Google cooking classes in Hoi An and you’ll drown in choice. Below is a short list of the most entertaining and reliable options in this expanding genre because in Hoi An you’ll definitely need help separating the wheat from the chaff.
For a real one-on-one introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, Green Bamboo is the best in town -Van’s is the perfect host. After visiting the market, you cook in her own home kitchen and enjoy your homemade lunch family style, with no rush. Maximum size: 12 per class. Reasonably priced including all transport, market tour, class, meal and refreshment. Check out fabulous reviews on TA.
Hours: 8am – 3pm; Rate: $40; Add: Pick up and return from your hotel/homestay etc; Tel: +84 (0) 905 815 600; Web: www.greenbamboo-hoian.com
Experience one-on-one cooking with superb Green Mango chef Hai! Menu items are based on historic Hanoi dishes. It’s not just a lesson in cooking but a culinary tour through Vietnamese culture, tradition and history where you learn about the essential role of Vietnamese fish sauce, when and how herbs and spices are used and the role of the Vietnamese marketplace in everyday life. Includes a sit-down meal of the prepared menu items.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am – Noon; 3pm – 6pm (each class); Rate: $40 (minimum 3 customers); Add: 54 Nguyen Thai Hoc St; Tel: +84 235 3929 918; Web: www.greenmango.vn
From the famed owners of Red Bridge, Hai Café offers an evening cooking class to Hoi An visitors. Learn local favourites in the cooler temperature of the evening, with a garden courtyard as a backdrop. Classes include eating the delicious creations afterwards (spring rolls, beef salad, grilled fish, white rose, fried wonton). Vegetarian variations are available.
Hours: 6pm to 8pm; Rate: $20; Add: 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An; Tel: +84 235 3863 210; Web: www.visithoian.com
Get hands-on with restaurateur Son Tran (of ‘The Little Menu’ fame) to make five dishes that epitomize Vietnamese traditional and contemporary cuisine. Choose between ‘The Classic Menu’, ‘Hoi An Specialties’ and the ‘Seafood Feast’. The talented and experienced Son and his team are also great fun to hangout with and the experience is a very personal one. Caters for all levels of skill and experience. For an extra $1.50 a tour of the market is a great extra.
Hours: 2.5 to 3 hours starting 9.30am; 3.30 pm; evening (flexible) Rates: $35 – $59; Add: 2/6 Le Loi St; Tel: +84 (0) 1233 924 568
Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant is perfectly set up for demonstrations, tastings and hands-on food preparation with its diverse stalls reflecting every aspect of Vietnamese cuisine. From the Taste Vietnam Street Food Tour to the Advanced Masterclasses there’s something for everyone and way too many options to list here. Check out the excellent website below for full details on courses, hours and prices.
Hours and Rates: see website; Add: 3 Nguyen Hoang Street, An Hoi Islet; Tel: +84.(0)235 3926 926
Both Red Bridge tours on offer feature a visit to the market or Tra Que vegetable garden and a leisurely river cruise. The Red Bridge Restaurant is romantically set on the river outside the main part of town in a serene environment that is perfect for sampling your handmade meal. It is open daily for lunch and for dinner by request. Guests get full use of the pool. Children under 7 may follow the tour without charge.
Hours: see website; Rates: $32-$52; Add: Thon 4, Cam Thanh Village; Tel: +84 (0)235 3933 222
A quick tour of the Central Market is followed by a bicycle ride to Tra Que herb and vegetable garden. Particpants dress in farmers’ clothes and harvest river weed to fertilize the plots. The class includes rice paper making and the opportunity to cook a variety of Vietnamese specialties. Click here for details. A water buffalo ride completes the day.
Cost (in VND): Adults, 580,000; Children under-12, 290,000; Add: Tra Que Herb and Vegetable Village; Tel: +84 (0) 912 719 079