Firstly Chef Duyen is a great lady and she has two very nice kids. One of which loves to dance.
I have taken a few cooking classes in Thailand and wanted to take a cooking class here in Vietnam. I was some what taken bij the prices of cooking classes here in Vietnam. They cost much more than in Thailand. I've checked the prices of different cooking classes and the price for this class was not the less expensive but it was by far not the most expensive. And although the cost is a factor to consider the menu that you can make is the most important factor. I liked the menu options that Chef Duyen offers (more than your fried spring roll).
Cooking with Chef Duyen is more than a cooking class. She invites you into her very lovely home with a unexpected really nice kitchen to cook a fantstic meal and then enjoy it with her two children. But maybe I was Lucky becouse at the thime I was her only student and I recieved a lot of attention.
Chef Duyen picked me up at my hotel and the taxi dropped us off a few minutes to her home. Usually she will take her students to the market but the markt was not open at the time. Instead on the way to her home Chef Duyen we stopt off at several shops that sold fruits, vegatable and many other ingredients for cooking. We also stopt at a shop where they made Tafu and I got a complete explanation on how it is made. I love it!!!
I was also impressed by the sugar cane company where we stopt and again I recieved an explanation on the cultivation and production proces for suger cane.
We finally walked through a street where different whole sale shops for seafood were preparing their products to be transported to the many restaurants in and around Hanoi. I was aproached by a very interesting lady, probably in her late 60's. With the help of chef Duyen we got talking and then she said she wanted to marry me. I shyly and poitely explained that although very honerd I would have to decline her offer. She then got 2 other women I insisted that I must marry one of them. Fortunately Chef Duyen was there to rescue me!!!
But enough of that…. Together with Chef Duyen I cooked 5 really nice dishes. Chef Duyen explained all the ingrediets to me and she also explained what to look for when buying your ingredients so you can choice the best quality for your meal.
Chef Duyen also prepared 2 other dishes that her kids would eat while I watched (her kids do not eat pork and like other kids all around the world their particular about vegatables.
Sitting down together with her kids, enjoying the dishes we prepared was a real treat and of coarse het oldest son preformed his dance moves during dinner.
Top notch!!!! oh.. one finale note Chef Duyen is not just your single mother that invites you into her home to cook…. as I understand it she has worked in several exquiste restaurants throughout Hanoi.