Learning to cook in Vietnam

Learning to cook in Vietnam

 Today I had the best food of my whole trip and I helped to make it!

 We had been keen on doing a cooking course while we were and holiday and finally settled on a class run by the Gioan Restaurant. The owner was very friendly and we got to choose 4 dishes that we wanted to cook. We decided on Fried Spring Rolls, Pho, Chilli and Lemongrass Squid and Fish in Banana Leaf.   




Our wonderful chef

Chefs in the making

“see you do it just like this…”

Chop chop!

Nimble fingers required

Bubble bubble toil and trouble…

Chilli and lemongrass squid

The perfect spring roll


Fish in banana leaf – my favourite

Oh where did it all go??

  Best tip of the day was to squeeze the juice out of the ingredients for the spring rolls as it makes them that much crunchier. The vegetables juice was then used in the broth for the pho. 




    1. I love Vietnamese’s food

    2. So delicious ! you ‘re lucky

    3. That food sounds amazing – I’m heading to Asia next month and looking to do a stint at a cooking school myself either in Vietnam or Thailand.

      Leaning towards Vietnam after seeing some of the stuff you whipped up

    4. Can you please share the recipe for the fish in banana leaf? I cannot find a good one. Thank you!

    5. Hi Jadean
      I finally found the recipe!

      The ingredients you will need,for 4 people, are:
      200g fish
      4 banana leaves (or cabbages leaves)
      1 stem of lemon grass, sliced
      4 cloves of garlic, crushed
      1 tablespoon of grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon of powder)
      1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
      1 teaspoon of fish sauce
      1 teaspoon of soya sauce
      1 teaspoon of sesame oil
      1 teaspoon of sugar
      1 teaspoon of chilli paste
      2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
      1 tablespoon of onion flakes
      50g spring onions, finely chopped

      Step 1:
      Mix lemon grass and garlic in blender. Then mix turmeric, spring onion, oyster sauce, fish sauce, soya sauce, sesame oil, sugar, chilli paste and vegetable oil. Mix well then add fish into the sauce. Marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes.

      Step 2:
      Soften banana leaf over heat – they turn an amazing shade of green (or boil cabbage leaves 1 minute in boiling water)

      Step 3: Place 4 banana leaves on top of each other, then add fish and marinade in middle leaf, sprinkle onion flakes on top. Wrap it up like a parcel. Then tie in clip grill or wet string.

      Step 4: BBQ or grill for 5 minutes each side or bake in oven 180 degrees celcius for 10 minutes.


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