Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Vietnamese Cooking Class

We spent a very long half day learning the fine art of Vietnamese cooking. The class was actually amazing...the only trick was we had the mother of all rainstorms that day. By the 1:30pm start time of our class, the river was nearly breaking the bank and the normally short walk into town left us completely drenched and chilly. The class started with a tour of the local market to learn how to identify and choose good ingredients (actually very helpful). Then, a 25 minute boat trip to the class location. Then, a spritely walk through the herb garden. Then, a series of demonstrations followed by us trying out the recipe. The whole setting was outdoor and quite scenic. However, starting out soaked, taking a walk through the market in the pouring rain, riding on a windy boat, wading through an herb garden isn't the best prep for standing outside in the wind learning to cook. The great news was that cooking involved small burners with which we could warm our hands! After the lesson was concluded, we went to an outdoor patio and ate several of the things we prepared along with a few things prepared by the professionals. All in all, very interesting and worth it, despite the cold.


On the boat ride...
The herb garden/pond...
First item on the menu - fresh spring rolls...

Our teacher hard at work...
Ron's AMAZING tomato rose...

Eggplant in clay pot...this was so tasty!



Then, we boarded a boat in the dark and took the long, windy, cold ride back. By the time we arrived home we were so grateful for a hot shower!

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