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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 hours (Approx.)
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This Ho Chi Minh Food Experience with Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour showcases the best of this classic cuisine. Travelers will visit Ben Than Market where they’ll wander the stalls with their local chef and learn about the fresh ingredients essential to creating the most popular Vietnamese dishes. Then, under the guidance of an expert chef, travelers will prepare a 4-course meal alongside new friends. With a cap at 20 people, the class and dining experience is sure to be fun, personalized and memorable!
  • 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
Your Ho Chi Minh food experience kicks off with pickup from your city hotel. Follow an expert guide through the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you’ll wander past eclectic stalls filled with clothing and souvenirs like a local. Learn about the fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs essential in this popular cuisine as you talk with local produce sellers. Your guide will share stories about this historic destination, which is the oldest surviving market of its kind in Vietnam’s most populated city. 

Leave the market and head to the Vietnam Cookery Center for a real-life lesson in Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll have access to traditional equipment, expert chefs and fresh ingredients that are essential to producing the nation’s most popular dishes. The small-group cooking class offers up plenty of time and space for interacting with new friends and the professional chef will show you how to prepare papaya salad, chicken curry and coconut-centric dishes.

Once you’ve stepped away from the stove, sit alongside your fellow classmates and enjoy the final product. With a new 4-course meal prepared every day of the week, no two classes are ever alike. Once your belly is full head back to your hotel with a new understanding of Vietnamese culture, cooking and this flavorful cuisine.

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This was a fantastic little side...
Judith A B
, Feb 2018
This was a fantastic little side excursion. The utmost care was taken to make sure that we were comfortable on the drive to the markets, and of course the chaotic dance of the traffic was part of the entertainment. The market was very interesting, and our guide/chef explained that this food market was where all the restaurants buy their supplies from. The locals find it too expensive and shop at their own local market. Our chef Dory, told us the names of everything and what they were used for. After the market we were taken to another location for the cooking class, which was cool and comfortable and we were given icy cold green tea. The class was fabulous and she made it very easy to follow. Even my husband did a great job! We enjoyed the meal afterwards, and it was delicious! I would highly recommend this tour if you interested in learning about foods in other cultures. It wasn't over the top different and it was all very clean and healthy food. Five stars from me!
The chefs and their staff were...
Gerald F
, Dec 2017
The chefs and their staff were excellent. They made sure all of the students did all steps. Fun and informative.
The whole experience was fantastic...
Mark M
, Dec 2017
The whole experience was fantastic! Pick up from our hotel was on-time and in a nice new car with a great driver. We had a fantastic guide at the market place, then headed off with our ingredients to the cooking school. The cooking class was so much fun, the teacher was excellent, quality of instruction and food was 1st class. We would highly recommend this as something to do whilst in Ho Chi Min
Brilliant! I had an excellent...
Kevin S
, Oct 2017
Brilliant! I had an excellent experience. Fabulous teacher showing me all the tricks of the trade and I got to eat it all at the end.
This class was really fun and the food...
Christine P
, Jul 2017
This class was really fun and the food we made was delicious!
We have done a few cooking classes...
Michael Benj
, Apr 2017
We have done a few cooking classes with viator in other cities but this was the best to date. Kendy was our smiling welcoming chef who met us at the hotel and took us to the market. he explained the many different leafs, fruits herbs etc and then we went to a well set out and prepared classroom. Here kendy explained some history and went through step by step how to make a salad and sping rolls and then caramel pork. his attention to detail and obvious enjoyment in passing on his knowledge was excellent. an enjoyable and learning activity it is great value
It was a great experience learning...
Christine F
, Feb 2017
It was a great experience learning to cook Vietnamese meals. The Chefs were amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I can't wait to make the dishes at home.
Great cooking class and food market...
, Dec 2016
Great cooking class and food market tour, was very enjoyable and some new skills were learnt. Plenty of food you will not go hungry.
The tour went ok but it was listed...
Steven P
, Jun 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.
Our chef was delightful with very...
Sarah A
, Jan 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.

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