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Hanoi Cooking Centre
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4-Hour Vietnamese Cooking Class at Hanoi Cooking...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hanoi Cooking Centre established in 2009, remains Hanoi's only purpose built cooking school and culinary centre. A variety of cooking classes and street food tours are available twice daily. All classes begin with welcome tea, while a chef gives a brief introduction to the local Chau Long market and Vietnamese market culture generally. After a 3 minute walk guests arrive at the market and are immediately submerged into the hustle, bustle and wonder of one of the last remaining wet markets in Hanoi. Our chef will explain the produce and offer various samples along the way. After returning to the centre you will then participate in a 'hands-on' cooking class and the morning / afternoon finishes in our air-conditioned restaurant where you and your class mates can enjoy the dishes you have prepared along with free flow drinks. All guests receive a complimentary and much sort after Hanoi Cooking Centre apron and recipe cards. Class + lunch = approximately 3.5hrs For guests preferring a more adventurous time, our 5 hour street food tour also includes the market tour and then takes guests to 5 of the best known (amongst the locals and our HCC staff) street food venues across Hanoi. The number 1 rule for this tour = come hungry! For guests with limited time try our Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner package for a truly authentic Hanoi culinary experience.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 1, 2013

A fantastic opportunity to learn about Vietnamese cuisine with hands-on experience of creating delicious dishes that you can then do at home. We started with a visit to the local market, which in itself was fascinating. We then went to the cookery school to make spring rolls, pho, papaya salad, prawns in batter and bananas in coconut milk - every dish a winner. Top tip: don't have breakfast before you arrive, as you'll have a bowl of pho to eat at 10am!

1  Thank K_Long2013
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I took this class with my family and it wasn't very good. The instructors didn't speak English well and it felt like more of a lecture than class. Since there were so many people there, it often felt rushed and we ended up having a difficult time making the food correctly. It was also not very clean - we saw cooking assistants picking utensils up off the floor and not washing them. We did enjoy the trip to the market, but probably should have stopped there.

2  Thank Bhaber
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The session started with a walk around the market and introduction to some of the more unusual items. We then went back to the cooking centre where, in pairs, we cooked our fabulous lunch, which was eaten upstairs in the dining room. An interesting and fun morning, followed by a delightful meal.

2  Thank gnilloc
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Dilly dallied a bit about taking this class because it was more expensive than several others in Hanoi. However, the rave reviews were intriguing, and the class did not disappoint.
We had a full class of around 10-12 people for the street food class. Class began with a market tour -very informative, and maybe not for the squeamish. We then broke up into two people teams and began cooking. The class listed pho bo (beef noodle soup) but they accommodated my request (pho ga - chicken noodle soup) and the request of the vegetarians the the group. So we learnt around 4 dishes, with vegetarian options for all. The class ended with us eating what we had cooked - with Hanoi wine/beer which was complimentary. It was a good 3 hrs spent on the weekend, and am considering taking another class.
One tip - they sell the Vietnamese cooking equipment you use for the recipes - graters, moulds etc- at the cooking center. I bought the exact same things at the Dong Xuan market at 1/10th the price....

2  Thank rreubens
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

We arrived by cab about 45 min early so walked around the local food market. We always try to do this when traveling out of the US. It was great but full of mystery. Our tour started with ices tea and then a tour of that market. This was great our guide explained everything we had questioned earlier. She would often say "would you like to try this". We learned later the answer should be yes. She will buy it and prepare it to eat in addition to what was on the menu. She gave us all sorts of herbs to try.

The kitchen for the classes is perfect for the task. The teaching was excellent, even the non-cooks got it. The staff was great helping clean up and taking out the mese en place.

The three items that we agreed to try we're prepared for us to try:
"Bitter herb" juice and omelette.
Sautéed silk worms
Fetal duck eggs

Really the only one that was bad was the herb juice.

Then we went up to the Resturant and ate what we had prepared and a desert that was demonstrated for us.

1  Thank Stephen P
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