning with Putu and her family. We got picked up by her and her husband and went to the market where we tried all sorts of traditional fruits, food and drink. Putu bought ingredients we needed and explained the market to us and then we went to Putu’s house. We first got a tour of her home and had a lovely breakfast with some of the things bought at the market and then made 6 dishes in her kitchen. It was great to see what goes into making the dishes we have been eating and Putu’s sister and aunt also helped with the cooking. Would highly recommend and the food we cooked was delicious. Thank you Putu!
- Adam C September 11, 2019
Putu hat uns direkt bei unserem Hotel abgeholt und uns dann zu sich nach Hause gefahren. Schon auf dem Weg hat sie uns einiges über ihre Kultur erzählt. Bei ihr angekommen zeigte sie uns ihren Tempel und hatte auch darüber einiges interessantes zu berichten.Danach ging es mit dem Kochen los. Insgesamt haben wir 6 verschiedene Gerichte gekocht, allesamt super lecker! Man sollte davor auf jeden Fall nichts, bzw. wenig essen, da es bei Putu genug gibt. Insgesamt würden wir den Kochkurs jedem weiterempfehlen! Das Essen war sehr lecker und Putu eine liebe Gastgeberin, welche uns einen tollen Einblick in deren Kultur gegeben hat.
- louisamir September 09, 2019
I loved this experience.This was much more than a cooking class. It was amazing to visit a Balinese home & learn about Balinese culture, religion, & food. Putu is the most gracious, funny, and welcoming teacher & host. She speaks good English & her home is beautiful. It is a very well organized operation from start to finish. We made six dishes and felt that it was a good mix of meats & vegetables.It was our last night in Bali & we wanted to buy some of the ingredients she used in her cooking. She sent her husband to the store to get it for us. I highly recommend this!
- 792pujak September 05, 2019
I booked the cooking class with Putu as a birthday present for my boyfriend and it was definetely the best idea I could have had! It was worth every penny as we've had a very good time.First we went to the local market together and Putu showed and explained us a lot about the Balinese culture and food. At the market we've had the opportunity to try diverse delicious food and bought ingredients together. Putu even bought some vegetables we were interested in even though it was not on our cooking plan. Afterwards we went to Putu's family farm and relaxed and talked a bit over a fresh coconut before we started cooking. It was very fun and interesting and the whole family helped us in the kitchen. We really enjoyed the time and the delicious meals we cooked together and we definitely recommend everyone to take the cooking class with Putu when you're in Bali!:)
- Krisy_hv September 02, 2019
This was a super fun event. I spent 12 days in Bali and my last night did this cooking class. My friends and I ate at as many local Warungs as we could. The kind that only serve Indonesian food. After 11 days of that it was so cool to learn how to make all that delicious food. Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up and took us to their home.So fun to learn about living life in a Bali village.The highlight is 100% Putu. She is so fun and so good at teaching and we ate so much yummy food. If I return to Bali I will take another cooking class with Putu. This lady is a national treasure.Baxter
- BaxterofLA September 02, 2019
Putu was our cooking instructor and she was amazing and kind! She taught us how to make 6 different dishes and brought us to the market where we got to try food there as well. It was so fun to be in our home to learn how to cook Balinese food and also learn about her culture.
- Gianna M August 29, 2019
I was a single mum travelling with my 6 year old daughter and we wanted a cookery experience in a traditional Balinese home. I love spicy food but Unfortunately my daughter doesn’t!! she was able to make a non spicy alternative to every single dish we made. There was an abundance of food and our host was very welcoming and knowledgable. Highly recommend the experience
- angiecG6428IY August 27, 2019
My friends and I had a fantastic time with Putu and her family. She and her husband, Pasta, picked us up from our Airbnb and drove us to their traditional Balinese home in a nearby village. She answered all of our questions in depth and gave us a tour of their farm, pointing out all the vegetables we’d be cooking with and letting us see her pigs. Afterwards we each prepped 6-7 meals and collaboratively cooked them together. It was delicious!! Everyone said they had a great time and would do it again. Highly recommend.
- Avkassman August 27, 2019
My husband and I went to Bali for our honeymoon and we love to do cooking classes wherever we go. This one is SUCH a treat. It was amazing to spend such intimate time with an Ubud local. Putu couldn't be nicer and easier to talk to! She asked us all about our wedding and even let me show her the bajillion horrible iPhone photos I had of me in my dress on the way to the market, where she let us try all kinds of Balinese treats. One in particular - a little crepe in a banana leaf with palm sugar - was absolutely delicious!We picked up some ingredients for our lesson and went back to Putu's home. It was incredible to get this kind of a look into somebody's life, especially when it's so different from yours! We saw Putu's vegetable and marigold gardens, her pigs, chickens and cows, and even met her family. We cooked six amazing dishes using a traditional Balinese stove and grinding instruments. My favorite was the sweet tempeh, the tempeh manis! My husband really liked the corn fritters and chicken satay with peanut sauce. After the delicious meal, we drank some tea and Bintang and spent some time just talking with Putu. She didn't rush us out at all and told us all about her life while asking tons of questions about us, our life in America and all kinds of other things. My husband told her that he had been suffering from a bit of "Bali belly" since our arrival and Putu was kind enough to bring him an oil to rub on his tummy, and even made him fresh ginger tea to help! It was so kind of her and really did make him feel better.I can't recommend this experience highly enough. It was truly a highlight of our time in Ubud! You will ADORE Putu and her lovely home and food! Thank you Putu for being so kind and welcoming!
- michellelamlaw August 26, 2019
From pick up from our hotel to eating the fantastic food this experience was brilliant. Putu has great knowledge and talked to us about the produce she grows, family life in Bali and of course cooking. She was knowledgeable and talked us through each course - we can’t wait to have a go at recreating the dishes at home! I cannot sing Putu’s praises enough, I would 100% recommend!
- Pipsy_g August 23, 2019
We just had a great evening last week with Patu and her family in her home. We were invited into their home and made to feel at home straight away. Patu was so easy to talk to and she shared so much insight into life in Bali which was really interesting and we are so glad we got to experience and learn as much as we did. The food was delicious and we were busy creating 6 dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it
- Doonar August 22, 2019
Putu puts on an excellent cooking class and is a wonderful instructor. This was some of if not the best food I had in Bali and was an extremely good bargain. She not only took us step by step and helped us prepare everything, but she also worked on our Balinese and enjoyed the meal with us after. Sitting with her family and enjoying the natural flow of conversation was an absolute joy and I would recommend everyone taking this class if they are going to Bali.
- PaulParrett August 19, 2019
My partner and I had an absolutely fantastic time with Putu and the entire family. From the time Putu picked us up at our hotel to the time she dropped off us everything was incredible. She brought us through her garden where many of her vegetables come from, her home, and the family temple. The food that we prepared was an insight into the traditional Balinese culture that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is truly a wonderful experience that is an incredible cooking course and a great way to meet a family that is warm and welcoming. This is a must on your trip, we would definitely do this again.
- Gregory K August 18, 2019
My partner and I had such an excellent evening with Putu, Wayan and the rest of the family. They were very welcoming, interesting and shared lots of great information about the food and local culture. If you want to do a less touristic, culinary activity and are interested in learning about Balinese culture, I highly recommend booking with Putu.
- Samuel R August 14, 2019
This is unmissable if you are staying in or around the Ubud area. Putu and her family are such welcoming hosts, and the food you are taught to prepare and cook is delicious. Putu even shares the recipes afterwards so we can cook again at home. I can't recommend this experience enough. Thank you, Putu!Ben & Rebecca
- bengoffin August 13, 2019
Putu and her family are incredible. She has an easy manner that allows you to be yourself. We took our family of three children (11, 8 and 4 years) and they were made to feel welcome into Putu's tour. She is flexible and can answer questions about anything. We started with a local market tour. Putu guided us skilfully through the market and then we proceeded onto her beautiful home. The cooking is done traditionally with a small fire hearth. Everyone had a job to do to prepare an amazingly delicious meal. We often come away from cooking classes and feel that we'll never quite replicate the meals, but Putu's easy directions and advice will have us eating those delicious meals for many years to come. Putu's kindness and thoughtfulness is demonstrated in her love of cooking and she certainly presented her home, her food and her country in a way that totally amazed us. There is no way to go wrong on this tour.
- Frizzybee August 13, 2019
This was one of the best experiences we had in Indonesia - highly authentic, interesting, friendly and oh so tasty! Our kids (10 + 7) loved the experience. The market tour was great - trying lots of different foods, back at the village we saw the family farm, talked religion, customs and family life.
- peppaandgeorge2015 August 12, 2019
Wayan’s cooking lesson and home meal were incredible! She went to so much effort with all the food and it was so fun to cook with traditional Balinese methods. We learnt how to use banana leaves for cooking and used lots of fresh simpleIngredients to make yummy dishes. We’d highly recommend trying a cooking class and meal with Wayan. Thank you so much! Ella and Rob
- Ella G G August 11, 2019
Getting up at 7 for visiting the market is absolutely worth it. Putu is super friendly and explains pretty much everything (not just about cooking and ingredients). We felt very welcome at her home and we definitely recommend such a private and personal experience.
- Roltief August 10, 2019
A tremendous experience. Putu was a fantastic host and gave us a great insight into Balinese life. Her and her family were very welcoming and it was great fun cooking and then eating with her. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
- 430colml August 08, 2019
We had a great evening at Putus home. The dinner with delicious and Putu not only explained a lot about the ingridients, but also about their culture, their way of living etc. Highly recommended!
- Marcel S August 05, 2019
Fantastic experience! We had a great evening at Putus home. The dinner with delicious and Putu not only explained a lot about the ingridients, but also about their culture, their way of living etc. Highly recommended!
- Marcel S August 05, 2019
We had such a fantastic time well spent with Putu and her family. Not only she's an awesome cook, she organized the whole experience really well. She got her family members to help out and she made sure we participated in every step but not feeling overwhelmed. Best of all, she and her family are such lovely souls. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with them, and needless to say, the food we cooked together was beyond amazing. To me, traveling is about meeting locals and having a glimpse of their lives together, and this cooking experience with Putu is way better than hanging out at an infinity pool with a cocktail. Thanks Putu for sharing your life and skills with us!
- Haheho August 01, 2019
Putu showed us her family’s farm and temple and explained to us their culture, custom and religion. She taught us to cook six Balinese dishes from stretch. Most ingredients - rice, vegetables, chillis, fruits - are taken directly from her family’s farm. The tastes of Putu’s cooking beat any high-end restaurant easily! Putu, her husband, her sister-in-law and mother-in-law were wonderful hosts and helped us out in cooking. It was honour to have dinner with Putu and her family at her home!
- Phoebe S August 01, 2019
Such a great experience with Putu and her family. Beautiful food cooked in traditional Balinese style. Would highly recommend.
- Erin G July 24, 2019
Our biggest recommandation goes out to this incredible cooking class with putu and her whole family in her beautiful home!it was an amazing experience with the best food ever and so many nice things we learned about this country and the people and the food!!We are so grateful we got the tip to try this class out and would always come back here when in Bali! Thanks to putu and her beautiful family!it was a pleasure to be your guest!!
- Samirasamira2104 July 24, 2019
We had an amazing time spending the day with Putu and her family; we started with a tour of the local market where we got an insight into normal life in Bali. Putu showed us around explaining what various items were, she has a good knowledge of what food we have in England so she could tell us what each new food was similar to. We stopped to buy some treats and fruits; I absolutely loved the snake fruit and seeing bananas for sale still attached to the tree branch (we have never seen this before). Then we went to Putu’s village where she showed us her house which has been in her family for 3 generations and explained the temples and what they meant. Later in the day we also saw the farm and learned about their agriculture trade. We started by sitting down to drink a fresh coconut and try the various treats we got from the market (fruits, a sweet cake wrapped in banana leaf, a fried peanut cracker).The cooking was very well organised and we did lots of hands-on work cooking. It was completely different from western cooking; such as using a large bowl and pestle to grind spices and ingredients, steaming rice in banana leaves, and grinding coconut using a board with tiny spikes. Putu’s cousin was also there to help us out. We had a great time learning about the dishes and about life in Bali in general. I also learned that Balinese women must be very strong because the cooking is hard work! You must have strong arms especially for the grinding.At the end Putu invited me to help make the offerings and place them in the temples around the home; I felt very honoured by this and this was one of the most memorable and special parts of our time in Bali. We sat down to eat the food together with Putu and her cousin and wow! It was DELICIOUS! I loved everything we made and Putu sent the recipes on WhatsApp so we could make them at home. We made sweet tempeh, corn fritters, a vegetable mix, pepes ayam (a chicken mix with spices cooked in banana leaf), and peanut sauce with chicken skewers. I couldn’t pick a favourite as all the food was so good. Also Putu has a talent for peeling tomatoes and making them into decorations for the plates!After we ate we went for a walk through the village and to a small farm which is shared between a few people. We then came back and stayed to watch a dance performance which marked the start of a Hindu festival. This was also really good and we were lucky to be able to see this. As we were staying in Legian, Putu’s husband picked us up and dropped us off from our hotel so we didn’t have to arrange our own transport - which is good as we didn’t have great mobile signal in the village!We both really enjoyed the day and it was a highlight of our trip. Putu and her family are fantastic hosts and we felt very welcome. I recommend this day for anyone visiting to Bali. It was a privilege to have such an intimate look into life in a Balinese village and we will treasure this experience forever.
- hannahmO2236CQ July 22, 2019
I cannot recommend this cooking class enough! Putu and her husband were perfect hosts and really made us feel welcomed. It was so fascinating learning about Balinese culture and the local traditions.The experience is very authentic and Putu is a great communicator. She is also very modest as she says her English isn't very good but it's actually amazing! The food is also amazingly tasty and can't wait to try the recipes at home - Jason and Ai
- Jasondhan July 22, 2019
발리 로컬 패밀리와 함께 하는 프라이빗한 요리 체험이에요. 발리 문화와 종교, 음식에 대해 자세하게 알게되어서 좋았습니다♥️We were picked up by our hosts Putu and her husband early morning and had a lovely morning ride while we learned about various aspects of Balinese culture on the drive.We arrived at their family home midday and got to learn the culture of offerings that are part of Balinese culture by touring their family shrine. We were welcomed graciously with coffee and coconut water straight from a fresh cocunut. She also showed us her homes garden where almost all of our ingredients we would use would be coming from. We begun cooking, and it was honestly an amazing experience. Puta, her cousin and her aunt walked my husband and I through the steps to make 6 traditional recipes while simultaneously answering questions about culture and the way it influenced the food we were preparing. The whole time we were amazed at the quality of the ingredients, the coaching of our hosts, and how much fun it was to cook in such an intimate setting. At the end, we gave an offering to each of the families shrines which was very special. We began eatung and the food was absolutely delicious! Our hosts provided excellent conversation while we shared a meal before ending the day. Absolutely a 5 star experience and well worth it for the intimate, quiet setting and the graciousness of our instructor Puta and her family.
- T860NWkarenk July 21, 2019
Very nice family dinner home Made. Had a lot of fun there. Very recommendable. Putu and the other 2 women explain every dish before you cook it and let you decide how spicy, salty, sugary you want it
- Flora K July 20, 2019
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Bali! It was so much fun traveling to Putu’s house in her quiet, quaint village. Upon arrival, we were given a coconut with coconut water-it was so good! While we were cooking, she explained everything (even slowed down for my slow chopping skills) and really took the time to help us learn about the dishes we prepared. At the end, they set a beautiful table, brought out the Bintang, and had a meal with you. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to take a cooking class in Bali!
- Taylor M July 19, 2019
The experience starts early in the morning at the market where Putu guides you around flavors and perfumes of the local market, you bet to try exotic fruits and sweets while she takes care of the negotiations and buys the ingredients of the cooking class.After a short transfer through the rice field we arrived at Putu’s house, a beautiful Balinese traditional farm with a family temple. Putu will introduce you to her family and explain you about local habit and traditions in a very good English.The experience is genuine and authentic and soon we were all in confidence and making jokes.I had many cooking class but this is the most authentic one.Stefano
- Stefano L July 18, 2019
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family at their lovely traditional home. They picked us up from our hotel and rove us through the “real Bali” to their home. We learned about typical Balinese homes, spices, cooking styles, and traditions. We made more food than we could eat and shared our meal with Putu. We were welcomed with water straight from a coconut and some fruit. Putu got to know a little about us before we joined her and her family in the kitchen. We made six dishes - and we were put to work! We cut, grinded, steamed, fried, and wrapped every item and dish. We then sat down with Putu and shared our meal together. This is a traditional home - don’t come expecting a full kitchen like back home or at your hotel. This was an amazing way to experience the “real Bali” and not the Ubud version of Bali. You better come hungry!
- gpmcleer July 17, 2019
the host Putu is a very friendly, loving and welcoming mother and chef. We were picked up by her and her husband at our villa. While on the way to her home, we had been having a good chat and she was also very interested in listening to me and my girlfriend. After arriving her home, she showed us her organic vegetables and herbs grown in her garden, stock and a small temple built in her place. there was so much cultural exchange which we as tourists enjoyed listening a lot. before we started the cooking, we were first given fresh coconut, fruit and tea along with more conversation with Putu. During the cooking session, Putu would tell us everything we will be eating and how to prepare and cook the food. it was literally a private class as the class had only my girlfriend and me. hence, she could be very focus and giving instruction clearly. it was easy to follow. you would be able to experience a very traditional way to cook. after the cooking you would share the food with her loving family and again with more chatting. Putu is not only friendly but also fun. She was very interested in listening to our stories and so did we. the class wasn’t only about enjoying the local food but the conversation with an informative and easy going person Putu. you will get to know the culture and facts about Balinese which you won’t able to know from google or wikipedia which i personally love the most. I would highly recommend Putu to everyone who is going to visit Ubud in Bali. apparently the cooking class is not the cheapest ones and now i know the overall experience is worth it. We will come back to Putu again when we will travel to Bali next time
- Haydnthk July 16, 2019
This is an absolutely unique and amazing experience. Putu was so welcoming and shared so much information about Bali customs and cooking. We had so much fun cooking with her and her family in her home and the food was wonderfully delicious. Truly an afternoon my husband and I will never forget. In addition to the culture and cooking, they also provide transport to and from your Ubud lodging. This is definitely a must on your to do list when visiting Ubud.
- Lindsey R July 16, 2019
Ubud Food and Cultural Highlight! An experience not to be missed ... on so many levels. The kitchen was clean and well organised ! The cooking experience was enhanced by the opportunity to experience host Putu’s garden , family and home. The range of food cooked was great . This included my first cooking experience with Tempe Manis and the BEST CHICKEN SATE in Bali. Seeing the charcoal fire in action a highlight for my fire loving husband The lessons around culture with our teenage daughter ( 15) helping with the offerings before we ate our shared meal was memory building. Great value for money and more food than we could fit it! Do yourself a favour book tomorrow! Thanks Putu and family !
- sarahaA2066SX July 15, 2019
An experience not to be missed ... on so many levels. The kitchen was clean and well organised !The cooking experience was enhanced by the opportunity to experience host Putu’s garden , family and home.The range of food cooked was great . This included my first cooking experience with Tempe Manis and the BEST CHICKEN SATE in Bali. Seeing the charcoal fire in action a highlight for my fire loving husband The lessons around culture with our teenage daughter ( 15) helping with the offerings before we ate our shared meal was memory building.Great value for money and more food than we could fit it! Do yourself a favour book tomorrow!Thanks Putu and family !
- sarahaA2066SX July 15, 2019
Putu was an amazing host and the food we cooked was absolutely delicious. You will go home extremely full - and will be welcomed into her kitchen as family. Would definitely recommend her class rather than one at a hotel, she is a warm and patient teacher which makes for a truly unique experience.
- Vacationer641126 July 13, 2019
The Best Experience! This was absolutely the highlight of my trip to Ubud. All of the other outstanding reviews are accurate! Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up from our hotel in Ubud around 11 am. We drove to their family home and arrived about 20 minutes later. Putu showed us her garden and told us about all the different plants she grows. Then she gave us a tour of her home, showing us the temple and then bringing us to the kitchen. She had a snack and fresh young coconut water ready for us also as well as a beautiful flower greeting. The kitchen has three different rooms and we rotated among them. In one room the ingredients were layed out already for us. She explained what we'd be making and we got to chopping and grinding. She was easily able to accomodate my tree nut allergy as well. Then we basically rotated between the rooms as we worked through the recipes. Wayan (Putu's sister-in-law) helped us with frying and Putu led us through preparation and mixing. Putu and Wayan were so welcoming, knowledgeable, and genuine. We had such a good time getting to know them. The final meal was delicious and I cannot wait to recreate these recipes when I get home. We wrapped up our experience getting dropped off back at our hotel around 3:15 pm. If you enjoy cooking and getting to know kind wonderful people this is a must do experience!
- abbyh1463 July 12, 2019
This was absolutely the highlight of my trip to Ubud. All of the other outstanding reviews are accurate!Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up from our hotel in Ubud around 11 am. We drove to their family home and arrived about 20 minutes later. Putu showed us her garden and told us about all the different plants she grows. Then she gave us a tour of her home, showing us the temple and then bringing us to the kitchen. She had a snack and fresh young coconut water ready for us also as well as a beautiful flower greeting.The kitchen has three different rooms and we rotated among them. In one room the ingredients were layed out already for us. She explained what we'd be making and we got to chopping and grinding. She was easily able to accomodate my tree nut allergy as well.Then we basically rotated between the rooms as we worked through the recipes. Wayan (Putu's sister-in-law) helped us with frying and Putu led us through preparation and mixing.Putu and Wayan were so welcoming, knowledgeable, and genuine. We had such a good time getting to know them. The final meal was delicious and I cannot wait to recreate these recipes when I get home.We wrapped up our experience getting dropped off back at our hotel around 3:15 pm.If you enjoy cooking and getting to know kind wonderful people this is a must do experience!
- abbyh1463 July 12, 2019
Putu and her sister in law led our cooking class and were so warm and inviting from the second we arrived. It was a pleasure to spend an evening learning and living true Balinese culture. The food was delicious and the company even better. It was a privilege to spend time with Putu and her family and I highly recommend to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in this beautiful culture. Bonus - most of what we cooked was found right in Putu’s organic garden.
- Lindsay G July 10, 2019
Putu was a gracious host. Her and her husband picked us up at our hotel in Ubud and discussed Bali life and culture with us on the way to their home. We were shown the garden and temple and the temple construction and uses were explained. Putu then took us to her outdoor kitchen where she assisted us in preparing seven dishes. When all was done we ate together. We were absolutely stuffed with the delicious meal by the time we went back to our hotel. It was a complete experience and we highly recommend.
- eppic_jewel July 04, 2019
Cooking lunch with Putu and eating with her delightful family in a traditional Balanese home was unquestionably one of the highlights of our trip to Bali. Dishes came out fast and furious, but one-on-one instruction of traditional methods and recipes was thorough and fun. The final meal was a delicious feast where we got to experience the warmth and hospitality of Putu’s extended family. This wonderful experience gave us a firsthand look and a real sense of how a typical Balanese family lives. I think that this was a more intimate experience than we would have had in a group class at a restaurant or hotel. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.As an extra bonus, Putu emailed us recipes for the six dishes we prepared after we arrived home!
- veganhealthy July 04, 2019
Superb Cooking Experience! Cooking lunch with Putu and eating with her delightful family in a traditional Balanese home was unquestionably one of the highlights of our trip to Bali. Dishes came out fast and furious, but one-on-one instruction of traditional methods and recipes was thorough and fun. The final meal was a delicious feast where we got to experience the warmth and hospitality of Putu’s extended family. This wonderful experience gave us a firsthand look and a real sense of how a typical Balanese family lives. I think that this was a more intimate experience than we would have had in a group class at a restaurant or hotel. I would recommend this tour without hesitation. As an extra bonus, Putu emailed us recipes for the six dishes we prepared after we arrived home!
