Cooking with an Expert in the Shadow of Mount Rinjani
Located in central Lombok on the slopes of majestic Mount Rinjani lies Tetebatu village, a peaceful, laidback community which could easily compete with Ubud in Bali, where local life continues as it has done for decades – or perhaps even centuries.
Here, on the lush-green rice terraces and jungle slopes, the seasonings and spices that we take for granted in our western kitchens are grown in abundance – an integral part of local living and traditional tastes.
Ibu Yayuk lives here with her husband and what an amazing cook she is! You will meet Mrs Yayuk at the local market, where she will take you perusing the stalls – explaining what kind of herbs and spices are used in Indonesian cooking on a daily basis, as well as the types of vegetables that are popular.
Mrs Yayuk will also share with you her secrets about the benefits of certain ingredients, enabling you to choose wisely what you eat – whether it’s for dieting purposes, or simply to draw the best out of the ingredients’ natural flavours.
The cooking class runs between two to three hours and takes place in the beautiful, homey surroundings of Mrs Yayuk’s kitchen. Once the class is over, take the recipes home with you to try out on members of you family – they won’t be disappointed!
Some of the local dishes you will be cooking up include: sup tomat telur (tomato egg soup); acar timun (cucumber salad); sambal bawang (fried shallot paste); urap-urap sayuran (mixed vegetables with shredded coconut); perkedel jagung (sweet corn fritter); kare ayam (Lombok chicken curry); ragi beleq (basic dried Lombok spices) and dadar gulung singkong (Cassava pancake with palm coco).