Balinese Cooking Need Not Be a Mystery Any Longer!

What about Balinese Cooking? When you see Balinese handicrafts all over the world and Thai restaurants proliferating in main streets everywhere, do you ever wonder why Balinese restaurants aren't doing the same?

Are Balinese kitchens really kept under lock and key? Is there a giant copyright protecting food secrets of Bali?

Luckily there have been a number of recipe books written now to open up the kitchen, so to speak. Take a look at the bottom of this page for two of the best!!

Heinz von Holzen Balinese Cooking Classes are conducted at his Benoa (near Nusa Dua) "Bumbu Bali" restaurant.


Some of the books offer long lists of spices for the complex Balinese Bumbu. Others are more friendly to home cooking enthusiasts like probably you and me.

Preparing and combining an endless list of spices isn't normal for the average home cook.

But there are a few that are basic to Balinese cooking and also a few that you might find it hard to get fresh.

But that shouldn't stop you from being able to try many of the dishes common to Balinese home kitchens.

Balinese Spices

Some of the spices are the common Asian ones such as garlic, red shallots, chillies, lemongrass, cinnamon, ginger, lime fruit and lime leaf, coriander, cumin, pepper, sea salt and some are not so common, such as candlenut, galangal root, long black peppercorns, shrimp paste, tumeric root, and a particular fragrant ginger (this one is probably the hardest to source fresh!)

That is most of what you will need and if you can manage to source the fresh version (try Asian grocery shops in your area) you will get much closer to the authentic.

If you can't get the fresh versions, try the dried ones. It won't be the same but then Balinese food outside Bali always tastes a little different, even when cooked by Balinese themselves. Sorry folks, if you are reading this.

Haven't you often thought that even vegatables taste different from country to country or is that just the variation in soils?

These are a few of Bali's Best Food Schools


Tuban (near Kuta)
Ubud
Lovina, Singaraja



Read About Traditional Warungs Where You Can Check Out the Best of Balinese Cooking at Tiny Prices!

Warning: Some of this food may be seriously spicy!!!! Read "HOT"!!!

Some of the best Balinese Recipe Books