Last Tuesday Brad and I took a cooking class at Saigon Cooking School. Yes, the class was a Christmas gift from me to Brad and yes, it’s April, but what can I say? The year is running away from me.
We were both a little nervous for the class as neither of us spends much time cooking. Since moving to Vietnam I think the most impressive thing I’ve made in the kitchen is… a couscous salad? Vietnamm (a food delivery app) has changed the game when it comes to my eating habits and it’s so much easier to not cook. That aside, both Brad and I wanted to nail a Vietnamese dish before the end of our time here, and there’s arguably no better place to do it than at The Saigon Cooking School.
The school is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is above the Hoa Tuc restaurant in District 1. (As far as I can gather, it’s run by the restaurant – which also happens to be my dad’s favorite place to eat in Saigon. There is a set menu for each day of the week so you can be sure you’ll be cooking a dish you’re interested in learning.
As I said, we were both feeling nervous, but the whole operation was run so smoothly that we were soon put at ease and ended up having a fabulous time.
We made fresh spring rolls, a green mango salad and lotus fried rice. The flavors in each dish were carefully explained and we were taken through the cooking process step-by-step. Special attention was given to the presentation of the food, so I guess the school has cottoned on to how much everyone likes to Instagram their food!
Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone in Saigon looking for the opportunity to improve their culinary skills and a delicious afternoon out.