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“A Foodies 'Must-Do'”

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 29, 2014

I love cooking, especially fresh, healthy food like much of the Vietnamese cuisine encompasses. If you've never been to a Wet Market, definitely add this earlier start to your lesson. Chef Khang was very informative and entertaining - his English excellent. The class is extremely well organised, the food hygiene very good, the equipment in great condition and the menus very well thought out to give participants an all-round taste of delicious traditional Vietnamese food but simple enough that everyone is capable of preparing the dishes. This has been a highlight of my time in HCM and I would definitely recommend this class.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

I love to cook and VERY enjoy Vietnamese cuisine since I was in Thailand where I never known or needed to cook at all. I started to cook when I got married and move to USA by 2008 and still curious about the Asian herbs especially Vietnamese herbs that they use a lot in every single meal.

Taking a cooking class here gave me a fun opportunity to learn about the herb by going for the grocery shopping with the chef in the morning. Knowing the local by how they live, they eat are the best way for me in every country. It was soooooo much fun in every minute and would recommend to anybody who like to have fun with food.

Thank JoannaAinscough
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Our class started with a visit to the wet market to purchase fresh food items that would be used in the recipes. The cooking was fun and the food was delicious. Definitely worth adding to your Ho Chi Minh City itinerary.

Thank GreatandLate
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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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