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“Street food tour”

Hanoi Cooking Centre
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Hanoi Chau Long Market Tour with Lunch
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hanoi Cooking Centre established in 2009, remains Hanoi's only purpose built cooking school and culinary centre. A variety of cooking classes and street food tours are available twice daily. All classes begin with welcome tea, while a chef gives a brief introduction to the local Chau Long market and Vietnamese market culture generally. After a 3 minute walk guests arrive at the market and are immediately submerged into the hustle, bustle and wonder of one of the last remaining wet markets in Hanoi. Our chef will explain the produce and offer various samples along the way. After returning to the centre you will then participate in a 'hands-on' cooking class and the morning / afternoon finishes in our air-conditioned restaurant where you and your class mates can enjoy the dishes you have prepared along with free flow drinks. All guests receive a complimentary and much sort after Hanoi Cooking Centre apron and recipe cards. Class + lunch = approximately 3.5hrs For guests preferring a more adventurous time, our 5 hour street food tour also includes the market tour and then takes guests to 5 of the best known (amongst the locals and our HCC staff) street food venues across Hanoi. The number 1 rule for this tour = come hungry! For guests with limited time try our Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner package for a truly authentic Hanoi culinary experience.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
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“Street food tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

I took the street food tour, and had a great time going to the market and eating different kinds of street food. Our guide, who is also a chef at the cooking center, was very knowledgeable, when it comes to discussing vietnamese cooking. I would highly recommend this class.

Visited October 2013
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“A happy accident.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

We thought we had booked to go on a Street Eats tour, but when we arrived it turned out we were booked for a street food cooking class. We were only disappointed momentarily, until it started pouring rain. Our chef Ling took us on a tour of the local produce market, which was an eye-opening treat. We then spent the morning watching and learning as Ling whipped up a feast. Then we sat down with our classmates to a lunch of our creations. All the food was delicious. Ling was a fantastic guide and teacher. He was patient and helpful, and most importantly he had a great sense of humour.

Visited October 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Hanoi Cooking Centre - Street Food Tour was amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

We go to the Hanoi Cooking School at 7.30am to start our Street Food Tour and meet our lovely chef/guide, Link, for today. We go across the road to Pho Huyen (31 Chau Long); the others have beef pho and I have chicken. It's amazing. So different to the bland beef pho at the hotel. He explains that the hotels shortcut and only spend 2 hours making pho. Here they started making today's pho at 9pm. The broth requires removing the meat from bone, cooking bone for 30min in oven, and then cooking broth for 8 hours +. In addition, there is skimming and grilling various spices before adding them to the broth (such as ginger, shallot, onion for chicken and ginger, cinnamon, star anise, black cardamom, shallot and onion for the beef). Then there is the meat (high quality chicken breast so this place is good!), noodle and fresh herbs. On table there is doughnut, lime, chilli, and rice vinegar.

We go across the road to the cooking school for coffee and I chat with the Australian woman that owns the school. The coffee here is robusta bean (rather than arabica) and the beans are cooked differently - often a small amount of animal fat is added to the process. It is also then prepared to serve by slow drip so more caffeine is preserved.

The market we go to has everything fresh. There is no refridgeration etc. But everything will be sold by midday. Average time from slaughter to table is 3 hours. Food is made and eaten fresh; Vietnamese don't like to freeze food.

On the subject of fresh food, the fish are alive and swimming till they cut them up for you. The big fat frogs are alive and jumping in a net sack till a woman reaches in with her yellow gloved hand, picks out a plump one, and whacks its head on the counter. Crabs, eels, river snake, snapper etc. - they're all alive.

Then we taxi to visit street kitchens. Banh Cuon Gia Truyen (14 Hang Ga) : Steamed rice roll (Banh Cuon) with minced chicken & mushroom eaten with special dipping sauce (balance flavour). Similar with shrimp filling and waterbug extract added to sauce (very expensive, like truffle oil).

Next stop is by 86 Hang Chieu for Banh Xeo (crispy pancake with shrimp and pork). Dry rice paper, fresh herbs, crispy stuffed pancake - roll and dip. Also, Banh Goi - pillow cake - which looks a bit like a large chicken curry puff or Cornish pastie. I have good luck slice - it has hardboiled quail egg inside. The fresh herbs we eat are free of sprays and picked around 4am this morning. We're in the middle of a busy city with 7 million and yet this is truly fresh food.

Dessert is at Che Tuyet (49 Cau Dong, near Dong Xuan market). Tapioca balls can be paired with banana in sauce, sago, corn, loganberry, black sticky rice and more. I have black sticky rice, tapioca, red water chestnut, and green Chinese jelly with coconut cream by dint of random pointing. It ends up being a sweet glutinous mess that nonetheless is tasty. The large glutinous balls contain either chunks of coconut or of water chestnut and these provide a pleasant crunch by contrast.

Visited October 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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“The BEST experience I had in Hanoi!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

I booked the Hanoi Cooking Centre's Street Eats tour and Cooking Class online, and was super excited about it. Both classes took up a whole day, and it was the best day I had in Hanoi! (Although I was fresh off the plane, so excited about everything!) There were 5 people in the Street Eats tour, and our guide was a young, local chef. He was friendly and enthusiastic and knew everything about everything, not just street food, but Hanoi and Vietnam. We started at 9am with a bowl of Pho Bo, then it was on to the Cho Chau Long meat and vegetable market and a number of street food joints around the Old Quarter, before finishing up with a cup of coffee at Ca Phe Duy Tri. We took a taxi whenever needed, which was paid for by the company. Personally, this tour was great to get to know street food 'safely', as otherwise I would have had no idea what was what. In the afternoon, I took the Cooking Class which had just 2 people. It was really cool to get in the kitchen and actually make what I'd eaten in the morning. At the end, we went upstairs to eat everything we'd cooked. As a thank you present, we were also given an HCC apron and recipe pamphlet. I did another cooking class in Hoi An, and this one was far better because you actually prepare the food yourself, rather than 'put together' ingredients that have already been prepared.

Visited August 2013
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Street Eats tour - highlight of our stay in Hanoi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

The Street Eats tour was worth every penny. We got to try a bit of everything, in local spots, and they were all delicious. It was raining that day, but it didn't phase us or our guide. He was very friendly and happy to explain everything and answer all of our questions. I definitely think it's worth the money. We were a couple traveling on our honeymoon and had one other person join our group - so we were only 3! Great memories from this tour that we will cherish forever - just look at the photos!

Visited June 2013
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