I enjoyed an excellent cooking class today at the Hanoi Cooking Centre on Hanoi and Northern Highlands cooking. This was about family style Hanoi cooking, rather than street food. I was the only person signed up today so the chef gave me a private lesson.
It began with a walk through a small local market, where I learned about fish sauce, rice, and various common ingedients used in Hanoi cooking.
We made fresh spring rolls with prawns and pork, banana flower salad, ginger chicken and a dessert corn and coconut soup. I learned that while noodles are prominant in street food, at home rice is at the heart of of family cooking. The chef told me that Hanoian families are more likely to go out for breakfast or lunch, and dinner is more often made at home.
I participated in all the preparation and cooking and was given a beer to enjoy while learning. Here are a few photos from class…
After we we prepared everything, I was served the full meal, along with another beer. I learned a lot today. Start to finish it was very informative, and I was able to ask loads of questions along the way. On Thursday, I’m going back for the vegetarian class with a focus on cooking with tofu.