During our trip to Bali we took a cooking class that was offered by the Ossotel Hotel in Legian. One of my favorite parts of the cooking class was being able to visit one of the largest markets in Bali with the chef who taught the class. We headed out early in the morning to purchase all of the ingredients we would need for the class.
The moment we arrived at the market I knew we were in for a treat. There were people everywhere! My brain had a hard time processing all of the colors, smells, and movement that was going on and that was just in the parking lot. Bins of fresh fruit and veggies were stacked up everywhere. Baskets of local fish and meat products were stacked together. As we ducked to get into the main portion of the market the noise level rose considerably with everyone bartering for their purchases.
Everywhere you looked there was fruit and veggies stacked on top of each other. The chef lead us through the market to his favorite vendors. John had to duck because the ceiling in areas was not made for his 6 foot 4 height.
As we wandered the market in awe of the size of the produce and the variety the chef introduced us to many new fruits we had never tried before. There is nothing quite like biting into a new fruit you have never heard of as the market vendor looks at you and hopes you love it. Thankfully almost everything we tried was amazing.
We decided to skip trying the salt dried eggs. They just looked a bit too scary for me. The chef told me they are a favorite of the locals but I just couldn’t do it.
I wish I could remember the name of this fruit. It had such an interesting texture on the outside.
I contemplated bringing an entire suitcase of spices back from Bali. Oh my gosh the prices were amazing and they were so fresh. I could have easily spent hours wandering the spice aisles and buying more spices than I could fit in my suitcase.
Touring the Bali Market was one of the highlights of our trip. The people of Bali are so friendly and kind! They were so excited to share their products with us and laugh at John having to duck to get through the market. A couple of locals walked up to John and told him he was a giant. It was so fun to see.
I hope we have the chance to return to Bali soon and spend more time in the local markets. We will share what we learned to cook in our cooking class in an upcoming post!