Get an authentic taste of Ho Chi Minh City with a cooking class in a family home. Step off the beaten track with a local resident and shop for ingredients at a neighbourhood fresh market. Then continue to a typical family home and cook a delicious lunch using authentic recipes.
This tour will begin at 08:30. Set off early this morning for an immersive, local Ho Chi Minh City cooking class. Meet with Ms Hong, who is passionate about Vietnamese cuisine, with interesting background not only as a chef, but also an artist with her paintings decorated around her cozy living room.
Upon arrival at chef’s house, be welcomed and enjoy a relaxing drink made by our chef then together, head to the neighbourhood’s wet market, walking distance from her house to explore the stalls while it is at its busiest. Wander through the aisles packed with fresh produce to select ingredients for lunch. Learn about the unusual items for sale while watching the interactions between vendors and their customers.
Loaded with fresh ingredients, continue to the chef’s house to start preparing lunch. Discover the secrets of authentic Vietnamese cuisine from the friendly host with the assistance of a guide who will translate. Share stories about food, hearing about the host family’s daily life and local culinary culture. Learn how to use traditional methods to prepare authentic dishes not normally found in ‘tourist’ restaurants.
Following this insightful, hands-on experience, sit down to lunch. Savour the fresh flavours of a home-cooked meal before bidding farewell to the hosts and returning to the city centre. (L)