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“We never knew tofu could taste so good!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Green Bamboo Cooking School & Cafe

Green Bamboo Cooking School & Cafe
21 Truong Minh Hung, Cam An, Hoi An, Vietnam
0905.815.600
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Ranked #1 of 113 activities in Hoi An
Type: Classes/Workshops
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Singapore, Singapore
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“We never knew tofu could taste so good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Many other reviewers have (rightly) praised Van and the Green Bamboo market tour and cooking class as a highlight of their culinary experiences in Vietnam. We've been blessed to take cooking classes in a variety of exotic places, but what sets the experience with Van and her famiy apart is the personal touch. You will be cooking in her breezy home kitchen, meeting her children as they come in from school, and may even be picked up from your hotel by her husband. But even more importantly, Van has a special knack for adjusting the experience to meet various participants needs while still making the experience special for everyone. My friend and I are foodie omnivores, but our group for the day included two pure vegetarians (nothing with eyes) and two pescaterians, and it would have been no fun to make dishes that couldn't be shared. So, between the six of us, we ended up making a total of 8 dishes, 6 of which were vegetarian, one of which (delicious savory tumeric-infused pancakes) was made two ways (with shrimp and vegetarian) the 8th, fish in a claypot, which was enjoyed by five of us (including Van) The gracious way Van handled a group with divergent culinary skills and preferences was a sight to behold, and we loved that she ate all the dishes with us, and shared the leftovers with her prep helpers. Another thing people don't mention is the benefit of being with Van at the market. Because Van's purchases at the market are a great support to these small business owners, we never felt awkward about being there "just to look", pressured to make purchases, or guilty about taking photos of the vendors and their impossibly fresh produce. Finally, if you want to buy some of the local cooking tools and ingredients used in Vietnamese dishes without having to worry about haggling, the tour is relaxzed enough to include ample opportunities. We bought a beautiful and functional hand held mandolin that will just get better with age, a very clever metal-wrapped wooden coconut scraper, and some tra dau van (roasted snow pea husks) to make tea, spending less than $5 for all three items. And we left Van's with a goodie bag of extras including the recipes, chopsticks, a decorative grater, and stalks of lemongrass to act as stirrers for our evening gin & tonics. So, all in all, it was, as others have said, a very special day. Just remember that you will be shopping and cooking for several hours in a tropical climate and dress accordingly. And if you are worried that you will be too full to taste 8 to 10 dishes in one setting, just take tasting-sized helpings of each. You won't want to be so full that you miss out on the surprise sweet at the end of the class.

Visited September 2013
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“Superb Day- Do It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Vietnamese cuisine is superb and there is no better place to gain an appreciation of how cook it than at Green Bamboo. The day started by being collected from our hotel by Van, the School owner, we were asked to choose a dish from over 30 options we would like to cook, it was then off to Hoi An vegetable, fish and meat markets to buy ingredients. There was a selection of local food to try at the markets, I tasted everything that was offered and whilst some tastes were unusual to a western palette, some of the samples were delicious. The visit to the food markets does give an excellent insight into Vietnamese culture, which we would not have been otherwise able to see and Van is an excellent guide to this. After stopping for a drink at a local café, we returned to the cooking school where Van gave an overview of each dish and the preparation technique (there were 8 of us) . Van created an excellent atmosphere as we all prepared our dishes and we each took a turn to do the final cook in front of the group, which at times was hilarious! Guided by Van, the food was excellent - all 8 dishes - so pace yourself! This was one of our most memorable experiences in Vietnam, so if you enjoy food I can't recommend this experience enough and even if you don't cook Van has three staff to assist where necessary. A great day, thank you Van..

Visited August 2013
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“What a day!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is the first time I am writing a review on the actual day but it couldn't wait because such a great experience was had by all at the Green Bamboo Cooking School today.

Let's start with Van...she is just amazing! Even in corresponding with her prior to the class she was so enthusiastic and helpful. Everything was run to perfection and Van's demeanour and personality were just the cherry on top. We love you Van!

We were fetched from our hotel and taken to a local food market in Hoi An to buy all our ingredients for the day. This in itself was an experience...the hustle and bustle and smells were a treat! We even had a Vietnamese coffee at the end as a reward for surviving the market experience.

We then went back to Van's home and prepared all of our dishes. All I can say is WOW. Our group prepared 10 dishes and it was honestly the best food I've had in Vietnam. I even got to taste my first Pho. It was heavenly! My own dish was a chilli lemon squid stir fry and I learnt how to clean and peel the squid. It was delicious ( if I say so myself).

I cannot recommend this cooking course more highly. Van is the woman to go to. It is great value for money too. Thank you, Van, for being one of the highlights our Vietnamese holiday!

Visited September 2013
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“You have to do this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We (family of 6 with 4 kids ages 18 down to 11) had a day with Van and we all loved it.

The tour round the market was an education in itself and then the cooking and of course eating!

Van made it such a good day though - she's got a great sense of humour and we had a lot of fun, but she's also very patient and obviously a great cook. The food was absolutely delicious.

A really great day - thanks Van!

Visited August 2013
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“No hassle no fuss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

Well where do I start. What a great day with 'new' friends. Van is just wonderful. She helps everyone without being intrusive . 10 dishes 10 tastes. so much for the French review........ Lets try as much as we can

Visited August 2013
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