Let me show you around my neighborhood, introduce you to local people, cooking & eating outside their houses and selling produce at local markets. Then come to my home and in a "hands on" cooking class I will teach you how to make some of these local delicacies so you can experience the flavours and tastes of Vietnamese cuisine. I'm a professional chef and look forward to inviting you into my home, that of a local Hanoian.
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The class was amazing, we cooked traditional food and had a great tour at the local market before. - I would recommend this cooking class to anyone who wants to broaden their horizon, experience authentic vietnamese food and bring back great recipies for family and friends.
There’s a reason the reviews are all so good... this cooking class is amazing! Chef Duyen is a great person and leader of this cooking class. We learned a lot from her during the class and had a lot of fun. I would highly recommend doing this!
I have been privileged to take Chef Duyen’s wholesale market and street food tour already, but recently was also able to experience her local market tour and cooking class. The local market tour was informative as Chef introduced us to all kinds of local ingredients, market customs, and even examples of how ingredients were being made (example crab paste and fresh tofu). She also let us know there was a vegan version of this tour/class available. We then walked through winding alleys where local families live to get to her lovely (air conditioned) home, which featured a large island for all of us to eat our hands dirty slicing and chopping. After making about 8 or so different seasonal dishes, we sat down to a delicious feast and heard more about her life story. She truly is a remarkable woman and will recommend both her offerings to friends and colleagues in the future!
Chef Duyen was very interesting and taught a lot about but her life and the area where she lived. I liked that we cooked dishes that were a little bit different than other classes and also some vegetarian dishes.
Duyen was so knowledge when showing us the local market, we learnt so much about local culture and traditions. Felt very welcome in her home; and was easy to have a laugh with. Again taught us and helped us a lot with our cooking skills, would highly recommend!
The cooking class was interactive, delicious and so much fun. Also provided us a rare insight into the everyday lives of local Vietnamese people. Thank you Chef :) we highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting hanoi for the first time!
Chef Duyen’s cooking class and market tour was an excellent introduction to vietnamese cuisine. The market tour was so informative and a great chance to explore another part of Hanoi, away from the tourists. The class itself was fantastic. It was just myself, my partner and my parents, which provided a lot of one-to-one teaching and an opportunity to chat informally with our host about different types of Vietnamese cuisine and life in Vietnam, in general. Chef Duyen also tailored the menu to allow for various dietary requierments within our group. We really enjoyed our time and would not hesitate to recommend this class to others. Thanks Chef Duyen!
Our cooking class with Duyen was absolutely amazing and a highlight of our three week trip in Vietnam. The class taught us about cooking in Vietnam, the tour of the market a lot about the ingredients and food culture in Hanoi but more than that, Duyen explained many things about the Vietnamese culture and everyday life. We have already tried some of the recipes at home with great results so we definitely learned some things! Great fun and our only regret was not doing the class earlier so that we could also fit in the food tour with Duyen. Can not recommend more.
What a lovely morning with Chef Duyen working our way through the local market and then back to her extremely well in-house kitchen. A fun and informative time with wonderful explanations and magic flavours. A must do whilst in Hanoi
Chef Duyen is an amazing instructor, teaching you about the Vietnamese culture that thrives on food while how to cook traditional meals. The class is so informative, and so delicious. This was definitely, ‘The Meal of the Trip,’ and we made it! I highly recommend her class.
This cooking class was probably the highlight of my trip to Vietnam. Got a real insight to local culture, cooked better food than any of the restaurants I visited and Duyen was the best host. Would 1000% reckomend it to anyone who is planning on visiting Hanoi!
Awesome food. Our group of 8 was easily accommodated and the market tour was a great way to see real life/shopping. She made our experience great. She also arranged transport to and from our hotel. If ever in Vietnam - do this.
Lovely experience, highly recommended :)
Great chef, lovely group, delicious meal and interesting market tour make a great experience!
Excellent experience of seeing Vietnamese culture and people and how they live their lives with local produce and markets. Chef Duyen was a brilliant host and tour guide and we would highly recommend this for a enjoyable, learning experience. A must do!!
