|Real taste of Vietnam|
American pottery artisan Lee Middleman and his wife Donnie decided to spice up their holiday to Viet Nam by joining a cooking class at La Residence Hotel&Spa in the former royal capital city of Hue. It proved to be an unforgettable experience.
"Offering cookery classes to foreign visitors is an excellent idea," Middleman told Viet Nam News via email.
"We really appreciated the dishes they introduced us to. It was a joy watching the way the food was prepared, and then later tasting it."
Karen Belcher from Denmark said she particularly enjoyed shopping at the local fishing village in Hoi An.
With a fresh squid in her hand, she could barely contain her excitement. "I feel as if I have lived here for years rather than just a few days."
Huynh Thanh Phuoc, 78, who often hosts foreign cookery students at his home near Cua Dai Beach, said it made him feel younger being surrounded by eager tourists.
"From the time we have spent together I have learnt interesting things about life in their home countries," he said. "For example, Chinese people prefer oily food, French people eat slowly and chew carefully and tend to chat a lot during meals, while Thais and Malaysians prefer spicier food."
It's a bold claim, but few doubt that learning how to cook Vietnamese food enhances and enlivens a visitor's trip to Viet Nam.
( Source VNS)