Why not try something completely different next time you visit Jakarta? Instead of eating out – eat in. There are a few cooking courses offered in the city and what better way to keep your holiday fresh in your mind when you get back home?
Jakarta Bed & Breakfast based in south Jakarta offers some popular cooking courses. Learn how to transform lemon grass, turmeric, tamarind, chili peppers, curry and peanuts into a culinary delight. In each class you will learn how to make one set menu of three courses. All dishes can be modified e.g. if you need halal food or vegetarian food. Do let them know in advance however if this is the case as they provide all the ingredients.
The classic menu includes gago-gado (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce), Soto Ayam (Indonesian coconut chicken soup) and Sambal goreng daging (Beef/tofu/seafood with spicy tomato sauce) .
Their coconut heaven menu includes sayur lodeh (coconut curry vegetable) , bakwan jagung (corn fritters) , chicken rendang (slow cooked chicken with dried curry sauce) and nasi kuning (yellow coconut rice)
Classes last between 3-4 hours and, depending on availability, take place Monday to Saturday at 10am. Each lesson costs $50 and includes a market tour and lunch. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype: silitonga24. For an additional $10 they will pick you up from anywhere in Jakarta. For more information visit: http://jakartabedandbreakfast.com/jakarta-cooking-class/
If you speak Bahasa then the Jakarta Community Centre also offers cooking classes. Visit http://www.kursus-dharmaputra.com/ for more information.
All this talk of food made you hungry? For a little inspiration now check out these Indonesian recipe sites: http://www.indochef.com, http://original-indonesian-recipe.blogspot.com, and http://www.asianonlinerecipes.com/online_recipes/indonesia/indonesia.php