Traditional Balinese Cooking Class & Meal in a Multi-Generational Family Home | La Vacanza Travel

Traditional Balinese Cooking Class & Meal in a Multi-Generational Family Home

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Indonesia, Gianyar Regency, Ubud

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  • 3 hours
  • Ubud
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Join your host 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 as well as 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’ll get to taste a variety of authentic dishes with potential ones being 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). You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours before you sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you helped prepare with your host and her family.

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.

Notes: Prices include round-trip transport from your hotel in Ubud.

  • Private cooking lesson and homecooked meal with your host Putu
  • Local alcohol (1-2 glasses)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Round-trip transport from Ubud hotel
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities

  • Round-trip transport from outside of Ubud (extra charge)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • Please note: 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Transportation from Ubud is included in the price of this experience. If you are staying outside of Ubud there will be an additional charge for transportation. Please contact us for details.

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3 hours

User's Reviews


27 Nov, 2023

I had surprised my dear friend on her birthday with this cooking experience in a private home. Putu, Pasta and their niece were so lovely and kind! We were picked up at our hotel and taken to experience the traditional home, compound and garden of the Balinese people. The cooking class was such a great experience and all of the ingredients came from their garden! We cooked a 5 course dinner that was so delicious and ended with a birthday cake decorated with fresh flowers. If you are looking for a true authentic cooking experience this is the one! Thank you again Putu and family for inviting us into your home for a lovely evening! 💕🙏🏻


19 Nov, 2023

This experience was amazing! Putu and her husband picked us up from our hotel in Ubud. We drove a short distance to her home and were welcomed immediately by Putu showing us around, explaining the home, buildings, temples, and gardens. This alone was impeccable and we hadn't even started cooking. She was an amazing host and her niece was also a great helper. We cooked 5 dishes and were explained step by step on what to do. Eating them all at the end was delicious! She also took the time to explain traditions, as well as how things are run today from the government, kids going to school, and how old you "should" be to ride a scooter. Extremely thankful to Putu and her family. Please go visit her!!!


16 Nov, 2023

I had so much fun learning about the Balinese culture and their traditional foods. Everything I got to cook was healthy and delicious.


13 Nov, 2023

Putu is a wonderful teacher! She made me feel at home the second I met her. She is a hard-working, kind, beautiful soul. She taught me five authentic dishes, she was very well organized, and I learned what I needed to try to re-create at home. It was one of my favorite experiences while in Bali. After cooking, it was nice to chat and find out more about her and her family, her culture and life. She is a new friend. I hope you have the opportunity to experience her incredible Cooking Class.


07 Nov, 2023

My husband and I were made to feel welcome from the first moment we met Putu - Her skills to host us were very impressive - we learned such a lot of how they live day to day and what they can grow on the land to provide for their families - Putu explained every instruction clearly and she assisted us with our cooking skills very well - we loved our day spent with you and our lunch was beautiful - thank you again 🙏

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A birthday dinner to remember!


10/10 Recommend!!!


Fantastic and we found every instruction relaxed and comfortable


Great host, great food, and incredible setting


The best experience in Bali!




Highly recommend, the best experience and amazing food.


Don't miss Putus cooking class while in Ubud!


Private cooking class in a family house


Unforgettable experience, food, and people!!!




Great experience, highly recommend


Best thing we did in Ubud!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5-Star Culinary and Cultural Experience


Fun activity for large groups!


My New Balinese Family away from Home


A night to remember!


Make a great meal!


Learnt so much and loved our meal


Traditional Bali at its best


An amazing experience and the highlight of our vacation!


Genuine Balinese cooking class experience.


We felt like one of the family


Amazing Farm to Table Cooking Experience!


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