Cook up a storm
What we say:
Vietnamese food is fabulous and should you want to try your hand at preparing it, there are quite a few good cooking school options in Saigon.
Saigon Culinary Art Centre runs quite a packaged product, where customers are met at their hotel by a SCAC chef who leads an ingredients buying tour to Ben Thanh market.
Customers then travel to a villa on the city outskirts where classes take place. The venue can host up to 80 people, with three professional chefs employed to take on the masses, one on a central raised platform and two assistants. Participants receive a certificate of merit and a handbook with the recipes of the day.
Vietnam Cookery Centre runs small group classes as well as having a special focus on intensive classes. Their eight-day course costs $160. Half-day courses run in the morning or afternoon cost $33 per person.
Some hotels also run cooking classes such as the Sofitel, the Omni and the Caravelle.
Saigon Culinary Art Centre
40/18 Lam Son, Phu Nhuan District
T: (08) 3551 2400
Vietnam Cookery Centre
362/8 Ung Van Khiem, Binh Thanh District
T: (08) 3512 2764.
Caravelle Hotel Cooking Classes
Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square, District 1
T: (08) 3823 4999
Mövenpick Hotel Saigon Cooking Classes
Mövenpick Hotel Saigon, 253 Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan District
T: (08) 3844 9222
Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc
74/7 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
T: (08) 3825 8485
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