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.
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 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!
– 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.