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“Learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine while in Saigon”

Saigon Cooking Class
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Saigon Cooking Class offers cooking class, street food tour & culinary team building! What makes our popular cooking class unique is the association with the fantastic Hoa Tuc restaurant allowing us to use their recipes in a beautiful colonial building. Our talented Chefs exclusively fluent in English teach classic Vietnamese dishes as well as contemporary, excellent, Hoa Tuc signature recipes. Each participant has his own material and ingredients to follow the Chef step by step and cook his own meal. Our goal is to give you as much as possible for 1 session Vietnamese cooking skills so that you can continue to learn and explore by yourself. For adventurous people hop on the back of ours scooters or go for a walking visit and let our Chef guide you across Saigon's hidden alleys to sample the best of local delicacies. A true feast! From Tuesday till Sunday, cooking class twice a day, street food tour everyday! For companies or large group contact us for unforgettable team building!
Reviewed April 9, 2014

We did not go to the Market first but instead just met the rest of the group at the restaurant for the 10-1 class.... We had a small intimate group of 6 and a wonderful chef... his english was very good and he had a great sense of humour.... we cooked three dishes which were easy and so very very tasty... we ate our dishes after we had finished each one... then to top off the meal we had a special dessert which was amazing.... passionfruit moose.... Well worth doing while in Saigon... lots of fun and easy to do when you get home.... Go on do it...!!!!

Thank Prinnie62
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Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

We do a cooking class in each country we travel in and this one was the worst so far!

We met at the Ben Than market, two Indian ladies were annoyed to find their confirmed booking was not on the guide's list. The market your was excellent and very interesting, then we caught a taxi to the school.

The class was held above the restaurant and they taught us how to cook a morning glory salad, fried spring rolls and chicken curry. These were all on the restaurants menu, we're simple to do but included almost all the same seasonings and spices - garlic, chilli, pepper, sugar, lime and fish sauce.

Pros - market tour, cheeky chefs
Cons - overly simple food that isn't going to impress your friends, expensive, poorly organised, they pre-prepare some items, menu choice was boring.

Note, we went to the restaurant later the night and it was incredible, far better than the cooking school experience.

Thank Ozbanka
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Ilda S, Owner at Saigon Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

Dear Matthannon,

I'm replying today as I'm usually open to any comment positive or negative and deeply understand that trip advisor is subjective BUT there is some facts. You speak about “poor organization” mentioning these 2 woman with "confirmed booking". Well, especially on that case after they send us a request to book for Sunday we replied with requested information and ask like for every single enquiry (like yours) "We are looking forward to your confirmation", but NO answer. Then because we carefully follow-up every enquiry, we get back to them the day before in order to ask if they wanted or not to join. Once again: no answer. Then luckily we weren't full on that day so that we could accommodate for them with pleasure. So is it the “bad organization” you wrote? Then, very important for us is that you didn’t liked the proposed menu on that day. Our regular cooking class have been carefully thought in order everyone can join, that’s a perfect introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. If you are very experienced and we knew this before we might have proposed “advanced cooking class” with a free choice of menu. Then you mentioned a few “seasoning” ingredients may I add others that you used on that day: kumquat juice (not only lime juice), coconut juice, annatto oil, ginger, basil etc...

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

This hands on cooking class is well worth your time and money. The chef was very friendly and attentive. It is an easy to follow class. We made three dishes - each time we made one, then ate it afterwards. We made fresh spring rolls, green mango and chicken salad, and fried rice in lotus leaf. They also gave us a delicious passion fruit mousse for dessert. The only complaint was that we were downstairs in the open air and it was very hot. They have a room upstairs with air-conditioning, so if you can request your class be upstairs. The food is fresh and delicious and we were given recipes to take home. This class was a Saigon highlight for me.

Thank SuzeStar
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

we easily met chef Khang at the market thanks to a map and entrance photo. The market tour was really fun and educative as the Chef provide many information on ingredients but also about local's habits. About the class itself we did cook 3 dishes step by step following him. I will advise to not have a big breakfast in the morning as we started to eat the first dish around 11am. Chef Khang was very patient and careful and the food was excellent. The French colonial building is beautiful. We were told that it was an opium refinery before. When you enter the courtyard, look up and you will see 2 opium poppy carved in the metal :) Very good experience, highly recommended.

1  Thank laurette3364
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

The school and several great restaurants are located in an old opium refinery of Saigon in a uniquely hidden spot that opens up into a full and vibrant cul-de-sac with many great restaurants. Took the Hands-On cooking class because the Half-day class was already full. What a fun way to learn a little more culture as well as some great life skills that can be transferred to your own personal use! The chef was awesome, very personable, had great teaching skills and went at a pace that everyone could follow. Basic food prep is done for you but you learn some applicable prep skills that I had never known before. Food prepared included: fried spring rolls (a little hard to eat as our first dish in the morning but it usually is an appetizer), water spinach & cangcua salad & then chicken in a clay pot. Learning how and why to roll rice paper in the right amount of water (much less than I had used previously), how to cut the water spinach into those little skinny tiny spindles (buy the tool before you leave…I thought I could buy one at home because I live in a very Asian community and I haven't seen one yet), how to cut carrots with the fluted edges, and then a very simple but tasty clay pot dish. Lots of fun and it motivated me to take another cooking class when I had time in Bangkok!

Thank pglaw
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