A Cook’s Ad­ven­ture, Hoi An

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While you won’t go to a beach re­sort to learn cook­ing, a lively cook­ing pro­gramme is al­ways an en­rich­ing dis­trac­tion from hours of sip­ping mar­gar­i­tas on the sand. In ad­di­tion to lux­u­ri­ous sur­rounds and an in­dul­gent stay, Four Sea­sons The Nam Hai, Hoi An boasts a pur­pose-built cook­ing academy com­plete with herb and veg­etable gar­den to sup­port a thought­fully rich culi­nary pro­gramme.

Chef Tran Van Sen who heads up the academy, con­ducts daily themed lessons— such as im­pe­rial cui­sine, Hanoi cui­sine, Hoi An street food—which al­ways in­clude an ex­cur­sion out of the ho­tel and into the back-story of Hoi An’s culi­nary cul­ture. They in­clude jaunts to the lo­cal vil­lage to watch tra­di­tional rice pa­per mak­ing, to padi fields for an ex­pe­ri­ence in rice plant­ing, a visit to Hoi An’s old­est mar­ket, or up the es­tu­ary to see the seafood mar­ket. Back in the ho­tel, hands-on classes con­tinue where you learn to make lo­cal dishes like bun cha, Hue beef noo­dle soup, garoupa grilled in ba­nana leaves, lo­tus root salad and more.

In the af­ter­noon, the kids take their turn at the Ju­nior Cook­ing Academy where one-hour classes teach them skills like rice pa­per rolling, bak­ing and choco­late mak­ing. Prices start from VND2,585,000 (S$160) for a sin­gle day ses­sion to VND18,095,000 (S$1,122) for a seven-day diploma; kids classes are free.

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