Hoi An is a popular spot for Vietnamese cooking classes, and Red Bridge Cooking School offers three different courses.
The most popular option is the half-day class: you’ll start off with a trip to Hoi An’s lively Central Market with your chef and teacher, who will give tips on how to pick the best herbs and ingredients. Then it’s time for a 4km boat ride along the Thu Bon river to the open-air Red Bridge Cooking School. Complimentary drinks and snacks are on-hand as you take your two-hour lesson and learn how to prepare local dishes. Ever wanted to learn how to make your own rose tomato? Here’s your chance. You’ll learn the art of Vietnamese plate decoration and food carving before sitting down to enjoy the meal you just created.
There is also a full-day deluxe cooking class: prepare dishes like beef pho and clay pot fish with dill (Cha Ca) as part of a four-course menu that you’ll learn to create over three hours of cooking. The class size on the deluxe tour is never more than eight people. You’ll also visit Central Market and Tra Que organic herb gardens, and if you feel like some refreshment, there’s always the 20-meter Red Bridge swimming pool to dip into.
There is also an evening cooking class available at Hai Cafe, the sister restaurant of Red Bridge in the center of Hoi An’s old town. In this 1.15-hour taster class, which has a maximum class size of 10, you’ll get to learn how to prepare fresh spring rolls, grilled fish in banana leaves, and beef salad before sitting down to enjoy your meal.
The half-day class at Red Bridge Cooking School lasts from 8;=:15am - 1pm and costs $31 per person. This deluxe class costs $51 and includes a trip to Tra Que village as well as a recipe booklet and apron. The evening class runs from 6am - 8pm at Hai Cafe (111 Tran Phu Street) and costs $20 per person. Classes run daily.