Cooking Classes in Vietnam - Learn to Cook the Best Vietnamese Dishes!

The cuisine of Vietnam is known to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. It is also known widely that Vietnamese people love noodles, and they can eat it all day long! So how is it the healthiest you ask? The Vietnamese food stands out for it’s gluten-free, low sugar combination as rice constitutes a major ingredient. While you laud a wide variety of food, you would also like to learn to cook some of these dishes.

Here’s a list of 10 cooking classes for you to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine:

1. Royal Cooking Class

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The city of Hue holds a great historical significance in the Vietnamese culture, serving as a national capital till 1945. The area is famous for its garden houses and its folks. One such family hosts a cooking class in their garden house. Here you learn how to make some of the most intriguing recipes from the Royal cuisine of Vietnam.

Where to go: 04/47 Phu Mong, Kim Long | Vietnam, Hue 10000, Vietnam
Timings: 9 AM to 12 PM
What you pay:  1445430 VND
What you learn: You will learn to make fried rolls on a dragon boat and the Royal steamed Fish-Rice.

2. Saigon Cooking Class

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In the city of Ho Chi Minh, you can find an amazing cooking class named Saigon Classes. What sets this place apart from other cooking classes in Vietnam is its association with the Hoa Tuc restaurant. You will be taught to cook up to 3 Vietnamese signature dishes that are a part of the Hoa Tuc’s menu. These classes happen in a batch of about 13 participants so that everyone is given enough space and attention. The chef demonstrates the recipe, and you follow him step by step with the ingredients provided to you. After class, you can also join them on a street food tour!

Where to go: 74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: (+84 28) 3825 8485
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday, Batches - 10 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM
What you pay: Adults - 956000 VND | Kids - 600000 VND
What you learn: You get to cook and enjoy 3 dishes. Includes water, iced tea, and a folder with recipes.

3. M.O.M Cooking Class

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M.O.M Cooking Class offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. In this class, you accompany the chef to visit the local market and pick out the fresh, natural ingredients for your cooking course. They have a customized, varied menu for all days of the week. The good thing about M.O.M classes is, they conduct the classes even if there are very few people in a batch. In this case, you can have a personal experience and enjoy the wifi that’s provided!

Where to go: 39A Co Bac street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Timings: 8.30 AM to 1 PM from Tuesday to Sunday
What you pay:  816000 VND - Adults | 600000 VND - Kids
What you learn: The menu changes every day. They teach you 3 dishes along with one dessert. The package also includes iced tea, water, and an envelope with all the detailed recipes. 

4. Lua’s Kitchen

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This cooking class is hosted by Lau Le at her house in Ho Chi Minh city. She works at a law firm but caters to her passion for cooking by offering cooking classes in the evenings. She specializes in authentic and traditional recipes from the Vietnamese heritage. Based on your special requests, she can also provide you with a customized menu for learning. No special equipment will be used for the class so that you can easily make these dishes in the comfort of your house. A homely ambience and a small group of people make a perfect setting for a time spent leisurely.

Where to go: Copac Square Building, 12 Ton Dan District 4, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam
Timings: 9.30 AM to 9.30 PM
What you pay:  816000 VND
What you learn: You can learn to make authentic Vietnamese recipes and can also request a customized food menu like any special diets, vegan, gluten-free meals, etc.

5. Grain Cooking Class

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This cooking studio was co-founded by Luke Nguyen and Bien Nguyen due to their passion for Vietnamese culture. They have a line of restaurants that they already run in the hills, and their motto to start this cooking studio was to enable and encourage people to create their favourite cuisine.

Where to go: GRAIN Cooking Studio, Level 3, 71-75 Hai Ba Trung, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Monday to Sunday. 2 batches from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM
What you pay:  1119000 VND
What you learn: In the course, you will learn to cook various appetizers, starters, main course,s, and desserts. You can sign up for the courses according to different dishes. 

6. HMC Cooking Class

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The HCM Cooking class package includes a tour of the nearby villages. You get to see cows, buffalo sheds, and rice fields. You also get to pick up fresh vegetables and ingredients for the dishes that you will make later. They teach the participants various techniques for making Vietnamese cuisine. The participants, along with the certificates, can also avail of an email service to get notified about the cuisine even after their trip is ended.

Where to go: 275 Tinh lo 2,Ap 3, Phuoc Vinh An, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City
Timings: 10 AM - 4.30 PM
What you pay:  1600000 VND
What you learn: You get to learn 8 traditional Vietnamese dishes with 1 dessert. You also receive certificates and souvenirs. 

7. Mai Home 

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Mai Home offers a variety of courses under their umbrella-like a Discovery initiation Course, an advanced course, and a professional course. Any visitors who like to learn about the culinary aspect and the gastronomy of Vietnam can opt for this entry-level course. You can learn a few basic dishes which will be easy to cook even when you go back home. The chef takes you shopping and gives you an entire experience with his step to step demonstration of his cooking. You are also given a certificate of recognition and a book of various recipes that you take home.

Where to go: 269bis – Nguyen Trai – Q.1 – Ho Chi Minh City
Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM
What you pay: 910000 VND
What you learn: In this course, you will learn one starter and 2 typical dishes from Vietnamese cuisine.

8. Van’s Kitchen

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Van’s Kitchen is an intimate cooking class hosted by Doan and his mother (Van) at their residence. Doan takes you to the market tour while guiding you about the culture and life in Vietnam while back home Van teaches you how to make some of the most mouthwatering Vietnamese recipes.

Where to go: 46/1 Ha Bong Street | Son Tra District, Da Nang, Vietnam
Timings: Monday to Sunday. 2 batches from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM
What you pay: 932535 VND
What you learn: You will learn some of the most simple dishes of the cuisines and the details of all of them will be later emailed to you by Doan.

9. Hue’s Family Cooking School

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Hue’s Family cooking class again gives a deep insight into the culture and daily lives of the Vietnamese people. While this site is included in many tours as an activity, one can also join the cooking class separately. The class starts with a visit to the local market or wet market as people refer to it. The chef accompanies you while you handpick all the fresh herbs, vegetables, and other ingredients needed by you to make a delicious meal. Once done, you return to your venue, and the chef instructs you on how to make all the listed dishes in the simplest way possible.

Where to go: Apartment 05 Lane 2A Bao Khanh str - Hoan Kiem - Ha Noi - Vietnam
Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM
What you pay:  816000 VND
What you learn: You will learn to make 4 dishes namely, Green papaya salad, Fried spring rolls, Decorated flower made from Vegetables, and Egg Coffee.

10. GIOAN Cookery

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The GIOAN Cookery offers private class options for visitors, couples, or groups. Unlike other cooking classes, they have a wide range of batch timings from 8 am to 10 pm. You can pick any 3 hours (including the market trip) as per your convenience. The class offers three main menus and an option to choose dishes from 48 given dishes for you to learn. You can customize your course as per your choice.

Where to go: 222/17 ly thuong kiet st, Hoi An, quang nam, Vietnam
Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM
What you pay:  932535 Vietnamese Dong/ person if single, for a batch of 3 hours. If you wish to learn solo it costs 1632000 Vietnamese Dong.
What you learn: You get to choose from 3 different menus namely Set menu 1, 2, and a vegetarian menu.


These cooking classes in Vietnam are excellent experiences of humanly bonding apart from learning about Vietnamese cuisine. They say food always tastes the best when one puts in the effort themself. We guarantee that these cooking classes help towards strengthening the feeling. Let us know down in the comment section below which cooking class did you most enjoy among the ones on our list!

This post was published by Kiran Kulkarni

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