Vietnam: 17~Up river for a cooking lesson
Dan and Mark had organised a cooking lesson for us in Vietnamese food, which followed on quite nicely from our tour of the produce markets. Though I have to say elements of that had not exactly stimulated my appetite!
I hadn’t really been looking forward to this part of the day as I’m pretty indifferent toward cooking. But it was much more enjoyable than I expected.
We were booked in at the Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School. Part of the appeal in this place was that we would be getting there via the Hoi An River. From the markets it was a short walk to the dock to meet our boat.
About half an hour later we pulled up at the jetty. We clambered off to find on first impression a very lush and well set up property.
A different chef from the market tour earlier in the day took our lesson but we quickly learned that he also had a pretty wicked sense of humour. The general pattern of the lesson was that a dish would be demonstrated (using one of our group) and then everyone would go to a little workstation and make it. And then eat it. It was fun and the food was great. Except the shrimp and chilli dish, but that was ok once I had removed the shrimp and chilli.
We took our final dish into the restaurant for a proper sit down lunch.
A return boat journey later took us back to town. All in all a great outing. But the day was not done yet!!
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This is part of a series recounting my 2009 trip to Vietnam.