- veganhealthy July 04, 2019
I can’t recommended this experience more highly! Putu and her family made us feel so welcome and took us to their beautiful village and home. It gave us a glimpse of what traditional Balinese life is like and we chatted with Putu for hours as we cooked. She spoke amazing English and it felt so different than any of the tourist attractions we’d done up until that point. The food we made was absolutely delicious. Way better than any restaurant. The cooking itself was very hands on and gave us an appreciation for all the work that goes into those flavorful dishes. Go with a big appetite and an open mind and you’ll have a blast!
- Summer B July 04, 2019
Delicious food in family home. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Putu, learning Indonesian cooking skills. Her traditional extended family home is equipped with wood stove and gas, and we cooked over both, making six tasty dishes in total. The class was just the two of us with Putu and her friend assisting. Putu and her husband drove us too/from our Ubud hotel, 20 minutes through villages and rice fields to their home. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to spend time with local Balinese people in their home, and to learn new skills.
- Romy B June 30, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Putu, learning Indonesian cooking skills. Her traditional extended family home is equipped with wood stove and gas, and we cooked over both, making six tasty dishes in total. The class was just the two of us with Putu and her friend assisting. Putu and her husband drove us too/from our Ubud hotel, 20 minutes through villages and rice fields to their home.I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to spend time with local Balinese people in their home, and to learn new skills.
- Romy B June 30, 2019
BEST TIME EVER!! So much effort was put into the day by the host. Incredible food (and so so much of it). Great tour of the local markets (culture shock!) and was welcomed into their traditional home. Highly recommend this!!!
- Dakota H June 29, 2019
Amazing food and company! Would recommend to anyone with any level of cooking ability!the food was delicious and the market was fascinating!
- Hope F June 24, 2019
Putu is a loving mother, wife and chef. She was so welcoming and kind from the very first moment we met/she picked us up. After a little ride to her family house where she lives with her family and parents in law she showed us her organic vegetables. We even got a fresh picked coconut as a welcome drink as well as typical Balinese snacks. We saw, smelled and tasted the ingredients we were about to use for the various dishes she was going to teach us. The class itself was just my friend and myself, so Putu could focus on both of us. She was very interested in us and our lives as well as we were in hers. So we had a lot to talk about (besides the wonderful delicious dishes we were preparing). She took her time to explain every dish and steps you have to take till it's done. Her family members assisted us. In the end the cooking class resulted in a buffet with all the plates we prepared during the 2+ hours of chopping, grinding, frying and boiling. One of the best things was that we enjoyed dinner together. Thank you very much for guiding us through your Balinese recipes / dishes. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you and your family, Putu. We will definitely recommend your class!!
- LisaSkihaserlH June 18, 2019
Made our Ubud stay special! Putu is a loving mother, wife and chef. She was so welcoming and kind from the very first moment we met/she picked us up. After a little ride to her family house where she lives with her family and parents in law she showed us her organic vegetables. We even got a fresh picked coconut as a welcome drink as well as typical Balinese snacks. We saw, smelled and tasted the ingredients we were about to use for the various dishes she was going to teach us. The class itself was just my friend and myself, so Putu could focus on both of us. She was very interested in us and our lives as well as we were in hers. So we had a lot to talk about (besides the wonderful delicious dishes we were preparing). She took her time to explain every dish and steps you have to take till it's done. Her family members assisted us. In the end the cooking class resulted in a buffet with all the plates we prepared during the 2+ hours of chopping, grinding, frying and boiling. One of the best things was that we enjoyed dinner together. Thank you very much for guiding us through your Balinese recipes / dishes. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you and your family, Putu. We will definitely recommend your class!!
- LisaSkihaserlH June 18, 2019
What a fantastic experience with a wonderful host and his family. To feel at ease and immersed in the tradition and culture coupled with a well executed cookery class. An absolute not to be missed from anybody wanting to have a unique experience away from the tourist crowds. Highly recommend this as a must if you are visiting Ubud
- david h June 16, 2019
Best activity done in Ubud. My wife and I spent a few days in Ubud and this tour/activity was the most memorable and great experience we had. First off, Putu had us picked up at our hotel in a timely manner which is always a plus for travelers with limited time. We thought this is a typical cooking class, but we were in for a treat. She welcomed us into her home and showed us what the real local Balinese life is like. This was more than just a cooking class, but a touch ground with the local culture type of tour. We highly recommend signing up with this tour instead of your typical group cooking classes. Well worth the amount you pay for! Communication: 10/10 Actual cooking experience: 10/10 Taste of food: 10/10 Overall experience: 10/10
- brian0202 June 13, 2019
An amazing market tour and cooking class. My wife and I were fortunate to book an amazing market tour and cooking class with Putu. We have taken cooking classes quite literally all over the world and this was simply the best. We began with a complete tour of the local market where we saw fruits and vegetables that we had never seen before. We th n went to Putu’s family compound to see how Balinese families live. We then prepared an elaborate and delicious lunch with Putu and her relatives. The fact that it was a private class for us made it even more memorable. The cost is extremely low for a private tour and class. We highly recommend Putu for a terrific and memorable experience.
- JoelE12 June 13, 2019
My wife and I spent a few days in Ubud and this tour/activity was the most memorable and great experience we had.First off, Putu had us picked up at our hotel in a timely manner which is always a plus for travelers with limited time. We thought this is a typical cooking class, but we were in for a treat. She welcomed us into her home and showed us what the real local Balinese life is like. This was more than just a cooking class, but a touch ground with the local culture type of tour. We highly recommend signing up with this tour instead of your typical group cooking classes. Well worth the amount you pay for!Communication: 10/10Actual cooking experience: 10/10Taste of food: 10/10Overall experience: 10/10
- brian0202 June 13, 2019
My wife and I were fortunate to book an amazing market tour and cooking class with Putu. We have taken cooking classes quite literally all over the world and this was simply the best. We began with a complete tour of the local market where we saw fruits and vegetables that we had never seen before. We th n went to Putu’s family compound to see how Balinese families live. We then prepared an elaborate and delicious lunch with Putu and her relatives. The fact that it was a private class for us made it even more memorable. The cost is extremely low for a private tour and class. We highly recommend Putu for a terrific and memorable experience.
- JoelE12 June 13, 2019
Fabulous!!! Perfect private tour. I have been to several cooking tours in Asia and this one is by far the absolute best. Learned so much about culture, traditions, food. Loved the market tour and shopping. Cooking with Putu and her family at their home was so enjoyable and interesting. We made 6 dishes from scratch and they were all super delicious. Putu and her family welcomed me into their home and treated me as if I were one of their relatives. Don’t miss this. Highly recommended! A highlight of my trip. Hotel pick up and drop off.
- V9605EYpatricial June 05, 2019
Putu made the course a very pleasant and interesting experience. If you want to have a look in to the locals lifestyle and learn more about their food this is a must do in your bucketlist. Thank you
- H_Brownie99 June 03, 2019
Great Course. Putu made the course a very pleasant and interesting experience. If you want to have a look in to the locals lifestyle and learn more about their food this is a must do in your bucketlist. Thank you.
- H_Brownie99 June 03, 2019
I made a vlog of this, search 'ubud cooking class livin that life' on youtube -- Putu took us to the fresh market in the morning, then 20 mins outside ubud to her actual home, and we all cooked fresh ingredients from scratch --- meal was amazeeeeee. MUST DO!
- Riley B June 03, 2019
Putu shares her family home and her knowledge of cooking to achieve a superb meal and experience. Ingredients from her organic garden are used in her recipes which are full of flavour. Interacting with her family members was a bonus.
- wahly68 May 31, 2019
This is was a wonderful experience with an amazing host to guide our tour. Traveling Spoon tours are the only way to really feel like a local in Ubud. We had an intimate lunch and learned the ins and outs of Balinese cooking. It's a must-do on your visit to Bali!
- brianastregiel May 25, 2019
I travelled to Ubud with 5 other friends and we had a great experience cooking with Putu and her family. Putu and her husband picked us up from our villa and drove us to the market. She explained the local fruits and vegetables and gave us samples where appropriate. When we arrived in her home, we were greeted by her sister and and mother before being showed around the compound. We made delicious dishes and shared family stories. The fruit was amazing too. I highly recommend cooking with Putu.
- ijeomao2019 May 23, 2019
Lovely time with Putu. I travelled to Ubud with 5 other friends and we had a great experience cooking with Putu and her family. Putu and her husband picked us up from our villa and drove us to the market. She explained the local fruits and vegetables and gave us samples where appropriate. When we arrived in her home, we were greeted by her sister and and mother before being showed around the compound. We made delicious dishes and shared family stories. The fruit was amazing too. I highly recommend cooking with Putu.
- ijeomao2019 May 23, 2019
Most lovely and authentic cooking class! My friend and me were in search of a cooking class which gives us individual and authentic advice on all the delicious meals cooked in Indonesia! Out of this, the cooking class with Putu and her family was absolutely amazing. They picked us up in Ubud and brought us to their home where we met most of her family. They gave us such a warm welcome- it was overwhelming! We cooked in her private kitchen and cooked 5 dishes. By means of this, they showed us how to do everything on our own and it was so amazing to see how they still cook on an oven fired by wood! The food was amazing but best of all was the authentic experience within their home. The family is so amazing and I want to recommend this cooking class to anyone who is looking for an unique experience! Thank you so much! We enjoyed it a lot!
- maxid908 May 22, 2019
My friend and me were in search of a cooking class which gives us individual and authentic advice on all the delicious meals cooked in Indonesia!Out of this, the cooking class with Putu and her family was absolutely amazing. They picked us up in Ubud and brought us to their home where we met most of her family. They gave us such a warm welcome- it was overwhelming!We cooked in her private kitchen and cooked 5 dishes. By means of this, they showed us how to do everything on our own and it was so amazing to see how they still cook on an oven fired by wood! The food was amazing but best of all was the authentic experience within their home. The family is so amazing and I want to recommend this cooking class to anyone who is looking for an unique experience! Thank you so much! We enjoyed it a lot!
- maxid908 May 22, 2019
I can’t say enough good things about this tour and cooking class. We met at a hotel then walked to the hosts home. On the way the host talked about the Bali culture. He explained about how life and death are treated, the role of grandparents and what brings happiness. The host showed us numerous plants and explained what they are used for, (medicinal, food or both). He explained the palm coconut oil that would be used in our food was collected and made that day by his grandmother. There were four in our group and we all participated in making the food. We wrote the recipe for each item we had for dinner. The food was FANTASTIC!I have taken several cooking classes and this by far has been my favorite. It was more than just cooking. It was four hours of immersion into the Balinese culture. Our host was so kind. This was a hidden gem on our trip.
- raftingbuff May 16, 2019
I’m so grateful to Putu and her family for showing me their home and teaching me how to cook traditional Balinese food from scratch the traditional way. They are the kindest sweetest people. The pickup from my hotel was so helpful and I was greeted with coconut water from a fresh young coconut in their beautiful traditional Balinese home. Putu was a great teacher and also taught me a lot about local traditions. I especially loved grinding up sauce ingredients in their giant stone mortar and pestle. The resulting dishes were the best traditional Balinese dishes I’ve ever had, especially because all the ingredients were fresh from their organic garden. I’d would highly recommend this class.
- Rebecca C May 11, 2019
This traditional experience in Bali was even better than we expected. Putu and Pasta picked us up from our hotel and explained us how they started cooking, growing their own fruits and vegetables. Their house is wonderful. We cooked a few traditional dishes and ate them for lunch. These people are very kind. I highly recommend it!
- Yabiyabo May 09, 2019
My sister and I had a great time with Putu and her family. We felt very welcomed, we learnt a lot about local traditions and customs, cooked loads of delicious Balinese food and overall had a fantastic evening that passed very quick! Putu and her husband picked us up from out hotel in Ubud, it was a short (20 min) drive to their village. We were welcomed with coconut juice and were shown the grounds of their house. We then started cooking and overall we made 6 different dishes. It was so much food that we could not finish it. I loved the experience, the food was lovely and we learnt some tricks that we will take home. I recommend this experience to everyone, it was very private (just two of us) and we felt very grateful for this opportunity. Please support the locals and you will have a fantastic time!
- Kate_Aleksandr0va May 05, 2019
My sister and I had a great time with Putu and her family. We felt very welcomed, we learnt a lot about local traditions and customs, cooked loads of delicious Balinese food and overall had a fantastic evening that passed very quick!Putu and her husband picked us up from out hotel in Ubud, it was a short (20 min) drive to their village. We were welcomed with coconut juice and were shown the grounds of their house. We then started cooking and overall we made 6 different dishes. It was so much food that we could not finish it.I loved the experience, the food was lovely and we learnt some tricks that we will take home.I recommend this experience to everyone, it was very private (just two of us) and we felt very grateful for this opportunity. Please support the locals and you will have a fantastic time!
- Kate_Aleksandr0va May 05, 2019
Putu and Pasta welcomed me to their home. They even wrote my name in flowers on the grass. Talk about a grand welcome. I loved seeing a traditional Balinese home with multiple generations living nearby and within. We cooked several items: chicken sate with peanut sauce, fried tempeh, long bean/bean sprout/spinach with grated coconut, rice with sweet potato, corn fritter, tuna and sambal in banana leaf. They were all fantastic. I will definitely be making these dishes again when I get home. Lovely experience with a warm friendly family. Highly recommend this experience.
- Wannabeacook April 30, 2019
I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience taking a cooking class with Putu and her family. The experience was just the best. Putu and her husband picked us up in their van and brought us to their home. She gave us a tour of their organic garden, then of their beautiful home. Then we prepared multiple dishes in the kitchen in their home. We had lots of opportunity to talk about Balinese culture and their family. I learned more in that one evening about Bali than I had in 2 weeks traveling there. And the food was delicious! Putu and her family made us feel so welcome. I highly recommend this experience to anyone!!!
- anonymous7711 April 30, 2019
Amazing class with fantastic hosts. Putu and Pasta welcomed me to their home. They even wrote my name in flowers on the grass. Talk about a grand welcome. I loved seeing a traditional Balinese home with multiple generations living nearby and within. We cooked several items: chicken sate with peanut sauce, fried tempeh, long bean/bean sprout/spinach with grated coconut, rice with sweet potato, corn fritter, tuna and sambal in banana leaf. They were all fantastic. I will definitely be making these dishes again when I get home. Lovely experience with a warm friendly family. Highly recommend this experience.
- Wannabeacook April 30, 2019
What an amazing & incredible & delicious experience! The half-day I spent with Putu is one I will always fondly remember. I learned so much about Putu’s culture, her life, and about Indonesian food! I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. I was warmly welcomed, and feel that I learned things about life in Bali that I couldn’t have learned any other way. When I return to Bali, I will definitely take another class from Putu! Putu and her husband picked me up from my hotel and we visited the local market. We sampled some local goodies, including an amazing turmeric drink, and I got to see the diversity of produce and people there. When we arrived at the family compound, I saw they had laid out my name in flowers—what a sweet welcome. Putu gave me a fresh coconut to sip from as we worked, and a quick tour, which included the household temple. Later she showed me her extensive garden, the source of most of the things we cooked. Then we set to work! The kitchen is a small building with three small rooms. One room has a wood-burning brick cookstove, one has a two-burner cooktop for grilling and using the wok, and one is where we chopped and ground things. The basis of much of the food is various pastes made from garlic, small onions or shallots, and spices such as peppers, ginger, etc. After mincing, they are ground in a granite mortar and pestle, which takes some serious muscle. We made six (!!!)dishes: a fried tempeh dish with a sweet/spicy sauce, corn fritters, mixed veggies with ground fresh coconut (ground on what looked like a board with many tiny nails sticking out), chicken roll in a banana leaf, rice with sweet potato, and chicken satay with peanut sauce. Each dish used a different preparation method, and each was absolutely delicious! We worked hard, and fortunately Putu’s really cute auntie helped too. It was also really fun—not just watching but actually doing, tasting and correcting seasoning, checking for balance, etc. After all the cooking, Putu put the food out and garnished each dish with beautiful flowers and such cut from vegetables. Then we ate! And ate! So much good food! I really feel I’ll be able to come close when I make these dishes at home. As we cooked and ate, Putu talked about her life and culture. She was very comfortable to be with, and there was no awkwardness about asking personal questions. I met her husband, three sons, and her dog, all of them charming. After driving me back to my hotel, Putu emailed me the recipes. I highly recommend taking a class from Putu. You will learn some great cooking skills, and a lot about life in Bali. Most of all, you will have a fun and memorable experience!
- Jessica97209 April 28, 2019
Excellent event. Our hosts were excellent in all regards. They had good communication in the lead up, were punctual with comfortable transport, were congenial, made good food, were organized, and all good. Nice going. I would wholeheartedly endorse.
- dtulchin April 28, 2019
This was such an amazing experience! Wayan's husband picked us up from out resort in Ubud. When we arrived, we were given fresh coconuts with hand-made bamboo straws. We observed the cooking from muddling spices, to steaming rice, making tempeh, and everything in-between. We then joined the family for dinner in a very nice open dining area. Of course, there was way too much food and they offered to send us back with leftovers. Unfortunately, we had no way to reheat the food at our resort, so they sent us with a ton of fresh fruit, and souvenirs that were hand made by the family business (bamboo straws and sea salt). All of the food was excellent and the family was so kind. Certainly an experience I will never forget! I highly recommend this!
- Brett B April 09, 2019
My husband and I and friends enjoyed our last day in Bali cooking with Pulu and family. It was very special to learn about private homes and temples. The food was delicious!
- meghow2 April 03, 2019
Highlight of our Bali experience. My husband and I and friends enjoyed our last day in Bali cooking with Pulu and family. It was very special to learn about private homes and temples. The food was delicious!
- meghow2 April 03, 2019
I can't recommend this cooking class enough... It was a great experience, one of the best during my stay in Bali. The warm welcome with surprises, the cooking itself, using the old traditional ways... The fresh ingredients, the Balinese traditions... Putu and her family will teach you how to cook traditional Balinese food in a real Balinese house, nothing to do with the attraction park which Ubud has become. And best of all, they will sit with you at the table to discuss their culture, their struggles... A great experience with a delicious food. I can't ask for more. Many thanks!
- stratosilva April 02, 2019
This one-on-one cooking class was the highlight of my trip to Bali. Putu and her family were incredibly hospitable and gracious. I learned a lot about the Balinese culture and traditions while making a pretty big meal. I definitely recommend Putu's cooking class for those who want a more unique experience!
- willflyforbeer March 30, 2019
Putu and her family are absolutely amazing and welcoming. Her food is excellent and they make you feel like a member of their family. I highly recommend this experience!
- nycdoc11 March 14, 2019
If you love cooking and learning about village life in Bali, you will greatly enjoy this fantastic cooking class. Greeted with a simple, flower decorated space, we had hands-on lessons using family recipes and also learned the importance of gratitude in the (balinese) cooking experience. The meal was one of the top three we had in Bali (with Locavore on that same short list) - we greatly enjoyed the whole experience. You will have no regrets. Family is welcoming and generous hearted.
- ccgarciadiscovery March 14, 2019
We had a wonderful experience learning to cook with Putu in her home!! Her and her husband picked us up from our hotel then we went to the market and then to her home. She taught us how to cook delicious Balinese dishes and afterwards we got to enjoy it with her and her husband. We learned so much about the Balinese culture and traditions during our cooking class. This is one of the best experiences and would highly recommend this cooking class with Putu!!!
- _kristie902 March 13, 2019
Fantastic experience and the best food we had in Bali. Highly recommend doing a cooking class with Putu. It's one of a kind!
- Icelander70 February 26, 2019
I originally booked this tour because I am interested in cooking and always like to learn about local food. But I wasn’t expecting how wonderful this experience would be. First, Putu and her husband Pasta made me feel so welcome. They decorated their family compound beautifully with flowers to welcome me—I was so touched! Then we cooked delicious food together—Putu’s kitchen has both a traditional wood-fire stove and a gas cooktop, plus a room for prep, with all the ingredients perfectly organized and such gorgeous ingredients they were. Putu also gave me a tour of her lovely family compound and explained how Balinese houses are designed—a number of small buildings with specific functions within a compound, instead of connecting rooms inside one building. Putu and her family were so warm and gracious, we had a very nice chat over lunch about many interesting things. Plus, delicious food, which confirmed my suspicion that the best Balinese food isn’t to be found in restaurants, it’s found in homes like Putu’s. Take this course, you will delighted!
- ofitdkgl February 21, 2019
I highly recommend this for everyone who wants to learn how to cook Balinese cuisine. The foods we made were tasty and done in a very traditional way. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating. They always make you feel comfortable.
- Fatum1992 February 12, 2019
Traditional Cooking with Putu and her Family. Highly recommend this cooking class. Putu was flexible and responsive to a last minute schedule change after our booking, and picked us up with her husband. This is a cooking class, plus a local experience in a traditional Balinese home and family. 5 hours from pick up to drop off. Unique experience for us to create and enjoy local food made from scratch. Putu answered all our questions on Bali and its society. Exceeded expectations.
- bentobox007 January 12, 2019
Private Cooking class with Putu. Stepping into tutu’s humble abode is a welcome breath of fresh air. Tucked amidst a quaint and idyllic little village, we were graciously greeted by Putu’s endearing family. We were surprised by flowers decorated with our names and a very large coconut drink. Snippets of their lifestyle were shared with us as we began to prepare our meal in earnest. Putu took great pride in explaining how each ingredient fits into each dish, which in turn, complements the overall theme of the meal that we were going to enjoy. The cooking was fun and we participated in every facet, from dicing, grinding, steaming to frying. We were assisted by Putu’s sister in law as well as her auntie, who livened up the atmosphere with their easy-going nature and ready smiles. We knew the food was going to be awesome whilst preparation was underway and it did not disappoint one bit. It took roughly 2 hours for the whole experience and we cooked 6 different typical Balinese dishes. It was a most memorable and wonderful cooking experience. We strongly recommend this to anyone looking for an authentic and genuine Balinese experience as Putu is a great host and cook! 12/10
- lululohxx December 31, 2018
Putu's cooking class was a wonderful all round experience which we would highly recommend.The easy going and warm nature of Putu and her family made the experience special, the food was great, have a go, you won't regret it. Thank you PutuAdam and Emma.
- Adma212 December 31, 2018
Authentic Bali experience. Putu's cooking class was a wonderful all round experience which we would highly recommend. The easy going and warm nature of Putu and her family made the experience special, the food was great, have a go, you won't regret it. Thank you Putu Adam and Emma.
- Adma212 December 31, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family. They were so welcoming and gave us an authentic insight into cooking in Bali. Food was delicious. Can not recommended enough!
- GlenC1023 December 30, 2018
Authentic Cooking. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family. They were so welcoming and gave us an authentic insight into cooking in Bali. Food was delicious. Can not recommended enough!
- GlenC1023 December 30, 2018
My family of four (two adults, two kids) had an amazing cooking experience with Putu and her family. Prior to coming to Bali, I was debating whether to book a private class or a group class, and I'm so glad we chose the private class with Putu. She and her husband picked us up in morning and we toured Ubud market, purchasing some vegetables for the day. We then drove to her family compound, and were warmly welcomed by her extended family members and adorable children. After some lovely welcome drinks and other surprises, Putu gave us a tour of her home and family temple (which we later returned to give offerings of our prepared food). Our cooking lesson featured classic Balinese/Indonesian dishes (sweet tempe, corn fritters, mixed vegetables with grated coconut, fish steamed in a banana leaf, chicken satay with peanut sauce, rice with honey potato); the only thing more fun than learning to prepare the dishes was eating them for lunch!This was our first formal experience in Bali; Putu and her family made it a perfect day. We have some genuine knowledge and wonderful recipes to use as we continue our stay. Highly recommend!
