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“Nice contribution to our "Vietnamese" cultural discovery”
Review of Hidden Hanoi

Hidden Hanoi
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We have booked Vietnamese cooking class + market tour. It was indeed very nice day as we would not discover so much by ourselves. It helps a lot of local person shares and helps you see more about their own country. We felt very much enriched by visiting local market with Hannoi Hidden guide. Cooking class was also very nice discovery and we have enjoyed to know how to prepare Vietnamese spring rolls.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I did this tour with 2 friends a year ago and I was really impressed. Went to Hanoi with family this time, and I booked the same tour with Ms. Anh, the founder of Hidden Hanoi, the same lady who did the tour for us the year before.

This tour is a MUST. If there is one tour that you should do, this is the one. You get to tour the Old Quarters by walking around, and the guide explains why houses in the area are so narrow and tall (it's because of ancient tax laws based on width of the frontage!). You get to see a house from the old days and how people lived then, AND you get to see a typical house today, where 5 to 8 families are cramped into such a tiny space. There is an explanation of how business is done in the Old Quarters and the tour ends by each of you riding a xich lo (the bike rickshaw) to have a tour of the Old Quarters.

Highly recommended!

Thank TheSpatulaQueen2012
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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.

1  Thank GMGD
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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.

Thank 322Mia
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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.

Thank Sathamoth
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