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“Terrific experience: Deluxe Class”
Review of Thuan Tinh Island

Thuan Tinh Island
Ranked #8 of 131 things to do in Hoi An
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We were looking for a cooking class that might offer something more adventurous and a prior review of the Deluxe class looked intriguing. Our class was just myself and my husband and it exceeded all of our expectations! Mr. Thai Kien picked us up at our hotel and took us to the market where we spent well more than an hour asking questions about the foods and buying ingredients. He wanted to know if we were looking to cook foods we could replicate at home or what type of experience we wanted. We asked to try the more exotic Vietnamese dishes which he created from a mix of ingredients we were curious about to others we would never have tried on our own.

Mr. Thai is fluent in English and French with a broad knowledge of western cooking practices which allowed us to really understand more about Vietnamese food traditions and how they relate to what we know. He has a restaurant background and takes care to show you good technique and presentation skills.

Wound up spending the entire day cooking and tasting probably 10 different dishes, each of which was excellent and unusual in its own way, from a sophisticated bun cha to anchovy appetizers to fried silk worms.The pace was casual with ample time to sit by An Bang beach and enjoy the food after cooking it. Good mix of hands on and prep help from an assistant.

We would highly recommend this class. At $54 per person, it was well worth it and would appeal to anyone looking for a more in-depth knowledge of Vietnamese foods.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

For a foodie this was a fantastic expeirence. Starting in the market you get an insight into the delights that await you as you make your purchases for the days cooking. Mo was a great tour guide, with a good grasp of English-she made the trip more enjoyable with her warm nature and sense of humor. Being able to cook fantastic food in a great location with some wonderful local people was an experience that you need to have on your Hoi An list.

Thank TulltheTraveller_8
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

This was a fantastic cooking tour, from the intro to the markets to the boat ride - but the actual cooking was the best bit by far.

Lots of individual attention and guidance (including to my 8 year old - wonderfully fresh food and a beautiful setting.

Special thanks to Mo for her help and clear informative way of presenting.

Thank Sophie B
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We were picked up at our hotel and were then taken to the market for shopping. Our guide Mo was the best.She let us know how to pick the freshest ingredients. 2 boats to the school and we began our cooking instruction. Honestly, this was the best food we have had yet in Vietnam. Highly recommended!

Thank bpcharlesworth
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

There are many places offering the cooking experience but we chose this one as it appeared to be different from the rest. The day started with purchasing the produce in the local market followed by a boat trip to the island centre. After travelling through the salt coconut mangroves we made our way to the school and cooked up a storm. Great fun all the way, informative and interesting and what you eat at the end of it all isn't half bad especially as its been cooked with your own fair hand. One of our better 'tours', enjoyed it all.

Thank RayndPat
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