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“Amazing & wonderful cooking school experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Morning Glory Restaurant

Morning Glory Restaurant
Ranked #71 of 732 Restaurants in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Street Food Restaurant and Cooking School. It is owned and managed by Ms Vy (Trinh Diem Vy) who is also the owner and operator of The Cargo Club, Mermaid Restaurant and The Market Restaurant and Cooking School.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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138 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Amazing & wonderful cooking school experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our tour group of five has a private session at the Morning Glory cooking school. It's fantastic. It's in a very professional setting above a restaurant. We sit at our worktables in front of LuLu (who handily has a big mirror above her reflecting her actions). She started working for the owner at 14 and is now 35 and head chef.

This is education, demonstration, enough hands on activities for beginner cooks to be fun, and delicious food to eat. Definitely worth doing (and handy if you have this as your expectation rather than a lot of hands on cooking; this is the style again where all the food is already cut and much of the cooking is done by the chef). From the sign outside it's normally around USD$40 and 8-30 pax. Simon used to be a chef and says they would have charged at least AUD$300+ for the kind of experience our group of 5 get.

Lulu teaches us about fresh herbs, vegetables and spices. It turns out that water spinach is also referred to as Morning Glory. (which is beautiful sauteed with garlic!).

We make beautifully arranged fresh spring roll; the order and placement of ingredients is important to make it as pretty as possible when rolled.
White rose dumpling (another local speciality). We meet their dumpling chef and get to practice rolling out the white rice circles and trying to make flowers. Lulu laughs kindly when she sees mine but they are tasty steamed.
Out third experience with Banh Xeo crispy pancake and now we cook our own. Everything comes prepared and ready to put in the mini frying pan. We discover that this is not fried egg; instead it has ingredients like coconut milk and rice flour; it is the spices that provide its colour. We also have, in addition to standard ingredients, green banana - bitter, starfruit - sour, to provide a delicious balance to the flavours.
The main dish is then marinated fried pork with Cau Lau noodles. It is absolutely amazing. We get to assemble our bowl ourselves with noodles, mun bean, pork, sauce, shallot oil, fresh herbs, Vietnamese coriander, fried Cau Lau squares (their version of croutons), rice cracker, chilli and vinegar.
Dessert is local ice cream. The lemongrass flavour is refreshing.

This is some of the best food that I have in Vietnam.

I purchase the owner's cookbook (which is personally autographed to me).

I also return for dinner. I have the hot silkworm salad. The bugs aren't crunchy and they kind of squish into a creamy paste in your mouth. I manage about a quarter of the bowl before their little eyes staring up at me creeps me out & the taste isn't really doing it for me. I also have a bowl of the local Mi Quang (yellow thick rice noodles unlike anything we get at home)

  • Visited September 2013
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Rushed service, lovely food ... Not special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

We were looking forward to eating here based on reviews. We felt rushed through, sitting in a barn like atmosphere, and we missed the smaller quieter places we usually dine at. The food was lovely, however not outstanding. I appreciate that this probably was a wrong choice for us, as we do prefer smaller and more relaxed dining.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent Location in the Old Quarter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

We dined here for my birthday and choose a table on the Verandah overlooking the Street of Hoi An in the Old Quarter.. the food is extremely reasonable and the service outstanding.. such a great way to experience Vietnamese Street Food in a Top Notch Restaurant.. we went back twice during our stay in Hoi An and loved it every time. Make sure you book a table for dinner, lunch does not usually require a reservation, however dinner 7 nights a week books out! Highly recommend this Restaurant

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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“Flavour Flavour Flavour!!! A must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Our lunch was expensive - only because I bought the cook book too!! My Green papaya salad with sesame beef was the standout dish of our visit to Hoi An. When rating where the best eats are in Hoi An, it can come down to only degrees of difference, but the fresh spring rolls where full of ingredients, garden fresh and super flavoursome. The green payaya salad with beef was equal only to the marinated chicken and lime dish we enjoyed at Baby Mustard.

I would highly recommend Morning Glory - not the cheapest in Hoi An, but when you boil it down to dollars, it's not even worth commenting on its expense.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Our favourite restaurant in Vietnam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We ate here twice when we stayed in Hoian. This was by far our favourite restaurant we went to in Vietnam. The shrimp rose dumplings were amazing and the steamed dumplings filled with pork, shrimp and vegetables ere divine. The thin rice paper that enveloped this morsels were so delicate and light. Could not get enough!

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