Hoi An is not only packed with colorful architecture, sights to see, and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. This UNESCO World Heritage listed-town is also known for its diverse and excellent food, legacy of many nationalities including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese who lived in the town between 15th and 19th centuries.
The best food in Hoi An includes cao lau (noodles with roasted pork and local greens, found only in Hoi An), com ga Hoi An (chicken rice), xi ma (black sesame sweet pudding) and banh xeo (crispy savory crepes). People in Hoi An make a living from what grows on the land, you will find that everything you eat in the town is local sourced within the town. The seafood is fished from the sea or the Thu Bon River, the rice flour is milled from scratch using rice from the nearby villages, and the water used for making noodles and dough are from the local families’ wells.
Take local market tour and a cooking class is the best way to take in the secrets of preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine, and try the most delicious food in Hoi An. Set off to a market with a local chef, who will share with you shopping tips such as how to select fresh eggs, ripe fruits or which herbs are most popularly used in Vietnamese cuisine. Then head to the class, an elegant old building with a mixture of French colonial and traditional Hoi An décor.
Warm up and participate in an entertaining, hands-on cooking course with modern equipment for a truly comprehensive cooking experience. Chat with your chef to learn more about typical ingredients that come to the food in the central Vietnam, then enjoy tasting what you have learned to cook.
Whether you are an absolute beginner, keen cook or looking to take your skills to the next level, we can find you an inspirational cooking course to suit you while you are in Hoi An.