Vietnamese cuisine is regarded as one of the world’s best. Travelling to different areas of the country, you’ll discover its depth and variety; joining with local experts to learn of ingredients, cooking methods and, of course, the best places to eat on this exclusive culinary journey.
Fly to bustling Ho Chi Minh City and go to one of the finest restaurants in the city; hearing a talk on Vietnamese cuisine as you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Meet a Saigon cook who will take you to a food market and help you to cook a traditional Saigon meal. Try Banh Xeo, a savory pancake stuffed with prawn, pork and vegetable. Meet the proprietor of Mango Rooms who will take you to choose the best ingredients for an exclusive cooking class with him. Go on a tasting tour of Hoi An’s tempting street treats.
Travel to Hue, whose ’royal cuisine’ is regarded as the best in the country. Try this cuisine at the private ’garden house’ where the lady of the house will prepare a fabulous meal for you. Sample a Hue specialty, a steamed rice pancake stuffed with delicate, finely chopped pork. In Hanoi, meet your specialist food guide, an insider and local authority on Hanoi’s food life. Tour the city to hear all about the stalls and foods you pass. Dine at La Verticale, located in a villa in town.
Another food tour next, this time with an American chef and food writer. Meet his regular suppliers and learn more about Hanoi ingredients. Take lunch at the special BÃºn Cha Chanh, run by two sisters who still use real wood to make the Bun Cha Chanh. Visit a ’Bia Hoi’ serving draft beer and interesting snacks, meeting locals as you chat about your day.