It is such a pleasure to meet Chef Duyen, she’s very personable and truely enjoys her work. Exploring her local market was so interesting, learning about the different veggies, fruits, fish, meats , rices, noodles, spices as well as seeing the everyday lives of the market sellers and their families, striving to make a living . Chef Duyen’s cooking class was the best ever! We had so much fun making the all the dishes together, they were so delicious, her skill and knowledge are impressive and she’s such a lovely person. Thank you Chef Duyen for sharing your Hanoi with me!
I recommended to anyone willing to have a real vietnamese experience
Terrific market tour Learnt a lot Wonderful teacher
Enjoyable, informative and well worth it
Chef Duyen made cooking the local dishes a breeze with clear and easy to understand instructions. Aside from the tour and class she even recommended for us places to dine in Hanoi.
My son and I had a fabulous morning cooking and learning about Vietnamese food. Chef Duyen is really knowledgeable and friendly. The food at the end was amazing. Would definitely recommend it. I will certainly try to make some of the dishes back home.
We had a lovely afternoon in the company of Chef Duyen. There were only the two of us on the course and we were met by the lovely, bubbly and friendly Chef Duyen at our out hotel before being taken to the food market. On the tour of the market, we found out why the meat didn’t need refrigeration, saw how tofu was made, had an olfactory exploration of all the different herbs available, saw how the entire animal was used in cooking and more. We found out much more and saw more than we would ever have done on our own. All the market stall owners were really friendly and happy for us to explore their stalls. Back at the house, we cooked a great meal and it was all very hands on. Chef Duyen explained what all the ingredients were, showed us new techniques and suggested alternative ingredients we could use at home when exotic plants such as banana flowers would not be available. The whole afternoon flew past really quickly with plenty of chat and laughs, Chef Duyen is very good company and full of useful information with a lovely manner. At the end of the session, it was hard to imagine we had made the meal in front of us, it was delicious and has certainly made us more confident in terms of both cooking and eating Vietnamese cuisine. This is probably the most intimate, personalised and fun cooking course we’ve been on. It was nice being in a domestic kitchen and having to do all the prep ourselves. We also experienced the Vietnamese level of service when the gas ran out. A few minutes after a phone call, a young guy turns up on a moped with a new gas bottle, fits it and away we go! Tremendous fun and highly recommended!
Duyen is a wonderful person and a great cook! She taught us how to cook traditional and favourite dishes of Hanoi, as well as how the Vietnamese culture influenced their style of cooking. She was very accommodating with her time and knowledge and carefully explained each ingredient at the market and also at her home while we were cooking. It was truely a great experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves food, and wants to know a little more about ingredients as well as the modern and traditional Vietnamese culture. The food was also incredibly delicious and easy to make!!!!
It was a very enjoyable experience and I learnt so much about ingredients, the recipes and traditional dishes of Vietnam from Chef Duyen
The class and Chef Duyen were excellent! Her culinary skills and method of cooking were exceptional which, I believe, resulted in gloriously delicious dishes that we all enjoyed wholeheartedly! The street market tour introduced us to some unique local farm and sea products. On the way to her house she gladly educated us on Vietnamese national and family traditions and practices. Chef Duyen is a gem!!!
A unique experience! You really get a look behind the touristy courtain with Duyens tour and class, with a tour of her local market and cooking at her lovely home. Duyen is kind, she has a great energy and is very welcoming. She also has a powerful and facsinating personal story. And we made awesome food! Magnus and Charlotte
I loved Duyen's cooking class! We had so much fun going to the market and learning about the things that are sold there. I loved all the food we made and really enjoyed learning how to cook it. Duyen is a wonderful chef and a great teacher. I enjoyed getting to know her and her life story. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who wants to learn about Vietnamese food and culture. Thanks Duyen!
Chef Duyen was knowledgeable, fun, and a delight to cook and learn with. She shared with us stories, had a great sense of humor, and the food we made was AMAZING. It was definitely my favorite meal in Hanoi. It was also great because my friend is a vegetarian, and we were taking the class with a vegetarian/non-vegetarian couple so we were able to make both the Vegan meal AND the countryside menu. I’m so excited to bring these recipes home and try them out with friends.
