Vietnamese cooking in lovely Hoi An
Charming, colourful Hoi An wins hands down when it comes to foodie culture in Vietnam and this is a cooking class with a deluxe twist. You’ll pick ultra-fresh ingredients and whip up an assortment of traditional Vietnamese dishes, from classic Pho to fragrant shrimp.
What to expect from the Hoi An cooking class...
The scenic, boutique school is perched on a peaceful riverbank just outside Hoi An - a gorgeous place for a gourmet afternoon. After cooking up a lunch to remember, you can stretch out in the tropical sunshine and digest your culinary experience - in more ways than one.
As far as eating in Vietnam goes, Hoi An is second to none. You’re guaranteed a string of seriously excellent meals during your stay in this ever-popular, beautiful little town. This experience will take you to one of the best boutique cooking schools in Vietnam. In the space of just a few short hours, you’ll prepare four delicious dishes from scratch, amidst beautiful riverside surroundings.
First, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Tra Que Organic Village, where you’ll take a wander through the market gardens, picking up fresh herbs en route. The farming methods here are completely natural and timeless, with no modern machinery used - it's quite remarkable to see.
Next, you’ll head for the local village market, armed with a shopping list full of spices, sesame rice paper and banana flowers. Once you’ve ticked off all the traditional ingredients, you’ll continue to your cooking school, set amidst two acres of lush tropical gardens. The school overlooks the Hoi An River, making it a lovely place to spend a morning behind a chopping board.
Over the next few hours, you’ll learn to create four Vietnamese dishes, each one fresh, organic and totally delicious. You’ll chop, sauté, boil and steam until you’ve created your own gourmet lunch, including a steaming bowl of beef Pho and local Claypot Fish with Dill. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the time flies, and you can write up the recipes as you go.
Before you know it, you’ll be untying your apron and tucking into your tasty dishes. Once you’ve finished, you can laze around the pool under swaying palms or swing in a hammock and give way to a well-earned snooze. You’ll be taken back to Hoi An by boat - a leisurely, brilliant way to round off the day.
Watch one of the cookery classes in action:
Location: a riverside restaurant just outside Hoi An
Duration: around 6 hours
Accommodation: your choice of Hoi An hotel
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