Saigon Cooking Class offers hands-on cooking classes for small groups. Priced at approximately US$40, the class teaches students how to prepare and serve three tasty Vietnamese courses. And to wrap up any meal, a delightful dessert is served after the course. Participants also get a copy of the recipes used in the class, so they can share to their friends and family a taste of Vietnam.
The Saigon Cooking Class is perfect for beginners and experienced cooks alike. Truth be told, this is probably the first time I prepared a meal for myself, but it was surprisingly easy. We assembled the ever-popular fresh Vietnamese Spring Roll - a must-have for anyone visiting the country. We chopped the vegetables, peeled and sliced shrimp, rolled the wrap, and even made our own Satay sauce. Mine didn’t turn out so pretty, but I can honestly say it tasted good.
We also prepared a Water Spinach Salad, complete with garnish; which was pretty much made of the same ingredients we have back home in Manila (a lot of kangkong). It’s that fact that made it more special to me. I was in a different country that prepares the same ingredients as I have back home but in a different way, and that’s a fine example of cultural identity.
Our third course was Stew Chicken cooked in a clay pot with coconut juice. This was, in fact, the first time I ever cooked a stew, and I’m pretty proud of myself for having successfully cooked it. Plus, it tasted good! Now I can’t wait to try cooking these dishes myself! For vegetarians, a special no-meat dish may be cooked as a substitute.
For anyone to learn new skills as well as cultural understanding through food - not to mention a good bonding activity - the Saigon Cooking Class is a wonderful experience for anyone visiting Ho Chi Minh City. For more information, visit www.saigoncookingclass.com.
I'd also like to share my personal video diary about my trip to Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap. Enjoy!