Chef Duyen’s class is top notch, she takes you through her local markets and shows you behind the scenes of what goes on to keep the usual tourist markets of Hanoi going. The class itself is very personal, she keeps the class sizes small and mine was only 2 people. Food was great! We picked the traditional Vietnamese fare and was not disappointed.
Duyen is so sweet and friendly and she also happens to be a great teacher. The food was one of my best meals in Vietnam and I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Hanoi!
Very skillful & friendly chef. We have learned a lot and had a lot of fun! We would recommend this cooking class to everyone!
Thank you for such a fantastic experience ...from bringing us to your local market and then to your lovely home. It was great to cook such a range of food with you. Thanks for all the fun and for explaining so much about the food you use. The flavours were amazing. I’d definitely recommend this tour. It was brilliant. Thank you Duyen.. Anne and Tomás
It was absolutely an amazing experience. Duyen is very sweet and knowledgeable, she takes you on a tour through the market which gives you an experience a tourist would otherwise never have. The cooking is lots of fun and the food is sooo delicious Absolutely I would recommend this!
Duyen is a great chef and an amazing woman. She picked us up from our hotel, took us to two fresh produce markets whilst she explained so many things about the Vietnamese culture and cuisine. She gave us different tastes to try, and had nice fresh green tea ready for us when we arrived in her kitchen lab. The food we prepared was for more than 3 people and she took the time to patiently explained every step. We cooked a delicious meal (4 course - starter, main, salad, dessert) and we chatted for so many hours making the time pass by very quickly. We stayed even longer than 1830 that was supposed to finish the course as we were enjoying ourselves so much. Every details was planned and executed by Duyen in such detail and high standard that I was amazed. From the recipe paper that is of high quality, to the proper professional benches and equipment used to the quality of raw material for the preparation of the food. My only recommendation is to be a hint warmer during winter - even though we were moving a lot during the cooking class, but it would be nice. I cannot recommend enough this experience. She deserves every compliment!
Chef Duyen is knowledgeable and fun. The food was awesome, although the booking said we will only cook 1 dish, we actually cooked a lot more. Will definitely recommend - great value for money.
My partner and myself partook in this cooking class and Duyen was so accomodation with our dietary needs on such little notice. Her enthusiasm and skills were absolutely amazing. I definitely recommend this cooking class is you are looking for a local authentic experience!
This local market tour and cooking class was by far the highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Duyen Phan is a fabulous chef and an even better teacher. Her stories and jokes were just an added bonus. Seriously will be returning to Vietnam just to visit her again and taste the amazing food she made with us. 5 stars is an understatement.
She was so informative about the wholesale market and invited us into her home for the cooking course. She had prepared everything we needed and the instruction was perfect. Highly recommended. Thank you Chef Duyen
This was one of my favorite cooking classes since the tour had a great amount of detail. She described the herbs, how the herbs are used, and also gave us some cultural tips on certain ingredients and dishes. A quick tea at her house was welcoming and we got to learn quite a bit of Vietnamese history and traditions. The cooking course was also well organized and we finished earlier than expected. Overall, the cooking experience was great because of Chef Duyen's cheerful attitude and openness to discussion.
Chef Duyen knows a great deal about the Vietnamese cuisine and she was eager to share it with us. She took us to a market and let us taste a bunch of typical greens and other products that were surprisingly delicious. The food we cooked was amazing too, we can’t wait to make it at home! All in all it was a great experience and we had a really fun afternoon, we recommend it without hesitation! Warning: come with an empty stomach, there’s so much to eat!!
We loved our cooking class with just the two of us. We learned so much. We also loved the coffee that duyen told us was the best in hanoi. Thanks for all the great tips
It was a perfectly planned visit to a non crowded market and the cooking was great. The dinner was delicious and we enjoyed all dishes we prepared. Duyen was very kind and toll us how to prepare traditional vietnamese food and answered all our questions. Highly recommended.
