While in Vietnam, in Ho Chi Minh City, I also took it upon myself to take a cooking class. It was an incredible time. One of the things that I love about taking cooking classes abroad is being able to meet different people who also share my passion and love of food and cooking. I love hearing the stories, learning where they are all from. Food is life.
That being said, I took a cooking class at the Vietnam Cookery Center in Ho Chi Minh City. They offer a wide range of hands on cooking classes with rotating menus. Some recipes that are taught include: spring rolls, sour fish soup, steamed rice with lemongrass, steamed egg pie and more. They also offer an extended program. And, if you are a professional chef, they offer courses for professional chefs as well.
Above are some of the pictures from the cooking class, including papaya salad and grilled banana and spring rolls. I noticed that a lot of the dishes in Vietnam are much lighter and less dense than many of the dishes I tried while in Thailand. Nevertheless, these dishes were absolutely excellent. The chef did not speak a lick of English, so we had to rely on a translator, but still, the class was fun and engaging. I even got to have my photograph taken with the chef, and received a certificate after as well. Additionally, after the half day class, you even get to take a book of all the recipes home with you so that you can try them over and over again.