If you have a passion for cooking and exploration, then this trip is a mix of everything you are looking for. Eastern cuisine always intrigues people from all over the world withfor its traditional highlights and the Yin-yang balance. In the bloom of culinary art training courses around the world, Vietnam is not an exception and is known as one of the best among them. Along the three main geographic regions of Vietnam, there are more and more distinctive cooking classes being offered for visitors so they can be immersed in the culture while enjoying a memorable cooking holidays. All of them are designed with the unique activities and the fresh ingredients that ensure travelers can learn how to cook Vietnamese foods like the local citizens. If you are still wondering why you should take the cooking classes, here are some of the best cooking classes in Vietnam for the tourists.
1. The best cooking classes in Vietnam, focusing on Northern Vietnam that you should take once in your lifetime
The Hill Station in Sapa
This cooking class is designed beautifully with the instructions of the English-speaking H’Mong chefs and chances to go shop for ingredients directly at the local markets. The cooking class is held at the Signature Restaurant. Standing at the Indochine rooftop, the Hill station is aimed at introducing the unique ethnic culture to the world through culinary delicacies. You can both learn how to cook in the very cozy and contemporary ambience of the restaurant, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the greenvalleys. This is one of the best cooking classes in Vietnam that you should not miss!
The Red Bean Restaurant in Hanoi
Your cooking holiday with the Hanoi cooking center starts with a tour of the local market to search for fresh ingredients. Then you are guided back to a colonial French villa to cook some Vietnamese dishes. This cookery tour is very suitable for those who love cooking in a fun and creative atmosphere. This private class costs about $59 for 3.5 hours, in which you are instructed by the very friendly and skillful chefs.
There are two options: one option includes rice noodles with beef, spring rolls, and Ha Noi’cha grilled pork. The other one is designed with chicken and noodles, mango-seafood salad, and grilled fish. Other menu items depend on your choices. The private class costs about 65$ per person.
The Hanoi cooking centre
Your cooking holiday with the Hanoi cooking center starts with a tour to the local market for the fresh ingredients. Then you are guided back to the colonial French villa to cook the Vietnamese dishes. This cookery tour is very suitable for those who love cooking in a fun ambience and discovery. The private class costs about $59 in 3 and a half hours, you are instructed by the very friendly and skillful chefs.
2. Amazing Central Vietnam cooking class that you should not miss!
The BaTran cooking class in Hoi An
Hoi An, a popular tourist destination, has been a melting pot of diverse culture throughout colonial times. After cycling and rowing along the small canals with the Inspitrip insiders, you can join a cooking class at the Ba Tran restaurant. This distinctive class with its sophisticatedly designed program is reflective on the colonial culture of this small town. You can join class to sample such the special foods as fresh spring rolls, papaya salads with shrimp crackers, rice pancakes with salads, pork and fish clay pots with steam rice and seasonal fruits. If you are vegetarians, the ingredients can be changed into mushroom, tofu and eggplant instead.
The Da Nang home cooking class
This cooking tour gives you the field-to-fork experience. You can also visit the Han River and see the beautifulness of bridges in Da Nang on this cookery tour. Two instructors Elly and Lani will guide you through the markets and show you how to turn from the fresh ingredients into the delicious dishes. Both of the chefs are raised in the old and traditional families in Da Nang. Therefore, they know how to perform the culinary delicacies artistically and spiritually as the symbols of Da Nang spirit. The half day classes cost you about 32$ per person.
The Villa Hue Hotel
Your cooking holidays will be great if you spend time in the Villa Hue Hotel. The hotel is located in the very quiet central street of Hue, just a short walking distance from the Perfume River, the Royal Citadel and the Dong Ba market. The Villa Hue Hotel is a five-story building with open-sided corridors, and a swimming pool in the courtyard. If you love to join the cooking classes in a tranquil, luxury atmosphere, Villa Hue Hotel is one of the best cooking classes in Vietnam that you should choose. There are about 10 people in a class. It costs you 15-40$ per person.
3. Try cooking in the best cooking classes in Vietnam, particularly in Southern Vietnam with the amazing chefs
The Ho Chi Minh Agriculture Village
When you join the Ho Chi Minh Agriculture Village with Inspitrip, you have chances to visit the Agriculture village from that you can collect herbs, spices and vegetables for your cooking class. The special things in this trip are you can also visit the mushroom house to learn how to grow them and cook the healthy meals with the herbs from Vietnamese medicine garden like a local citizen. Here are the two typical menus for days in a week: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday (spring rolls, bbq pork/beef/chicken…on papaya salad, stew chicken, fish with ginger and lemongrass in a clay pot, yummy mango/pineapple/banana spring rolls with coconut cream). On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (noodle soup, wonton soup, bbq pork/beef/chicken…with spinach salad, bbq banana/pineapple with coconut milk).
3-day cooking course in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the best cooking classes in Vietnam
This is one of the most amazing cookery options for travelers in Hochiminh City. You are thoroughly offered with all the ingredients and the recipe booklets for the 3 different cooking courses. Each session lasts about 3 hours. Here are the menus for 7 days a week. Tuesday (spring rolls, peanut dipping sauce, mango salad, spinach, bbq chicken, fried rice with lotus seeds, prawns, chicken and veggies in a lotus leaf), Wednesday (spring rolls, traditional dipping sauce, lotus salads with prawns, pork and Vietnamese herbs with prawn crackers, rice noodles with pork, raw vegies and herbs), Thursday (leaf rolls with crunchy prawns, kumwat dipping sauce, sticky rice, beef with fresh noodles), Friday (sour soup with prawns, pineapple, bananas salad with chicken, peanuts and shallots in a banana tree flower, pancakes with pork and prawns), Saturday (spring rolls, fish sauce, salad, noodeles with squids), Sunday (spring rolls, herbs, rice noodles, peanut dipping sauce, noodle salad with squids, stew chicken in clay pots, coconut juice and jasmine rice). These special courses with the amazing Inspitrip guides ensure that you have so much fun at your cooking holidays in Hochiminh city.
People in each regions of Vietnam have their own tastes contributing to the diversity of the Vietnamese cuisine. In Northern Vietnam, the foods are combined harmoniously and sophisticatedly as a symbol of its long-lasting cultural traditions. The foods in the South of Vietnam are salty and colorful because of its distinct central position and the tough climate conditions. On the other hand, the dishes in the South of Vietnam are sweeter and more vibrant with a lot of fruits and vegetables because of the rich resource endowment. Though there are the slight differences in Vietnamese food habits due to the geographical factors, but all of dishes still keep the authentic tastes of the Vietnamese cuisine. On your cooking holidays in Vietnam, you not only travel, but also have an insight of Vietnamese lifestyle and cuisine by joining the best cooking classes in Vietnam.