MRS MAI'S PRIVATE COOKING CLASS
Today's Da Nang is a wealthy, modern and rapidly expanding city. Its our third largest with a population of just over 1,000,000. You'll experience a bustling and stable city that's comfortable with itself - unsurprisingly its where many Vietnamese aspire to live, and its my hometown! So its sometimes hard to imagine Da Nang's long history with origins dating back over 1800 years to the ancient kingdom of Champa. During early Dai Viet times the city was called Cua Han, and Tourane in our French colonial period.
From this long and diverse history comes a fiercely proud people with unique culinary traditions, making Da Nang one of the most compelling food destinations anywhere in South East Asia.
Mrs Mai is my mother, who as a young girl survived the Vietnam War whilst cooking for her family of 11 from recipes handed down by word-of-mouth from her mother (my grandmother). Recently retired from her own restaurant our kitchen is her world and she really loves to share our home and Central Vietnamese cooking style with our wonderful overseas visitors.
Mrs Mai's Private Cooking Class lasts around 4 hours and is held in the kitchen of our own home. We do not teach large groups because, by using my Private Tour philosophy, each class is a personal experience for single people, couples or small family groups (maximum 4 persons). From hotel pick-up to your safe return you will be immersed in daily Vietnamese life. Not only will you enjoy 'hands-on' cooking of the food WE eat, but by accompanying my mom to our local market you help select the ingredients to prepare & cook your own lunch!
When booking your Mrs Mai's Private Cooking Class we ask you to select three main meals you would love to prepare plus one dessert from the following list (3 selections per booking) - we cater for vegetarians too, so give options (a rice bowl is served with your main meal selections plus a small salad);
Vegetarian Dishes: Vegetarian Curry, Fried Tofu in Tomato Sauce, Stir Fried Tofu with Lemongrass, Mỳ Quảng Da Nang (a Local Noodle Soup), Vegan Pumpkin Soup, Stir Fried Morning Glory with Garlic, Vegetarian Salad, Bánh Mỳ (A Vietnamese Baguette with Veggie Filling), Vietnamese Fresh Vegetarian Spring Roll
Non-Vegetarian Dishes: Bún bò Huế (a Beef Noodle Soup), Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup, Pumpkin Soup with Beef, Vietnamese Lotus Stem Salad with Prawns & Pork, Vietnamese Braised Chicken with Ginger, Lemongrass Chili Chicken, Beef Ragout, Bánh Mỳ (a Vietnamese Baguette with Non-Veggie Filling), Stuffed Squid, Traditional Vietnamese Sizzling Pancake, Vietnamese Caramelized and Braised Catfish , Caramelize Dried Squid, Vietnamese Prawn in Tamarind Sauce, Spinach Shrimp Sauce.
Dessert: Red Bean Sweet Soup with Tapioca and Coconut Milk, Taro Pudding, Pomelo Sweet Soup, Grilled Banana with Coconut Milk