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GRAIN Cooking Studio

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GRAIN Cooking Studio

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71-75 Hai Ba Trung Street District 1, 3rd Floor Over XU Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City Tầng 3 Vietnam
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Debra W wrote a review Apr 2020
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I try to do a cooking class wherever I travel. By far this was the best. The instructor was Ben. Ben and his assistant were incredibly helpful, had great local knowledge and also a sense of fun. I picked up some great dishes which I will cook once Covid-19 has passed. The Vietnamese coffee demonstration was interesting too and I'm not a coffee drinker. I was lucky as there was only 3 students in the class, apparently there can be up to 40. I can highly recommend these cooking school.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Chris Johnson wrote a review Apr 2020
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The cooking school at GRAIN Studios in Ho Chi Minh was a fantastic experience to explore the unique Vietnamese cuisine and develop strong cooking abilities. In my experience at GRAIN, we got to cook three different meals, and with each meal the instructor led us through the different steps and gave us the ability to work on our own while following easy instructions. Everything was very professional, and the studio was clean, organized, and efficient. The studio emulated that of MasterKitchen as we got to work next to other students and watched our instructor from the front of the room. This allowed for me to also ask other people next to me if I had an immediate question that couldn’t be answered by the instructor at the time. For each meal, we got to hand pick our various ingredients in the kitchen which added to the authenticity of the experience. The staff at GRAIN were also incredible! Our professional instructor, Tuan Chau, helped patiently guide us through the process. The other members of the staff also helped immensely in taking away plates, scraps, or any other kitchen items at a moments notice. At the end of our experience, we also got a pamphlet bag filled with the three different recipes we cooked that day. This was such a nice addition as now I can cook some of those great meals from my own home. GRAIN Cooking School was one of the best activities I had the pleasure of doing while spending my time in Ho Chi Minh. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to become more deeply en”grain”ed with the cuisine in Vietnam. You’ll learn so many new skills, and practices in the kitchen about Vietnamese food, and eat some great meals at the same time!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Adora B wrote a review Apr 2020
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The Grain Cooking school is such a unique experience in the way it allows people to learn and cook different foods, experiencing a whole new culture right to your stomach. With their trained instructors you will learn to make many different diverse foods, from a beef salad, to rice paper rolls that taste incredible. The school being opened by Luke Nguyen was created to teach young Vietnamese people about their heritage and past traditions in the form of food and to remind young people that cooking can be fun and a great learning experience. My experience at Grain cooking school was all positive as you get to cook everything you eat right in front of you and gather fresh ingredients from a separate area all as if you were in the market getting the ingredients yourself. Everything is fresh, from the vegetables and herbs, to the different fish and other meat you may use. If you are vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, you will still enjoy the same great experiences as everyone else. I loved it there and am so excited to keep trying to cook different meals with the recipes that you are given at the end. If you love it, then you can go home and make it again! Everyone gets a clean workspace with plenty of arm room if you like your space. The counters never get crowded because even though all the supplies are either right in front of you or under the table, there are helpers walking around to clear your used dishes. If you are skeptical of being in a new space and trying different foods, don’t be. They are great people and will take care of you to make sure you have the best time. So, try it out.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Drew N wrote a review Apr 2020
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My class at Grain Cooking Studio was a wonderful experience! I do not have much of a background with cooking, so I was hesitant to go out of my comfort zone and prepare Vietnamese dishes. As soon as Chef Tuan started the class, all of my worries went away and I knew I would have a great time! Chef Tuan was a very positive teacher and made sure to go around the room and see how everyone was doing. Each of the three dishes we prepared were all unique and used different techniques. Some of my friends are vegetarian and vegan and their recipes were accommodated to meet their dietary restrictions. The staff were all very helpful with setup and cleaning, which allowed us to focus more on our cooking. At one point, I had difficulty with one of the cooking techniques, but the assistants noticed and helped me get back on track. One of my friends had issues getting her stovetop to work, and the assistants were quick to help with that as well. The market pantry setup was a fun way to feel even more involved in the cooking process, as I was able to pick out all of the ingredients I needed on my own. At the end, we had a delicious dessert and received the recipes for the dishes we made. I will definitely be making all three of the dishes again at home! One thing to note is if you do not like licorice, then be careful with the rice paper rolls. One of the herbs has a very strong anise flavor to it, so think about putting less of that herb in your rolls if you dislike the taste of licorice as much as I do.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lauren Binnion wrote a review Apr 2020
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While I have never been much of a cook but love trying new food, the Grain Cooking School was an amazing and unique experience that not only taught me a lot about Vietnam but also about cooking in general. Not only were the instructors extremely nice and helpful, but when we first arrived they laid out a nice refreshing drink for us to have as we cooked, which just showed the thoughtfulness they had of all of us in the 90 degree heat outside. This cooking experience was very cool as we learned how to cook a couple Vietnamese meals and got to try some really good food. While you were given the independence of cooking your own food and having space, you still had plenty of help if you needed assistance. For dealing with a group of about 50, the cooking school was extremely organized and efficient and they had plenty of ingredients for everyone. Another great thing was that while the chef let you cook on your own and do your own cutting and preparation, you could still easily get help if you needed, and no one ever fell behind. This cooking experience was one of a kind and one of my favorite things I did in Vietnam as it was very unique and a great way to learn about a new culture. The nice thing about cooking your own food was that while the recipes were amazing, if there was food you didn’t like or if you were vegetarian or had any restrictions on your diet, the Grain Cooking School was very helpful and offered tofu or other solutions. We also got to make a lot of food and were very full afterwards which is always a nice bonus to a fun experience. Overall, the service and facilities were amazing and I would definitely recommend this place to others traveling to Vietnam.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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