- hurda01 December 27, 2018
Wonderful private cooking lesson and market tour! My family of four (two adults, two kids) had an amazing cooking experience with Putu and her family. Prior to coming to Bali, I was debating whether to book a private class or a group class, and I'm so glad we chose the private class with Putu. She and her husband picked us up in morning and we toured Ubud market, purchasing some vegetables for the day. We then drove to her family compound, and were warmly welcomed by her extended family members and adorable children. After some lovely welcome drinks and other surprises, Putu gave us a tour of her home and family temple (which we later returned to give offerings of our prepared food). Our cooking lesson featured classic Balinese/Indonesian dishes (sweet tempe, corn fritters, mixed vegetables with grated coconut, fish steamed in a banana leaf, chicken satay with peanut sauce, rice with honey potato); the only thing more fun than learning to prepare the dishes was eating them for lunch! This was our first formal experience in Bali; Putu and her family made it a perfect day. We have some genuine knowledge and wonderful recipes to use as we continue our stay. Highly recommend!
- hurda01 December 27, 2018
We did a cooking class with Putu and her family on our last night in Bali and it was a fantastic experience. At her family home Putu and her helper Wayan guided us through cooking 6 delicious dishes and we all (including our 12 year old son) were able to be completely hands-on in the preparation and cooking of each dish. Afterward we sat down to a wonderful meal. Putu, Wayan, and many other family members made us feel very welcome and I highly recommend this class to anyone is interested in an authentic Balinese experience.
- 994stephaniet December 23, 2018
Putu is a great chef and teacher. We had a delightful time learning how to cook traditional Balinese food, all the while learning about Balinese culture in an immersive local environment. Thank you for a lovely time!
- mrubash1 December 19, 2018
This cooking class was the obvious highlight of our vacation. Because it is more than just a cooking class. Its a close encounter with Balinese culture and the inahbitants of the island. If you are like us and you tend to get a bit bored by the mass tourist attractions and tucked away ressorts, then you do not want to miss this.Putu and here family are extremely friendly and hospitable - even for the already high balinese standards! Not only did we get to cook traditional food over a wood fired stove, but we also got to see their farm, their temple, hear stories about their family and their customs. I really cant stress enough how much we enjoyed this experience :)
- goupoboyAB December 03, 2018
Highlight of our vacation. This cooking class was the obvious highlight of our vacation. Because it is more than just a cooking class. Its a close encounter with Balinese culture and the inahbitants of the island. If you are like us and you tend to get a bit bored by the mass tourist attractions and tucked away ressorts, then you do not want to miss this. Putu and here family are extremely friendly and hospitable - even for the already high balinese standards! Not only did we get to cook traditional food over a wood fired stove, but we also got to see their farm, their temple, hear stories about their family and their customs. I really cant stress enough how much we enjoyed this experience :)
- goupoboyAB December 03, 2018
Excellent cooking class with lovely family! It was wonderful to visit Putu’s family home and learn about Balinese customs and traditions, as well as preparing a banquet! This tour not only gives you hands on experience of making delicious dishes but an insight into everyday Balinese culture. Putu and Wayan explained about all the ingredients and we even picked mangosteen from her own trees! All spices and ingredients seemed to be homegrown so deliciously fresh. Putu uses a combination of gas cooking and also the traditional fire cooking which was interesting to learn about. Good clear explanation of what to do- chopping grinding and frying and steaming. Also helpfully sent us the recipes so we can cook it all again at home. She uses homemade coconut oil so really healthy. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
- eastbridge1 November 10, 2018
It was wonderful to visit Putu’s family home and learn about Balinese customs and traditions, as well as preparing a banquet! This tour not only gives you hands on experience of making delicious dishes but an insight into everyday Balinese culture.Putu and Wayan explained about all the ingredients and we even picked mangosteen from her own trees! All spices and ingredients seemed to be homegrown so deliciously fresh. Putu uses a combination of gas cooking and also the traditional fire cooking which was interesting to learn about. Good clear explanation of what to do- chopping grinding and frying and steaming. Also helpfully sent us the recipes so we can cook it all again at home. She uses homemade coconut oil so really healthy. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
- eastbridge1 November 10, 2018
Peering through the windows of your tour's minivan, how often did you wonder about the houses and the people that you passed? This experience with Traveling Spoon and Putu, puts you behind the walls of the many family compounds that you wondered about. There, you experience so much more about life, food and family than you would from a more mainstream cooking class or another "touristy" lunch. Cooking from products of her farm, you really actually cook (not just prep) the food. For those who worry about getting sick, perhaps the best way is to witness and participate in the food's preparation. One gets a good meal and a good sense of family structure and life in Bali. Highly recommended. However, if you've never cooked before, be aware that you handle knives, put things into oil etc . . . Also, like most local homes, it is not air conditioned and is a real farm (there are pigs, cows and chickens etc . . . ) in case either puts you off. We, however, loved the authenticity.
- 5fortravel October 23, 2018
We had spent a lovely day wandering around Ubud, exited for the cooking experience that we had organised. We were picked up promptly from our hotel by Putu and her brother in law and drove the 30 minutes to her home. The drive was made longer by a festival that was being held in town, but the conversation flowed and Putu had explained that she had spent the day shopping at the local market gathering the things we would need for our cooking class.When we arrived, we were greeted by our names being spelled out in the ever present gold flowers used in Balinese offerings, a lovely touch.We were also greeted by Putu's husband, her cousin Komang who would also be cooking with us, her two lovely twin boys, her mother in law.Tempe manis (sweet tempe), Pekedel Jagung (corn fritters), Urab (mix vegetable with grated coconut), Pepes Ikan (fish rolled in banana leaf), and of course the always delectable chicken satay skewers and rice was on the menu.We put on our aprons and began too cook, Putu patiently explained the ingredients that we would be using, and we had the opportunity to use a Balinese mortar and pestle and cook on an open fire. Balinese food is a joy to eat. The corn fritters were a hit with both of us, a hint of chilli and the aromats of ginger, garlic and spring onions singing though. The corn fritters are something that we will definitely replicate at home.Tempe was cut into small batons and fried meaning that it became golden and crunchy with a lovely nutty flavour. The Urab, mixed veg with coconut was also crunchy and refreshing. I enjoyed the rolling of the fish in the banana leaves, and again the aromats and chili worked beautifully together. Both Stuy and I love the flavours of satay and the chicken satay was also another highlight of the meal. All of the flavours were accessible, and the small details of checking in with how ‘hot’ people like their food was a positive.Putu’s knives were sharp and her kitchen kept very clean and hygienic.This experience felt very homely, tasting as we cooked, feeling like you were in your grandmother’s kitchen.At one point Stuy was having a chat with Putu's husband about building and houses out of the kitchen, a common interest shared by both men and Putu, Komang and I laughing and talking about relationships and children around the kitchen table. It was a very 'real' moment.When it came time to sit down for dinner, we all sat around the dining table and ate together. Again it was this experience of being in someone’s home and sharing a meal that really is a simple essence of humanity. Everything was delicious! The constant checking in from Putu about our chili palettes was appreciated, as although we both enjoy chili, the 3 chilies in our food were enough, not the 5 she would normally put it in!Dinner came to an organic close, chatting about our life in Australia and life in Bali.So in conclusion, if you would like, if only for a short amount of time to be part of a Balinese family and cook a lovely meal to share then please, please go and spend some time with Putu and her family. Lauren and Stuy
- Loziloz October 07, 2018
Delicious host and great food. We had spent a lovely day wandering around Ubud, exited for the cooking experience that we had organised. We were picked up promptly from our hotel by Putu and her brother in law and drove the 30 minutes to her home. The drive was made longer by a festival that was being held in town, but the conversation flowed and Putu had explained that she had spent the day shopping at the local market gathering the things we would need for our cooking class. When we arrived, we were greeted by our names being spelled out in the ever present gold flowers used in Balinese offerings, a lovely touch. We were also greeted by Putu's husband, her cousin Komang who would also be cooking with us, her two lovely twin boys, her mother in law. Tempe manis (sweet tempe), Pekedel Jagung (corn fritters), Urab (mix vegetable with grated coconut), Pepes Ikan (fish rolled in banana leaf), and of course the always delectable chicken satay skewers and rice was on the menu. We put on our aprons and began too cook, Putu patiently explained the ingredients that we would be using, and we had the opportunity to use a Balinese mortar and pestle and cook on an open fire. Balinese food is a joy to eat. The corn fritters were a hit with both of us, a hint of chilli and the aromats of ginger, garlic and spring onions singing though. The corn fritters are something that we will definitely replicate at home. Tempe was cut into small batons and fried meaning that it became golden and crunchy with a lovely nutty flavour. The Urab, mixed veg with coconut was also crunchy and refreshing. I enjoyed the rolling of the fish in the banana leaves, and again the aromats and chili worked beautifully together. Both Stuy and I love the flavours of satay and the chicken satay was also another highlight of the meal. All of the flavours were accessible, and the small details of checking in with how ‘hot’ people like their food was a positive. Putu’s knives were sharp and her kitchen kept very clean and hygienic. This experience felt very homely, tasting as we cooked, feeling like you were in your grandmother’s kitchen. At one point Stuy was having a chat with Putu's husband about building and houses out of the kitchen, a common interest shared by both men and Putu, Komang and I laughing and talking about relationships and children around the kitchen table. It was a very 'real' moment. When it came time to sit down for dinner, we all sat around the dining table and ate together. Again it was this experience of being in someone’s home and sharing a meal that really is a simple essence of humanity. Everything was delicious! The constant checking in from Putu about our chili palettes was appreciated, as although we both enjoy chili, the 3 chilies in our food were enough, not the 5 she would normally put it in! Dinner came to an organic close, chatting about our life in Australia and life in Bali. So in conclusion, if you would like, if only for a short amount of time to be part of a Balinese family and cook a lovely meal to share then please, please go and spend some time with Putu and her family.
- Loziloz October 07, 2018
We did a dinner time cooking class with Putu and her family and what an experience! Not only the recipies and the food (the best food we’ve had in Bali and beyond) but also her ability in making us feel so welcome and sharing with us lots of information about daily life in her village and Balinese customs and traditions which are very different from what we know from modern days Europian life. So grateful for having had the opporrunity to meet and cook with Putu. Can’t recommend highly enough.
- Icelander70 October 03, 2018
If you love food, if you love to meet a beautiful local family in Ubud, if you love amazing surroundings you have to book this cooking class!!! It was a must during my visit in Ubud. I would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Ubud.
- vatanbe September 17, 2018
This was truly a fun and great time. Putu and her family made Leone and I very welcome and it was great to get into the country side to enjoy a traditional Balinese family. Would defiantly recommend this to anyone who enjoys to cook and loves food. I would do again.
- caztig September 11, 2018
Der Kochkurs bei Putu war ein super Erlebnis um die traditionelle balinesische Küche kennen zu lernen. Zudem erzählte uns die sehr bemühte Gastgeberin viel Wissenswertes zur balinesischen Kultur und ihrem Alltag. Wir können den Kochkurs wärmstens empfehlen und hoffen das Putu noch viel Austausch mit anderen Kulturen machen kann! Suksma Putu, Thank you :)
- wallnermarkus8 September 09, 2018
Putu welcomed me into her home with her wonderful family. It was a very hands on experience, showing and teaching me and letting me cook along side them. I played on their farm with their animals and children. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that’s authentic and really shows people the beautiful culture of Bali. It was my highlight and I’ve made lifelong friends.
- Cmartin11 August 27, 2018
Amazing cooking class with local family! We had an absolutely amazing time and cooking class with Putu and her family. All started with timely pick up from our hotel by her and then we drove together to her home, while she was explaining to us what we see on the way, farms, temples, etc. When we arrived, we had first a nice welcome drink and a long, fascinating discussion with Putu snd her sister in love about Bali, how people live here, local customs, etc. We got to know also her entire family :) And then the cooking class... Putu is a very talented cook. Together with her sister, we cooked five different meals and we were taught all the details about each of them - what’s important in versions that both vegetarian (my wife) and meat lover (me) enjoyed:) Putu had everything prepared for us in advance, so we could enjoy every minute of the class. What was fantastic is that the class was only for the two of us! that’s a very personal experience in comparison to the big, large commercial cooking class you find in the city. Last but not least, the food was amazing :) Extremely tasty and very nice looking - we finished our class with a joint lunch with Putu and her sister, continuing our discussion about life... :) We recommend Putu‘s class to everyone! We couldn’t have had a better cooking class experience :-)
- Łukasz K August 22, 2018
I booked with Travelling Spoon because we wanted to have an authentic experience and get to know the local people. Also we'd rather wanted to have a private class and not join a large group as we did this course together with our kids (5 and 7 years). The prior communication with Putu was straightforward and the pickup went smoothly. Putu's English is very good and she explained us a lot about the Balines culture already during the transfer to her family compound. Her place is a short ride outside Ubud in a pristine region. She showed us round and we got to meet her family and her animals. The cooking experience itself was outstanding and even better than expected. We did all the different dishes hands-on and she involved also the kids and let them slice and grind the ingredients. The self prepared food was by far the best we have eaten during our trip altough we have had a lot of culinary highlights. I can highly recommend Putu's cooking class to anybody who not only wants the learn about Balinese cooking but also get in touch with lovely local people. I have been several times before to Bali but this is one of the best and most memorable experience I ever had on this island.
- Nibocona August 22, 2018
I Highly recommended cooking class. I booked with Travelling Spoon because we wanted to have an authentic experience and get to know the local people. Also we'd rather wanted to have a private class and not join a large group as we did this course together with our kids (5 and 7 years). The prior communication with Putu was straightforward and the pickup went smoothly. Putu's English is very good and she explained us a lot about the Balines culture already during the transfer to her family compound. Her place is a short ride outside Ubud in a pristine region. She showed us round and we got to meet her family and her animals. The cooking experience itself was outstanding and even better than expected. We did all the different dishes hands-on and she involved also the kids and let them slice and grind the ingredients. The self prepared food was by far the best we have eaten during our trip altough we have had a lot of culinary highlights. I can highly recommend Putu's cooking class to anybody who not only wants the learn about Balinese cooking but also get in touch with lovely local people. I have been several times before to Bali but this is one of the best and most memorable experience I ever had on this island.
- Nibocona August 22, 2018
We had an absolutely amazing time and cooking class with Putu and her family.All started with timely pick up from our hotel by her and then we drove together to her home, while she was explaining to us what we see on the way, farms, temples, etc.When we arrived, we had first a nice welcome drink and a long, fascinating discussion with Putu snd her sister in love about Bali, how people live here, local customs, etc. We got to know also her entire family :)And then the cooking class... Putu is a very talented cook. Together with her sister, we cooked five different meals and we were taught all the details about each of them - what’s important in versions that both vegetarian (my wife) and meat lover (me) enjoyed:) Putu had everything prepared for us in advance, so we could enjoy every minute of the class. What was fantastic is that the class was only for the two of us! that’s a very personal experience in comparison to the big, large commercial cooking class you find in the city.Last but not least, the food was amazing :) Extremely tasty and very nice looking - we finished our class with a joint lunch with Putu and her sister, continuing our discussion about life... :)We recommend Putu‘s class to everyone! We couldn’t have had a better cooking class experience :-)
- lucerster August 22, 2018
We spent a wonderful evening cooking and chatting to Putu and her sister in law Wayan. We learnt so much about Balinese food, farming and family life. Thank you to all!
- Joanne C August 15, 2018
Putu and her family welcomed us into their home to share in an authentic Balinese cooking experience. Our 10 year old daughter loved to see all the animals including pigs and chickens, before preparing a number of delicious dishes including Satay Ayam (satay chicken), Perkedel Jagung (corn fritters), URAB (mix vegetable with grated coconut) and TEMPE MANIS(sweet tempe). A truly unique experience and marvellous, warm hospitality we will always remember.
- melissac779 August 13, 2018
We had the most heart warming experience with our host Putu. She invited us into her home for the evening, where we met her entire family and with whom we cooked and shared a wonderful 6 course meal. Beyond the delicious food, the family's hospitality and incredibly generous nature which made us feel right at home, it was as if we were simply other members who'd come to see them for a full family meal. Surrounded by the lush greenery and calm of a true Balinese home, set away from the sometimes overly touristic city centre, we got to chat and ask Putu, her husband and sister-in-law Komang about everything from their work, to what they enjoy in their down time (we had a shared love of Bollywood!), to what they feel about Bali's future. Beyond chopping, mashing and frying, we got to see true Balinese culture and daily life like we hadn't before, and cannot recommend Putu's cooking class highly enough. She's truly a great cook and teacher, and both her and Komang made our brief stay one we'll cherish forever. We'll come back with our friends!!!
- DimpleR2 August 08, 2018
It felt like home!. We had the most heart warming experience with our host Putu. She invited us into her home for the evening, where we met her entire family and with whom we cooked and shared a wonderful 6 course meal. Beyond the delicious food, the family's hospitality and incredibly generous nature which made us feel right at home, it was as if we were simply other members who'd come to see them for a full family meal. Surrounded by the lush greenery and calm of a true Balinese home, set away from the sometimes overly touristic city centre, we got to chat and ask Putu, her husband and sister-in-law Komang about everything from their work, to what they enjoy in their down time (we had a shared love of Bollywood!), to what they feel about Bali's future. Beyond chopping, mashing and frying, we got to see true Balinese culture and daily life like we hadn't before, and cannot recommend Putu's cooking class highly enough. She's truly a great cook and teacher, and both her and Komang made our brief stay one we'll cherish forever. We'll come back with our friends!!!
- Dimple R August 08, 2018
In home meal with Putu and her family. We dined in for the evening with Putu and her family, and they cooked us a traditional Balinese cuisine. The food was very good, and Putu and her family were very good hosts. We felt comfortable and entertained the entire time, and would definitely recommend eating with Putu and her family in their beautiful home.
- jonesca58 July 28, 2018
We feel so lucky to have had a chance to cook with Putu! She is so fun and easy to be around and soon after meeting her you feel like a long lost neighbor. The cooking experience and being in Putu’s home was amazing, but what really put it over the top of Putu, her family, and friends. It was so much more than recipes. Hope to return soon!
- coric368 July 19, 2018
A genuine connection to a beautiful Balinese family, their delicious food and fascinating culture. I cannot speak highly enough of our experience with Putu and her family. It was the highlight of my trip! As soon as Putu picked us up she instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease. As we drove to her family compound, Putu explained parts of Balinese culture and took an interest in learning about us. We toured their garden with Putu pointing out all the different fruits and vegetables they grow as well as the livestock they keep. She also explained how a multi-generational compound works, and the significance of each building in the compound. It was really fascinating. When we arrived in the compound we were greeted by our names being written in flowers on the grass and a fresh coconut to drink from, it felt pretty special! Putu and her family were so friendly and accomodating, the time we spent with them flew by. The cooking was really fun and we learned so many new dishes, and was by far the best Balinese food I've ever eaten! I also loved that it was a private class, there was no strict schedule to follow. After we had finished eating, we had coffee (from the tree in their yard) with Putu and Pasta and chatted like old friends. If you really want to learn about traditional Balinese culture, cook and eat amazing food and form a genuine connection with a Balinese family - you have to do this cooking class!
- Lauren B July 10, 2018
I cannot speak highly enough of our experience with Putu and her family. It was the highlight of my trip! As soon as Putu picked us up she instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease. As we drove to her family compound, Putu explained parts of Balinese culture and took an interest in learning about us. We toured their garden with Putu pointing out all the different fruits and vegetables they grow as well as the livestock they keep. She also explained how a multi-generational compound works, and the significance of each building in the compound. It was really fascinating. When we arrived in the compound we were greeted by our names being written in flowers on the grass and a fresh coconut to drink from, it felt pretty special! Putu and her family were so friendly and accomodating, the time we spent with them flew by. The cooking was really fun and we learned so many new dishes, and was by far the best Balinese food I've ever eaten! I also loved that it was a private class, there was no strict schedule to follow. After we had finished eating, we had coffee (from the tree in their yard) with Putu and Pasta and chatted like old friends.If you really want to learn about traditional Balinese culture, cook and eat amazing food and form a genuine connection with a Balinese family - you have to do this cooking class!
- Lauren B July 10, 2018
I booked this class at the last possible moment before my trip to Bali. I already had other activities figured out (scuba diving in Padangbai, Hiking in Nusa Penida) and needed an activity to fill out one of my free days. I'm so glad I came across this. Putu, (our hostess) picked us up from the hotel and was so accommodating even though we were running late from our transfer from Jakarta. She proceeded to give us a basic information about Balinese culture as her and her nephew drove us to her village. Here, we met her husband and sister in law. We proceeded to prepare an authentic Balinese dish over a wood burning stove as she patiently explained the relevance and importance of certain techniques. Finally, she gave us a tour of her homestead including her family temple after which we sat down for dinner with her and her family. By the end of the evening, I felt I hand had an authentically immersive cultural experience. You can tell, Putu truly enjoys sharing her culture and culinary prowess with those who grace her kitchen. I simply cannot recommend this activity enough. It was truly life changing.
- John M July 08, 2018
My friend and I decided to take this class primarily because it would start at late time (5 pm) with alcohol (two big Bintang bottles). However, I am truly grateful that we made such decision from so many cooking classes in Ubud -- Putu and her family are amazing host, we had so much fun cooking, talking, and even singing ad lib (we learned three words "Thank you", "you are welcome" and "good" in Balinese, and my friend made up tunes to remember)!!I highly recommend to take this class while you are in Ubud.
- Asako Y July 04, 2018
Up close and personal Balinese cooking experience! My friend and I decided to take this class primarily because it would start at late time (5 pm) with alcohol (two big Bintang bottles). However, I am truly grateful that we made such decision from so many cooking classes in Ubud -- Putu and her family are amazing host, we had so much fun cooking, talking, and even singing ad lib (we learned three words "Thank you", "you are welcome" and "good" in Balinese, and my friend made up tunes to remember)!! I highly recommend to take this class while you are in Ubud.
- Asako Y July 04, 2018
I visited Putu with my girlfriend, and we had an amazing time! Their home was lovely, and located a bit away from busy Ubud. We were welcomed by Putu and members of her family with fresh cocunut juice, and from there on out we learned a whole lot about traditional Balinese food and culture. The food was amazing. All together a fantastic experience, extremely educational, and very recommended!
- Erlend L July 01, 2018
Hidden culture gem - must do before leaving Ubud! Put and her beautiful family provide a patient environment to experience her culture! Great for all levels of cooking. Amazing food and company - with free language lessons if interested in learning some Balinese/Indonesian! This was by far the highlight of my trip, and anyone who appreciates food/other cultures will adore it. Better than any of the highly advertised things to do in Ubud (and restaurants at similar prices). Their cooking classes should definitely be more popular.
- Michael P June 14, 2018
Put and her beautiful family provide a patient environment to experience her culture! Great for all levels of cooking. Amazing food and company - with free language lessons if interested in learning some Balinese/Indonesian!This was by far the highlight of my trip, and anyone who appreciates food/other cultures will adore it. Better than any of the highly advertised things to do in Ubud (and restaurants at similar prices). Their cooking classes should definitely be more popular.
- Mike P June 14, 2018
The Highlight Of Our Family Vacation in Bali! My parents & I had the honour of partaking in a delicious homecooked lunch by Putu & her family who made us feel truly welcomed at their lovely home. Every little gesture was a "Wow!" moment for us : Putu placing fresh frangipani flowers in our hair upon our arrival, together with her husband Pasta serving us coconuts plucked from the trees in their garden, giving us a pre-lunch educational tour of their home, explaining Balinese architecture of residential compounds including the family shrine, & also showing us their fruit orchard & animal farm! Putu is indeed a super talented cook! We enjoyed every dish immensely & there were plenty of authentic Balinese dishes on the dining table to be savoured! We left with a better understanding of Balinese cuisine, traditions & culture, & more importantly, precious moments which my family will cherish forever! Without hesitation, we highly recommend everyone to have this uniquely amazing meal experience with Putu where you'll also get to meet 3 generations of Pasta's family!
