"A wonderful experince - great in so many ways!"
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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!

reviewed by Paul B | Jun 2018

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