Discover the Fun and Eco-Friendly Side of Cooking in Hoi An
The cooking school, located in Tra Que Village, grows all the staples Vietnamese cuisine, ranging from basil to cilantro, and even mushrooms. The school also shows you how to use lesser-known herbs, spices, and condiments such as turmeric, lemongrass, and fish sauce. All the ingredients they use are organic, grown on a small scale, and are in season, meaning you not only learn about Vietnamese cuisine but also about sustainable agriculture. And, if you’re lucky, you can also have a go at farming as you learn how to harvest some of the produce you’ll use in your cooking.
The cooking class starts with a guided tour of the greenhouses and farmers' fields, giving you an insight into the activities of local farmers. After the trip, the class begins with step-by-step demonstrations by enthusiastic chefs, who will guide you in making a Vietnamese feast. Participants cook in pairs, making the cooking class a great bonding activity. If you're traveling solo, don't worry; the class caters to solo travelers, so they'll partner you up with another classmate. You'll learn how to make fresh spring rolls, grilled pork, and greens in a tamarind sauce, Vietnamese pho, and delicious desserts like sesame balls. The recipes are beginner-friendly, adaptable, and are meant to be taken home.
While you're understanding how to cook delicious Vietnamese cuisine, the cooking school ensures that none of its resources go to waste by recycling any cooking waste and composting all food waste. The school also composts the used herbs, and this compost is in turn used to fertilize the field, making for a healthy cycle. All single-use items are compostable or recyclable, and if possible, the school uses the least single-use plastics possible, giving preference to reusable utensils.
The Hoi An Eco Cooking Class experience is both fun and educational, and an excellent demonstration of sustainable agriculture. If you want to become conscious of the food you eat, learn new recipes, and have an interactive experience with a unique Vietnamese culture, this class will exceed your expectations. The Hoi An Eco Cooking Class symbolizes the significance of growing your food, especially with the increasing prices of organic produce worldwide. Go participate you never know, you might just come back with a new set of recipes that will become your dinner party chef signature dish.