A Cook’s Adventure, Hoi An
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.