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“A real find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hidden Hanoi

Hidden Hanoi
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
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“A real find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

My daughter-in-law and I took a market tour and cooking class through Hidden Hanoi. We had some scheduling difficulties, which Mrs. Van was gracious and accommodating about. The market tour was excellent and informative, giving us a way to negotiate Hanoi's markets that we were unsure about until this tour. The cooking class was excellent and well worth the money, in fact it was a great deal, we learned about all the ingredients, prepared them and ate like queens. Both days, the other people attending the class were interesting travelers. We can't recommend this place highly enough. The courtyard and cooking facilities were well organized, with lots of charm, and the information was invaluable to me.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Highlight of trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Had a wonderful time with Hidden Hanoi. First we went on a trip to the local market where knowledgable and friendly guide explained the different produce then went back to cook some delicious food!

The staff were all very friendly and gave us a good introduction about Vietnamese culture and food. We choose the seafood menu and cooked sweet and sour prawns, fresh spring rolls, fish soup and papaya salad. There was a teacher to show us the dishes and other staff to help clear things away and make sure everything went smoothly. Things were described well and even my husband who rarely cooks and a bit scared by the big knives throughly enjoyed it.

My husband is also allergic to nuts and even though we didn't tell them till the day they managed to keep nuts seperate for his dishes.

They have a lovely garden also which we were given tea and sweets in whilst all was being explained which was like a mini oasis from the busy city.

I wish we could have done another course the next day we enoyed it so much.

Visited February 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good introduction to Vietnamese food culture and cuisine, then preparing delicious food with friendly teacher”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We booked a Vietnamese street food class for $45/person and were greeted by a very nice lady who speaks perfect English. We were only people in the class, so service was pretty personal. She started by offering us some tea and candy, and told us a lot about Vietnamese food culture and cuisine, i.e. when, what and how local people eat, what are the reasons behind some food choices etc. Then we proceeded to the kitchen, where all food ingredients and tools were already prepared and waiting for us. In addition to the main teacher there was a team of 3 women working hard and supporting the process by preparing ingredients, washing dishes and taking care of all other "tedious" tasks. We made Hanoi-style deep-fried spring rolls with pork, shrimp and mushrooms, pork BBQ with very nice dip/soup and noodles, local salad and some vegetables. At the end of the class we got little presents like chopsticks and a recipe book.

I've attended another cooking class in Bangkok, Thailand, and compared to it I would recommend this one more. Kitchen and facilities were very clean and there was a certain home feel to this place, which is, as the name states, hidden in Hanoi. In someone's backyard.

Visited February 2013
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Copenhagen
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92 reviews
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“2.time, just as good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Came back, because I travelled with a friend, and it was her first trip to Vietnam. As good as last time, clean nice surroundings, with space enough, and enough service around, so the table always was tidy, and ready for the things we should do. We were 5 , but we all got to roll the spring rolls, witch was a good thing. And again it was the best springrolls on our trip, with the ix af minced shrimps, pork, mushrooms.
And the very kind and quick teacher, who did have the control of our class in a good way.
good experience on a very cold day

Visited January 2013
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Quebec City, Canada
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17 reviews
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“Wonderful Cooking Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Just came back from the Street Food cooking class and it was awesome. The hour visiting the street market worth it. Staff speaks english perfectly, an occasion to talk about Vietnamese culture you shouldn't miss ! Great food and lot of fun. Quiet expensive (55$US), but it worth the price and we spend from 10AM to 2:30PM at this place. My boyfriend, who just came to take me after the class has been invited to taste what we prepared without any fees. Little gift at the end, and even another gift of wedding anniversary for the couple who joined me. Very clean kitchen, all the installations are much better than what you usually find in Vietnam !

Visited January 2013
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