I’m Lua Le, live a dual life – during the day I work for a law firm and in the evening and weekend offer cooking classes out of my home. I am very passionate about cooking (and eating) healthy food. I also love to travel (have visited 13 countries and am still counting!), to practice yoga, meditation and Latin dance for a healthy mind and body. I have been cooking since I was 5 years old. I learnt most of the traditional recipes from my family and also enjoy experimenting with ingredients and flavors to create my own dishes. I am very proud of my home country's cuisine and first sought to introduce my own version of Vietnamese cuisine to the world when I traveled to Europe. An experience with me is not just about cooking and eating home food but also spending time together to talk, share stories, traveling experiences and exchange cultures.
I specialize in authentic and healthy home-style dishes, making use of universal ingredients available the world over. I focus on a menu that requires no special tools to prepare or cook ensuring that you have no problem repeating the cooking process in your own kitchen. I use high quality ingredients, exclusive of MSG and I can tailor traditional menus to vegetarian/vegan palates, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant or special diets, etc. We will start from scratch. I will advise you on how best to prepare the food and guide you step by step through that cooking process with my cooking experience/tips to ensure you to get the best results.
*If you are a solo traveler who wish to take this class, please contact us*
Monday to Friday -Only Afternoon Session-
Saturday and Sunday -Morning Session-
Saturday and Sunday -Afternoon Session-
The below are some suggested menus to give you an idea of the types of dishes I offer. The menu might vary. If you would like to learn to make something specific, please let me know at the time of booking.
1. (A) Chả giò - Fried spring rolls with pork, vegetables, 3 different papers, mixed dipping fish sauce; "OR"
(B) Gỏi cuốn – Fresh summer rolls with pork, prawn, fresh vegetables, herbs and peanut butter dipping sauce.
2. (A) Bún thịt nướng - Grilled pork with lemon grass, noodles, vegetables, herbs and mixed fish sauce dressing; "OR"
(B) Phở bò/gà - Beef/chicken noddle soup with spicy mix, herbs.
3. Chè chuối - Banana pudding or Grilled banana with coconut milk and peanuts
1. Vietnamese salad with mixed fish sauce dressing
2. (A) Gà xào sả ớt - Salty chicken with lemon grass and chilli;
(B) Gà chiên nước mắm - Fried chicken with mixed fish sauce;
(C) Thịt kho trứng - Caramelized pork and eggs braised in coconut water and fish sauce.
3. Cơm - Steamed rice
4. Vegetable soup and seasoning dessert.
MENU 3 (VEGETARIAN)
1. (A) Chả giò - Fried spring rolls with tofu, vegetables, 3 different papers, mixed dipping sauce; "OR"
(B) Gỏi cuốn – Fresh summer spring rolls with grilled tofu, stir-fry mushroom with spicy mix, fresh vegetables, herbs and peanut butter dipping sauce
2. (A) Bún xào chay - Stir-fry noodle with tofu, vegetables;
(B) Phở - Noodle soup with spicy mix, herbs, mushrooms; "OR"
(C) Canh kiểm - Coconut soup with taro, pumpkin, mushroom, and many other yummy ingredients.
3. Chè chuối - Banana pudding or Grilled banana with coconut milk and peanuts
My place is very close to the city center and easy to find. You even can walk from the city center along nice river side. When you arrive Copac Square Building. Keep going on left side thereof to the end where you can find the elevators of Block B
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There were particular dishes that we wanted to learn how to prepare and because we were a small group, Lua changed the menu especially for us. Here place was easy to get to and would I highly recommend.
Lua was a great host and teacher! We got to make these delightful spring rolls with different types of “paper” which was very fun and delicious. Also got to learn Ho to ma e a basic Vietnamese noodle dish that was super healthy and topped it off with dessert! Highly recommend. Thanks again Lua! We’ll send you what our attempt at home looks like! Jess & James
We had a really lovely time - learnt to cook three dishes and had to be rolled out after they were so good! would highly recommend :)
I really enjoyed this cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City at Lua's kitchen, I learned a lot of things, how to cook Vietnamese products but also how to do this dishes when I will come back to France with local products! It was an authentic cooking class, with a few nice people, everybody around the table preparing the plates under the relevant advice !
Lua was so sweet and a great chef! Our dishes were packed with veggies and flavor. Her class is family-style with amazing home cooking. She makes sure everyone feels welcome and at home. I would definitely do this class again next time I'm in Ho Chi Minh City!
Had such a good time - and she let us design our own menu!
I am so glad I just happen to stumble across Lua’s cooking class on Cookly because it has been a highlight of my journey around Asia. Lua was very welcoming, full of knowledge and experience that engaged us. It didn’t so much feel like your average cooking class, it felt like a family gathering where we were being educated about traditional dishes and the produce as you make and eat them. The food was so fresh, healthy and fulfilling that I’ll definitely be cooking it back home in Melbourne as she sends you the recipes too! I met some great people and had a lot of laughs.
We did everything from scratch, grating the carrots, taros to chopping the garlic. She showed us patiently the steps to cook the dishes, the things to take note when cooking, and substitute of ingredients if we can’t find it in our hometown. The whole session took about 4hours but it was totally worth the time and money! The best of all? The dishes turn out better tasting than those we have tried in the restaurants and this was done without msg! Highly recommended! The trainer was also very friendly and patient to answer our questions. She only take a small group of students, so it is very personalized session.
Lua was a great host and teacher. She was able to tell us so much about Vietnamese cuisine and culture. The food she picked was great and tasty too! We can't recommend this more :)
On the 25 February we went to Lua’s home for a Vietnamese cooking lesson. We learnt how to make spring rolls, green mango salad and banana pudding the food was amazing and Lua was fantastic sharing different techniques and methods for rolling spring roll. Lua had great ideas about alternative ingredients, for back in Australia if we can’t get Vietnamese ingredients. After we cooked we ate together it was like family thank you Lua, will send you photos of our cooking when we get home lol 😆😂 might not be as good as yours. Bee and Brian
I loved this cooking class and Lua was so welcoming! Would defiantly come again when next in HCMC!
We had some nice hours in a warm, family atmosphäre. Thanks Lua for explaining us a lot about the vietnamese (food) culture and for this beautiful, delicious evening!
Lua was very welcoming and explained a lot about traditional Vietnamese food. I enjoyed making the recipes. The only thing one should be aware is that you don't get to do all the steps. All the participants share as it is in a small kitchen. Having said that it was very homey and relaxed. Lua also tailored the menu to our preference which was great.
Lua was a good teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge and love of cooking vietnamese food. The spring rolls were great! The only downside was that the website didn't have the right address for her so after walking to the address provided by cookly, we had to take a cab to her new place. Overall it was a nice experience.
It was very nice and we learned a lot about food and culture. I would recommend everybody to do a cooking class with Lua. You can get a better feeling and understanding of Vietnam lifestyle and food culture. Thanks again for having us.
We had a really great and personal class with Lua, and the Goi Cuon we made were absolutely delicious. Lua is a great home chef, and taking her class beats all the "cooking schools" out there!
so nice class. I don`t konw about Vietnam food well, It`s good time to study of that class. And i appreciate teacher Lua! If I`ll visit again there, go back to take your class :)
She lives in city center, too easy to go! And class has 3 dishes, but you can create! She can let you know how to make it! And I like she’s course menu! Fried spring roll and bbq pork noodle and icecream!! You can enjoy perfact Veitnam homestyle dinner!!!! I really really recommand for everyone!!