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