My husband and I recently stayed in Hoi An and the hotel staff from 'Van Lan Villa's' (fantastic accommodation on the river) recommended doing a 'Tasting Tour' with Phuoc. She called and arranged for us to meet him in the afternoon. We were met by a friendly, energetic Mr Phuoc - who smiled and handed me a pair of chopsticks and said 'Hi, these are your weapons' !!!
We ate, laughed and learnt about the local food for the next 5 hours.... I wish I could remember the vietnamese phrase he taught us for ' that tastes great'... it was our catch phrase after each meal. I loved seeing and learning about lots of local foods I would not have otherwise tried. We finished the night with a beer and a very full belly.
The next day, Mr Phuoc picked me up and took me to the local market with some other tourists too. We shopped for food and rode bicycles to his grandparents place. I enjoyed the personal experience of learning about and seeing the local produce being grown and meeting his proud grandfather - a hero in Vietnam. It was a privledge to meet him.
Mr Phuoc has a charming bungalow where he teaches cooking from. I was so impressed with how clean and organised it was and enjoyed the authenticity of his class. The food was first class with fantastic service and a food massage afterwards on the river.
Meeting Mr Phuoc was a memorable experience.... enjoyable and entertaining... a must do in Hoi An.
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