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.
*If you are a solo traveler who wish to take this class, please contact us*
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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This was such a lovely experience. Mandy was amazing, she showed us around the market and farm and told us a lot of information about how things run in her village. I learned so much about the culture of Vietnam from this. The cooking lesson was also great, she was really encouraging and as a bonus we got to eat lunch with her two adorable daughters. The food that we cooked was fresh and delicious. We really felt like part of the family in her home. It is an experience that we will never forget. Thanks Mandy!!
For my wife and I this was a trip into the unknown but we chose this cooking class because it would take us outside the city so that we could get a glimpse of semi-rural life and because the choice of menu on offer was so much more varied. We downloaded the "Grab" - as in grab a taxi- app, called a Grab taxi with the assistance of the hotel receptionist and off we went. After a 40 minute or so drive - during which time 'Mandy', our host-to-be, was in touch with the taxi driver we arrived to be greeted by Mandy in a traditional hat, with a bright smile on her face. My wife donned an extra Vietnamese hat and off we went to immerse ourselves in the market and its many, at times, surprising revelations - from vegetables to fruit, to fowl to fish to fresh meat, cooked food, traditional medicine, pipes, chopping boards, brooms and basket ware and two blacksmiths forging tools! The market people know Mandy from the village and were all jovial and friendly, this was just great to see what choice the market had to offer! We then toured the vegetable gardens to marvel at their abundance and proceeded to Mandy's new and lovely house where we helped prepare a great meal of four different dishes we will endeavour to replicate at home! During the time we talked to Mandy about so many things: we could not but be impressed by her person. We then had our wonderful meal, were offered a beer and finished off the experience with a sticky rice bun baked by Mandy's grandmother. We thoroughly enjoyed our outing and felt privileged to have met an impressive young woman like Mandy!
Manh was a great host - she was accommodating when two of our friends decided to join us last minute! I highly recommend the fried spring rolls and the crab soup. The process of making the crab soup was a lot of fun and truly rewarding! It tastes different from what you can get on your own on the streets of Hanoi. This was one of my favorite meals while in Hanoi!
Cooking with Manh was the best thing we've done in Hanoi. We took an Uber to her village outside of the city, where she met us and gave us a fascinating tour of the morning market. We're American, and normally shop in supermarkets, so having Manh introduce us to the vendors and teach us what all the ingredients are was really eye-opening. After the market, she gave us a wonderful tour of everyone's gardens, where we saw most of the produce from the market being grown. The gardens are extraordinary and lush. After that, we went back to her house, and learned how to make 4 different Vietnamese dishes, using only ingredients from the market and gardens. She's a great teacher, and we had such a fun time. The food was delicious. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to cook with Manh and go somewhere few tourists get to see. We would recommend anyone spend the day with her.
We booked with Ms Manh for a cooking class and we really were incredibly happy with the experience!! Ms Manh is such a nice welcoming person. She explained tons of interesting things about the village and the surrounding farm. Then we want into her beautiful home and cooked into her kitchen. We were able to choose what to cook between the choices she had offered which was a plus. She gave us tips on cooking method and ingredients. And then we ate the beautiful feast! Really delicious. One of the best food we've had. It really was an intimate and special experience. Thank you so much Ms Manh and I hope we'll have the chance to meet again.
As we often do when we visit an area, we looked for a chance to take a local cooking class. In our search on Cookly and other sites, we came across Ms. Mahn's Farm Tour & Family Cooking Class. Since we also wanted to get out of Hanoi city, we were very interested in Ms. Mahn's class. And we are so glad we made this choice. Booking the class on Cookly was easy as pie. We got our confirmation quickly and then communicated directly with Ms. Mahn to work out the details and make our menu choices. Ms. Mahn also advised on booking an Uber car and stayed in contact with the Uber driver as he made his way out of the city and into the countryside, eliminating our anxiety about getting there without getting lost. Our time with Ms. Mahn (Mandy) turned out to be the single most enjoyable part of our entire stay in Hanoi. Upon meeting Mandy, we instantly knew we had made a new friend. She met us by the roadside with the warmest smile I've seen in a long time. We started our time with Mandy by taking a tour of the local farming community, in which she gave us very knowledgeable explanations about the crops being grown, the farming methods, the history, etc. Everyone she introduced us to along the tour was so warm, friendly and welcoming. Since we were visiting during Tet, we were basically visiting during the most important family time that Vietnamese have. And Mandy made us feel included in this spirit the entire time we were with her. For this, we are most grateful. After the farm tour, Mandy took us to her home, introducing us to her neighbors and family along the way. And when we entered her home, we immediately felt relaxed and welcome. The cooking class Mandy provides is very interactive. We had pre-selected our menu from a nice variety of choices she offers, so she had all the ingredients on hand and ready for us to enjoy. This was especially remarkable since we were there, as I said earlier, during Tet, and the local markets were working on limited schedules. As we were preparing the meal, Mandy gave us instructions and tips and always related what we were doing to how it fits into the normal, daily life of her wonderful family. Her first grade daughter was there also which added more warmth and humor to our stay. All the ingredients were farm fresh, either from the local fields or from Mandy's small herb garden just outside her kitchen. Mandy's genuine love for family and for cooking was in the forefront the full time, which made the food even better. We highly recommend anyone who visits the Hanoi area to take advantage of the marvelous experience Mandy offers. We hope to return to Hanoi again some day and will certainly do this again with Mandy! Enjoy. CB from Beijing
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.