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  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Ho Chi Minh Food Experience: Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour

Gain new culinary skills as you learn to cook delicious Vietnamese food on this half-day tour in Ho Chi Minh City, including a visit to Ben Thanh Market. Under the guidance of an expert chef, you’ll choose local ingredients and try your hand at Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class. Then enjoy your 4-course meal in the company of newfound friends! Numbers are limited to 20 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded food lovers.


  • Half-day market tour and cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Select vegetables and spices at Ben Thanh Market
  • Create delicious Siagonese dishes, including appetizer, salad or soup, main course and dessert with an expert local chef!
  • Learn about Vietnamese culture and its culinary heritage
  • Dine on a scrumptious meal with like-minded cuisine lovers
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh Food Experience: Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour

Experience Saigon: Vietnamese Cooking Class with Market Tour in Ho Chi Minh

Your Vietnamese culinary tour begins at with pickup from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel. From there you will visit the centrally located Ben Thanh Market, known as one of liveliest and busiest in Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon. Created in the early 17th century near the Saigon River and later formally established by the French, Ben Thanh is the oldest surviving market in Vietnam’s largest city.

Follow your guide past clothing and souvenir vendors until you reach the food stalls filled with the mouth-watering aromas of specialty dishes as well fresh vegetables, meats, sweets and spices. Learn from your guide about various ingredients, including Vietnamese herbs and spices, and start collecting produce for your cooking lesson.

After the market tour, transfer to the Vietnam Cookery Center for a hands-on lesson in Vietnamese cuisine. In this traditional setting you’ll have all of the equipment and ingredients you need for your small-group cooking class, with plenty of opportunities to interact with the chef and your fellow cooks. Enjoy the fun atmosphere as you prepare simple, healthy and delicious dishes such as papaya salad, Vietnamese chicken curry, fried rice and sweet white bean in coconut milk.

After your Vietnamese cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Each day, a different 4-course meal is prepared (see Itinerary below for a sample menu). When you've had your fill, you will be dropped off at your hotel with new insight into Vietnamese culture and how to prepare its scrumptious cuisine!


Sample Menu:

Lotus stem salad with pork and prawns
Soup with pineapple and shrimp
Braised chicken with ginger
Fried rice with egg
Dessert: Yoghurt fruit

Fresh salad rolls
Sour soup with prawn
Caramel fish in clay pot
Steamed rice with pandan leaf
Dessert: Juicy agar

Fish spring rolls
Papaya salad with pork and prawns
Vietnamese chicken curry
Dessert: Juicy agar

Spring rolls
Sour clam soup with dill
Caramel pork in clay pot
Steamed rice in coconut juice
Dessert: Sauteed banana soup in coconut milk

Banana blossom salad with pork and shrimp
Tomato soup with egg
Braised chicken with curry powder and lemongrass
Steamed rice with ginger
Dessert: Sweet white bean in coconut milk

Saturday and Sunday:
Chicken noodles
Vegetable salad with pork and shrimp
Vietnamese grilled pork rib
Steamed broken rice
Dessert: Juicy agar

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our chef was delightful with very easy to understand English. She was great at ensuring that everyone participated in the demonstrations before going on to make each dish ourselves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was great, we had a wonderful morning. Don't have breakfast as there is lots of food as you are cooking. The lady that did the cooking class was beautiful and at here was only us 3 in the class. We did the market tour first. Be prepared for a little test at the end and you get a takeaway if you can't eat it all. With 3 different people all with different likes, we all loved this class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We really enjoyed this tour. We enjoyed the trip to the market prior to the lesson at the Culinary Arts Centre. The hands-on lesson was good, the Chef was great and the menu was delicious.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

I enjoed the cooking class from start to finish

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

handy intro into vietnam cooking

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

The tour went ok but it was listed as 5 hours but was finished in more like 3. Learnt a few valuable things though.

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