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Cooking classes

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What gives papaya salad that zing? Where is the best cao lau in town? How do you order Vietnamese coffee like a local? If these are the kinds of burning questions you have (or you just love to eat), Hoi An is a mecca for cooking classes and food tours – and just like banh mi stalls, there are plenty to choose from.

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There are dozens upon dozens of cooking classes available in Hoi An and which one you should choose simply depends on preference. Some are held in restaurants in town, with an abridged crash course that take as little as an hour, while others are drawn out into day-long affairs combined with a motorbiking, cycling or boating to fishing villages and herb gardens. Do you want a class in town or a rural setting? A restaurant or a home? Does it include a fresh market tour? Do you prefer demonstration style or really getting hands-on, doing all the prep yourself? Want to learn the popular dishes or something that requires a more adventurous palate and dexterous culinary skills? One thing is for sure: you won’t leave hungry.

Do try this at home. Photo taken in or around Cooking classes, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Do try this at home. Photo: Cindy Fan

Several of the strongest cooking classes are attached to popular restaurants. The Ms Vy empire of eateries has the cooking class down to an art and there are programs at Vy’s Market Restaurant & Cooking School and her longstanding Morning Glory Restaurant. While we like to highlight small enterprises, we also can’t deny that this establishment is a solid choice and an organised, well-oiled machine. In addition to your standard class (two hours, four dishes, 550,000 dong), we like that there are also advanced programmes for more serious students. The “Advanced Masterclass” will appeal to at-home-chefs who aren’t afraid to get hands-on and put their knife skills to good use. This half-day class (08:30-13:30) includes buying the ingredients at the market and a tour through some street food kitchens. The cost is 925,000 dong ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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