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Cooking courses

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Hanoi offers cooking school options worthy of consideration so you can keep eating the delicious dishes you discovered on your trip here once home.





First up, Hanoi Cooking Centre was set up by Australian Tracey Lister, who was a founding chef trainer at Koto (Know One Teach One) and author of the gorgeous Vietnamese Street Food and Real Vietnamese Cooking.

Imagine eating at home like this every day! Photo taken in or around Cooking courses, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Imagine eating at home like this every day! Photo: Samantha Brown

Classes cover six themes: Hanoi and the northern highlands, food from the coast, Vietnamese street food, spring rolls, barbecues and salads, and vegetarian. All courses cost 1,350,000 dong. Kids classes are also offered. The centre is based on Chau Long, near Truc Bach Lake, and has a lovely courtyard cafe attached as well as being next to the cute little bookshop Bookworm, so there’s plenty of reasons to visit.

As well as its street food tours and language classes, Hidden Hanoi also offers cooking courses, held at their purpose-built kitchens on Nghi Tam. All recipes have been developed by Hidden Hanoi and use ingredients that can be found in Asian grocery stores internationally, meaning you should be able to replicate them back home.

Your kitchen is ready! Kidding. This is a street food kitchen, but you'll cook in a real one. Photo taken in or around Cooking courses, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Your kitchen is ready! Kidding. This is a street food kitchen, but you'll cook in a real one. Photo: Samantha Brown

They aim to teach people about Vietnamese culture as well as cooking, looking at for instance the traditional Vietnamese kitchen, rice and its cultural significance and Vietnamese spices and markets, among other topics. The first person to book each course gets to choose from among six menus for the day—so get in there early! Courses are: village, pagoda vegetarian, seafood, monsoon, pho and bun cha. Classes are held Monday to Saturday, 11:00-14:00 and cost $45 or $55 including a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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