GRAIN Cooking Studio
GRAIN Cooking Studio
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Cooking Classes
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Cooking class at Grain – following the guidance of the chef and prepare a spectacular three-course meal. Each cooking class starts with a basic lesson about fish sauce, the basis of almost every Vietnamese dish, followed by some traditional yet innovative dishes to cook and taste. There is a pantry on-site where you can familiarize yourself with fresh produce, herbs and spices used in Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to learning the fundamentals of food preparation and presentation, you can expect to experience a glimpse of Vietnamese history and culture through each individual dish that you create
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ann P
Penang Island, Malaysia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
What a great way to learn about Vietnamese cooking. The kitchen is laid out as in MasterChef with very attentive staff bringing your ingredients and watching over you. The chef spoke excellent English and made the whole experience fun, informative and easy to follow. I highly recommend this to anyone keen to replicate authentic recipes back home.
Written March 14, 2020
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Marisa T
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love Asian food and I’ve never done a cooking class before so having this opportunity was very exciting. The staff was very kind, helpful, and organized. They greeted me immediately and got me set up with an apron. All of the supplies needed for the class was already prepared at the tables where we sat along with a nice cold glass of Jasmine tea which was delicious! We cooked three meals including vegetable and fish cake soy paper rolls, steak and salad, and chicken over rice. My favorite was definitely the salad because the dressing was tasty. In order to cook the meals, we were sent to “shop” in the kitchen and collect the proper ingredients. The instructor taught at the front of the room with TV’s on either side for a zoomed in video of what he was chopping. It was easy to follow and helpers roamed the room if pans were getting too hot or someone needed an extra hand. At the end they treated us to a rice pudding dessert to wrap things up. They gave everyone a bag with the recipes we made in them printed on thick recipe cards which was a nice touch, a way to remember the event, and a way to bring home and share some of the Vietnamese culture. There were two rooms, one large room and one small room, so I’m sure it’s possible to take a class in the size you’re more comfortable with. There was a large staff so asking questions was easy and the tools necessary for the duration of the cooking class was beneath the table I was stationed at so finding what I needed was easy. The instructor was clear, loud, and also funny which made the day entertaining.
Written April 20, 2020
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Lauren Binnion
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While I have never been much of a cook but love trying new food, the Grain Cooking School was an amazing and unique experience that not only taught me a lot about Vietnam but also about cooking in general. Not only were the instructors extremely nice and helpful, but when we first arrived they laid out a nice refreshing drink for us to have as we cooked, which just showed the thoughtfulness they had of all of us in the 90 degree heat outside. This cooking experience was very cool as we learned how to cook a couple Vietnamese meals and got to try some really good food. While you were given the independence of cooking your own food and having space, you still had plenty of help if you needed assistance. For dealing with a group of about 50, the cooking school was extremely organized and efficient and they had plenty of ingredients for everyone. Another great thing was that while the chef let you cook on your own and do your own cutting and preparation, you could still easily get help if you needed, and no one ever fell behind. This cooking experience was one of a kind and one of my favorite things I did in Vietnam as it was very unique and a great way to learn about a new culture. The nice thing about cooking your own food was that while the recipes were amazing, if there was food you didn’t like or if you were vegetarian or had any restrictions on your diet, the Grain Cooking School was very helpful and offered tofu or other solutions. We also got to make a lot of food and were very full afterwards which is always a nice bonus to a fun experience. Overall, the service and facilities were amazing and I would definitely recommend this place to others traveling to Vietnam.
Written April 21, 2020
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Debra W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I try to do a cooking class wherever I travel. By far this was the best. The instructor was Ben. Ben and his assistant were incredibly helpful, had great local knowledge and also a sense of fun. I picked up some great dishes which I will cook once Covid-19 has passed. The Vietnamese coffee demonstration was interesting too and I'm not a coffee drinker. I was lucky as there was only 3 students in the class, apparently there can be up to 40. I can highly recommend these cooking school.
