You will leave Hanoi center and drive to the west of city. It is about 17 km = 35 minutes. I will see you in meeting point. Firstly, you will visit a local market since Le King Dynasty 1428. It is the most famous market in the region where there are many traditional items for sales.
If on Market Day (two or three times per week), people from all the surrounding villages would come to trade. People bring dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bamboo baskets to sell. Everyone is excited to meet each other on that day. You will be surprised about bustling and colorful market which is working under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old woman chew betel and areca nut and blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier.
If not on market days, you still visit the nice market with local product for selling as: Fish, vegetable, fruits, meet shops and chickens and chatting with local people at the market. Right next to the market place, there are nice vegetable farms. We go around and visit vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: bitter melon, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, Chinese peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelos, papaya and more., and you may have chance to join a farmer working in his field on the way and ask experienced for local farmers about cultivation techniques and lifestyle.
After that, you go to my house to cook delicious and traditional dishes, enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, make traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese family's custom together. I offer free tea and local drink.
The market is open in the morning only from 7am till 11am so there is no market tour in the afternoon.
Depend on the seasonal; I often cook the best and most fresh ingredient we have on the farm.
If you order one of above soup- I will serve food with rice noodle. If no soup, i will serve food with steamed rice.
Vegetarian Menu (No Meat and no Sea Food)
If you order soup- I will serve food with rice noodle. If no soup, i will serve food with steamed rice.
Meeting Point: Chợ Phương Viên, Song Phương, Hanoi, Vietnam
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We welcomed 2018 with an early morning tour with Ms Manh in her village, a 20min ride from Hanoi. She gave us a comprehensive tour of the market, introducing all the local produce. What's really amazing is that they're all right from the farm behind the market! We then walked around the farm before going home to cook our lunch. Ms Manh is very candid in sharing her knowledge of Vietnamese cuisine and culture. We also met her family members along the way; all very warm and friendly. We would definitely recommend this as an alternative activity to experience everyday life like a local. Keep up the good work and wishing you all the best, Ms Manh!
It was very interesting, she could twll us alot about all the products and the way they worked on the farm. Cooking at her home was nice and thw food was delicious. A very welcoming experience
Mandy was very helpful right from the very beginning. We were in contact prior to our cooking class and she made it easy for us to meet her. We had an amazing experience and Mandy was such a wonderful host and showed us around her town, first by going to the local market, followed by walking around the local farms where we had met some of locals working away. The cooking class itself was a great experience overall and highly enjoyable. Food we cooked were absolutely tasty and we were more than satisfied by the end of it. Highly recommend this experience to everyone!! Thanks Mandy for being so hospitable, we had such a wonderful time and hope others are able to experience the same!
We had the most fantastic time on Ms Manh's cooking class. Ms Manh was such a lovely host and so welcoming. The day started with a tour of the local market, visiting all the farms and then returning to our hosts house for drinks and the cooking course. We found it fascinating to walk through the local farm plots and see all the different of fruit, vegetable and herbs being grown. It was one of our favourite experiences of our Vietnam trip. I would highly recommend this course if staying in Hanoi. It was great to get out of the city, have an insight into the real Vietnam and discover the local village, plus learn new skills and eat delicious food. It was lovely of Ms Manh to show us her home and village, plus she is a great teacher. I can't recommend this course highly enough!
The cooking class was great. Best choice. Went a bit outside of Hanoi to a small village. Manh went with us to the market and showed us arround. Explained everything and went with us to the garden of the village. Explained the different plants and told us bit about the life there. Then we went to her house and started the cooking. She showed us how to do it and her little daughter also helped us sometimes. The food was amazing and we learned a lot about the village and her life. All in all really great experience and day and we can totally recommend it!
An excellent way to experience the life of the village people and explore their day to day lives working on the farm. We got to meet some of the locals and help them out in their farms. Cooking was also excellent to experience, the food is amazing and it is all cooked with fresh ingredients from the local market. Mandy was very welcoming and educational, talking us through how the locals live and what day to day life is like in their village. Definitely recommend taking this class!
The family is lovely, and the tour gives a great and personal insight into the local life.