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“brilliant tuition, beautiful food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Morning Glory Cooking School

Morning Glory Cooking School
106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 (510) 241 555
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Ranked #22 of 113 activities in Hoi An
Type: Classes/Workshops
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“brilliant tuition, beautiful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is an excellently setup cookery school, very thorough instruction and excellent instructors. The food is amazing! There are loads of cookery schools in Hoi An and this one did feel a little too polished at times, a rustic experience might be better sauced elsewhere.

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

One of our favorite events whilst we were traveling Vietnam. This class is very well organized and the food (you end up making, but mostly prepared for you!) is delicious.

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“A great activity regardless of your level of interest in cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The two of us, one with little interest in cooking, and the other a food professional, both very much enjoyed the Morning Glory Cooking School and would recommend it to all visitors whatever your interest in cooking and food.
The market tour was excellent. We had passed the market several times but did not pause to really look or go beyond its street front. With our guide we got to walk through the whole market and see all aspects including the wet market (fish, meat and poultry) as well as the huge variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, getting to taste some of the latter.
The cooking school is well set up, with clear demonstrations and each student has their own cooking station. Much of the prep is done for you to so you can make a few dishes after being shown some different techniques
Of course, the other great thing about this tour is eating the food you have prepared. It is all very tasty and is a great way to end the day.

Visited September 2012
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“If you like Vietnamese food this is for you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This was a great experience and can highly recommend it. It was fun, entertaining, and educational. The chef from Morning Glory Restaurant taking the class was called Lulu and she was excellent. She demonstrated the preparation of each dish, 5 in all, and then we were let loose to assemble and cook ourselves. If you needed help there were plenty of assistants available. The cooking class was preceded by a tour of the local Hoi An market and an enlightening discussion by the guide on what to look for when buying produce. There was no pressure to purchase any extras, and the fee for the course was great value considering you got to eat all your dishes. All in all, good fun if you enjoy local cuisine and maybe want to replicate the vietnamese experience when you get home.

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“A Good Cooking Class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our cooking class at Morning Glory with Miss Moon. We did programme 3 which was the market tour and the cooking of 4 dishes.

The market tour lasted just short of an hour and we were shown many local ingredients and had their usage and properties explained, while being able to try some of the fruits and herbs. Having been through Asian markets with other cooking schools we knew what to expect, particularly when it came to the meat and fish sections but were warned by our guide not to take pictures in the fish market as the vendors would ask for money. We made a quick pass through this section as the vendors did not seem to appreciate our prescence and headed back to Morning Glory. As with all places in Vietnam they were big on the upsell and took us through another restaurant owned by Ms Vy to recommend dishes to have there and took us into the patisserie section at the back, which I admit had some beautiful looking cakes and ice cream/sorbets that looked mighty tempting.

Returning to Morning Glory we went upstairs to a very well laid out classroom space. Miss Moon introduced herself and commenced a very well structured and informative class. We found a lot of the prep had been done for us but we did the final cooking and putting together of each dish.

We made cabbage soup, fresh spring rolls, crispy pancake, marinated chicken (which was taken off to be grilled once we had done the marinade) and mango salad and dressing which we ate with the chicken once it had been cooked.
We ate each dish after we had cooked it and found the courses to flow seemlessly from soup to finger food to full meal, each one as tasty as the last. With our final course they also brought out some stir fried morning glory with garlic and chili to try and which perfectly complemented the chicken and salad.

For us, it was the little organisational touches and classroom setting that made this class different to other cooking classes we have attended. We found the layout didn't encourage interaction and despite there being 9 other people in the class we didn't speak to anyone, and didn't feel we could ask questions or interrupt the class. In this way, it was much more formal than other schools but that was not necessarily a bad thing.
The ingredients were brought and taken away by the helpers as if they were a well oiled machine, and we found them to be helpful when cooking, but not overbearing. I can imagine how this may come across if the room had been full and they were trying to keep everyone at the same speed.
One point I noted was after marinating the chicken each person had a different vegetable already on their plate to add to the skewer to distinguish it from everyone else's. We had never seen such organisation before as at other schools you normally grab any number of ingredients to mark your food with and generally get what you have cooked back by powers of deduction. Just an example of the smooth and well thought out class offered at Morning Glory.

As other reviewers have noted the 'Taste Vietnam' book was offered and bought by 90% of the class and it truly is a gorgeous book and worth every penny ($40 US).

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