Bali vs Antigua: Learning to Cook

The cooking classes I took in Bali, Indonesia and Antigua, Guatemala were vastly different experiences.

Lobong Cooking Course: (Highest rated on TripAdvisor)

At the market getting the food to prepare. This is snakefruit. It tastes a little like a pear.

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The steps to prepare coconut oil and milk are lengthy and involve several tools…

 

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Grinding the peanuts for the ubiquitous peanut sauce…

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Simmering fish in coconut sauce…

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Chicken satay as an appetizer

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Making an offering before we eat to Hindu gods

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The finished product with banana pancake for dessert…

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Cooking class at the Yellow House in Antigua (the top rated lodging on TripAdvisor)

Corn husks to prepare the chuchitos (small dogs) a mini kind of tamale

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Pork with salt as the seasoning

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Boiling the tomato sauce

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Mixing the dough

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Lots and lots of lard—what gives the texture in tamales

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The finished product:

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Indonesian cuisine in general is much more varied, complex, time-intensive, and better suited for a vegetarian. Its preparation is culturally very entwined with the Hindu religion. Guatemalan cuisine in turn seems quite simple, less visually oriented, and heavily based on meat and corn products. It is hard to be sure since finding restaurants with native Guatemalan cuisine is hard to do. However I enjoyed both classes and would recommend either one.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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