- solotraveller88 June 03, 2018
My parents & I had the honour of partaking in a delicious homecooked lunch by Putu & her family who made us feel truly welcomed at their lovely home. Every little gesture was a "Wow!" moment for us : Putu placing fresh frangipani flowers in our hair upon our arrival, together with her husband Pasta serving us coconuts plucked from the trees in their garden, giving us a pre-lunch educational tour of their home, explaining Balinese architecture of residential compounds including the family shrine, & also showing us their fruit orchard & animal farm!Putu is indeed a super talented cook! We enjoyed every dish immensely & there were plenty of authentic Balinese dishes on the dining table to be savoured! We left with a better understanding of Balinese cuisine, traditions & culture, & more importantly, precious moments which my family will cherish forever!Without hesitation, we highly recommend everyone to have this uniquely amazing meal experience with Putu where you'll also get to meet 3 generations of Pasta's family!
- solotraveller88 June 03, 2018
My market tour and cooking class with Putu is one of the best travel experiences I have had. Putu is kind and welcoming, and fantastic at explaining all of the produce and ingredients we saw at the market. Once we arrived at her home, I was also warmly welcomed by her extended family. We worked together in their kitchen, which is simple but clean and it was amazing to see what we could produce with only a fire and small gas burner. The food we made was fresh and delicious, I will go home with new recipes I am sure to repeat, but it was the experience of connecting with another family that made this such a special day. I highly recommend Putu's cooking class for keen foodies and people who would like to experience a truly authentic Balinese meal. It is easy to find a cooking class in Bali, but not so easy to find such a personal lesson far away from the usual tourist circuit. Thank you Putu and your lovely family.
- Amber B May 21, 2018
My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class whilst in Ubud for our honeymoon but we didn't want one with a big group. I read various reviews and ended up booking via Travelling Spoon with Putu and we are so glad we did! It was such a magical and humble half day experience which we won't forget.I have done many cooking classes in various overseas trips over the past few years and this was by far the best. It was the highlight of our trip and Putu's warmth and hospitality was second to none. Putu speaks very good english, picked us up from our villa and took us to the markets before we ventured back to her home in Ubud. She has a beautiful home and garden and we were welcomed by her husband, sister in law and mother in law.Our cooking experience was completely hands on and we make 6 amazing dishes that we never thought was could make. My husband was beside himself when we learnt to make chicken satays with peanut sauce - this will now be a regular in our house and we can't wait to cook this for our family and friends in Sydney Australia.I can't recommend Putu highly enough and if you are looking for an authentic hands on experience with a loving family, I would highly recommend booking Putu. I've included her link below to make this easier and I hope you enjoy this experience as much as we did. I wish I could rate her higher than 5 stars.Book with her today on Travelling Spoon and find her in the Bali section (3rd profile).Cassandra
- cachan12 April 07, 2018
Cooking with Putu was the best part of our trip - make sure you book her! My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class whilst in Ubud for our honeymoon but we didn't want one with a big group. I read various reviews and ended up booking via Travelling Spoon with Putu and we are so glad we did! It was such a magical and humble half day experience which we won't forget. I have done many cooking classes in various overseas trips over the past few years and this was by far the best. It was the highlight of our trip and Putu's warmth and hospitality was second to none. Putu speaks very good english, picked us up from our villa and took us to the markets before we ventured back to her home in Ubud. She has a beautiful home and garden and we were welcomed by her husband, sister in law and mother in law. Our cooking experience was completely hands on and we make 6 amazing dishes that we never thought was could make. My husband was beside himself when we learnt to make chicken satays with peanut sauce - this will now be a regular in our house and we can't wait to cook this for our family and friends in Sydney Australia. I can't recommend Putu highly enough and if you are looking for an authentic hands on experience with a loving family, I would highly recommend booking Putu. I've included her link below to make this easier and I hope you enjoy this experience as much as we did. I wish I could rate her higher than 5 stars. Book with her today on Travelling Spoon and find her in the Bali section (3rd profile).
- cachan12 April 07, 2018
My husband and I have spent about 5 weeks in Indonesia this year, visiting multiple islands and trying the range of food from small warungs and homestays to fine dining. Our Traveling Spoon experience with Putu was by far the best food and cultural experience we had in Indonesia, and easily the highlight of our trip.I know there are tons of choices for places to eat and cooking classes in Ubud, but I can't recommend Putu's home experience any more highly! You should definitely book it if you're spending time in Ubud.Highlights -- We were traveling as 4 adults in our twenties and our mom, and all of us loved our day. It was especially wonderful to see how happy our mom was interacting with Putu and her family. This experience would be great for any set of people from friends to couples to families with young kids.- Putu is a great communicator, sharing stories, quick to understand our American English, and answering all our questions about Balinese culture. She also set up our cooking class and dinner so professionally (cutting board station and aprons, ingredients displayed carefully, and dinner served with garnishes and beautiful table settings) that I asked her if she was trained in hotels - but it turns out she's just self taught!- She carefully designed a menu to accommodate one vegetarian diner, and chose a balanced set of dishes where we got to learn different skills like grating coconut, grilling chicken sate, and making sambal matah. We came out with a solid understanding and ability to make many dishes.- Putu even took us with her family to their community temple and let us participate in a Balinese ceremony which was incredibly special. She lent us all sarongs and made sure we participated in the rituals correctly. We felt very welcome and so grateful to take part in such an important part of her life.- Putu picked our family/group of 5 up from our hotel in central Ubud right on time and delivered us back in a comfortable a/c van. She communicated with us very promptly via WhatsApp and email, so all logistics were done perfectly.Thank you for such an amazing day Putu!
- subu2017 November 24, 2017
As this was a cooking class I expected that I would enjoy both the preparation and eating of an authentic Balinese meal. And I very much did. But what made the experience so very special and enjoyable was that the class was held in Putu and her family's compound in the Ubud countryside. This opportunity to experience a little of the 'real' Bali life was what made the evening so memorable. And I loved the extra touch of my welcome spelled out in marigolds. Such a delightful and thoughtful touch.
- misspuss57 October 16, 2017
I had a lovely evening with the host Putu and her family. It was such a welcoming atmosphere and she showed me the garden of her house where she grows a lot of the vegetables that we afterwards used for cooking an incredible Balinese dinner with several dishes all of which were very tasty. It was such a pleasure connecting to the local culture and cuisine as well as getting to know this family. After cooking we shared the meal together and it felt like being part of their family for one evening. I am so happy that I did this and it is one of my most memorable experiences of my journey.
- Jens J October 16, 2017
What a wonderful experience, Putu's warmth hospitality and knowledge never waned in the 6 hours we spent with her and her family. All answers explained, all cooking techniques and produce used are well transferable to home, we already have a Balinese banquet to organise. This should be a must do to anyone visiting Ubud / Bali.
- Greg Loechel October 01, 2017
Highly, highly recommend a cooking experience with Putu. We had such a wonderful day with Putu and her family. We were picked up from our accommodation in Ubud and visited 2 markets where we learnt the name and uses of many exotic fruit, vegetables and herbs. Anything we were curious about (Ie. Snake fruit) Putu bought for us so that we could try.We then went to her family compound where we saw her garden, farm animals and beautiful family. This was a real insight into how the Balinese living arrangements work. Throughout the day we learnt so much about Balinese culture, lifestyle, traditions + beliefs. We then set to cooking many many dishes all which we feasted on at the end of our day. Needless to say, there was no need to eat for the rest of the day! Putu catered to all our dietery requirements vegan / vegetarian, but also provided some meat options for the meat eaters of our group. The four of us had such a wonderful time and could not recommend this class (which is so much more than a cooking class) to anyone visiting Ubud.Thanks Putu!
- 650laraw September 22, 2017
I had a lovely evening with the host Putu and her family. It was such a welcoming atmosphere and she showed me the garden of her house where she grows a lot of the vegetables that we afterwards used for cooking an incredible Balinese dinner with several dishes all of which were very tasty. It was such a pleasure connecting to the local culture and cuisine as well as getting to know this family. After cooking we shared the meal together and it felt like being part of their family for one evening. I am so happy that I did this and it is one of my most memorable experiences of my journey.
- Jens August 25, 2017
As this was a cooking class I expected that I would enjoy both the preparation and eating of an authentic Balinese meal. And I very much did. But what made the experience so very special and enjoyable was that the class was held in Putu and her family's compound in the Ubud countryside. This opportunity to experience a little of the 'real' Bali life was what made the evening so memorable. And I loved the extra touch of my welcome spelled out in marigolds. Such a delightful and thoughtful touch.
- Helen K August 21, 2017
My wife and I visited Putu and her family while we were in Bali for our honeymoon. This was my second time doing a Traveling Spoon experience and my wife's first, and it certainly did not disappoint! Putu and her driver came and picked us up at our hotel, and on the beautiful car ride through the Bali countryside we started to get to know about her and her family. When we arrived at the family's compound, we were greeted by her husband Pasta (real name!), and her sisters-in-law Wayan and Ketut. They greeted us with fresh coconuts to refresh us after our trip, and then gave us a tour of their family compound as they explained how Balinese families and home structures work. Pasta had even gone to the effort of making a display with our names and a heart connecting them, ALL DONE IN FRESH FLOWER PETALS! It was one of the most touching gestures we received during our entire honeymoon, which is saying something since everyone treats you nice on your honeymoon! The cooking experience and dinner with the family was phenomenal. From explaining different ingredients, to walking us through cooking techniques they use locally, to talking about which foods they use during which celebrations and festivals, it felt like they were really making sure we left with a good understanding of Balinese culture as well as with a good meal. And what a meal! We ate until we were full...and then ate more. Little did we know, Putu had made us a special heart-shaped banana bread cake for dessert! We can't recommend Putu's family and hosting experience strongly enough. It was both a highlight of our trip, and an experience and memories we will cherish for a lifetime!
- Jay B. June 30, 2017
Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had cooking while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote out a birthday message in flowers in their garden. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes. We walked away with new dishes to cook and a feeling of having experienced more of ubud than we would have.
- Jaqlyn June 05, 2017
We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali!
- Geni April 03, 2017
Putu and her family allowed us to experience the REAL Bali. Cooking was fun and the food delicious. We felt very welcome in their family compound getting a glimpse of the life of a real Balinese family. We can't recommend it enough!
- NOTLGeoff March 18, 2017
Great food and cultural experience. It is so much more than just food. The warm and friendly family took time to explain their home, garden and customs. The cooking experience was so much fun and we both learned a lot. The family was genuinely wonderful.
- Priscilla January 07, 2017
Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had coming while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote pout a birthday message in flowers. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes.
- Jacqui December 07, 2016
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 cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area. -- www.laellebusch.com
- Laelle B. August 28, 2016
Excellent experience with Putu and her family! 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 cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area.
- Laelle August 18, 2016
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Putu

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1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$64 $36 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $50 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $62 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
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1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$64 $36 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $50 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $62 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
7:00am-12:00pm

Meet Putu

Putu lives in her ancestral village in a traditional family compound. When you arrive you will meet her grandparents, her husband, Pasta, as well as their three children. Putu learned to cook as a child, helping her grandmother prepare the daily meals. Her cooking skills have grown into a career and personal passion. Putu works as a cook at two private villas, creating fresh and creative Balinese dishes to delight her guests. She takes pride in her presentation and artfully decorates the dishes with delicately carved fruit and vegetables. At home, she is responsible for making the temple offerings, from the small offerings to the large fruit towers that she carries on her head during temple ceremonies. Putu also makes homemade jamu, traditional health tonics made from turmeric.

Putu’s grandparents are rice farmers and you will be served their homegrown rice with the meal. Putu and her family will take you on a tour of their compound and show you their family temple and explain about the objects in the temple. They have a lovely orchard where they grow jackfruit, cacao, durian, coffee and bananas. They also keep pigs, ducks, chickens and a cow.

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: (1-14 guests) Join Putu and her family for a traditional Balinese meal in their family compound. You’ll taste a variety of authentic dishes such as Putu’s grilled eggplant with tomato, grilled fish with Balinese sambal (chili sauce), a curry dish (either chicken, fish or vegetarian) or perhaps a variety of pepes (foods seasoned with local spices, wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed), ranging from fish, chicken or tofu to banana savory (made with the root of the banana plant) as well as a sweet version with made with fresh coconut. She might make gado gado (vegetables in peanut sauce), rendang (an Indonesian curry), sayur urab (vegetables with fresh shredded coconut), or bregedel (corn fritters). The meal will end with something sweet, perhaps Putu’s black rice pudding with fresh coconut cream and fresh palm sugar, or her famous banana cake with lemon-butter cream.

When in season, you will enjoy organic produce straight from the tree.

Cooking experience: (1-14 guests) Join Putu in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You'll work together to prepare 2-3 authentic Balinese dishes and as you chop, grind and grill Putu will teach you about the spices she uses in her family recipes and the medicinal qualities of Balinese ingredients. Putu's kitchen is simple, with only a two burner cooktop, and you are sure to be impressed by the speed and fluidity with which she can prepare a complex menu with multiple dishes.

You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-14 guests) You will be picked up from your Ubud hotel at 7am and driven to the Pejeng market to join the locals in shopping for the freshest produce. Putu will introduce you to the seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson. You will spend about 30 minutes at the market before driving to Putu's home to start cooking together. The market offers wonderful photo opportunities, so don't forget to bring your camera!

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

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

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Putu's home is in a lovely, quiet setting. When I arrived the table was set, the food prepped for cooking, and the children greeted me with shy looks and an occasional smile. Putu she explained the what, how, why of the cooking process. It amazed me that she could prepare 6 dishes on two burners with great fluidity to her work. Each dish turned out perfectly and looks beautiful - not to mention, everything was delicious!

Wendy, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.99 (190)
Wonderful evening with Putu. I spent the evening with Putu learning how to cook a traditional meal. It was one of the best experiences of our time in Ubud. He was patient and kind. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone
- Red-on-the-RoadCA March 15, 2020
Local market tour and traditional Balinese cooking class. What a fantastic truely authentic Balinese experience. Putu and her family made us feel really welcome in their home. Putu was so knowledgeable and the Balinese food we cooked was so tasty we will definitely be cooking these dishes at home. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants an real Balinese experience
- 18lynnel February 10, 2020
Amazing experience with lovely family. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time cooking with Putu and her family. We made six traditional Balinese dishes that were all delicious! Putu is a very kind teacher, taking the time to explain all the dishes, where they grow their ingredients, and how they make offerings in their family temple. I would 100% choose this style of cooking class every time. Thank you again Putu and family for a lovely afternoon.
- kristinpaige17 January 30, 2020
Balinese home cooking. Very authentic Balinese cooking experience. Putu picked us up and dropped us off to our accommodation. We prepared about 6 dishes and she and her family were very supportive and helpful with my 3 children in the kitchen (aged 6, 9 and 9). The dishes were all delicious and there was way too much food for us to eat. She also showed us how rice grows and was very knowledgeable of the local area. I would highly recommend this cooking class as an authentic Balinese experience.
- nicolewilson78 January 25, 2020
Top Experience in Bali. Of our weeklong trip to Bali, the private cooking class with Putu was the highlight. In our other touristy experiences, we saw a very curated picture of the country, but this gave us a true window into Balinese culture and life. We loved walking through the farmer's market and trying new fruits and vegetables (one of my favorite things back home, too!). Putu was a tremendous host, welcoming us into her home and introducing us to her family. She was very helpful in teaching us about all the products/produce we were using and showing us the techniques for cooking traditional dishes. In all, we made 7 dishes, which were all delicious. We requested a completely plant-based menu, and were blown away with the variety of flavors that we created. It was lovely to share the meal with her family. We highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Bali. Thanks, Putu!
- sngator January 20, 2020
Putu and Pasta took us in and made us feel like family for the night. We had a wonderful experience preparing and cooking dinner with them. Each dish that we made was absolutely delicious. I am salivated right now just thinking about it again. Putu has the best sense of humor. I really loved seeing how her family lives on the farm and all work together to create a heartwarming food experience. I would have never known what it truly feels like to eat in a Balinese home with a Balinese family if it wasn’t for the grace of Putu. She’s the absolute best!!
- JSmileySmiles January 14, 2020
Putu and her family were amazing hosts. We particularly enjoyed being shown around her lovely Balinese house and garden. She was very knowledgeable not just about cooking but also about Balinese culture and history.The food was delicious and class was held very professionally - you can tell the process was well-thought through because we managed to cook so many dishes in a short span of time! All in all, it was an eye-opener and I would highly recommend it for anyone seeking an authentic and meaningful experience while traveling.
- Jymx10 January 12, 2020
This was absolutely one of the highlights of our trip! Puta was so amazingly kind and knowledgeable about traditional Balinese food, culture and traditions and for me as a nutritionist it was so much fun to get to know all the local food and cooking techniques. It was also such an honour to see a traditional Balinese home and to be welcomed in such a beautiful and kind way. I would most definitely recommend it to absolutely everyone. Even my husband who isn’t a massive cook really enjoyed the experience. If you are thinking of doing it at all, just get booked in right now!
- S7939NDlaurenh January 12, 2020
予約してからPutuさんからメールで連絡をもらい、ホテルの場所や時間を連絡し、当日はご主人の運転する車で迎えに来てくれました。Putuさんの自宅はウブドの中心地から車で20〜30分くらいの田園地帯の中にあり、バリの伝統的な家屋で、敷地は広く果樹園もり牛や豚やアヒルなどが飼育されています。ご主人が庭になっているドリアンを採ってきて食べさせてくれました。家族は3世代の大家族ですが、子供達が挨拶に来てくれたり、妹さんが手伝っていたり、本当に暖かく家族全員で迎えてくれました。バリの習慣やインドネシア語なども紹介してくれます。彼女は英語が堪能です。こちらがあまり話せなくても全然大丈夫です。料理は6種類の家庭料理を2時間くらいかけて作りますが、ソースや調味料などはすべてすり鉢で擦って作りますので新鮮でとても美味しいです。辛さも自分で調整すつことができます。キッチンも屋外の屋根付きの土間にありますがとても清潔で安心して料理できました。私はバリで色々なレストランに行きましたが、ここで食べて料理が一番美味しかったです。ホテルでも料理教室がありますが、このように一般の家庭に訪問して家庭料理を作る経験は本当に貴重で楽しかったです。それから本当にPutuさんの人柄がとても良くて、またバリに行ったら訪れたいと思います。
- YumikoU28 January 06, 2020
A ‘must do’ Indonesian cooking class - highly recommended! We had the pleasure of cooking with the lovely Putu during our trip to Ubud. We cooked six delicious and authentic Balinese meals (including chicken sate and corn fritters) and learned the traditional way to cook rice. The experience was intimate - the two of us were the only ‘students’ in the private class. Putu also showed us through her lovely Balinese home and told us about life in her village. It was a cultural experience as much as a food experience! Complete with welcome fruit, water and Bintang, it was a day to remember. Thanks Putu for your excellent cooking class! 🍚🍲🥗
- adventures_of_sam January 02, 2020
We enjoyed our time with Putu and her family a lot! Not only did we cook 6 tasty meals, but also learned about the way of living on Bali, starting from how the traditional house looks like, to grinding as a better alternative to a food processor, to farming, religion, culture and many other aspects of everyday’s life. Putu guided us through the whole process and made us feel like good cooks :) She and her family then shared a dinner with us and even gave some local fruits as a gift. Overall, highly recommended!
- KirillP496 December 31, 2019
Fuel for body, mind, and soul. We had the greatest time with Putu and her family, dadong (grandma) we love you❣️ We were picked up and then greeted first with yummy homegrown fruits and coffee, then took a tour of the family temple and ancestral home before learning how to prepare and cook no less than 6 dishes. The whole family were so lovely, this is an experience to remember!
- YaoLin_Madeleine December 30, 2019
We had the greatest time with Putu and her family, dadong (grandma) we love you❣️We were picked up and then greeted first with yummy homegrown fruits and coffee, then took a tour of the family temple and ancestral home before learning how to prepare and cook no less than 6 dishes.The whole family were so lovely, this is an experience to remember!
- YaoLin_Madeleine December 30, 2019
Putu’s cooking class was a great adventure. She was very welcoming and invited us into her traditional Balinese home where she introduced us to the family’s ceremonies, life style and food culture. Putu is a knowledgeable, fun, well-organised and inspirational teacher - and the food was delicious. We look forward to try out the recipes back in Sydney and will definitely recommend her cooking class as part of the Bali adventure!
- simonfU6445OM December 28, 2019
It was an unique experience to see the local market and cook local food with amazing host, Putu. She explained many local foods and vegetables/fruits and let us try at the market. We wouldn’t know half of the stuff that were sold at the market so it was nice to have a private guide with us. After, she and her husband, Pastor took us to their house. It was an amazing house with beautiful Balinese sculptures. You learn a lot about their lifestyle and culture, not only how to cook tasty food. Definitely recommended if you are ever in Ubud.
- 765hojoy December 26, 2019
We had an amazing stay at Putu’s place. She’s the best host you can wish for and we made such an incredibly good lunch! Loved it!
- TjakkoD1 December 21, 2019
“Warm” slaat niet alleen op de temperatuur van het eten maar ook op de begeleiding. Interessante uitleg over de rol van het eten in cultuur en godsdienst.
- J514UUtamaram December 07, 2019
I booked this experience for my best friend 's birthday. Putu and her husband picked us up early in the morning from our hotel. She then walked us through the local food market (which turns into the large art market from 8am) and educated us on the local traditions, food and culture. We tasted some local fruits, drinks and breakfast specialties which we thoroughly enjoyed.After this we went back to Putu's personal residence where we got a tour of her home and family temple. We then sat and had some coffee and tea with some of the local food that Putu purchased at the market like cakes and Balinese rice porridge.We then began the cooking with Putu her aunt and sister in law. The women were friendly and extremely hospitable. Everything was explained thoroughly and it was very hands on which was really fun. Please be aware the kitchen is very traditional and we got very hot while cooking over the traditional wooden stove, we felt this just added to the authenticity of the experience, but it's something to be aware of if heat affects you heavily.After cooking the food, we prepared and made offerings in Putu's temple. We very much appreciated this authentic and genuine experience.We then sat and ate the dishes with Putu, her aunt and sister in law. The food was absolutely delicious, and there was NO shortage of it.I mentioned in the morning that the experience was booked for my friends birthday, and after we ate, Putu and her husband surprised my friend with a birthday cake that was decorated with 'Happy birthday Ashlea' This was at no prior arrangement by myself, and was such a beautiful and kind gesture organised by Putu and her family.Putu also organised for us to take a whole lot of the food home with us to enjoy later for dinner also, which was lovely.I would HIGHLY recommend this tour with Putu if you're looking for a private but authentic Balinese food experience.
- Bo-W22 November 14, 2019
We had an absolutely fantastic morning with Putu and her family. First of all, touring the market with a local resident is much better than trying to figure out everything yourself. I definitely tried some things I might not have on my own. After our market tour, we went to Putu’s home outside of Ubud where we met her lovely family and began cooking. As others have mentioned, come hungry- the food is delicious and there is a lot of it. It’s so nice to be hosted in a home environment where you have a more authentic interaction. I strongly recommend this experience.
- travelbug_lo November 06, 2019
We are so glad that we found Cooking with Putu on Tripadvisor and chose to attend this instead of going with a run-of-the-mill cooking class offered by other establishments. Putu, Pasta and their family were so warm and welcoming right from the moment they picked us up from our hotel - we were made to feel very comfy as they caught up with us like old friends, showed us their village plantations and even the pigs, cows, dogs and chickens! Putu and family were very organised in teaching us 6 dishes - Pepes Ayam, Tempe Manis, Nasi Selar, Sate Ayam, Urab and Perkedel Jagung. Each dish tasted fantastic and we were amazed at all the flavours in the food :) Putu even gave us some chilli, tomato and rice seeds because we wanted to try planting these at home :)Thank you Putu and family for giving us a glimpse into simple, wholesome Balinese family life. Do let us know if you come to Singapore and we would be glad to bring you around. Wishing you every success, good health and happiness! :) To all who are reading this - join this tour, you will not regret it!
