Vietnam Culinary Tours & Cooking Classes for Vietnamese Food
Hanoi Street Food/Walkging Tour
Stroll through Old Quarter, past the old east gate to Thanh Ha market. Along the way delicacies, strange food items and an explanation of Vietnamese food practices will be given. This busy, eclectic market is alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and is the essence of Vietnamese culture.
Continue through the streets of the Old Quarter to Dong Xuan market to sample some local treats such as pho tiuand bun dau. Your guide will explain the routine of Vietnam meal times and indigenous/unusual ingredients eaten. Stroll up 'food alley' to see other dishes on offer.
From here visit the food sections of Hanoi's main market, Dong Xuan. See dried goods and aromatics, the essentials of Vietnamese cuisine.
Walk down to Hang Than Street to view ceremonial cake stalls and taste a special French influenced dessert. An explanation on traditions and food gifts for celebrations will be given. Continue back into the Old Quarter via Hang Cot Street - check specially treated fruit which are dependable on the seasons and a common snack in Vietnam. Walk along Phung Hung Street through temporary market stalls where you can see the changing market scene in Hanoi and how modernization is shaping tradition. At the end of the tour stop at one of the Old Quarter busiest (yet smallest) coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee before transferring back to your hotel.
Located in the charming grounds of the former Opium Refinery Factory of Indochina, the Hoa Tuc Cooking School offers an enjoyable way to learn a more in depth view on Vietnamese Cuisine. On this half day Ho Chi Minh Day trip, an introduction to different types of foods will be given by the chef at a local market and you'll then have the chance to cook and prepare the food before sitting down to devour your creation!
In 3-hours you will learn how to cook a tasty 3-course Vietnamese meal which is easy to recreate at home. Each of the courses consists of a 'savory Asian style roll' and its sauce, a salad and a hot dish. To end with a sweet touch, complete the meal with a delicious seasonal dessert.
photos courtesy of Eduardo Godoy