Written April 30, 2020
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Adora B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Grain Cooking school is such a unique experience in the way it allows people to learn and cook different foods, experiencing a whole new culture right to your stomach. With their trained instructors you will learn to make many different diverse foods, from a beef salad, to rice paper rolls that taste incredible. The school being opened by Luke Nguyen was created to teach young Vietnamese people about their heritage and past traditions in the form of food and to remind young people that cooking can be fun and a great learning experience. My experience at Grain cooking school was all positive as you get to cook everything you eat right in front of you and gather fresh ingredients from a separate area all as if you were in the market getting the ingredients yourself. Everything is fresh, from the vegetables and herbs, to the different fish and other meat you may use. If you are vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, you will still enjoy the same great experiences as everyone else. I loved it there and am so excited to keep trying to cook different meals with the recipes that you are given at the end. If you love it, then you can go home and make it again! Everyone gets a clean workspace with plenty of arm room if you like your space. The counters never get crowded because even though all the supplies are either right in front of you or under the table, there are helpers walking around to clear your used dishes. If you are skeptical of being in a new space and trying different foods, don’t be. They are great people and will take care of you to make sure you have the best time. So, try it out.
Written April 23, 2020
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Drew N
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My class at Grain Cooking Studio was a wonderful experience! I do not have much of a background with cooking, so I was hesitant to go out of my comfort zone and prepare Vietnamese dishes. As soon as Chef Tuan started the class, all of my worries went away and I knew I would have a great time! Chef Tuan was a very positive teacher and made sure to go around the room and see how everyone was doing. Each of the three dishes we prepared were all unique and used different techniques. Some of my friends are vegetarian and vegan and their recipes were accommodated to meet their dietary restrictions. The staff were all very helpful with setup and cleaning, which allowed us to focus more on our cooking. At one point, I had difficulty with one of the cooking techniques, but the assistants noticed and helped me get back on track. One of my friends had issues getting her stovetop to work, and the assistants were quick to help with that as well. The market pantry setup was a fun way to feel even more involved in the cooking process, as I was able to pick out all of the ingredients I needed on my own. At the end, we had a delicious dessert and received the recipes for the dishes we made. I will definitely be making all three of the dishes again at home! One thing to note is if you do not like licorice, then be careful with the rice paper rolls. One of the herbs has a very strong anise flavor to it, so think about putting less of that herb in your rolls if you dislike the taste of licorice as much as I do.
Written April 22, 2020
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Larry M
Washington, DC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were thoroughly entertained and enthralled by our nearly three hour cooking class at Grain. Neither of us is a very good cook, but Grain provides not only the ingredients and utensils, but also a wonderful "teacher" and a great staff of helpers (and cleaners) to assure that you feel like a "master chef". And you even get to "shop" and pick out many of the ingredients in their little "grocery store". Andn the food was DELICIOUS.
Written January 31, 2020
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Shane1974
Brisbane, Australia34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
There’s no doubting Luke Nguyen’s Grain is a classy operation. The food studio is first rate from the cooking consoles to the ‘pantry’ - it’s very Master Chef-y. The instruction was also very good, nice mirror on the ceiling to see what chef is doing and super friendly staff.

My only issues are two fold. One, it feels a little assembly line - very little is left for variation or mistakes (that help learning in my experience). That is It’s majority premeasured and paint by numbers style cooking. Two, the recipes, while delicious are not traditional. So they contain a few ingredients off the established path, while great in a restaurant are less true to the fairly consistent but highly inventive use of common ingredients in traditional Vietnamese foods. This made me wonder how likely I was to repeat some of the dishes at home.

For me I preferred the more personalised service and traditional style of the MOM cooking class. Albeit I don’t regret doing Grain as well, but my advice to others is be aware of the ethos of Grain - this is slick and modern in every way, which may or may not meet your expectations.
Written January 9, 2018
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Jenny W
Tweed Heads, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
Such a professional, friendly team running this exceptional cooking school. We were the only two booked in for the afternoon cooking class so we received personalised attention from chef, Tuan. The dishes chosen contained so many complimentary flavours it was hard to say which dish was the best....however we thought the shrimp in pumpkin flowers was the standout. Thanks for a great afternoon of cooking and eating in HCMC.
Written March 11, 2017
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Margaret F
Greenwood, MS11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
A beautiful new cooking school I discovered on a recent visit to Vietnam. Luke Nguyen is the special chef. A beautiful state of the art facility and a fabulous experience. Found them on Face Book.
Written March 17, 2015
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