- MoleyPooh November 04, 2019
If you want a 'taste' of a traditional Balinese cooking experience and to share a meal with a wonderfully warm and friendly Balinese family in their compound, this is for you! From the moment you meet Puspa she excudes warmth (and a very cheeky sense...More
- ExplorerShe November 03, 2019
We had a wonderful, delicious and hospitable evening.We we're picked up in our accomondation by time and drive than to the privat house of our hospitals. First they show us their surroundings. Later they explain us the meels we will cook and gave us very...More
- Carla B November 03, 2019
Eine tolle Gastgeberin, leckeres authentisches Essen und eine schöne Umgebung! Ich habe mich sehr wohl gefühlt und hatte viel Spaß!...More
- Ulrike N November 02, 2019
Putu and her family were the most authentic experience I had in Ubud, Bali. She welcomes you with such a kind face and politeness, introduces you to their food garden, and explains her traditions, beliefs and their way of living. She was patient and thorough...More
- Adventurer417399 November 01, 2019
Cooking with Putu was great! She showed us around the food market and explained all the local ingredients to us. Afterwards she welcomed us very warmly to her house and answered all the questions we had about Balinese living and tradition. Her relatives helped with...More
- Leonie H October 31, 2019
We had such an amazing time. Putu is very welcoming, it was fascinating to see how the Balinese use local products from their gardens. The food was delicious, we were happy to get the recipies to try at home as well. This class is a 10/10!
- kay_fitz October 30, 2019
I can recommend to visit Putu and learn about Balinese cooking and culture. Putu and her husband picked me up at the place I was staying and made me feel comfortable with their open minds and personalities. Then she showed me around her home and we started cooking 6 wonderful dishes. The best food I ate on Bali was the food we prepared together.She took me after the meal til a ceremony in the local temple and dressed me in one of her Balinese dresses. It was such a wonderful night, and I can really recommend everyone to do it.
- Charlotte M October 26, 2019
We just got back from Putu’s home with full bellies and happy hearts. We enjoyed our time with Putu and her family so much. Her & her husband picked us up from our hotel and brought us to their family compound in a quiet serene neighborhood. Their home is beautiful and spotless. We had so much fun cooking while getting to know Putu. We drank fresh coconuts, tea & beer (Putu was a fantastic host) while talking about our contrasting cultures, listening to the geckos and meeting her sweet children. Our meal was fantastic and we are so grateful that we were able to meet Putu and her lovely family. This was our favorite part of our honeymoon in Bali. Putu, your family is lovely and your cooking is delicious! Thank you for letting us into your home and making us feel welcome.
- Lisabauerrn October 23, 2019
Mein Mann und ich wurden morgens um 7:30 Uhr von Putu und ihrem Mann an unserem Hotel abgeholt. Wir haben den Lunch mit dem vorherigen Besuch eines Marktes gewählt. Dort ging es dann als erstes hin. Hier wurde uns von Putu viel erklärt und sie kaufte einiges zum Probieren für uns. Dann fuhren wir zu ihrem wunderschönen Zuhause. Dort wurde uns alles gezeigt und wir bekamen viele Infos zum Tempel, Reisanbau und vielem mehr. Wir konnten die gekauften Produkte vom Markt probieren und bekamen eine leckerer Kokosnuss dazu. Wir haben insgesamt sechs Gerichte gekocht, welche wir von Anfang bis Ende mit Putus Hilfe selbstständig zubereiten konnten. Das Kochen war sehr traditionell und man macht absolut alles selbst. Putu steht einem mit tollen Tipps und helfenden Händen zur Seite. Anschließend haben wir gemeinsam mit der Familie unseren Lunch genossen. Es war unglaublich lecker und eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Putu ist wahnsinnig sympathisch, sehr interessiert an einem und macht einen grandiosen Job. Wir haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt und würden dieses Erlebnis jederzeit wieder buchen! Danke Putu!!
- lisala16 October 22, 2019
I can't fully express how lovely our afternoon with Putu, Pasta and her family was. From the welcome snacks, tour of the garden and cultural explanations we learned so much about Balinese culture and felt truly welcomed. She has selected great dishes to cook and try and much to my delight my 10 year old and 14 year old were front and center in the cooking process. She is a terrific teacher and really made them feel competent and included. The rice we cooked is rice from her own family's field and many of the ingredients (almost all) are locally sourced. I was curious about medicinal herbs and drinks and she answered all my questions. Her auntie made us juice from the Kayu Manis plant for us to try which was above and beyond.
- Ungilreng October 19, 2019
I wanted to surprise my mom with an activity that would help us understand Indonesian culture a little bit more and this was just perfect. Putu was very flexible and she didn't mind that we change the pick-up location/time in the last minute. Her husband and herself took us to their beautiful home in the outskirts of Ubud, where her aunt and her sister-in-law were waiting for us. We had a great time: we coocked 6 different dishes and they were all delicious. Everybody was so nice to us, but specially Putu's sister-in-law who was incredibly funny and warm. Putu explained so many things to us about Indonesian culture and her family during our dinner together. We exchanged stories and laughed a lot together.It was an incredible experience that I would recomend to anybody :)Terima kasih for everything :)
- CAguado October 14, 2019
This experience is a must-do if you are visiting Ubud area. More than just cooking and having traditional Balinese meal, we get to see the traditional Balinese house compound including the house temple, learnt a little bit about their life, got to know their family and their beautiful life!Putu and her family are amazing hosts. Putu and her husband picked us up from our hotel in Ubud area, then from that time on we had great conversations about many things. When we arrived at her place, she first showed us the whole house and introduced us to the family. Putu and her family are truly blessed with many fresh resources around their house. They are self-sufficient with rice, fruits, vegetables, meats, and poultry. That's where most of the ingredients for our cooking came from.The cooking itself was a fun experience. We got to use the traditional steamer to cook rice. We used the traditional cobek to grind spices and ingredients (no food processor) for the best possible flavor. Definitely need to exert our energy to grind a lot of ingredients and mixed them with our bare hands.Very delicious foods, fun cooking and overall experience. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys food and cooking!
- VKuswandi October 12, 2019
"Cooking with Putu" war auf jeden Fall eins der Highlites meiner Reise quer durch Bali. Putu und ihre Familie haben mich super lieb empfangen. Es gab zur Begrüßung eine Führung durch den hauseigenen Tempel über den sie mir alles erklärt hat. Danach gab es eine Kokosnuss, leckere Früchte zum probieren und andere kleine einheimische Snacks. Danach ging es zum gemeinsamen Kochen und während dessen gab Putu mir viele Einblicke in ihren Alltag und der ihrer Familie. Außerdem wurde mir bei dem gemeinsame Kochen viel Wissen über die Gerichte vermittelt. Nachdem wir unser zubereitetes Essen gemeinsam gegessen hatten, wurde ich spontan in Sarong und Udeng gekleidet und hatte die Chance bei einer Zeremonie im Tempel teilzunehmen.Es war einfach ein so gelungener Abend und ich kann es jedem nur empfehlen mit Putu zu kochen. Wer das "echte Bali" erleben möchte ist hier genau an der richtigen Adresse.
- E7659ANalexs October 04, 2019
I really enjoyed it. They picked me up from my hotel in candi dasa and took me to their farm. They took me on a tour of their traditional bali home compound including their family temple area, it was very interesting. I got to meet the family, they were all very friendly. The cooking experience was really interesting and with the conversation going backwards and forwards it was fun. The food was absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend this experience.
- Cra1245 October 01, 2019
Not a fan of touristy excursions, my husband and I were so delighted to have happened upon this incredible lady, Putu! First of all, Putu collected us from our hotel with trusty husband Pasta and drove us to their beautiful family home in a small rice village outside Ubud. Putu is very funny and speaks very good English, telling us all about life in Bali and their village, traditions and customs. On arrival at Putu's family home, she introduced us to her animals and wonderful garden, which contained around 80% of the ingredients we were to use that day. We were offered hot drinks on arrival as well as homemade Balinese snacks, fruit and fresh coconut water - all so delicious. The best coffee in Bali so far! Putu also gave us a tour of her family temple, explaining all about the Hindu religion, ceremonies and offerings. We relaxed and chatted for a while before hitting the kitchen! Putu explained we would be making six dishes, a mix of meat and vegetables. We were hands on from the get go, chopping, peeling, steaming, frying, grilling, pestling, grating...Putu always encouraging us to taste and smell the food, add salt, more/less chilli...Where we struggled, she was gracious to help without taking over. Always feeling integral to the cooking and very much in charge of the process. Once all was done, dinner was served. We ate outside with some of Putu's family, proud as punch to serve our food. We enjoyed the fruits of our labour with a Bintang in hand. After, Putu even gave us gifts and then very kindly asked whether we would prefer to go to our hotel or elsewhere in Ubud. This is quite honestly one of the most genuine and incredible experiences we have ever had. So real and such an honour to feel part of a real family home when so far away from your own. Feel we have made friends for life and can't wait to see Putu and her family again. Thank you Putu
- livstar6 September 30, 2019
We spent several enjoyable hours with Putu learning how to prepare and cook six different Indonesian recipes. Putu is a wonderful teacher and also shared her recipes with us via WhatsApp. We were so inspired that we ended up bringing a lavastone mortar and pestle back home with us and are now working our way through an Indonesian cookbook! Although this activity is all about the food, it works on many other levels too. Putu and her husband collected us from our hotel and drove us through some of the rice fields on the outskirts of Ubud, explaining much on the way - such as the role of ducks in cleaning up the harvested fields. Putu also gave us a good insight into life in a typical village house and the importance of the community on Balinese culture. We were even asked to share in making offerings at the family shrines before we ate.If you are fortunate to ever had a few spare hours in Ubud, then I cannot imagine a better way to spend your time. A recent review on here describes this as the best experience in Bali and we completely agree!
- LeelaandEd September 29, 2019
This was our favorite ‘trip’. My daughter and I have been on Bali for two weeks and this was our most authentic experience. The food was great, and the whole family was very gracious.
- JMDPearce September 26, 2019
We had a wonderful morning visiting a village market and learning to cook delicious Balinese dishes in our guide’s family home. Putu was a warm and welcoming host, and her family were so kind and gracious in showing us around their home and family temple. We learned how to prepare six different dishes and then had the pleasure of eating lunch with some of Putu’s family. Putu’s English is excellent and we found the whole experience really informative and enjoyable. I would highly recommend it!
- NZNat September 24, 2019
This was such an awesome experience for my fiancé and I. If you are looking for an activity away from tourists that really provides a look into everyday life and the culture of Bali, this is the one. Putu and her family could not be nicer. They were so welcoming of having us in her home and they were all so fun to be around. She was such a patient and kind teacher and my wife and I left eager to try out some recipes ourselves. And beyond the cooking, we learned more about Bali, Hinduism, etc. than we had in our prior 5 days. Putu was so accommodating as well. After cooking my wife asked to see how the Hindu offering was made - no problem. Could we see the different farm animals? No problem. We think this is a “must-do” for anyone visiting Bali and will absolutely make a point to visit again the next time we are back.
- Maxs-238507 September 23, 2019
Words can hardly describe how much we enjoyed the evening at Putu's home. She and Widia were the nicest "teachers" imaginable and we loved every moment of the cooking class. Not only was it instructive, it was also incredibly delicious. We would have loved to eat for hours...but our stomachs unfortunately were too small. An insight like this is not easy to get and we are deeply impressed by these great women. So if you're looking for the perfect "excursion" you shouldn't wait any longer and book exactly this class. You won't regret it at all.
- Jane Lynn S September 22, 2019
Our private Tour startet at 7 am, Putu and her husband fetched us and guided us to the local Market in Ubud, where we bought local food for our cooking class. After that we were at Putus House where she showed us her Home, the religious habits and where we had breakfast. After that we startet to Cook 6 different dishes, all of them were great and Tasteful. We really enjoyed our Morning with Putu and her Family.Highly recommended!!
- Kathrin S September 21, 2019
Danke liebe Putu mit Familie für diesen schönen Abend! Meiner Familie mit Kinder hat es sehr gut gefallen. Alles war perfekt...wir kommen wieder!!! Klare Empfehlung....
- Mark L September 15, 2019
My husband and I signed up for this tour during our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience - and the best cultural experience that we had during our 2 weeks in Bali. We spent the morning with Putu at the market sampling various foods, interesting juices and Balinese street style breakfast. DO NOT EAT breakfast before you go on this tour! Putu and her husband took us to her family home and talked to us about life in Bali, explaining daily life, traditions, and religious practices while we enjoyed coffee and Balinese sweets. Putu is so easy to talk to and very insightful to Balinese culture. We proceeded to cook 6 traditional dishes with the help of Putu and her sister in law. She made the cooking simple, giving us tasks and explaining each process for each dish. She even arranged for us to purchase and take home our own grinding stone and sent over the recipes so that we can cook the dishes at home! Needless to say, the food was DELICIOUS and we enjoyed every moment of our time with Putu. I highly recommend this experience if you're looking for a private one on one cooking and cultural experience!
- Lauren T September 14, 2019
We absolutely loved our morning with Putu and her family. We got picked up by her and her husband and went to the market where we tried all sorts of traditional fruits, food and drink. Putu bought ingredients we needed and explained the market to us and then we went to Putu’s house. We first got a tour of her home and had a lovely breakfast with some of the things bought at the market and then made 6 dishes in her kitchen. It was great to see what goes into making the dishes we have been eating and Putu’s sister and aunt also helped with the cooking. Would highly recommend and the food we cooked was delicious. Thank you Putu!
- Adam C September 11, 2019
Putu hat uns direkt bei unserem Hotel abgeholt und uns dann zu sich nach Hause gefahren. Schon auf dem Weg hat sie uns einiges über ihre Kultur erzählt. Bei ihr angekommen zeigte sie uns ihren Tempel und hatte auch darüber einiges interessantes zu berichten.Danach ging es mit dem Kochen los. Insgesamt haben wir 6 verschiedene Gerichte gekocht, allesamt super lecker! Man sollte davor auf jeden Fall nichts, bzw. wenig essen, da es bei Putu genug gibt. Insgesamt würden wir den Kochkurs jedem weiterempfehlen! Das Essen war sehr lecker und Putu eine liebe Gastgeberin, welche uns einen tollen Einblick in deren Kultur gegeben hat.
- louisamir September 09, 2019
I loved this experience.This was much more than a cooking class. It was amazing to visit a Balinese home & learn about Balinese culture, religion, & food. Putu is the most gracious, funny, and welcoming teacher & host. She speaks good English & her home is beautiful. It is a very well organized operation from start to finish. We made six dishes and felt that it was a good mix of meats & vegetables.It was our last night in Bali & we wanted to buy some of the ingredients she used in her cooking. She sent her husband to the store to get it for us. I highly recommend this!
- 792pujak September 05, 2019
I booked the cooking class with Putu as a birthday present for my boyfriend and it was definetely the best idea I could have had! It was worth every penny as we've had a very good time.First we went to the local market together and Putu showed and explained us a lot about the Balinese culture and food. At the market we've had the opportunity to try diverse delicious food and bought ingredients together. Putu even bought some vegetables we were interested in even though it was not on our cooking plan. Afterwards we went to Putu's family farm and relaxed and talked a bit over a fresh coconut before we started cooking. It was very fun and interesting and the whole family helped us in the kitchen. We really enjoyed the time and the delicious meals we cooked together and we definitely recommend everyone to take the cooking class with Putu when you're in Bali!:)
- Krisy_hv September 02, 2019
This was a super fun event. I spent 12 days in Bali and my last night did this cooking class. My friends and I ate at as many local Warungs as we could. The kind that only serve Indonesian food. After 11 days of that it was so cool to learn how to make all that delicious food. Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up and took us to their home.So fun to learn about living life in a Bali village.The highlight is 100% Putu. She is so fun and so good at teaching and we ate so much yummy food. If I return to Bali I will take another cooking class with Putu. This lady is a national treasure.Baxter
- BaxterofLA September 02, 2019
Putu was our cooking instructor and she was amazing and kind! She taught us how to make 6 different dishes and brought us to the market where we got to try food there as well. It was so fun to be in our home to learn how to cook Balinese food and also learn about her culture.
- Gianna M August 29, 2019
I was a single mum travelling with my 6 year old daughter and we wanted a cookery experience in a traditional Balinese home. I love spicy food but Unfortunately my daughter doesn’t!! she was able to make a non spicy alternative to every single dish we made. There was an abundance of food and our host was very welcoming and knowledgable. Highly recommend the experience
- angiecG6428IY August 27, 2019
My friends and I had a fantastic time with Putu and her family. She and her husband, Pasta, picked us up from our Airbnb and drove us to their traditional Balinese home in a nearby village. She answered all of our questions in depth and gave us a tour of their farm, pointing out all the vegetables we’d be cooking with and letting us see her pigs. Afterwards we each prepped 6-7 meals and collaboratively cooked them together. It was delicious!! Everyone said they had a great time and would do it again. Highly recommend.
- Avkassman August 27, 2019
My husband and I went to Bali for our honeymoon and we love to do cooking classes wherever we go. This one is SUCH a treat. It was amazing to spend such intimate time with an Ubud local. Putu couldn't be nicer and easier to talk to! She asked us all about our wedding and even let me show her the bajillion horrible iPhone photos I had of me in my dress on the way to the market, where she let us try all kinds of Balinese treats. One in particular - a little crepe in a banana leaf with palm sugar - was absolutely delicious!We picked up some ingredients for our lesson and went back to Putu's home. It was incredible to get this kind of a look into somebody's life, especially when it's so different from yours! We saw Putu's vegetable and marigold gardens, her pigs, chickens and cows, and even met her family. We cooked six amazing dishes using a traditional Balinese stove and grinding instruments. My favorite was the sweet tempeh, the tempeh manis! My husband really liked the corn fritters and chicken satay with peanut sauce. After the delicious meal, we drank some tea and Bintang and spent some time just talking with Putu. She didn't rush us out at all and told us all about her life while asking tons of questions about us, our life in America and all kinds of other things. My husband told her that he had been suffering from a bit of "Bali belly" since our arrival and Putu was kind enough to bring him an oil to rub on his tummy, and even made him fresh ginger tea to help! It was so kind of her and really did make him feel better.I can't recommend this experience highly enough. It was truly a highlight of our time in Ubud! You will ADORE Putu and her lovely home and food! Thank you Putu for being so kind and welcoming!
- michellelamlaw August 26, 2019
From pick up from our hotel to eating the fantastic food this experience was brilliant. Putu has great knowledge and talked to us about the produce she grows, family life in Bali and of course cooking. She was knowledgeable and talked us through each course - we can’t wait to have a go at recreating the dishes at home! I cannot sing Putu’s praises enough, I would 100% recommend!
- Pipsy_g August 23, 2019
We just had a great evening last week with Patu and her family in her home. We were invited into their home and made to feel at home straight away. Patu was so easy to talk to and she shared so much insight into life in Bali which was really interesting and we are so glad we got to experience and learn as much as we did. The food was delicious and we were busy creating 6 dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it
- Doonar August 22, 2019
Putu puts on an excellent cooking class and is a wonderful instructor. This was some of if not the best food I had in Bali and was an extremely good bargain. She not only took us step by step and helped us prepare everything, but she also worked on our Balinese and enjoyed the meal with us after. Sitting with her family and enjoying the natural flow of conversation was an absolute joy and I would recommend everyone taking this class if they are going to Bali.
- PaulParrett August 19, 2019
My partner and I had an absolutely fantastic time with Putu and the entire family. From the time Putu picked us up at our hotel to the time she dropped off us everything was incredible. She brought us through her garden where many of her vegetables come from, her home, and the family temple. The food that we prepared was an insight into the traditional Balinese culture that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is truly a wonderful experience that is an incredible cooking course and a great way to meet a family that is warm and welcoming. This is a must on your trip, we would definitely do this again.
- Gregory K August 18, 2019
My partner and I had such an excellent evening with Putu, Wayan and the rest of the family. They were very welcoming, interesting and shared lots of great information about the food and local culture. If you want to do a less touristic, culinary activity and are interested in learning about Balinese culture, I highly recommend booking with Putu.
- Samuel R August 14, 2019
This is unmissable if you are staying in or around the Ubud area. Putu and her family are such welcoming hosts, and the food you are taught to prepare and cook is delicious. Putu even shares the recipes afterwards so we can cook again at home. I can't recommend this experience enough. Thank you, Putu!Ben & Rebecca
- bengoffin August 13, 2019
Putu and her family are incredible. She has an easy manner that allows you to be yourself. We took our family of three children (11, 8 and 4 years) and they were made to feel welcome into Putu's tour. She is flexible and can answer questions about anything. We started with a local market tour. Putu guided us skilfully through the market and then we proceeded onto her beautiful home. The cooking is done traditionally with a small fire hearth. Everyone had a job to do to prepare an amazingly delicious meal. We often come away from cooking classes and feel that we'll never quite replicate the meals, but Putu's easy directions and advice will have us eating those delicious meals for many years to come. Putu's kindness and thoughtfulness is demonstrated in her love of cooking and she certainly presented her home, her food and her country in a way that totally amazed us. There is no way to go wrong on this tour.
- Frizzybee August 13, 2019
This was one of the best experiences we had in Indonesia - highly authentic, interesting, friendly and oh so tasty! Our kids (10 + 7) loved the experience. The market tour was great - trying lots of different foods, back at the village we saw the family farm, talked religion, customs and family life.
- peppaandgeorge2015 August 12, 2019
Wayan’s cooking lesson and home meal were incredible! She went to so much effort with all the food and it was so fun to cook with traditional Balinese methods. We learnt how to use banana leaves for cooking and used lots of fresh simpleIngredients to make yummy dishes. We’d highly recommend trying a cooking class and meal with Wayan. Thank you so much! Ella and Rob
- Ella G G August 11, 2019
Getting up at 7 for visiting the market is absolutely worth it. Putu is super friendly and explains pretty much everything (not just about cooking and ingredients). We felt very welcome at her home and we definitely recommend such a private and personal experience.
- Roltief August 10, 2019
A tremendous experience. Putu was a fantastic host and gave us a great insight into Balinese life. Her and her family were very welcoming and it was great fun cooking and then eating with her. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
- 430colml August 08, 2019
We had a great evening at Putus home. The dinner with delicious and Putu not only explained a lot about the ingridients, but also about their culture, their way of living etc. Highly recommended!
- Marcel S August 05, 2019
Fantastic experience! We had a great evening at Putus home. The dinner with delicious and Putu not only explained a lot about the ingridients, but also about their culture, their way of living etc. Highly recommended!
- Marcel S August 05, 2019
We had such a fantastic time well spent with Putu and her family. Not only she's an awesome cook, she organized the whole experience really well. She got her family members to help out and she made sure we participated in every step but not feeling overwhelmed. Best of all, she and her family are such lovely souls. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with them, and needless to say, the food we cooked together was beyond amazing. To me, traveling is about meeting locals and having a glimpse of their lives together, and this cooking experience with Putu is way better than hanging out at an infinity pool with a cocktail. Thanks Putu for sharing your life and skills with us!
- Haheho August 01, 2019
Putu showed us her family’s farm and temple and explained to us their culture, custom and religion. She taught us to cook six Balinese dishes from stretch. Most ingredients - rice, vegetables, chillis, fruits - are taken directly from her family’s farm. The tastes of Putu’s cooking beat any high-end restaurant easily! Putu, her husband, her sister-in-law and mother-in-law were wonderful hosts and helped us out in cooking. It was honour to have dinner with Putu and her family at her home!
- Phoebe S August 01, 2019
Such a great experience with Putu and her family. Beautiful food cooked in traditional Balinese style. Would highly recommend.
- Erin G July 24, 2019
Our biggest recommandation goes out to this incredible cooking class with putu and her whole family in her beautiful home!it was an amazing experience with the best food ever and so many nice things we learned about this country and the people and the food!!We are so grateful we got the tip to try this class out and would always come back here when in Bali! Thanks to putu and her beautiful family!it was a pleasure to be your guest!!
