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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Hon has been your chief & mentor for 6 hours of fabulous discovery of the Vietnamese food.
We went in the local market to buy the raw we have cooked then. This was pleasant to have such an expert to get more knowledge about the food & uses in a traditional market.
Next, we have cooked 4 traditionnal dishes (then eat :) : phô, bun bo, spring rool & banh xeo. It was really interesting, we a small group and a passionate cooker (Hon).
Thanks and see around
Bon appétit as we use to say in France.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous morning in Hoi An. From the market to the boat ride to the excellent support in the cooking class. The dishes were great and very easy to learn. Excellent, fresh produce used and great instruction to get the best flavor from them. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole morning.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We booked this activity through our hotel the day before and were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the experience with Hon.

The day began with pick up from our hotel and then a trip through the market to purchase ingredients for our day. Although the groups are capped in terms of size, it was still difficult in our group of 9 to stay together and to hear our chef's explanation. Nonetheless, it was very cool to see the market and learn a bit about local ingredients. I would recommend wearing closed toed shoes to keep your feet clean and protected for this part of the day.

We then took a boat ride from the market to the island and transferred to smaller rowed boats for the last few minutes. Although this portion is not strictly necessary (the return at the end of the day was via car and much quicker), we thought it was fun to be out on the water and try something new.

The actual cooking portion of the class was wonderful. We made four dishes, watching Chef Hon's demonstration first and then being able to cook ourselves at individual stations. It felt like there was a perfect balance between being able to cook yourself and have the components prepared in advanced for you (i.e. you didn't waste time on prep but still got to do all the important portions yourself). Each dish was absolutely delicious, and we left extremely full. We loved that the recipes were provided to us at the end of the class to try at home!

We appreciated all of the thoughtful touches (such as a glass of passion fruit for each participant that was constantly re-filled) and cannot recommend highly enough! Consider doing the morning time slot so that you're able to get the freshest produce from the market and escape the worst of the heat.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Rhia1
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Did the class solo as hubby not interested in cooking. Pickup, local market tour, boat ride to school all went smoothly. Our chef was Hien, and she was fantastic! The instructions were excellent, prep work done in advance for you was flawless, the unlimited passion fruit juice was the best, and all my dishes came out beautiful and delicious! Wanted a class where I would learn to cook food that I liked and would be easy to prepare at home, and the class delivered on both! Was able to customize your food to account for your level of spice (mine is not spicy at all) and herb preferences (I do not like cilantro). It was a great class, door to door pick up/drop off. LOVED IT! Thank you Hien!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

The start to the day was a bit chaotic & I was unsure how it was going to work out, however my expectations were soon exceeded. The visit to the market was informative & it was great to have the different ingredients identified. The cookery class was very well organised & I was pleased at the amount of cooking we all did individually. The food & instruction was excellent, four tasty courses, so much food! With so many cooking experiences to choose from it is difficult but I am so pleased I chose this one, a great day out!

Date of experience: March 2018
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