Balinese Cooking

A couple days ago my Mum and I went to a cooking class in Bali, Indonesia. We got picked up at about nine o’clock. Our first stop… the market.

We were a 10 minute drive from the market. When we got to the market, we started on the second floor, also known as the top floor. I found some of the produce in the market very interesting. The first thing I saw that looked interesting was the white eggplant. You probably thought there was only one type of eggplant. I did too. It looks roughly the same as a purple eggplant. The only thing different is its colour. Another thing I found interesting is that almost everything grown in Bali, like the Bali mango or the Bali pepper, is almost half the size.

Once we finished in the market, we went to a couple places where they wanted to sell us coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. Next we headed for the kitchen. The kitchen we cooked in was in a Balinese house.

Finished mixed vegetables

Finished mixed vegetables

Me making fish balls for Fish Ball Soup

Me making fish balls for Fish Ball Soup

Once we got all setup, we started to make the basic combination of ingredients that was used in almost everything. The basic ingredients consisted of onion, garlic, dried red pepper and some seasoning. We made two types of skewers (beef and fish), a quarter barbecued chicken, fish ball soup, mixed vegetables, tempeh cubes, and a banana dumpling desert. We also made some different garnishes. My two favourite meals to cook and eat were the beef skewers and the banana desert.

Mum grinding ingredients with morder and pistol

Mum grinding ingredients with morder and pistol

Some of the ingredients we used

Some of the ingredients we used

All meals that we made together

Mixture used in all meals aside for the dessert

Mixture used in all meals aside for the dessert

For the beef skewers, we added the basic ingredients, beef and a little hot pepper. I got to mix it all together with my hands. I thought that was kinda cool because I had never cooked with my hands like that at home before. Once I finished mixing the meat, I put it on skewers; three per skewer. Next it was onto the BBQ they went. It took about eight minutes to grill the skewers on a fire we built from old coconut husks.

Mum working on skewers and tending to the fire

Mum working on skewers and tending to the fire

Grilling the skewers

Grilling the skewers

Coconut husk fire

Coconut husk fire

Last, but not least, we made our banana desert. This desert had a few very simple ingredients. You can probably find these at home: sugar, salt, three types of flour, banana and coconut water. First you put everything in a bowl, then you mix it together with your hands making sure the bananas are covered. After that you put the bananas with their coating one by one into a pan with boiling water. They were fully ready in about 5 minutes.

Putting banana in boiling water

Putting banana in boiling water

Finished banana dumplings

Finished banana dumplings

Making banana coating

Making banana coating

My absolute favourite meal to eat and cook was the skewers. This was mostly because they felt like a more local food. I loved eating and making all the food. My Mum did too. I hope I will be able to find the ingredients at home so I can make all the food again.

Rooster Garnish

Rooster Garnish

Finished Meals put together

Finished Meals put together

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