Paon Bali Cooking Class

Joining a cooking class while you’re in Bali is really a must do activity if you’d ask me. There are tons of cooking classes to choose from in Bali. We booked our cooking class during our stay in Ubud. After some research on the internet we decided to sign up for the Paon Bali Cooking Class. Paon means kitchen in Indonesian so it’s sounded like the right place where to learn to cook traditional Balinese food. The reviews were very good plus it’s ranked as the number one cooking class in Bali on the website of TripAdvisor. The Paon Bali Cooking Class provides a morning class and a afternoon class. I highly recommend to book the morning class since it includes a tour at the traditional Ubud market!


If you’re staying in the Ubud area, a free pick up from your accomodation is included. Right after breakfast at 8.15 AM the driver knocked on our door to drive us to the Ubud market.

The Ubud Morning Market didn’t look anything like the Ubud market you see in the afternoon. At this market the vendors make most of their income by selling handmade Balinese souvenirs to tourists from all over the world. However, from 05.00 AM till 09.30 AM the market is crowded by locals selling and buying their daily goods. Fruit, vegetables, spices, fish, meat.. you can all find it at the Ubud Morning Market. But also kitchen supplies and the material for preparing the daily offers can be bought at the Ubud Morning Market.

We strolled through the market and learned more about the ingredients we were going to use later on during the cooking class. We could also taste some traditional fruits! It was very fascinating to witness the huge difference between the morning market and the market you see in the afternoon. When we finished the market tour we headed to the Paon Bali Cooking Class.


After a 15 minute drive we received a warm welcome from Mr. Wayang & Mrs. Puspa at their beautiful home. After a short introduction they served us some cold drinks and told us the story about how they met. Mr. Wayang & Mrs. Puspa are such nice people! A real power couple! You could really see the true love between them. Just beautiful!

After we finished our drinks it was time to head upstairs and grab our aprons. First up: preparation. After the ingredients were cut, crushed and sliced we could finally start cooking.

Our first dish: Sup Jamur – Clear Mushroom & Vegetable Soup.

After all the prepping we got hungry and were happy to eat the soup as our pre-lunch before we continued with the rest of the cooking class.


After we cooked all the dishes it was time to start plating and have lunch with the rest of the group. We made a total of eight Balinese dishes and it all tasted a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Kare Ayam – Chicken in Coconut Curry

Tempe Kering – Deep Fried Tempe in Sweet Soy Sauce

Gado Gado – Vegetables in Peanut Sauce

Pepes Ikan – Steamed Fish in Banana Leaves

Jukut Urab – Coconut and Snake Bean Salad

Sate Lilit Ayam – Minced Chicken grilled on Bamboo Sticks

Kolak Pisang – Boiled Banana in Palm Sugar Syrup

As I said earlier, joining a cooking class is a must-do activity during your stay in Bali. Click here to sign up for the Paon Bali Cooking Class. This class very informative, interactive and a lot of fun. The cooking class costs €25 p.p. At the end of the course you receive a copy of all the recipes so you can show off your fresh Balinese cooking skills to your family back at home. Both experienced as unexperienced cooks will have a blast cause of Mr. Wayang and Mrs. Puspa great hospitality. Don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, they also offer a vegetarian cooking class! Just mention your preference in your reservation. Have fun!

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