Cooking class in Hoi An: an indispensable activity when traveling to Vietnam
- on Sep 9, 2019       By: Bảo Ngọc
Hoi An Old Town is undoubtedly a big hit with travelers from around the world, whether they are passionate about culture, history or trying new flavors. The area has been recently recognized as a new gastronomic capital of the country, Hoi An promises to bring a long journey with the unforgettable flavors of Vietnam.
In addition to popular dishes like cao lau, my quang, chicken rice and banh mi, restaurants and bistros along the Thu Bon River offer a variety of choices to awaken your taste buds. The gourmet walk is no doubt embellished by a cooking class in Hoi An, which is listed in the top 10 best travel experiences in the world published by Lonely Planet.
An experience which will appeal to people of all ages, a cooking class can be offered by a restaurant, a travel agency or a local family. You will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of the traditional cooking of Hoi An and also experience the local life through the exchanges with friendly hosts and merchants.
Learners participate in all stages of the cooking process, from ingredient selection to presentation of results. For a total change of scenery you can go out and meet the locals in the market to select the freshest ingredients for your dishes.
Being in a welcoming environment and surrounded by beautiful greenery, the cooking class allows you to discover the typical flavors of Hoi An including the famous aromatic herbs of Tra Que village.
You will be guided step by step to prepare the recipes of your choice among the dishes suggested by the chefs. Chop vegetables, prepare the sauce, make the banh trang (rice cake) or banh xeo (pancake stuffed with pork and shrimp), roll the nem (egg roll), there are so many tricks and culinary secrets to be shared by gourmets for a true immersion into the culinary world of Hoi An. Finally, you will eat and enjoy all of the dishes you cooked with family and friends. There is no better way to finish this course full of new discoveries.
If you have a few days in Hoi An there are many other things to see and do aside from the cooking classes and the visits to the old town. You can try cycling along the rivers and around the neighborhoods, visit the Thanh Ha Pottery Village and the Tra Que Vegetable Village or take an excursion amongst the endless coconut trees in Cam Thanh.