GRAIN Cooking Studio

GRAIN Cooking Studio, Ho Chi Minh City: Hours, Address, GRAIN Cooking Studio Reviews: 5/5

GRAIN Cooking Studio
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
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Debra W
9 contributions
Loved Loved Loved this cooking class
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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Chris Johnson
4 contributions
Unique, fantastic cooking experience!
Jan 2020
The cooking school at GRAIN Studios in Ho Chi Minh was a fantastic experience to explore the unique Vietnamese cuisine and develop strong cooking abilities. In my experience at GRAIN, we got to cook three different meals, and with each meal the instructor led us through the different steps and gave us the ability to work on our own while following easy instructions. Everything was very professional, and the studio was clean, organized, and efficient. The studio emulated that of MasterKitchen as we got to work next to other students and watched our instructor from the front of the room. This allowed for me to also ask other people next to me if I had an immediate question that couldn’t be answered by the instructor at the time. For each meal, we got to hand pick our various ingredients in the kitchen which added to the authenticity of the experience. The staff at GRAIN were also incredible! Our professional instructor, Tuan Chau, helped patiently guide us through the process. The other members of the staff also helped immensely in taking away plates, scraps, or any other kitchen items at a moments notice. At the end of our experience, we also got a pamphlet bag filled with the three different recipes we cooked that day. This was such a nice addition as now I can cook some of those great meals from my own home. GRAIN Cooking School was one of the best activities I had the pleasure of doing while spending my time in Ho Chi Minh. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to become more deeply en”grain”ed with the cuisine in Vietnam. You’ll learn so many new skills, and practices in the kitchen about Vietnamese food, and eat some great meals at the same time!
Written April 23, 2020
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Adora B
4 contributions
Once in a Lifetime Food Experience
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
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Highlight of my time in Vietnam!
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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Lauren Binnion
10 contributions
Amazing Experience and Great Food
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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Marisa T
7 contributions
The cooking school was one of my favorite parts about my trip to Vietnam.
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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Jake Smith
Rockville, MD4 contributions
Great Food!
Jan 2020
If you’re ever in Ho Chi Minh City, you have to try Grain Cooking School! It was truly a
great learning experience, and I made some very good food in the process. We were
led upstairs by the cooking school staff and sat at our own station which consisted of a stovetop, pots, pans, plates, utensils, and pretty much everything you would need in the cooking process. We made three dishes throughout the course of the lesson; an
appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. The experience was really unique, as we went to a separate room to gather the ingredients needed for each dish which was intended to emulate the grocery shopping experience. We were then guided by a chef step-by-step on how to cook the dish that we were making. He was standing at the front of the class and had a mirror looking down onto his station so that we could see exactly what he was doing. There was also additional staff walking around ensuring that we were cooking the food properly and in the correct order. I’ve never been one to cook exotic foods, and I didn’t even think I had the ability to do so; however, Grain Cooking School made it so easy and fun. Everyone was super friendly and the end result was amazing! I recommend stopping by if you’re ever in town!
Written April 20, 2020
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Ann P
Penang Island, Malaysia41 contributions
Must do for amateur cooks
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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Michael F
Nha Trang, Vietnam144 contributions
Do it!!
Feb 2020 • Solo
I took the afternoon class. This was hands down the best, most professional cooking class I have taken while traveling. It was really organized, time was well utilized, the recipes, flavor and experience was interesting yet simple and unique. The classroom is well equipped and has a modern feel. I would have gone again on an alternating day if I had more time!
Written February 14, 2020
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tjcarroll67
Nantou, Taiwan130 contributions
A learning experience that really is easy to swallow.
Feb 2020
A cooking class that’s fun, interesting and tasty. Binh, our teacher, was clear, direct, and comfortable. He was also funny, kept the class moving and a teacher who helped you understand what to do. This is an elegant setting where staff is friendly and there to help you get it right. We prepared 3 courses and were offered wine pairings with each - at additional charge.. Coffee and dessert are included in your course cost. The course is good for both those just dabble in cooking and those who want to learn to cook another country’s food. Highly recommended. Well worth the money.
Written February 7, 2020
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