Learn some basics of the Vietnamese language and about the local produce. Travel to the market and buy your ingredients and cook and eat like a local!
What to Expect
Classes take place from 08.00 to 13.00 or 15.00 to 20.00
At 08.00 (or 15.00), your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the old quarter, and drive you the 5 minutes to the class.
Your tour guide will then take 30 minutes to teach you some simple phrases in the local language - very important to help your shopping skills and spending the currency "VND" with the friendly sellers.
You then will start cycling (or walking) to the local market, which is only 5 minutes away. A great chance to buy local produce yourself and experience a variety of foods from all the groceries such as: herbs, spices, vegetables, meats, fishes, and fruits which are all so fresh. All these things bring you closer to the traditional life (herbs and spices are a very important part of authentic Vietnamese food). You will have a chance to communicate and use body language with locals, and to make some incredible and unforgettable memories. Do not forget to take some photos with them.
At 10.00 (or 1700), complete your shopping and come back home to prepare and cook yourself under the instruction of the tour guide from the beginning to the end. Learning how to marinate and to spice will be the most crucial lesson. You will also enjoy decorating dishes with carrot flowers, lemon grass stems, banana leaves and curved chili.The authentic magical sauce mixed from fish sauce, water, sugar, lime, chili, garlic and herbs is very easy to make.
At 12.00 (or 19.00) enjoy your meal at the ideal dining place with wonderful views of Red River and Eiffel bridge, which was built in 1902 by the French architect Gustave Eiffel. At 13.00 (or 20.00), your tour guide will transfer you back your hotel and give you copied of all the recipe you used if you wish.
- Old quarter hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Vietnamese basic language in 30 minutes
- 5 minutes biking to traditional market
- English tour guide & Shopping
- Enjoy your cooked food with hosts
- Free drinks (Hanoi beer, soft drink, coffee, local wine....)
What's Not Included
- Tips for any good services, not compulsory
Know Before You Go
• Maximum group size: 8 guests
• Private tour available on request