We met the chef and host at Ben Thang market a little after the appointed time. Eventually a group of 10 or so. The tour of the market was very interesting and thorough. Maybe a little bit too much information. After a while the herbs started to run together. Fresh ingredients are a key to Vietnamese cooking. Once we got to the cooking school it was a typical set up. You were paired with someone and shared ingredients. It was promoted as a five course learning and cooking experience. There was a chef although I'm not sure he was necessary. The entire thing was conducted by a very nice, English speaking hostess. We were instructed to chop and slice various veggies for the dishes. There really wasn't any explanation of how they were going to be used and everyone seemed to kind of wing it on the prep. There was a salad first course that was made almost entirely of raw onion and was way to strong for me. There were a couple nice tasting dishes, one fish and one beef and I'm sure you could readily substitute main ingredients. Unfortunately you ate at your cooking station which was quite cramped and didn't make a lot of sense as there was an adjoining room with a long table. The dessert course was skipped entirely with no explanation. Just a bad tapioca was served instead. There was no offer or explanation to the drinks in the cooler. We helped ourselves and didn't mind paying when the hostess sort of scoldingly asked us to settle up before we left. It would have just been simpler to explain the process at the beginning. It was time well spent but could have been much more. It didn't compare to other courses I've taken.
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