Grandma Quyen 

Art, Cooking class, family, Food, Street Food, travel, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Street Food

My Grandmother will turn 99yrs old this week. I found this photo of her taken in 1940s Hanoi. A beautiful and amazing woman who has taught me many kitchen skills and the delights of Hanoian flavours. I particularly remember early mornings as a child watching her make delicious Banh Cuon (steamed savoury rolled pancakes) which require great patience and a meticulous hand. She would spend hours creating this dish and myself and my sister @lola_lely would devour it in minutes. To my amazing grandma – Thank you for teaching me the art of love and patience in our little family kitchen.

Cooking in Saigon

Cafe, Colour, Drink, Food, Food and Drink, Street Food, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Street Food

These are the three dishes I made from the one day gourmet cooking lesson at The Saigon Cooking Class. Thanks to chief Khang who took us shopping for fresh ingredients and showed us the authentic techniques.
I can cook!!!
*fresh prawn and pork summer rolls

*lotus, prawn and chicken rice wrapped in fragrant lotus flower

*green papaya salad with marinaded grilled chicken.

I’ve had a fantastic day learning the authentic way! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

The Saigon Cooking Class – My journey begins

Colour, Drink, Food, Food and Drink, Street Food, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Street Food

The last time I stepped foot in beautiful Vietnam was 7 years ago! Wow, now 7 years later I am mother of two gorgeous boys (who make wonderful kitchen helpers) and I have embarked on the dream of setting up my Vietnamese street food business.
Today I make the long awaited journey to revisit the motherland. I’ve been told much has changed and I’m both nervous and excited.

One thing is for sure, I will be experiencing, and of course eating some of the best and healthiest food in the world! Which obviously means I get to eat LOTS 😋😋😋
On Tuesday, I will start my culinary journey at The Saigon Cooking Class in Ho Chi Minh City http://www.saigoncookingclass.com 
I will be buying fresh ingredients from Ben Thanh market with chief Khang then we will be cooking the following dishes – I cannot wait!
COOKING MENU:

– Fresh spring rolls with prawns, pork, fresh herbs and rice noodles. Saigon Cooking Class’s peanut dipping sauce – Gỏi cuốn.
– Green Mango, “Cang Cua” sala, baby spinach & BBQ chicken with sate – Gỏi gà.
– Fried rice with lotus seeds, prawns, chicken, carrots & green peas folded in a fresh lotus leaf –
Cơm gói lá sen.
– Surprise seasonal dessert.