We had a great afternoon, wandering the markets and learning about local Vietnamese ingredients and then also cooking up a storm, more food than we could eat and left overs that our friend loved! I would thoroughly recommend this class it's a really fun and I thought authentic experience
Thoroughly enjoyed our market tour and ensuing cooking class. Can't believe we got so much into a short time (4 hours) Got some great tips to take home to Australia and try out on my friends. I have my dinner party planned already! It's a nice personal experience as it could just be the two of you (for us this was the case) or if you wanted to book with family or friends. I would think the class maximum would be 6? Anyway great experience and highly recommend to people. For the cooking side you need to be quick if you want to work your way through all 5 dishes. For the market tour... I think you can do a full market tour and eating as well (which I think next time I will do
My favourite part was the market tour...off the beaten path....but the cooking was also wonderful and a reminder that making Vietnamese food at home is completely achievable...except ,perhaps, for finding banana flowers in my local supermarket! Chef Duyen was great.
Chef duyen taught us so much about the local markets, culture, history and cooking techniques She can cater for any diet and she also explains what options for substitutions you have back home if you can't find some of the harder ingredients. We learnt how to cook (and eat) at her house. Beautiful afternoon. She does other classes just for market experience if you like which sounded pretty good too. I must come back to learn other dishes (we learnt five or so? A prawn pancake, a locals leaf wrapped pork mince, a pork belly dish, green papaya salad and a taro dessert) I emailed and you can choose your menu though.
Chef Duyen gave us an enjoyable and informative tour of the market and streets where she does her shopping. She then welcomed us into her home where we were instructed on how to prepare a really delicious meal. The meal was shared with her and her husband, providing a lovely opportunity to get a glimpse into vietnamese family life. Chef Duyen is a lovely person, a good cook and a great teacher. I would recommend her to any friends or family that visit Vietnam.
What a lovely experience! Local market tour, shopping for ingredients. Followed by a cooking class and really tasty food, way better than you get from the restaurants! All thumbs up for chef Duyen! I definitely recommend this for those with a love for new experiences, food or cooking.
On a rainy day in Hanoi my husband and I decided to go to a cooking class and were lucky we selected this one as it was great. Chef Duyen was great and has given us a good insight into selection of ingredients at the market and food prep. We made 5 or so dishes as a group that wasted very well. I can't wait to cook them at home.
Very fun experience, great insight into Vietnamese cooking.
Chef Duyen Was amazing! From the moment she personally picked us up at the hotel she went beyond the extra mile to make this an unforgettable experience for my wife and I. She definitely knows her stuff, she isn't just a great chef, she really walked us thru every step of the cooking process. The market visit was also truly memorable and again chef Duyen shared all her knowledge, explaining in detail what each ingredient was and how it could be used in cooking! Her house is extremely clean with a great cooking class set up. Everything was properly arranged ... individual cutting board, knife, towel, apron and menu with recipes was printed out for each of us☺️ Just pitch perfect... she has an eye for detail that's for sure! For the price she charged us (substantial lower then others) we must say that it's a must to-do activity while you are in Hanoi. When the food was ready we had lunch together, tasting the delicious and freshly made food items, the best was yet to come ... when she tells you her amazing journey from the time in the village as a young yet determined girl to an extremely hard and responsible young woman today! Truly amazing! Again, this was definitely and without a doubt the best part of our trip. Many thanks chef Duyen, big hugs ☺️ Angie & Joeri
Chef Duyen is a lovely, enthusiastic and talented chef. We had the best time of an incredible holiday at her class. The market tour was great fun and very informative. The cooking class was hands on, and gave us new tecniques and a great insight into daily life in Hanoi.
Duyen is awsome! She explaned everything in the market and we Couleur ask a lot. After that we wenn to her Home, which is a beautiful Place. Herr we starten to Cook and Hand a lot of fun :) the Menu was delicious and she explained Howe wenn can Cook it at Home also when some components are missing.
This was the most amazing cooking experience that has been the highlight of our trip. Chef Duyen was a lovely Hanoi local who takes you around the food market explaining the day to day life and foods the local people eat. She provides the opportunity to try some interesting delicacies before returning to her family home to walk you though some amazing dishes. She goes out of her way to answer any questions you might have and offer some great place to see and foods to eat. For an authentic and unique experience this is the best and most affordable cooking class available.