Taste of Korea Tuesdays: Vietnamese cooking class edition

While making my way south through Vietnam, I dedicated an afternoon to participating in a cooking class in Hoi An. What a wonderful decision! Unfortunately, it was more than a year ago and I can’t remember the name of the company I chose. Regardless, Hoi An is well-known for its cooking classes, and there are many options. Do your research and ask around, choose carefully and enjoy the wonderful world of Vietnamese cuisine!


Our first step involved a trip to the local markets, where we selected a variety of fresh produce, beef, seafood and handmade rice noodles.


Yes, those chickens were alive!


Steamed rice wrapped in bamboo leaves in honour of the Lunar New Year.


Just a duck, hanging out in a basket!


Fresh rice noodles prepared early that morning.


Fresh shrimp at the market.


Cam sanh citrus fruits- incredibly flavourful and tangy!


With our shopping complete, we hopped onto a small boat and headed upriver- the cooking course was located a few kilometres out of town.


Once we were close to the site, we were rowed to our final destination!


Separating rice husks from the grains to prepare rice milk. 


Grinding rice into fresh, creamy rice milk!

The cooking area was beautiful- a clean, bright open-air kitchen surrounded by palm trees. Unlimited tropical fruit juice was provided.
??????????????????????????????? First course: fresh spring rolls, made with shrimp, sauteed pork belly, fresh leafy greens, carrots, green onions, and thin rice papers. The sauce contained fish oil, ground peanuts, chilies and cam sanh. ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

Next up: ban xeo, or crispy rice pancakes. A flavourful batter was made from rice flour, coconut oil, tumeric, and green onions. The pancake was filled with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and fresh greens. ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

Afterwards, we made a rice noodle salad with sauteed beef and peanuts. We had fun arranging our ingredients! ??????????????????????????????? Last course: beef pho! Who can think about Vietnamese cuisine without envisioning a bowl of this flavourful soup????????????????????????????????It was an afternoon well-spent, and we left both full and happy. I now want to try cooking classes in countries all around the world. It’s a wonderful way to delve into a new country’s culture!

What’s your favourite Vietnamese dish? Have you ever done a cooking class, at home or during your travels? 😀


8 thoughts on “Taste of Korea Tuesdays: Vietnamese cooking class edition

    • Macarons! Those are tricky little treats to get right. I hope you get to do an overseas cooking class soon. It adds to the experience when you can discover a cuisine in the region it originates from. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Omg, what a wonderful experience!! Wow really, hopefully you have time to teach me at least one dish. I got so hungry just by looking at these pictures lol!


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