- Samirasamira2104 July 24, 2019
We had an amazing time spending the day with Putu and her family; we started with a tour of the local market where we got an insight into normal life in Bali. Putu showed us around explaining what various items were, she has a good knowledge of what food we have in England so she could tell us what each new food was similar to. We stopped to buy some treats and fruits; I absolutely loved the snake fruit and seeing bananas for sale still attached to the tree branch (we have never seen this before). Then we went to Putu’s village where she showed us her house which has been in her family for 3 generations and explained the temples and what they meant. Later in the day we also saw the farm and learned about their agriculture trade. We started by sitting down to drink a fresh coconut and try the various treats we got from the market (fruits, a sweet cake wrapped in banana leaf, a fried peanut cracker).The cooking was very well organised and we did lots of hands-on work cooking. It was completely different from western cooking; such as using a large bowl and pestle to grind spices and ingredients, steaming rice in banana leaves, and grinding coconut using a board with tiny spikes. Putu’s cousin was also there to help us out. We had a great time learning about the dishes and about life in Bali in general. I also learned that Balinese women must be very strong because the cooking is hard work! You must have strong arms especially for the grinding.At the end Putu invited me to help make the offerings and place them in the temples around the home; I felt very honoured by this and this was one of the most memorable and special parts of our time in Bali. We sat down to eat the food together with Putu and her cousin and wow! It was DELICIOUS! I loved everything we made and Putu sent the recipes on WhatsApp so we could make them at home. We made sweet tempeh, corn fritters, a vegetable mix, pepes ayam (a chicken mix with spices cooked in banana leaf), and peanut sauce with chicken skewers. I couldn’t pick a favourite as all the food was so good. Also Putu has a talent for peeling tomatoes and making them into decorations for the plates!After we ate we went for a walk through the village and to a small farm which is shared between a few people. We then came back and stayed to watch a dance performance which marked the start of a Hindu festival. This was also really good and we were lucky to be able to see this. As we were staying in Legian, Putu’s husband picked us up and dropped us off from our hotel so we didn’t have to arrange our own transport - which is good as we didn’t have great mobile signal in the village!We both really enjoyed the day and it was a highlight of our trip. Putu and her family are fantastic hosts and we felt very welcome. I recommend this day for anyone visiting to Bali. It was a privilege to have such an intimate look into life in a Balinese village and we will treasure this experience forever.
- hannahmO2236CQ July 22, 2019
I cannot recommend this cooking class enough! Putu and her husband were perfect hosts and really made us feel welcomed. It was so fascinating learning about Balinese culture and the local traditions.The experience is very authentic and Putu is a great communicator. She is also very modest as she says her English isn't very good but it's actually amazing! The food is also amazingly tasty and can't wait to try the recipes at home - Jason and Ai
- Jasondhan July 22, 2019
발리 로컬 패밀리와 함께 하는 프라이빗한 요리 체험이에요. 발리 문화와 종교, 음식에 대해 자세하게 알게되어서 좋았습니다♥️We were picked up by our hosts Putu and her husband early morning and had a lovely morning ride while we learned about various aspects of Balinese culture on the drive.We arrived at their family home midday and got to learn the culture of offerings that are part of Balinese culture by touring their family shrine. We were welcomed graciously with coffee and coconut water straight from a fresh cocunut. She also showed us her homes garden where almost all of our ingredients we would use would be coming from. We begun cooking, and it was honestly an amazing experience. Puta, her cousin and her aunt walked my husband and I through the steps to make 6 traditional recipes while simultaneously answering questions about culture and the way it influenced the food we were preparing. The whole time we were amazed at the quality of the ingredients, the coaching of our hosts, and how much fun it was to cook in such an intimate setting. At the end, we gave an offering to each of the families shrines which was very special. We began eatung and the food was absolutely delicious! Our hosts provided excellent conversation while we shared a meal before ending the day. Absolutely a 5 star experience and well worth it for the intimate, quiet setting and the graciousness of our instructor Puta and her family.
- T860NWkarenk July 21, 2019
Very nice family dinner home Made. Had a lot of fun there. Very recommendable. Putu and the other 2 women explain every dish before you cook it and let you decide how spicy, salty, sugary you want it
- Flora K July 20, 2019
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Bali! It was so much fun traveling to Putu’s house in her quiet, quaint village. Upon arrival, we were given a coconut with coconut water-it was so good! While we were cooking, she explained everything (even slowed down for my slow chopping skills) and really took the time to help us learn about the dishes we prepared. At the end, they set a beautiful table, brought out the Bintang, and had a meal with you. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to take a cooking class in Bali!
- Taylor M July 19, 2019
The experience starts early in the morning at the market where Putu guides you around flavors and perfumes of the local market, you bet to try exotic fruits and sweets while she takes care of the negotiations and buys the ingredients of the cooking class.After a short transfer through the rice field we arrived at Putu’s house, a beautiful Balinese traditional farm with a family temple. Putu will introduce you to her family and explain you about local habit and traditions in a very good English.The experience is genuine and authentic and soon we were all in confidence and making jokes.I had many cooking class but this is the most authentic one.Stefano
- Stefano L July 18, 2019
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family at their lovely traditional home. They picked us up from our hotel and rove us through the “real Bali” to their home. We learned about typical Balinese homes, spices, cooking styles, and traditions. We made more food than we could eat and shared our meal with Putu. We were welcomed with water straight from a coconut and some fruit. Putu got to know a little about us before we joined her and her family in the kitchen. We made six dishes - and we were put to work! We cut, grinded, steamed, fried, and wrapped every item and dish. We then sat down with Putu and shared our meal together. This is a traditional home - don’t come expecting a full kitchen like back home or at your hotel. This was an amazing way to experience the “real Bali” and not the Ubud version of Bali. You better come hungry!
- gpmcleer July 17, 2019
the host Putu is a very friendly, loving and welcoming mother and chef. We were picked up by her and her husband at our villa. While on the way to her home, we had been having a good chat and she was also very interested in listening to me and my girlfriend. After arriving her home, she showed us her organic vegetables and herbs grown in her garden, stock and a small temple built in her place. there was so much cultural exchange which we as tourists enjoyed listening a lot. before we started the cooking, we were first given fresh coconut, fruit and tea along with more conversation with Putu. During the cooking session, Putu would tell us everything we will be eating and how to prepare and cook the food. it was literally a private class as the class had only my girlfriend and me. hence, she could be very focus and giving instruction clearly. it was easy to follow. you would be able to experience a very traditional way to cook. after the cooking you would share the food with her loving family and again with more chatting. Putu is not only friendly but also fun. She was very interested in listening to our stories and so did we. the class wasn’t only about enjoying the local food but the conversation with an informative and easy going person Putu. you will get to know the culture and facts about Balinese which you won’t able to know from google or wikipedia which i personally love the most. I would highly recommend Putu to everyone who is going to visit Ubud in Bali. apparently the cooking class is not the cheapest ones and now i know the overall experience is worth it. We will come back to Putu again when we will travel to Bali next time
- Haydnthk July 16, 2019
This is an absolutely unique and amazing experience. Putu was so welcoming and shared so much information about Bali customs and cooking. We had so much fun cooking with her and her family in her home and the food was wonderfully delicious. Truly an afternoon my husband and I will never forget. In addition to the culture and cooking, they also provide transport to and from your Ubud lodging. This is definitely a must on your to do list when visiting Ubud.
- Lindsey R July 16, 2019
Ubud Food and Cultural Highlight! An experience not to be missed ... on so many levels. The kitchen was clean and well organised ! The cooking experience was enhanced by the opportunity to experience host Putu’s garden , family and home. The range of food cooked was great . This included my first cooking experience with Tempe Manis and the BEST CHICKEN SATE in Bali. Seeing the charcoal fire in action a highlight for my fire loving husband The lessons around culture with our teenage daughter ( 15) helping with the offerings before we ate our shared meal was memory building. Great value for money and more food than we could fit it! Do yourself a favour book tomorrow! Thanks Putu and family !
- sarahaA2066SX July 15, 2019
An experience not to be missed ... on so many levels. The kitchen was clean and well organised !The cooking experience was enhanced by the opportunity to experience host Putu’s garden , family and home.The range of food cooked was great . This included my first cooking experience with Tempe Manis and the BEST CHICKEN SATE in Bali. Seeing the charcoal fire in action a highlight for my fire loving husband The lessons around culture with our teenage daughter ( 15) helping with the offerings before we ate our shared meal was memory building.Great value for money and more food than we could fit it! Do yourself a favour book tomorrow!Thanks Putu and family !
- sarahaA2066SX July 15, 2019
Putu was an amazing host and the food we cooked was absolutely delicious. You will go home extremely full - and will be welcomed into her kitchen as family. Would definitely recommend her class rather than one at a hotel, she is a warm and patient teacher which makes for a truly unique experience.
- Vacationer641126 July 13, 2019
The Best Experience! This was absolutely the highlight of my trip to Ubud. All of the other outstanding reviews are accurate! Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up from our hotel in Ubud around 11 am. We drove to their family home and arrived about 20 minutes later. Putu showed us her garden and told us about all the different plants she grows. Then she gave us a tour of her home, showing us the temple and then bringing us to the kitchen. She had a snack and fresh young coconut water ready for us also as well as a beautiful flower greeting. The kitchen has three different rooms and we rotated among them. In one room the ingredients were layed out already for us. She explained what we'd be making and we got to chopping and grinding. She was easily able to accomodate my tree nut allergy as well. Then we basically rotated between the rooms as we worked through the recipes. Wayan (Putu's sister-in-law) helped us with frying and Putu led us through preparation and mixing. Putu and Wayan were so welcoming, knowledgeable, and genuine. We had such a good time getting to know them. The final meal was delicious and I cannot wait to recreate these recipes when I get home. We wrapped up our experience getting dropped off back at our hotel around 3:15 pm. If you enjoy cooking and getting to know kind wonderful people this is a must do experience!
- abbyh1463 July 12, 2019
This was absolutely the highlight of my trip to Ubud. All of the other outstanding reviews are accurate!Putu and her husband Pasta picked us up from our hotel in Ubud around 11 am. We drove to their family home and arrived about 20 minutes later. Putu showed us her garden and told us about all the different plants she grows. Then she gave us a tour of her home, showing us the temple and then bringing us to the kitchen. She had a snack and fresh young coconut water ready for us also as well as a beautiful flower greeting.The kitchen has three different rooms and we rotated among them. In one room the ingredients were layed out already for us. She explained what we'd be making and we got to chopping and grinding. She was easily able to accomodate my tree nut allergy as well.Then we basically rotated between the rooms as we worked through the recipes. Wayan (Putu's sister-in-law) helped us with frying and Putu led us through preparation and mixing.Putu and Wayan were so welcoming, knowledgeable, and genuine. We had such a good time getting to know them. The final meal was delicious and I cannot wait to recreate these recipes when I get home.We wrapped up our experience getting dropped off back at our hotel around 3:15 pm.If you enjoy cooking and getting to know kind wonderful people this is a must do experience!
- abbyh1463 July 12, 2019
Putu and her sister in law led our cooking class and were so warm and inviting from the second we arrived. It was a pleasure to spend an evening learning and living true Balinese culture. The food was delicious and the company even better. It was a privilege to spend time with Putu and her family and I highly recommend to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in this beautiful culture. Bonus - most of what we cooked was found right in Putu’s organic garden.
- Lindsay G July 10, 2019
Putu was a gracious host. Her and her husband picked us up at our hotel in Ubud and discussed Bali life and culture with us on the way to their home. We were shown the garden and temple and the temple construction and uses were explained. Putu then took us to her outdoor kitchen where she assisted us in preparing seven dishes. When all was done we ate together. We were absolutely stuffed with the delicious meal by the time we went back to our hotel. It was a complete experience and we highly recommend.
- eppic_jewel July 04, 2019
Cooking lunch with Putu and eating with her delightful family in a traditional Balanese home was unquestionably one of the highlights of our trip to Bali. Dishes came out fast and furious, but one-on-one instruction of traditional methods and recipes was thorough and fun. The final meal was a delicious feast where we got to experience the warmth and hospitality of Putu’s extended family. This wonderful experience gave us a firsthand look and a real sense of how a typical Balanese family lives. I think that this was a more intimate experience than we would have had in a group class at a restaurant or hotel. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.As an extra bonus, Putu emailed us recipes for the six dishes we prepared after we arrived home!
- veganhealthy July 04, 2019
Superb Cooking Experience! Cooking lunch with Putu and eating with her delightful family in a traditional Balanese home was unquestionably one of the highlights of our trip to Bali. Dishes came out fast and furious, but one-on-one instruction of traditional methods and recipes was thorough and fun. The final meal was a delicious feast where we got to experience the warmth and hospitality of Putu’s extended family. This wonderful experience gave us a firsthand look and a real sense of how a typical Balanese family lives. I think that this was a more intimate experience than we would have had in a group class at a restaurant or hotel. I would recommend this tour without hesitation. As an extra bonus, Putu emailed us recipes for the six dishes we prepared after we arrived home!
- veganhealthy July 04, 2019
I can’t recommended this experience more highly! Putu and her family made us feel so welcome and took us to their beautiful village and home. It gave us a glimpse of what traditional Balinese life is like and we chatted with Putu for hours as we cooked. She spoke amazing English and it felt so different than any of the tourist attractions we’d done up until that point. The food we made was absolutely delicious. Way better than any restaurant. The cooking itself was very hands on and gave us an appreciation for all the work that goes into those flavorful dishes. Go with a big appetite and an open mind and you’ll have a blast!
- Summer B July 04, 2019
Delicious food in family home. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Putu, learning Indonesian cooking skills. Her traditional extended family home is equipped with wood stove and gas, and we cooked over both, making six tasty dishes in total. The class was just the two of us with Putu and her friend assisting. Putu and her husband drove us too/from our Ubud hotel, 20 minutes through villages and rice fields to their home. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to spend time with local Balinese people in their home, and to learn new skills.
- Romy B June 30, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Putu, learning Indonesian cooking skills. Her traditional extended family home is equipped with wood stove and gas, and we cooked over both, making six tasty dishes in total. The class was just the two of us with Putu and her friend assisting. Putu and her husband drove us too/from our Ubud hotel, 20 minutes through villages and rice fields to their home.I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to spend time with local Balinese people in their home, and to learn new skills.
- Romy B June 30, 2019
BEST TIME EVER!! So much effort was put into the day by the host. Incredible food (and so so much of it). Great tour of the local markets (culture shock!) and was welcomed into their traditional home. Highly recommend this!!!
- Dakota H June 29, 2019
Amazing food and company! Would recommend to anyone with any level of cooking ability!the food was delicious and the market was fascinating!
- Hope F June 24, 2019
Putu is a loving mother, wife and chef. She was so welcoming and kind from the very first moment we met/she picked us up. After a little ride to her family house where she lives with her family and parents in law she showed us her organic vegetables. We even got a fresh picked coconut as a welcome drink as well as typical Balinese snacks. We saw, smelled and tasted the ingredients we were about to use for the various dishes she was going to teach us. The class itself was just my friend and myself, so Putu could focus on both of us. She was very interested in us and our lives as well as we were in hers. So we had a lot to talk about (besides the wonderful delicious dishes we were preparing). She took her time to explain every dish and steps you have to take till it's done. Her family members assisted us. In the end the cooking class resulted in a buffet with all the plates we prepared during the 2+ hours of chopping, grinding, frying and boiling. One of the best things was that we enjoyed dinner together. Thank you very much for guiding us through your Balinese recipes / dishes. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you and your family, Putu. We will definitely recommend your class!!
- LisaSkihaserlH June 18, 2019
Made our Ubud stay special! Putu is a loving mother, wife and chef. She was so welcoming and kind from the very first moment we met/she picked us up. After a little ride to her family house where she lives with her family and parents in law she showed us her organic vegetables. We even got a fresh picked coconut as a welcome drink as well as typical Balinese snacks. We saw, smelled and tasted the ingredients we were about to use for the various dishes she was going to teach us. The class itself was just my friend and myself, so Putu could focus on both of us. She was very interested in us and our lives as well as we were in hers. So we had a lot to talk about (besides the wonderful delicious dishes we were preparing). She took her time to explain every dish and steps you have to take till it's done. Her family members assisted us. In the end the cooking class resulted in a buffet with all the plates we prepared during the 2+ hours of chopping, grinding, frying and boiling. One of the best things was that we enjoyed dinner together. Thank you very much for guiding us through your Balinese recipes / dishes. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you and your family, Putu. We will definitely recommend your class!!
- LisaSkihaserlH June 18, 2019
What a fantastic experience with a wonderful host and his family. To feel at ease and immersed in the tradition and culture coupled with a well executed cookery class. An absolute not to be missed from anybody wanting to have a unique experience away from the tourist crowds. Highly recommend this as a must if you are visiting Ubud
- david h June 16, 2019
Best activity done in Ubud. My wife and I spent a few days in Ubud and this tour/activity was the most memorable and great experience we had. First off, Putu had us picked up at our hotel in a timely manner which is always a plus for travelers with limited time. We thought this is a typical cooking class, but we were in for a treat. She welcomed us into her home and showed us what the real local Balinese life is like. This was more than just a cooking class, but a touch ground with the local culture type of tour. We highly recommend signing up with this tour instead of your typical group cooking classes. Well worth the amount you pay for! Communication: 10/10 Actual cooking experience: 10/10 Taste of food: 10/10 Overall experience: 10/10
- brian0202 June 13, 2019
An amazing market tour and cooking class. My wife and I were fortunate to book an amazing market tour and cooking class with Putu. We have taken cooking classes quite literally all over the world and this was simply the best. We began with a complete tour of the local market where we saw fruits and vegetables that we had never seen before. We th n went to Putu’s family compound to see how Balinese families live. We then prepared an elaborate and delicious lunch with Putu and her relatives. The fact that it was a private class for us made it even more memorable. The cost is extremely low for a private tour and class. We highly recommend Putu for a terrific and memorable experience.
- JoelE12 June 13, 2019
My wife and I spent a few days in Ubud and this tour/activity was the most memorable and great experience we had.First off, Putu had us picked up at our hotel in a timely manner which is always a plus for travelers with limited time. We thought this is a typical cooking class, but we were in for a treat. She welcomed us into her home and showed us what the real local Balinese life is like. This was more than just a cooking class, but a touch ground with the local culture type of tour. We highly recommend signing up with this tour instead of your typical group cooking classes. Well worth the amount you pay for!Communication: 10/10Actual cooking experience: 10/10Taste of food: 10/10Overall experience: 10/10
- brian0202 June 13, 2019
My wife and I were fortunate to book an amazing market tour and cooking class with Putu. We have taken cooking classes quite literally all over the world and this was simply the best. We began with a complete tour of the local market where we saw fruits and vegetables that we had never seen before. We th n went to Putu’s family compound to see how Balinese families live. We then prepared an elaborate and delicious lunch with Putu and her relatives. The fact that it was a private class for us made it even more memorable. The cost is extremely low for a private tour and class. We highly recommend Putu for a terrific and memorable experience.
- JoelE12 June 13, 2019
Fabulous!!! Perfect private tour. I have been to several cooking tours in Asia and this one is by far the absolute best. Learned so much about culture, traditions, food. Loved the market tour and shopping. Cooking with Putu and her family at their home was so enjoyable and interesting. We made 6 dishes from scratch and they were all super delicious. Putu and her family welcomed me into their home and treated me as if I were one of their relatives. Don’t miss this. Highly recommended! A highlight of my trip. Hotel pick up and drop off.
- V9605EYpatricial June 05, 2019
Putu made the course a very pleasant and interesting experience. If you want to have a look in to the locals lifestyle and learn more about their food this is a must do in your bucketlist. Thank you
- H_Brownie99 June 03, 2019
Great Course. Putu made the course a very pleasant and interesting experience. If you want to have a look in to the locals lifestyle and learn more about their food this is a must do in your bucketlist. Thank you.
- H_Brownie99 June 03, 2019
I made a vlog of this, search 'ubud cooking class livin that life' on youtube -- Putu took us to the fresh market in the morning, then 20 mins outside ubud to her actual home, and we all cooked fresh ingredients from scratch --- meal was amazeeeeee. MUST DO!
- Riley B June 03, 2019
Putu shares her family home and her knowledge of cooking to achieve a superb meal and experience. Ingredients from her organic garden are used in her recipes which are full of flavour. Interacting with her family members was a bonus.
- wahly68 May 31, 2019
This is was a wonderful experience with an amazing host to guide our tour. Traveling Spoon tours are the only way to really feel like a local in Ubud. We had an intimate lunch and learned the ins and outs of Balinese cooking. It's a must-do on your visit to Bali!
- brianastregiel May 25, 2019
I travelled to Ubud with 5 other friends and we had a great experience cooking with Putu and her family. Putu and her husband picked us up from our villa and drove us to the market. She explained the local fruits and vegetables and gave us samples where appropriate. When we arrived in her home, we were greeted by her sister and and mother before being showed around the compound. We made delicious dishes and shared family stories. The fruit was amazing too. I highly recommend cooking with Putu.
- ijeomao2019 May 23, 2019
Lovely time with Putu. I travelled to Ubud with 5 other friends and we had a great experience cooking with Putu and her family. Putu and her husband picked us up from our villa and drove us to the market. She explained the local fruits and vegetables and gave us samples where appropriate. When we arrived in her home, we were greeted by her sister and and mother before being showed around the compound. We made delicious dishes and shared family stories. The fruit was amazing too. I highly recommend cooking with Putu.
- ijeomao2019 May 23, 2019
Most lovely and authentic cooking class! My friend and me were in search of a cooking class which gives us individual and authentic advice on all the delicious meals cooked in Indonesia! Out of this, the cooking class with Putu and her family was absolutely amazing. They picked us up in Ubud and brought us to their home where we met most of her family. They gave us such a warm welcome- it was overwhelming! We cooked in her private kitchen and cooked 5 dishes. By means of this, they showed us how to do everything on our own and it was so amazing to see how they still cook on an oven fired by wood! The food was amazing but best of all was the authentic experience within their home. The family is so amazing and I want to recommend this cooking class to anyone who is looking for an unique experience! Thank you so much! We enjoyed it a lot!
- maxid908 May 22, 2019
My friend and me were in search of a cooking class which gives us individual and authentic advice on all the delicious meals cooked in Indonesia!Out of this, the cooking class with Putu and her family was absolutely amazing. They picked us up in Ubud and brought us to their home where we met most of her family. They gave us such a warm welcome- it was overwhelming!We cooked in her private kitchen and cooked 5 dishes. By means of this, they showed us how to do everything on our own and it was so amazing to see how they still cook on an oven fired by wood! The food was amazing but best of all was the authentic experience within their home. The family is so amazing and I want to recommend this cooking class to anyone who is looking for an unique experience! Thank you so much! We enjoyed it a lot!
- maxid908 May 22, 2019
I can’t say enough good things about this tour and cooking class. We met at a hotel then walked to the hosts home. On the way the host talked about the Bali culture. He explained about how life and death are treated, the role of grandparents and what brings happiness. The host showed us numerous plants and explained what they are used for, (medicinal, food or both). He explained the palm coconut oil that would be used in our food was collected and made that day by his grandmother. There were four in our group and we all participated in making the food. We wrote the recipe for each item we had for dinner. The food was FANTASTIC!I have taken several cooking classes and this by far has been my favorite. It was more than just cooking. It was four hours of immersion into the Balinese culture. Our host was so kind. This was a hidden gem on our trip.
- raftingbuff May 16, 2019
I’m so grateful to Putu and her family for showing me their home and teaching me how to cook traditional Balinese food from scratch the traditional way. They are the kindest sweetest people. The pickup from my hotel was so helpful and I was greeted with coconut water from a fresh young coconut in their beautiful traditional Balinese home. Putu was a great teacher and also taught me a lot about local traditions. I especially loved grinding up sauce ingredients in their giant stone mortar and pestle. The resulting dishes were the best traditional Balinese dishes I’ve ever had, especially because all the ingredients were fresh from their organic garden. I’d would highly recommend this class.
- Rebecca C May 11, 2019
This traditional experience in Bali was even better than we expected. Putu and Pasta picked us up from our hotel and explained us how they started cooking, growing their own fruits and vegetables. Their house is wonderful. We cooked a few traditional dishes and ate them for lunch. These people are very kind. I highly recommend it!
