What to Expect:

Duration: 2.5-4hours
Market visit: 

Meet Thanhy at her house and visit a traditional outdoor market. Walk through stalls loaded with farm fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, rice, prepared food and even household items! Immerse yourself by talking to local vendors, ask about ingredients, and see how people buy food. Thanhy will help you bargain to pick out the freshest ingredients for the meal. Vietnam being a costal country, has over 70 kinds of herbs in their cuisine. Witness the incredible variety of fruits and vegetables offered. I&;ll bet there are some you have never seen before! After a short (5min) taxi ride, start cooking at her house.

Cooking experience: 

Make 3-4 traditional dishes from scratch with Thanhy&;s help. Learn traditional methods for chopping fragrant lemongrass, slicing banana flowers, and folding spring rolls. At the center of the meal is fish sauce, representing yan energy. Combined with verdant vegetables (yin) and natural herbal flavors you&;ll witness one way how Vietnamese people balance their food and why fish sauce has become a steadfast at Vietnamese meals. 


Apart from the dishes you make, she&;ll have a few prepared in advance. Learn why rice is a derivative of many Vietnamese foods. In ancient Vietnamese writing, it shared meanings with happiness. Vietnam has developed an incredible variety of rice which they export all over the world. Try Thanhys delicious and healthy purple rice tea and while she explains the differences between the most commonly used rice in Vietnamese homes. Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about 1.5-2 hours.

In-home meal: 

Enjoy the fruits of your cooking lesson while Thanhy shares more insight into Vietnamese culture. Learn why families often eat on woven mats, how Vietnamese eat by sight and smell before taste, and why food is placed on the altar. 


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