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“Below expectation” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Saigon Cooking Class

Saigon Cooking Class
74/7 Hai Ba Trung, Dist. 1 | The Courtyard, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 3825 8485
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Ranked #24 of 293 Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Saigon Cooking Class's Chefs propose cooking class and street food tour!! Go the market with your Chef to buy necessary ingredients for your class, then head back to the kitchen to learn how to prepare a selection of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese dishes. This is a great immersion experience.From Tuesday till Sunday, cooking class twice a day.
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“Below expectation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We do a cooking class in each country we travel in and this one was the worst so far!

We met at the Ben Than market, two Indian ladies were annoyed to find their confirmed booking was not on the guide's list. The market your was excellent and very interesting, then we caught a taxi to the school.

The class was held above the restaurant and they taught us how to cook a morning glory salad, fried spring rolls and chicken curry. These were all on the restaurants menu, we're simple to do but included almost all the same seasonings and spices - garlic, chilli, pepper, sugar, lime and fish sauce.

Pros - market tour, cheeky chefs
Cons - overly simple food that isn't going to impress your friends, expensive, poorly organised, they pre-prepare some items, menu choice was boring.

Note, we went to the restaurant later the night and it was incredible, far better than the cooking school experience.

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Ilda S, Owner at Saigon Cooking Class, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Matthannon,

I'm replying today as I'm usually open to any comment positive or negative and deeply understand that trip advisor is subjective BUT there is some facts. You speak about “poor organization” mentioning these 2 woman with "confirmed booking". Well, especially on that case after they send us a request to book for Sunday we replied with requested information and ask like for every single enquiry (like yours) "We are looking forward to your confirmation", but NO answer. Then because we carefully follow-up every enquiry, we get back to them the day before in order to ask if they wanted or not to join. Once again: no answer. Then luckily we weren't full on that day so that we could accommodate for them with pleasure. So is it the “bad organization” you wrote? Then, very important for us is that you didn’t liked the proposed menu on that day. Our regular cooking class have been carefully thought in order everyone can join, that’s a perfect introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. If you are very experienced and we knew this before we might have proposed “advanced cooking class” with a free choice of menu. Then you mentioned a few “seasoning” ingredients may I add others that you used on that day: kumquat juice (not only lime juice), coconut juice, annatto oil, ginger, basil etc...
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Perth, Australia
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“Gourmet Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This hands on cooking class is well worth your time and money. The chef was very friendly and attentive. It is an easy to follow class. We made three dishes - each time we made one, then ate it afterwards. We made fresh spring rolls, green mango and chicken salad, and fried rice in lotus leaf. They also gave us a delicious passion fruit mousse for dessert. The only complaint was that we were downstairs in the open air and it was very hot. They have a room upstairs with air-conditioning, so if you can request your class be upstairs. The food is fresh and delicious and we were given recipes to take home. This class was a Saigon highlight for me.

Visited March 2014
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Mont de Marsan
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“Good class! Good food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

we easily met chef Khang at the market thanks to a map and entrance photo. The market tour was really fun and educative as the Chef provide many information on ingredients but also about local's habits. About the class itself we did cook 3 dishes step by step following him. I will advise to not have a big breakfast in the morning as we started to eat the first dish around 11am. Chef Khang was very patient and careful and the food was excellent. The French colonial building is beautiful. We were told that it was an opium refinery before. When you enter the courtyard, look up and you will see 2 opium poppy carved in the metal :) Very good experience, highly recommended.

Visited February 2014
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“When in Saigon….go learn to cook!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The school and several great restaurants are located in an old opium refinery of Saigon in a uniquely hidden spot that opens up into a full and vibrant cul-de-sac with many great restaurants. Took the Hands-On cooking class because the Half-day class was already full. What a fun way to learn a little more culture as well as some great life skills that can be transferred to your own personal use! The chef was awesome, very personable, had great teaching skills and went at a pace that everyone could follow. Basic food prep is done for you but you learn some applicable prep skills that I had never known before. Food prepared included: fried spring rolls (a little hard to eat as our first dish in the morning but it usually is an appetizer), water spinach & cangcua salad & then chicken in a clay pot. Learning how and why to roll rice paper in the right amount of water (much less than I had used previously), how to cut the water spinach into those little skinny tiny spindles (buy the tool before you leave…I thought I could buy one at home because I live in a very Asian community and I haven't seen one yet), how to cut carrots with the fluted edges, and then a very simple but tasty clay pot dish. Lots of fun and it motivated me to take another cooking class when I had time in Bangkok!

Visited January 2014
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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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“Saigon Cooking Class-Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Our group took the morning class which started with a complete market tour and shopping for items we were going to prepare. The bustling market was really fun to visit and observe all the goings-on. Then back to the school to make fresh spring rolls. You make every item that you learn to prepare then enjoy it, then go on to the next item. We also made banana flower salad, and crispy fried noodles/stir fry. Everything was so good and I can't wait to make these items-not sure I can find a banna leaf flower where I live! It was very fun to learn all the techniques-we even went back to the market to buy some of the kitchen items used in class.

Visited February 2014
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