- Yabiyabo May 09, 2019
My sister and I had a great time with Putu and her family. We felt very welcomed, we learnt a lot about local traditions and customs, cooked loads of delicious Balinese food and overall had a fantastic evening that passed very quick! Putu and her husband picked us up from out hotel in Ubud, it was a short (20 min) drive to their village. We were welcomed with coconut juice and were shown the grounds of their house. We then started cooking and overall we made 6 different dishes. It was so much food that we could not finish it. I loved the experience, the food was lovely and we learnt some tricks that we will take home. I recommend this experience to everyone, it was very private (just two of us) and we felt very grateful for this opportunity. Please support the locals and you will have a fantastic time!
- Kate_Aleksandr0va May 05, 2019
My sister and I had a great time with Putu and her family. We felt very welcomed, we learnt a lot about local traditions and customs, cooked loads of delicious Balinese food and overall had a fantastic evening that passed very quick!Putu and her husband picked us up from out hotel in Ubud, it was a short (20 min) drive to their village. We were welcomed with coconut juice and were shown the grounds of their house. We then started cooking and overall we made 6 different dishes. It was so much food that we could not finish it.I loved the experience, the food was lovely and we learnt some tricks that we will take home.I recommend this experience to everyone, it was very private (just two of us) and we felt very grateful for this opportunity. Please support the locals and you will have a fantastic time!
- Kate_Aleksandr0va May 05, 2019
Putu and Pasta welcomed me to their home. They even wrote my name in flowers on the grass. Talk about a grand welcome. I loved seeing a traditional Balinese home with multiple generations living nearby and within. We cooked several items: chicken sate with peanut sauce, fried tempeh, long bean/bean sprout/spinach with grated coconut, rice with sweet potato, corn fritter, tuna and sambal in banana leaf. They were all fantastic. I will definitely be making these dishes again when I get home. Lovely experience with a warm friendly family. Highly recommend this experience.
- Wannabeacook April 30, 2019
I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience taking a cooking class with Putu and her family. The experience was just the best. Putu and her husband picked us up in their van and brought us to their home. She gave us a tour of their organic garden, then of their beautiful home. Then we prepared multiple dishes in the kitchen in their home. We had lots of opportunity to talk about Balinese culture and their family. I learned more in that one evening about Bali than I had in 2 weeks traveling there. And the food was delicious! Putu and her family made us feel so welcome. I highly recommend this experience to anyone!!!
- anonymous7711 April 30, 2019
Amazing class with fantastic hosts. Putu and Pasta welcomed me to their home. They even wrote my name in flowers on the grass. Talk about a grand welcome. I loved seeing a traditional Balinese home with multiple generations living nearby and within. We cooked several items: chicken sate with peanut sauce, fried tempeh, long bean/bean sprout/spinach with grated coconut, rice with sweet potato, corn fritter, tuna and sambal in banana leaf. They were all fantastic. I will definitely be making these dishes again when I get home. Lovely experience with a warm friendly family. Highly recommend this experience.
- Wannabeacook April 30, 2019
What an amazing & incredible & delicious experience! The half-day I spent with Putu is one I will always fondly remember. I learned so much about Putu’s culture, her life, and about Indonesian food! I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. I was warmly welcomed, and feel that I learned things about life in Bali that I couldn’t have learned any other way. When I return to Bali, I will definitely take another class from Putu! Putu and her husband picked me up from my hotel and we visited the local market. We sampled some local goodies, including an amazing turmeric drink, and I got to see the diversity of produce and people there. When we arrived at the family compound, I saw they had laid out my name in flowers—what a sweet welcome. Putu gave me a fresh coconut to sip from as we worked, and a quick tour, which included the household temple. Later she showed me her extensive garden, the source of most of the things we cooked. Then we set to work! The kitchen is a small building with three small rooms. One room has a wood-burning brick cookstove, one has a two-burner cooktop for grilling and using the wok, and one is where we chopped and ground things. The basis of much of the food is various pastes made from garlic, small onions or shallots, and spices such as peppers, ginger, etc. After mincing, they are ground in a granite mortar and pestle, which takes some serious muscle. We made six (!!!)dishes: a fried tempeh dish with a sweet/spicy sauce, corn fritters, mixed veggies with ground fresh coconut (ground on what looked like a board with many tiny nails sticking out), chicken roll in a banana leaf, rice with sweet potato, and chicken satay with peanut sauce. Each dish used a different preparation method, and each was absolutely delicious! We worked hard, and fortunately Putu’s really cute auntie helped too. It was also really fun—not just watching but actually doing, tasting and correcting seasoning, checking for balance, etc. After all the cooking, Putu put the food out and garnished each dish with beautiful flowers and such cut from vegetables. Then we ate! And ate! So much good food! I really feel I’ll be able to come close when I make these dishes at home. As we cooked and ate, Putu talked about her life and culture. She was very comfortable to be with, and there was no awkwardness about asking personal questions. I met her husband, three sons, and her dog, all of them charming. After driving me back to my hotel, Putu emailed me the recipes. I highly recommend taking a class from Putu. You will learn some great cooking skills, and a lot about life in Bali. Most of all, you will have a fun and memorable experience!
- Jessica97209 April 28, 2019
Excellent event. Our hosts were excellent in all regards. They had good communication in the lead up, were punctual with comfortable transport, were congenial, made good food, were organized, and all good. Nice going. I would wholeheartedly endorse.
- dtulchin April 28, 2019
This was such an amazing experience! Wayan's husband picked us up from out resort in Ubud. When we arrived, we were given fresh coconuts with hand-made bamboo straws. We observed the cooking from muddling spices, to steaming rice, making tempeh, and everything in-between. We then joined the family for dinner in a very nice open dining area. Of course, there was way too much food and they offered to send us back with leftovers. Unfortunately, we had no way to reheat the food at our resort, so they sent us with a ton of fresh fruit, and souvenirs that were hand made by the family business (bamboo straws and sea salt). All of the food was excellent and the family was so kind. Certainly an experience I will never forget! I highly recommend this!
- Brett B April 09, 2019
My husband and I and friends enjoyed our last day in Bali cooking with Pulu and family. It was very special to learn about private homes and temples. The food was delicious!
- meghow2 April 03, 2019
Highlight of our Bali experience. My husband and I and friends enjoyed our last day in Bali cooking with Pulu and family. It was very special to learn about private homes and temples. The food was delicious!
- meghow2 April 03, 2019
I can't recommend this cooking class enough... It was a great experience, one of the best during my stay in Bali. The warm welcome with surprises, the cooking itself, using the old traditional ways... The fresh ingredients, the Balinese traditions... Putu and her family will teach you how to cook traditional Balinese food in a real Balinese house, nothing to do with the attraction park which Ubud has become. And best of all, they will sit with you at the table to discuss their culture, their struggles... A great experience with a delicious food. I can't ask for more. Many thanks!
- stratosilva April 02, 2019
This one-on-one cooking class was the highlight of my trip to Bali. Putu and her family were incredibly hospitable and gracious. I learned a lot about the Balinese culture and traditions while making a pretty big meal. I definitely recommend Putu's cooking class for those who want a more unique experience!
- willflyforbeer March 30, 2019
Putu and her family are absolutely amazing and welcoming. Her food is excellent and they make you feel like a member of their family. I highly recommend this experience!
- nycdoc11 March 14, 2019
If you love cooking and learning about village life in Bali, you will greatly enjoy this fantastic cooking class. Greeted with a simple, flower decorated space, we had hands-on lessons using family recipes and also learned the importance of gratitude in the (balinese) cooking experience. The meal was one of the top three we had in Bali (with Locavore on that same short list) - we greatly enjoyed the whole experience. You will have no regrets. Family is welcoming and generous hearted.
- ccgarciadiscovery March 14, 2019
We had a wonderful experience learning to cook with Putu in her home!! Her and her husband picked us up from our hotel then we went to the market and then to her home. She taught us how to cook delicious Balinese dishes and afterwards we got to enjoy it with her and her husband. We learned so much about the Balinese culture and traditions during our cooking class. This is one of the best experiences and would highly recommend this cooking class with Putu!!!
- _kristie902 March 13, 2019
Fantastic experience and the best food we had in Bali. Highly recommend doing a cooking class with Putu. It's one of a kind!
- Icelander70 February 26, 2019
I originally booked this tour because I am interested in cooking and always like to learn about local food. But I wasn’t expecting how wonderful this experience would be. First, Putu and her husband Pasta made me feel so welcome. They decorated their family compound beautifully with flowers to welcome me—I was so touched! Then we cooked delicious food together—Putu’s kitchen has both a traditional wood-fire stove and a gas cooktop, plus a room for prep, with all the ingredients perfectly organized and such gorgeous ingredients they were. Putu also gave me a tour of her lovely family compound and explained how Balinese houses are designed—a number of small buildings with specific functions within a compound, instead of connecting rooms inside one building. Putu and her family were so warm and gracious, we had a very nice chat over lunch about many interesting things. Plus, delicious food, which confirmed my suspicion that the best Balinese food isn’t to be found in restaurants, it’s found in homes like Putu’s. Take this course, you will delighted!
- ofitdkgl February 21, 2019
I highly recommend this for everyone who wants to learn how to cook Balinese cuisine. The foods we made were tasty and done in a very traditional way. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating. They always make you feel comfortable.
- Fatum1992 February 12, 2019
Traditional Cooking with Putu and her Family. Highly recommend this cooking class. Putu was flexible and responsive to a last minute schedule change after our booking, and picked us up with her husband. This is a cooking class, plus a local experience in a traditional Balinese home and family. 5 hours from pick up to drop off. Unique experience for us to create and enjoy local food made from scratch. Putu answered all our questions on Bali and its society. Exceeded expectations.
- bentobox007 January 12, 2019
Private Cooking class with Putu. Stepping into tutu’s humble abode is a welcome breath of fresh air. Tucked amidst a quaint and idyllic little village, we were graciously greeted by Putu’s endearing family. We were surprised by flowers decorated with our names and a very large coconut drink. Snippets of their lifestyle were shared with us as we began to prepare our meal in earnest. Putu took great pride in explaining how each ingredient fits into each dish, which in turn, complements the overall theme of the meal that we were going to enjoy. The cooking was fun and we participated in every facet, from dicing, grinding, steaming to frying. We were assisted by Putu’s sister in law as well as her auntie, who livened up the atmosphere with their easy-going nature and ready smiles. We knew the food was going to be awesome whilst preparation was underway and it did not disappoint one bit. It took roughly 2 hours for the whole experience and we cooked 6 different typical Balinese dishes. It was a most memorable and wonderful cooking experience. We strongly recommend this to anyone looking for an authentic and genuine Balinese experience as Putu is a great host and cook! 12/10
- lululohxx December 31, 2018
Putu's cooking class was a wonderful all round experience which we would highly recommend.The easy going and warm nature of Putu and her family made the experience special, the food was great, have a go, you won't regret it. Thank you PutuAdam and Emma.
- Adma212 December 31, 2018
Authentic Bali experience. Putu's cooking class was a wonderful all round experience which we would highly recommend. The easy going and warm nature of Putu and her family made the experience special, the food was great, have a go, you won't regret it. Thank you Putu Adam and Emma.
- Adma212 December 31, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family. They were so welcoming and gave us an authentic insight into cooking in Bali. Food was delicious. Can not recommended enough!
- GlenC1023 December 30, 2018
Authentic Cooking. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Putu and her family. They were so welcoming and gave us an authentic insight into cooking in Bali. Food was delicious. Can not recommended enough!
- GlenC1023 December 30, 2018
My family of four (two adults, two kids) had an amazing cooking experience with Putu and her family. Prior to coming to Bali, I was debating whether to book a private class or a group class, and I'm so glad we chose the private class with Putu. She and her husband picked us up in morning and we toured Ubud market, purchasing some vegetables for the day. We then drove to her family compound, and were warmly welcomed by her extended family members and adorable children. After some lovely welcome drinks and other surprises, Putu gave us a tour of her home and family temple (which we later returned to give offerings of our prepared food). Our cooking lesson featured classic Balinese/Indonesian dishes (sweet tempe, corn fritters, mixed vegetables with grated coconut, fish steamed in a banana leaf, chicken satay with peanut sauce, rice with honey potato); the only thing more fun than learning to prepare the dishes was eating them for lunch!This was our first formal experience in Bali; Putu and her family made it a perfect day. We have some genuine knowledge and wonderful recipes to use as we continue our stay. Highly recommend!
- hurda01 December 27, 2018
Wonderful private cooking lesson and market tour! My family of four (two adults, two kids) had an amazing cooking experience with Putu and her family. Prior to coming to Bali, I was debating whether to book a private class or a group class, and I'm so glad we chose the private class with Putu. She and her husband picked us up in morning and we toured Ubud market, purchasing some vegetables for the day. We then drove to her family compound, and were warmly welcomed by her extended family members and adorable children. After some lovely welcome drinks and other surprises, Putu gave us a tour of her home and family temple (which we later returned to give offerings of our prepared food). Our cooking lesson featured classic Balinese/Indonesian dishes (sweet tempe, corn fritters, mixed vegetables with grated coconut, fish steamed in a banana leaf, chicken satay with peanut sauce, rice with honey potato); the only thing more fun than learning to prepare the dishes was eating them for lunch! This was our first formal experience in Bali; Putu and her family made it a perfect day. We have some genuine knowledge and wonderful recipes to use as we continue our stay. Highly recommend!
- hurda01 December 27, 2018
We did a cooking class with Putu and her family on our last night in Bali and it was a fantastic experience. At her family home Putu and her helper Wayan guided us through cooking 6 delicious dishes and we all (including our 12 year old son) were able to be completely hands-on in the preparation and cooking of each dish. Afterward we sat down to a wonderful meal. Putu, Wayan, and many other family members made us feel very welcome and I highly recommend this class to anyone is interested in an authentic Balinese experience.
- 994stephaniet December 23, 2018
Putu is a great chef and teacher. We had a delightful time learning how to cook traditional Balinese food, all the while learning about Balinese culture in an immersive local environment. Thank you for a lovely time!
- mrubash1 December 19, 2018
This cooking class was the obvious highlight of our vacation. Because it is more than just a cooking class. Its a close encounter with Balinese culture and the inahbitants of the island. If you are like us and you tend to get a bit bored by the mass tourist attractions and tucked away ressorts, then you do not want to miss this.Putu and here family are extremely friendly and hospitable - even for the already high balinese standards! Not only did we get to cook traditional food over a wood fired stove, but we also got to see their farm, their temple, hear stories about their family and their customs. I really cant stress enough how much we enjoyed this experience :)
- goupoboyAB December 03, 2018
Highlight of our vacation. This cooking class was the obvious highlight of our vacation. Because it is more than just a cooking class. Its a close encounter with Balinese culture and the inahbitants of the island. If you are like us and you tend to get a bit bored by the mass tourist attractions and tucked away ressorts, then you do not want to miss this. Putu and here family are extremely friendly and hospitable - even for the already high balinese standards! Not only did we get to cook traditional food over a wood fired stove, but we also got to see their farm, their temple, hear stories about their family and their customs. I really cant stress enough how much we enjoyed this experience :)
- goupoboyAB December 03, 2018
Excellent cooking class with lovely family! It was wonderful to visit Putu’s family home and learn about Balinese customs and traditions, as well as preparing a banquet! This tour not only gives you hands on experience of making delicious dishes but an insight into everyday Balinese culture. Putu and Wayan explained about all the ingredients and we even picked mangosteen from her own trees! All spices and ingredients seemed to be homegrown so deliciously fresh. Putu uses a combination of gas cooking and also the traditional fire cooking which was interesting to learn about. Good clear explanation of what to do- chopping grinding and frying and steaming. Also helpfully sent us the recipes so we can cook it all again at home. She uses homemade coconut oil so really healthy. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
- eastbridge1 November 10, 2018
It was wonderful to visit Putu’s family home and learn about Balinese customs and traditions, as well as preparing a banquet! This tour not only gives you hands on experience of making delicious dishes but an insight into everyday Balinese culture.Putu and Wayan explained about all the ingredients and we even picked mangosteen from her own trees! All spices and ingredients seemed to be homegrown so deliciously fresh. Putu uses a combination of gas cooking and also the traditional fire cooking which was interesting to learn about. Good clear explanation of what to do- chopping grinding and frying and steaming. Also helpfully sent us the recipes so we can cook it all again at home. She uses homemade coconut oil so really healthy. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
- eastbridge1 November 10, 2018
Peering through the windows of your tour's minivan, how often did you wonder about the houses and the people that you passed? This experience with Traveling Spoon and Putu, puts you behind the walls of the many family compounds that you wondered about. There, you experience so much more about life, food and family than you would from a more mainstream cooking class or another "touristy" lunch. Cooking from products of her farm, you really actually cook (not just prep) the food. For those who worry about getting sick, perhaps the best way is to witness and participate in the food's preparation. One gets a good meal and a good sense of family structure and life in Bali. Highly recommended. However, if you've never cooked before, be aware that you handle knives, put things into oil etc . . . Also, like most local homes, it is not air conditioned and is a real farm (there are pigs, cows and chickens etc . . . ) in case either puts you off. We, however, loved the authenticity.
- 5fortravel October 23, 2018
We had spent a lovely day wandering around Ubud, exited for the cooking experience that we had organised. We were picked up promptly from our hotel by Putu and her brother in law and drove the 30 minutes to her home. The drive was made longer by a festival that was being held in town, but the conversation flowed and Putu had explained that she had spent the day shopping at the local market gathering the things we would need for our cooking class.When we arrived, we were greeted by our names being spelled out in the ever present gold flowers used in Balinese offerings, a lovely touch.We were also greeted by Putu's husband, her cousin Komang who would also be cooking with us, her two lovely twin boys, her mother in law.Tempe manis (sweet tempe), Pekedel Jagung (corn fritters), Urab (mix vegetable with grated coconut), Pepes Ikan (fish rolled in banana leaf), and of course the always delectable chicken satay skewers and rice was on the menu.We put on our aprons and began too cook, Putu patiently explained the ingredients that we would be using, and we had the opportunity to use a Balinese mortar and pestle and cook on an open fire. Balinese food is a joy to eat. The corn fritters were a hit with both of us, a hint of chilli and the aromats of ginger, garlic and spring onions singing though. The corn fritters are something that we will definitely replicate at home.Tempe was cut into small batons and fried meaning that it became golden and crunchy with a lovely nutty flavour. The Urab, mixed veg with coconut was also crunchy and refreshing. I enjoyed the rolling of the fish in the banana leaves, and again the aromats and chili worked beautifully together. Both Stuy and I love the flavours of satay and the chicken satay was also another highlight of the meal. All of the flavours were accessible, and the small details of checking in with how ‘hot’ people like their food was a positive.Putu’s knives were sharp and her kitchen kept very clean and hygienic.This experience felt very homely, tasting as we cooked, feeling like you were in your grandmother’s kitchen.At one point Stuy was having a chat with Putu's husband about building and houses out of the kitchen, a common interest shared by both men and Putu, Komang and I laughing and talking about relationships and children around the kitchen table. It was a very 'real' moment.When it came time to sit down for dinner, we all sat around the dining table and ate together. Again it was this experience of being in someone’s home and sharing a meal that really is a simple essence of humanity. Everything was delicious! The constant checking in from Putu about our chili palettes was appreciated, as although we both enjoy chili, the 3 chilies in our food were enough, not the 5 she would normally put it in!Dinner came to an organic close, chatting about our life in Australia and life in Bali.So in conclusion, if you would like, if only for a short amount of time to be part of a Balinese family and cook a lovely meal to share then please, please go and spend some time with Putu and her family. Lauren and Stuy
- Loziloz October 07, 2018
Delicious host and great food. We had spent a lovely day wandering around Ubud, exited for the cooking experience that we had organised. We were picked up promptly from our hotel by Putu and her brother in law and drove the 30 minutes to her home. The drive was made longer by a festival that was being held in town, but the conversation flowed and Putu had explained that she had spent the day shopping at the local market gathering the things we would need for our cooking class. When we arrived, we were greeted by our names being spelled out in the ever present gold flowers used in Balinese offerings, a lovely touch. We were also greeted by Putu's husband, her cousin Komang who would also be cooking with us, her two lovely twin boys, her mother in law. Tempe manis (sweet tempe), Pekedel Jagung (corn fritters), Urab (mix vegetable with grated coconut), Pepes Ikan (fish rolled in banana leaf), and of course the always delectable chicken satay skewers and rice was on the menu. We put on our aprons and began too cook, Putu patiently explained the ingredients that we would be using, and we had the opportunity to use a Balinese mortar and pestle and cook on an open fire. Balinese food is a joy to eat. The corn fritters were a hit with both of us, a hint of chilli and the aromats of ginger, garlic and spring onions singing though. The corn fritters are something that we will definitely replicate at home. Tempe was cut into small batons and fried meaning that it became golden and crunchy with a lovely nutty flavour. The Urab, mixed veg with coconut was also crunchy and refreshing. I enjoyed the rolling of the fish in the banana leaves, and again the aromats and chili worked beautifully together. Both Stuy and I love the flavours of satay and the chicken satay was also another highlight of the meal. All of the flavours were accessible, and the small details of checking in with how ‘hot’ people like their food was a positive. Putu’s knives were sharp and her kitchen kept very clean and hygienic. This experience felt very homely, tasting as we cooked, feeling like you were in your grandmother’s kitchen. At one point Stuy was having a chat with Putu's husband about building and houses out of the kitchen, a common interest shared by both men and Putu, Komang and I laughing and talking about relationships and children around the kitchen table. It was a very 'real' moment. When it came time to sit down for dinner, we all sat around the dining table and ate together. Again it was this experience of being in someone’s home and sharing a meal that really is a simple essence of humanity. Everything was delicious! The constant checking in from Putu about our chili palettes was appreciated, as although we both enjoy chili, the 3 chilies in our food were enough, not the 5 she would normally put it in! Dinner came to an organic close, chatting about our life in Australia and life in Bali. So in conclusion, if you would like, if only for a short amount of time to be part of a Balinese family and cook a lovely meal to share then please, please go and spend some time with Putu and her family.
- Loziloz October 07, 2018
We did a dinner time cooking class with Putu and her family and what an experience! Not only the recipies and the food (the best food we’ve had in Bali and beyond) but also her ability in making us feel so welcome and sharing with us lots of information about daily life in her village and Balinese customs and traditions which are very different from what we know from modern days Europian life. So grateful for having had the opporrunity to meet and cook with Putu. Can’t recommend highly enough.
- Icelander70 October 03, 2018
If you love food, if you love to meet a beautiful local family in Ubud, if you love amazing surroundings you have to book this cooking class!!! It was a must during my visit in Ubud. I would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Ubud.
- vatanbe September 17, 2018
This was truly a fun and great time. Putu and her family made Leone and I very welcome and it was great to get into the country side to enjoy a traditional Balinese family. Would defiantly recommend this to anyone who enjoys to cook and loves food. I would do again.
- caztig September 11, 2018
Der Kochkurs bei Putu war ein super Erlebnis um die traditionelle balinesische Küche kennen zu lernen. Zudem erzählte uns die sehr bemühte Gastgeberin viel Wissenswertes zur balinesischen Kultur und ihrem Alltag. Wir können den Kochkurs wärmstens empfehlen und hoffen das Putu noch viel Austausch mit anderen Kulturen machen kann! Suksma Putu, Thank you :)
- wallnermarkus8 September 09, 2018
Putu welcomed me into her home with her wonderful family. It was a very hands on experience, showing and teaching me and letting me cook along side them. I played on their farm with their animals and children. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that’s authentic and really shows people the beautiful culture of Bali. It was my highlight and I’ve made lifelong friends.
