Looking for something out of the ordinary to do while on holiday in Vietnam? Why not take the opportunity to discover Vietnamese cuisine and local culture through a cooking class?
One of the highlights from our trip to Da Nang was the Da Nang Home Cooking Class. The class is run by friendly locals with an intense knowledge and passion for Vietnamese food, and lifestyle. This intimate experience is completely hands-on with personal demonstrations, while guided through each recipe step-by-step.
We booked the morning session of the cooking class and the tour began with our lovely hosts picking us up from our hotel in Da Nang. There were five of us on this adventure and we all were eager to introduce ourselves and make friends for the five-hour duration of the tour.
Our first stop was a visit to the local vegetable gardens. These gardens are managed by families within the local communities, which supply the markets with their fresh produce. It was a great experience observing how these organic vegetable gardens are maintained each day 365 days a year. The farmers cultivate different aromatic plants and spices, and all are used in the daily preparation of the region’s dishes. The abundance of crops and the fertility of the land was impressive as we helped replant and water some of the crops just like a local.
On our next stop, we encountered a typical Da Nang café and savored a traditional Vietnamese coffee. On a corner of the busy streets of Da Nang, we all gathered in a small open aired café, sitting on tiny chairs and tables watching the locals go by. The cold Vietnamese coffee was served with a glass of green tea (instead of water), resulting in a double shot of caffeine, which prepared us all for the cooking class ahead.
After our quick break, we walked a few blocks to the local market, where our guide was all too eager to explain to us the daily life of locals in Da Nang. It was interesting to discover how many still visit the local markets for fresh seasonal produce daily. Nothing is wasted and buying only what is needed on a daily basis, compared to the way we shop at home, was quite different.
The colorful Han Market was an experience within itself. Everything from clothes, electronics, household goods, fruit and vegetables and fresh meats and seafood are available. A journey for the senses, and an education session all in one.
We made our way to the fruit and vegetable section passing through the fascinating meat/fish stalls where fresh crabs were wriggling on display and fishmongers were skinning their catches of frogs! We were advised to each pick a fruit that we were unaccustomed with, so when we had finished cooking our meal, we could all share together a platter of fresh tropical fruit. Our guide paid for the purchase and we headed off to start the culinary feast.
Our driver met us around the corner and returned us to the family’s home where the cooking class was to be held. The hospitality and warmth of the staff were outstanding. We all felt like we were at home, and enthusiastically put on our aprons and got to work. Chopping, slicing, smelling and tasting along the way, we all prepared four tasty dishes which we all shared together for lunch.
With our bellies full, we received the “precious” recipe book, which contained all the delicious meals we cooked together.
Sharing our own personal stories and participating in preparing a traditional Vietnamese meal using traditional techniques, was something special. Da Nang cooking class is more than just your regular cooking school. It’s a personal immersion into understanding and appreciating the importance of food in everyday Vietnam.
Disclosure: Sponsored post in collaboration with Da Nang Home Cooking Class. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I choose to write this honest review to inform you of my experience.
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Highlights of Da Nang Home Cooking Class:
- Learn how to cook Vietnamese cuisine,
- Classes are completely hands-on. You will practice cooking with Vietnamese secret cooking techniques,
- Laugh and Learn about local culture and local life,
- Visit the colorful market and learn some Vietnamese ingredients,
- Enjoy Vietnamese coffee at a local coffee shop,
- Visit vegetable gardens and practice as a Vietnamese farmer,
- Small-group tour of 9 participants ensures more personalized service.
Food List for Da Nang Home Cooking Class
- Ram Chien – Deep-fried spring rolls
- Goi Du Du – Young Papaya Salad
- Canh Ga Chien Mam – Fish sauce chicken wing
- Canh Chua Ca – Sweet Sour Fish Soup
Note: Menu subject to change due to weather without prior notice
- Price: $39 USD/ adult,
- Children from (5-10): 50% OFF,
- Minimum: 2 pax/ trip,
- Morning Tour: 8:00 -13:00,
- Afternoon Tour: 14:00 – 19:00,
- Tour type: Joint tour,
- Private tour: Extra charge 40%,
- Excludes drop off service
- Pick up at your hotel in Da Nang center (not drop off),
- Coffee/soft drink,
- English speaking guide,
- Bottled water,
- All ingredients are included along with copies of the recipes in English.
Address: 08 An Cu 6, An Hai Bac, Son Tra, Da Nang
Phone: +84 97 612 89 77 or +84 979 58 77 44
Viber/Whatsapp: +84 97 612 89 77 (wechat)
*Other local tours are also available