We visited Hanoi last July 2017 and partnered up with Apron Up for a 3 hour cooking class. The whole course was taught in good English which was awesome and convenient for everybody.
The menu was pretty simple, it’s the best Hanoi has to offer. We went with this 5 course meal:
Trip To The Market
Before starting the 3 hour class, our cooking teacher, Zim, brought us first to the local market to buy fresh ingredients we’ll be using. As we walked along, she told us the different kinds of noodles, mint leaves, and other fresh herbs local to Vietnam that we were unfamiliar with but commonly used for cooking.
We also did a food tour in Hanoi, around the Old Quarter. Article here.
Cooking Class Starts
The cooking part was very hands on and informative. Techniques to avoid oil splashes while frying spring rolls and ways to keep the pho broth clear even after putting lots of stuff in was also covered by our teacher.
We got to eat all the dishes we prepared afterwards. Over-all, the whole experience was a thumbs up because it was only at that time that I learned that Vietnamese cuisine (or Hanoian in particular), only uses 3 major ingredients for majority of their sauces which are: fish sauce, sugar, and water.
You might be wondering which dish I like best, I think just like majority of the people who visit Hanoi, Bun Cha is the top choice. It’s hard to find Bun Cha around Vietnam so I ate Bun Cha everyday! It’s true though, cos once we proceeded to Hue, Hoi An, then to Saigon and Phu Quoc, Bun Cha was almost impossible to be found. Better eat all the Bun Cha you can while you’re in Hanoi!
Another question we get is how does egg coffee taste like. Well, have you ever tried a tiramisu flavored ice cream or a tiramisu dessert? It tastes exactly like melted tiramisu ice cream for me. I don’t know how I feel about the drink (or dessert, still confused) because it’s neither cold nor hot too. Still don’t know upto now if it should be a perfect ending to a meal. When you’ve tried it, let us know how it goes for you.
If you’d like to know more about how the day went, we made a video about it.
Not quite sure what to do in Hanoi, Vietnam? Try a cooking class!Book here: http://bit.ly/2q2wKPgVideo by: facebook.com/ianandmarArticle here: http://ianandmar.com/travel/vietnam/cooking-class-hanoi/music by ukiyo – home (feat. herbi)https://soundcloud.com/ukiyoau/home
Posted by Ian and Mar on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Our menu of choice was pretty standard of what is very common in Hanoi. You can customize your own from Apron Up‘s selection of dishes as well. Private or group classes are both available too. They’re pretty flexible and the owner, Nga, responds pretty quickly if you message her in their Facebook page.
Apron Up Cooking Class
• 66 Bat Su Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
• 32 USD/Person/Group Tour on average
• basic itinerary: trip to the market, cook, and eat!
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