Learning how to cook Indonesian food

February 20, 2012 in Indonesia,Places

While I love eating Asian food, I barely know how to boil rice myself. Seriously. I buy my rice in those frozen packets from Trader Joe’s or gingerly poke at a pot of Minute Rice, with about 50/50 success rate.

Christine Amorose at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

So thank goodness the Warung Enak Indonesian cooking class take-home recipe book includes a how-to on cooking rice—on the very first page! While that wasn’t covered in the class, the day-long course was still a brilliant introduction to Indonesian ingredients and traditional dishes.

Niomanh chef of Warung Enak at Ubud Market, Bali, Indonesia

The day began with a market tour by Niomanh, the very talented and extremely kind head chef at Warung Enak. The chaos of the Ubud Market can be overwhelming, so it was helpful to have a local explain what certain ingredients were and what they’re typically used for.

Then we headed straight into the kitchen (well, after a strong Balinese kopi, or coffee, of course) at the popular Warung Enak restaurant. We prepared seven different dishes, tasting after each one was complete—and then after we were completely stuffed, we sat down to enjoy our meal. I can promise you one thing: you won’t leave hungry.

Buntil Ayam at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Buntil Ayam: sticky rice stuffed with minced chicken, coconut milk, ginger and minced garlic, wrapped in pumpkin leaf

Otak at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Otak: grilled minced white mackerel wrapped in banana leaf

Garang Asam at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Garang Asam: seafood in lemongrass and chili, ginger, blue galangal and tumeric broth

Pangek Sapi at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Pangek Sapi: spicy beef stew with sweet basil leaves, served with steamed rice and wing beans

Bergedel Jagung at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bergedel Jagung: corn fritters served with urab sayur

Kue Lumpur at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Kue Lumpur: sultanas and young coconut pancake served with vanilla and chocolate sauce

Pisang rai at Warung Enak cooking class, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Pisang Rai: boiled banana beignet

Have you learned to cook Indonesian food? What did you think? 

  • Oh my goodess, all that food looks amazing! And I, like you, am a terrible at cooking rice – it’s packet stuff all the way! 🙂

  • jennaebert

    1- THOSE ALL LOOK DELICIOUS
    2- trader joes frozen brown rice= life saver. 
    3- keep up the interesting adventures!!!!

  • How much fun! I seriously need those fritters right now!!!

  • The dishes look awesome!  Have you made them at home yet?  Are they easy to make?

  • Delicious photos and dishes I can get behind. Glad you enjoyed! So glad we crossed paths in CM and looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • That Garang Asam looks fantastic. As does the rest. Just realised how hungry I am. Cooking classes are such a fun thing to do when travelling. I am hoping to do one in Italy when I am there in April. Indonesian food is delish!

  • camorose

    After traveling in Asia for a while, I’m actually considering investing in a rice cooker–I’m too used to having rice at every meal now!

  • camorose

    Right?! TJs is where it’s at!

  • camorose

    So good–I was SO stuffed but it was all so delicious, I couldn’t stop eating!

  • camorose

    Haven’t made them at home yet, but I definitely think it all depends on having the right ingredients–nothing was TOO complicated. Will report back once I try!

  • camorose

    Pleasure to finally meet you as well–I’m already missing the food in Chiang Mai, so we’ll see if I make it back… 🙂

  • camorose

    Absolutely love cooking classes anywhere in the world–an Italian one would be amazing, so much of Italian food is so simple but SO delicious!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Awful idea for me to have looked at this just before lunch, I’m now ravenous! This looks wonderful and like a fantastic experience! 

  • camorose

    It was incredible–I was absolutely stuffed, but couldn’t stop eating! Such delicious food.

  • elly kusnadi

    nice blog you have here christine 🙂

    that is perkedel anyway.. not bergedel… 🙂 there’s another type of perkedel, instead of corn, the other uses potatoes 🙂 seeing those indonesian’s food here , never realize that they look more delicious.. 🙂

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