- Cmartin11 August 27, 2018
Amazing cooking class with local family! We had an absolutely amazing time and cooking class with Putu and her family. All started with timely pick up from our hotel by her and then we drove together to her home, while she was explaining to us what we see on the way, farms, temples, etc. When we arrived, we had first a nice welcome drink and a long, fascinating discussion with Putu snd her sister in love about Bali, how people live here, local customs, etc. We got to know also her entire family :) And then the cooking class... Putu is a very talented cook. Together with her sister, we cooked five different meals and we were taught all the details about each of them - what’s important in versions that both vegetarian (my wife) and meat lover (me) enjoyed:) Putu had everything prepared for us in advance, so we could enjoy every minute of the class. What was fantastic is that the class was only for the two of us! that’s a very personal experience in comparison to the big, large commercial cooking class you find in the city. Last but not least, the food was amazing :) Extremely tasty and very nice looking - we finished our class with a joint lunch with Putu and her sister, continuing our discussion about life... :) We recommend Putu‘s class to everyone! We couldn’t have had a better cooking class experience :-)
- Łukasz K August 22, 2018
I booked with Travelling Spoon because we wanted to have an authentic experience and get to know the local people. Also we'd rather wanted to have a private class and not join a large group as we did this course together with our kids (5 and 7 years). The prior communication with Putu was straightforward and the pickup went smoothly. Putu's English is very good and she explained us a lot about the Balines culture already during the transfer to her family compound. Her place is a short ride outside Ubud in a pristine region. She showed us round and we got to meet her family and her animals. The cooking experience itself was outstanding and even better than expected. We did all the different dishes hands-on and she involved also the kids and let them slice and grind the ingredients. The self prepared food was by far the best we have eaten during our trip altough we have had a lot of culinary highlights. I can highly recommend Putu's cooking class to anybody who not only wants the learn about Balinese cooking but also get in touch with lovely local people. I have been several times before to Bali but this is one of the best and most memorable experience I ever had on this island.
- Nibocona August 22, 2018
I Highly recommended cooking class. I booked with Travelling Spoon because we wanted to have an authentic experience and get to know the local people. Also we'd rather wanted to have a private class and not join a large group as we did this course together with our kids (5 and 7 years). The prior communication with Putu was straightforward and the pickup went smoothly. Putu's English is very good and she explained us a lot about the Balines culture already during the transfer to her family compound. Her place is a short ride outside Ubud in a pristine region. She showed us round and we got to meet her family and her animals. The cooking experience itself was outstanding and even better than expected. We did all the different dishes hands-on and she involved also the kids and let them slice and grind the ingredients. The self prepared food was by far the best we have eaten during our trip altough we have had a lot of culinary highlights. I can highly recommend Putu's cooking class to anybody who not only wants the learn about Balinese cooking but also get in touch with lovely local people. I have been several times before to Bali but this is one of the best and most memorable experience I ever had on this island.
- Nibocona August 22, 2018
We had an absolutely amazing time and cooking class with Putu and her family.All started with timely pick up from our hotel by her and then we drove together to her home, while she was explaining to us what we see on the way, farms, temples, etc.When we arrived, we had first a nice welcome drink and a long, fascinating discussion with Putu snd her sister in love about Bali, how people live here, local customs, etc. We got to know also her entire family :)And then the cooking class... Putu is a very talented cook. Together with her sister, we cooked five different meals and we were taught all the details about each of them - what’s important in versions that both vegetarian (my wife) and meat lover (me) enjoyed:) Putu had everything prepared for us in advance, so we could enjoy every minute of the class. What was fantastic is that the class was only for the two of us! that’s a very personal experience in comparison to the big, large commercial cooking class you find in the city.Last but not least, the food was amazing :) Extremely tasty and very nice looking - we finished our class with a joint lunch with Putu and her sister, continuing our discussion about life... :)We recommend Putu‘s class to everyone! We couldn’t have had a better cooking class experience :-)
- lucerster August 22, 2018
We spent a wonderful evening cooking and chatting to Putu and her sister in law Wayan. We learnt so much about Balinese food, farming and family life. Thank you to all!
- Joanne C August 15, 2018
Putu and her family welcomed us into their home to share in an authentic Balinese cooking experience. Our 10 year old daughter loved to see all the animals including pigs and chickens, before preparing a number of delicious dishes including Satay Ayam (satay chicken), Perkedel Jagung (corn fritters), URAB (mix vegetable with grated coconut) and TEMPE MANIS(sweet tempe). A truly unique experience and marvellous, warm hospitality we will always remember.
- melissac779 August 13, 2018
We had the most heart warming experience with our host Putu. She invited us into her home for the evening, where we met her entire family and with whom we cooked and shared a wonderful 6 course meal. Beyond the delicious food, the family's hospitality and incredibly generous nature which made us feel right at home, it was as if we were simply other members who'd come to see them for a full family meal. Surrounded by the lush greenery and calm of a true Balinese home, set away from the sometimes overly touristic city centre, we got to chat and ask Putu, her husband and sister-in-law Komang about everything from their work, to what they enjoy in their down time (we had a shared love of Bollywood!), to what they feel about Bali's future. Beyond chopping, mashing and frying, we got to see true Balinese culture and daily life like we hadn't before, and cannot recommend Putu's cooking class highly enough. She's truly a great cook and teacher, and both her and Komang made our brief stay one we'll cherish forever. We'll come back with our friends!!!
- DimpleR2 August 08, 2018
It felt like home!. We had the most heart warming experience with our host Putu. She invited us into her home for the evening, where we met her entire family and with whom we cooked and shared a wonderful 6 course meal. Beyond the delicious food, the family's hospitality and incredibly generous nature which made us feel right at home, it was as if we were simply other members who'd come to see them for a full family meal. Surrounded by the lush greenery and calm of a true Balinese home, set away from the sometimes overly touristic city centre, we got to chat and ask Putu, her husband and sister-in-law Komang about everything from their work, to what they enjoy in their down time (we had a shared love of Bollywood!), to what they feel about Bali's future. Beyond chopping, mashing and frying, we got to see true Balinese culture and daily life like we hadn't before, and cannot recommend Putu's cooking class highly enough. She's truly a great cook and teacher, and both her and Komang made our brief stay one we'll cherish forever. We'll come back with our friends!!!
- Dimple R August 08, 2018
In home meal with Putu and her family. We dined in for the evening with Putu and her family, and they cooked us a traditional Balinese cuisine. The food was very good, and Putu and her family were very good hosts. We felt comfortable and entertained the entire time, and would definitely recommend eating with Putu and her family in their beautiful home.
- jonesca58 July 28, 2018
We feel so lucky to have had a chance to cook with Putu! She is so fun and easy to be around and soon after meeting her you feel like a long lost neighbor. The cooking experience and being in Putu’s home was amazing, but what really put it over the top of Putu, her family, and friends. It was so much more than recipes. Hope to return soon!
- coric368 July 19, 2018
A genuine connection to a beautiful Balinese family, their delicious food and fascinating culture. I cannot speak highly enough of our experience with Putu and her family. It was the highlight of my trip! As soon as Putu picked us up she instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease. As we drove to her family compound, Putu explained parts of Balinese culture and took an interest in learning about us. We toured their garden with Putu pointing out all the different fruits and vegetables they grow as well as the livestock they keep. She also explained how a multi-generational compound works, and the significance of each building in the compound. It was really fascinating. When we arrived in the compound we were greeted by our names being written in flowers on the grass and a fresh coconut to drink from, it felt pretty special! Putu and her family were so friendly and accomodating, the time we spent with them flew by. The cooking was really fun and we learned so many new dishes, and was by far the best Balinese food I've ever eaten! I also loved that it was a private class, there was no strict schedule to follow. After we had finished eating, we had coffee (from the tree in their yard) with Putu and Pasta and chatted like old friends. If you really want to learn about traditional Balinese culture, cook and eat amazing food and form a genuine connection with a Balinese family - you have to do this cooking class!
- Lauren B July 10, 2018
I cannot speak highly enough of our experience with Putu and her family. It was the highlight of my trip! As soon as Putu picked us up she instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease. As we drove to her family compound, Putu explained parts of Balinese culture and took an interest in learning about us. We toured their garden with Putu pointing out all the different fruits and vegetables they grow as well as the livestock they keep. She also explained how a multi-generational compound works, and the significance of each building in the compound. It was really fascinating. When we arrived in the compound we were greeted by our names being written in flowers on the grass and a fresh coconut to drink from, it felt pretty special! Putu and her family were so friendly and accomodating, the time we spent with them flew by. The cooking was really fun and we learned so many new dishes, and was by far the best Balinese food I've ever eaten! I also loved that it was a private class, there was no strict schedule to follow. After we had finished eating, we had coffee (from the tree in their yard) with Putu and Pasta and chatted like old friends.If you really want to learn about traditional Balinese culture, cook and eat amazing food and form a genuine connection with a Balinese family - you have to do this cooking class!
- Lauren B July 10, 2018
I booked this class at the last possible moment before my trip to Bali. I already had other activities figured out (scuba diving in Padangbai, Hiking in Nusa Penida) and needed an activity to fill out one of my free days. I'm so glad I came across this. Putu, (our hostess) picked us up from the hotel and was so accommodating even though we were running late from our transfer from Jakarta. She proceeded to give us a basic information about Balinese culture as her and her nephew drove us to her village. Here, we met her husband and sister in law. We proceeded to prepare an authentic Balinese dish over a wood burning stove as she patiently explained the relevance and importance of certain techniques. Finally, she gave us a tour of her homestead including her family temple after which we sat down for dinner with her and her family. By the end of the evening, I felt I hand had an authentically immersive cultural experience. You can tell, Putu truly enjoys sharing her culture and culinary prowess with those who grace her kitchen. I simply cannot recommend this activity enough. It was truly life changing.
- John M July 08, 2018
My friend and I decided to take this class primarily because it would start at late time (5 pm) with alcohol (two big Bintang bottles). However, I am truly grateful that we made such decision from so many cooking classes in Ubud -- Putu and her family are amazing host, we had so much fun cooking, talking, and even singing ad lib (we learned three words "Thank you", "you are welcome" and "good" in Balinese, and my friend made up tunes to remember)!!I highly recommend to take this class while you are in Ubud.
- Asako Y July 04, 2018
Up close and personal Balinese cooking experience! My friend and I decided to take this class primarily because it would start at late time (5 pm) with alcohol (two big Bintang bottles). However, I am truly grateful that we made such decision from so many cooking classes in Ubud -- Putu and her family are amazing host, we had so much fun cooking, talking, and even singing ad lib (we learned three words "Thank you", "you are welcome" and "good" in Balinese, and my friend made up tunes to remember)!! I highly recommend to take this class while you are in Ubud.
- Asako Y July 04, 2018
I visited Putu with my girlfriend, and we had an amazing time! Their home was lovely, and located a bit away from busy Ubud. We were welcomed by Putu and members of her family with fresh cocunut juice, and from there on out we learned a whole lot about traditional Balinese food and culture. The food was amazing. All together a fantastic experience, extremely educational, and very recommended!
- Erlend L July 01, 2018
Hidden culture gem - must do before leaving Ubud! Put and her beautiful family provide a patient environment to experience her culture! Great for all levels of cooking. Amazing food and company - with free language lessons if interested in learning some Balinese/Indonesian! This was by far the highlight of my trip, and anyone who appreciates food/other cultures will adore it. Better than any of the highly advertised things to do in Ubud (and restaurants at similar prices). Their cooking classes should definitely be more popular.
- Michael P June 14, 2018
Put and her beautiful family provide a patient environment to experience her culture! Great for all levels of cooking. Amazing food and company - with free language lessons if interested in learning some Balinese/Indonesian!This was by far the highlight of my trip, and anyone who appreciates food/other cultures will adore it. Better than any of the highly advertised things to do in Ubud (and restaurants at similar prices). Their cooking classes should definitely be more popular.
- Mike P June 14, 2018
The Highlight Of Our Family Vacation in Bali! My parents & I had the honour of partaking in a delicious homecooked lunch by Putu & her family who made us feel truly welcomed at their lovely home. Every little gesture was a "Wow!" moment for us : Putu placing fresh frangipani flowers in our hair upon our arrival, together with her husband Pasta serving us coconuts plucked from the trees in their garden, giving us a pre-lunch educational tour of their home, explaining Balinese architecture of residential compounds including the family shrine, & also showing us their fruit orchard & animal farm! Putu is indeed a super talented cook! We enjoyed every dish immensely & there were plenty of authentic Balinese dishes on the dining table to be savoured! We left with a better understanding of Balinese cuisine, traditions & culture, & more importantly, precious moments which my family will cherish forever! Without hesitation, we highly recommend everyone to have this uniquely amazing meal experience with Putu where you'll also get to meet 3 generations of Pasta's family!
- solotraveller88 June 03, 2018
My parents & I had the honour of partaking in a delicious homecooked lunch by Putu & her family who made us feel truly welcomed at their lovely home. Every little gesture was a "Wow!" moment for us : Putu placing fresh frangipani flowers in our hair upon our arrival, together with her husband Pasta serving us coconuts plucked from the trees in their garden, giving us a pre-lunch educational tour of their home, explaining Balinese architecture of residential compounds including the family shrine, & also showing us their fruit orchard & animal farm!Putu is indeed a super talented cook! We enjoyed every dish immensely & there were plenty of authentic Balinese dishes on the dining table to be savoured! We left with a better understanding of Balinese cuisine, traditions & culture, & more importantly, precious moments which my family will cherish forever!Without hesitation, we highly recommend everyone to have this uniquely amazing meal experience with Putu where you'll also get to meet 3 generations of Pasta's family!
- solotraveller88 June 03, 2018
My market tour and cooking class with Putu is one of the best travel experiences I have had. Putu is kind and welcoming, and fantastic at explaining all of the produce and ingredients we saw at the market. Once we arrived at her home, I was also warmly welcomed by her extended family. We worked together in their kitchen, which is simple but clean and it was amazing to see what we could produce with only a fire and small gas burner. The food we made was fresh and delicious, I will go home with new recipes I am sure to repeat, but it was the experience of connecting with another family that made this such a special day. I highly recommend Putu's cooking class for keen foodies and people who would like to experience a truly authentic Balinese meal. It is easy to find a cooking class in Bali, but not so easy to find such a personal lesson far away from the usual tourist circuit. Thank you Putu and your lovely family.
- Amber B May 21, 2018
My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class whilst in Ubud for our honeymoon but we didn't want one with a big group. I read various reviews and ended up booking via Travelling Spoon with Putu and we are so glad we did! It was such a magical and humble half day experience which we won't forget.I have done many cooking classes in various overseas trips over the past few years and this was by far the best. It was the highlight of our trip and Putu's warmth and hospitality was second to none. Putu speaks very good english, picked us up from our villa and took us to the markets before we ventured back to her home in Ubud. She has a beautiful home and garden and we were welcomed by her husband, sister in law and mother in law.Our cooking experience was completely hands on and we make 6 amazing dishes that we never thought was could make. My husband was beside himself when we learnt to make chicken satays with peanut sauce - this will now be a regular in our house and we can't wait to cook this for our family and friends in Sydney Australia.I can't recommend Putu highly enough and if you are looking for an authentic hands on experience with a loving family, I would highly recommend booking Putu. I've included her link below to make this easier and I hope you enjoy this experience as much as we did. I wish I could rate her higher than 5 stars.Book with her today on Travelling Spoon and find her in the Bali section (3rd profile).Cassandra
- cachan12 April 07, 2018
Cooking with Putu was the best part of our trip - make sure you book her! My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class whilst in Ubud for our honeymoon but we didn't want one with a big group. I read various reviews and ended up booking via Travelling Spoon with Putu and we are so glad we did! It was such a magical and humble half day experience which we won't forget. I have done many cooking classes in various overseas trips over the past few years and this was by far the best. It was the highlight of our trip and Putu's warmth and hospitality was second to none. Putu speaks very good english, picked us up from our villa and took us to the markets before we ventured back to her home in Ubud. She has a beautiful home and garden and we were welcomed by her husband, sister in law and mother in law. Our cooking experience was completely hands on and we make 6 amazing dishes that we never thought was could make. My husband was beside himself when we learnt to make chicken satays with peanut sauce - this will now be a regular in our house and we can't wait to cook this for our family and friends in Sydney Australia. I can't recommend Putu highly enough and if you are looking for an authentic hands on experience with a loving family, I would highly recommend booking Putu. I've included her link below to make this easier and I hope you enjoy this experience as much as we did. I wish I could rate her higher than 5 stars. Book with her today on Travelling Spoon and find her in the Bali section (3rd profile).
- cachan12 April 07, 2018
My husband and I have spent about 5 weeks in Indonesia this year, visiting multiple islands and trying the range of food from small warungs and homestays to fine dining. Our Traveling Spoon experience with Putu was by far the best food and cultural experience we had in Indonesia, and easily the highlight of our trip.I know there are tons of choices for places to eat and cooking classes in Ubud, but I can't recommend Putu's home experience any more highly! You should definitely book it if you're spending time in Ubud.Highlights -- We were traveling as 4 adults in our twenties and our mom, and all of us loved our day. It was especially wonderful to see how happy our mom was interacting with Putu and her family. This experience would be great for any set of people from friends to couples to families with young kids.- Putu is a great communicator, sharing stories, quick to understand our American English, and answering all our questions about Balinese culture. She also set up our cooking class and dinner so professionally (cutting board station and aprons, ingredients displayed carefully, and dinner served with garnishes and beautiful table settings) that I asked her if she was trained in hotels - but it turns out she's just self taught!- She carefully designed a menu to accommodate one vegetarian diner, and chose a balanced set of dishes where we got to learn different skills like grating coconut, grilling chicken sate, and making sambal matah. We came out with a solid understanding and ability to make many dishes.- Putu even took us with her family to their community temple and let us participate in a Balinese ceremony which was incredibly special. She lent us all sarongs and made sure we participated in the rituals correctly. We felt very welcome and so grateful to take part in such an important part of her life.- Putu picked our family/group of 5 up from our hotel in central Ubud right on time and delivered us back in a comfortable a/c van. She communicated with us very promptly via WhatsApp and email, so all logistics were done perfectly.Thank you for such an amazing day Putu!
- subu2017 November 24, 2017
As this was a cooking class I expected that I would enjoy both the preparation and eating of an authentic Balinese meal. And I very much did. But what made the experience so very special and enjoyable was that the class was held in Putu and her family's compound in the Ubud countryside. This opportunity to experience a little of the 'real' Bali life was what made the evening so memorable. And I loved the extra touch of my welcome spelled out in marigolds. Such a delightful and thoughtful touch.
- misspuss57 October 16, 2017
I had a lovely evening with the host Putu and her family. It was such a welcoming atmosphere and she showed me the garden of her house where she grows a lot of the vegetables that we afterwards used for cooking an incredible Balinese dinner with several dishes all of which were very tasty. It was such a pleasure connecting to the local culture and cuisine as well as getting to know this family. After cooking we shared the meal together and it felt like being part of their family for one evening. I am so happy that I did this and it is one of my most memorable experiences of my journey.
- Jens J October 16, 2017
What a wonderful experience, Putu's warmth hospitality and knowledge never waned in the 6 hours we spent with her and her family. All answers explained, all cooking techniques and produce used are well transferable to home, we already have a Balinese banquet to organise. This should be a must do to anyone visiting Ubud / Bali.
- Greg Loechel October 01, 2017
Highly, highly recommend a cooking experience with Putu. We had such a wonderful day with Putu and her family. We were picked up from our accommodation in Ubud and visited 2 markets where we learnt the name and uses of many exotic fruit, vegetables and herbs. Anything we were curious about (Ie. Snake fruit) Putu bought for us so that we could try.We then went to her family compound where we saw her garden, farm animals and beautiful family. This was a real insight into how the Balinese living arrangements work. Throughout the day we learnt so much about Balinese culture, lifestyle, traditions + beliefs. We then set to cooking many many dishes all which we feasted on at the end of our day. Needless to say, there was no need to eat for the rest of the day! Putu catered to all our dietery requirements vegan / vegetarian, but also provided some meat options for the meat eaters of our group. The four of us had such a wonderful time and could not recommend this class (which is so much more than a cooking class) to anyone visiting Ubud.Thanks Putu!
- 650laraw September 22, 2017
I had a lovely evening with the host Putu and her family. It was such a welcoming atmosphere and she showed me the garden of her house where she grows a lot of the vegetables that we afterwards used for cooking an incredible Balinese dinner with several dishes all of which were very tasty. It was such a pleasure connecting to the local culture and cuisine as well as getting to know this family. After cooking we shared the meal together and it felt like being part of their family for one evening. I am so happy that I did this and it is one of my most memorable experiences of my journey.
- Jens August 25, 2017
As this was a cooking class I expected that I would enjoy both the preparation and eating of an authentic Balinese meal. And I very much did. But what made the experience so very special and enjoyable was that the class was held in Putu and her family's compound in the Ubud countryside. This opportunity to experience a little of the 'real' Bali life was what made the evening so memorable. And I loved the extra touch of my welcome spelled out in marigolds. Such a delightful and thoughtful touch.
- Helen K August 21, 2017
My wife and I visited Putu and her family while we were in Bali for our honeymoon. This was my second time doing a Traveling Spoon experience and my wife's first, and it certainly did not disappoint! Putu and her driver came and picked us up at our hotel, and on the beautiful car ride through the Bali countryside we started to get to know about her and her family. When we arrived at the family's compound, we were greeted by her husband Pasta (real name!), and her sisters-in-law Wayan and Ketut. They greeted us with fresh coconuts to refresh us after our trip, and then gave us a tour of their family compound as they explained how Balinese families and home structures work. Pasta had even gone to the effort of making a display with our names and a heart connecting them, ALL DONE IN FRESH FLOWER PETALS! It was one of the most touching gestures we received during our entire honeymoon, which is saying something since everyone treats you nice on your honeymoon! The cooking experience and dinner with the family was phenomenal. From explaining different ingredients, to walking us through cooking techniques they use locally, to talking about which foods they use during which celebrations and festivals, it felt like they were really making sure we left with a good understanding of Balinese culture as well as with a good meal. And what a meal! We ate until we were full...and then ate more. Little did we know, Putu had made us a special heart-shaped banana bread cake for dessert! We can't recommend Putu's family and hosting experience strongly enough. It was both a highlight of our trip, and an experience and memories we will cherish for a lifetime!
- Jay B. June 30, 2017
Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had cooking while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote out a birthday message in flowers in their garden. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes. We walked away with new dishes to cook and a feeling of having experienced more of ubud than we would have.
- Jaqlyn June 05, 2017
We had a wonderful time with Putu, Wayan and Kadek, learning about Balinese traditions and culture, the market, the veggies and spices grown in Putu's garden, and of course how to cook the most scrumptious food! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and Putu even baked a delicious surprise birthday banana cake for Ruben! A must if you're visiting Bali!
- Geni April 03, 2017
Putu and her family allowed us to experience the REAL Bali. Cooking was fun and the food delicious. We felt very welcome in their family compound getting a glimpse of the life of a real Balinese family. We can't recommend it enough!
- NOTLGeoff March 18, 2017
Great food and cultural experience. It is so much more than just food. The warm and friendly family took time to explain their home, garden and customs. The cooking experience was so much fun and we both learned a lot. The family was genuinely wonderful.
- Priscilla January 07, 2017
Our experience visiting Putu and her family was one of the best I have had coming while traveling. It was so nice to be in a local home, get a feel for the culture and Putu could not have looked after us better. We made so many delicious dishes and they were altered to fit our tastes and diet being vegetarian. I could not recommend cooking with Putu and in her home more. Everything about our day was warm and friendly. It happened to be my mothers birthday and they baked her a cake and wrote pout a birthday message in flowers. I have done many cooking courses while traveling but this was much more that just learning to cook great dishes.
- Jacqui December 07, 2016
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 cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area. -- www.laellebusch.com
- Laelle B. August 28, 2016
Excellent experience with Putu and her family! 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 cooking lesson with Putu and her family should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Ubud area.
- Laelle August 18, 2016
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$64 $36 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $50 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $62 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$64 $36 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $50 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $62 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
7:00am-12:00pm
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