During our recent Hanoi trip, BB and I have a free day at Hanoi, and we had run out of ideas what to do at Hanoi besides drinking coffee after coffee. So, we decided to give the Hanoi Cooking Center a try. We enrolled in the Ha Noi and the Northern Highlands cooking class that cost us USD55 per person.
|Hanoi Cooking Center|
The guide is very knowledgeable and did a very good job in explaining. She even show us how to select the best fish sauce or spring-role skin etc. We were shown where to get the fresh-from-farm vegetable and fruits, freshly catch seafood, etc. We also saw some exotic food i.e. worms, frogs, snails etc.
|Ingredient selection explanation session|
|See the tongue?|
|Old lady showing us how to wrap the Pinang|
|Something special, not-in-the-menu raw material for our cooking class|
After the wet market tour, we went back to the classroom. It's a kitchen with a few working bench. 2 of us share a bench, share the utensils and a set of raw material. After the chef showed the steps, everyone of us has to go back to our working bench to prepare the food.
|The Chef in action|
It is interesting to learn to cook the Vietnamese food. You can actually see a lot of Chinese and Thai influence but at the same time their sauces (fish sauces especially) gave the unique signature that you couldn't miss.
|The nicely flavoured dish (but the worms are too creamy for my taste)|
I love the idea that you eat what you cook. Bee Bee and I were pleased with the results and we were quite proud of ourselves :)
The wine/beer/juices/soft drinks are free flow so we had great time enjoying the food we prepared and chit chat in the nice environment.
|Banana flower salad|
|Seafood spring roll|
|and the happy cook|