Attraction 269 Nguyễn Trãi, 1, 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Food & Spirits
Food & Cooking Class
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Why Mai Home - The Saigon Culinary Art Center is special ?
Mai Home, The Saigon Culinary Art Center is an exhibition of how traditional Vietnamese dishes are prepared. A session involves tour of the market for the purchase of raw ingredients.
At the heart of Saigon, just 1 km from the Central Market (chợ Bến Thành), Mai Home has the pleasure to invite you, in a warm ambiance, to discover the so refined and very full flavored cuisine such as the Vietnamese Gastronomy during your stay in Saigon.
Let’s enjoy this moment of happiness in solo, with family or between friends by choosing one or several programs of our attractive cooking courses, organized all year round with themes according to the festivities of Saigon.
How about going to find some ingredients at the market to prepare the traditional dishes with their chef? So many emotions and richness! And more still, with their handbook with recipes, you will amaze guests once back home.
What to explore at Mai Home - The Saigon Culinary Art Center?
Group events, Incentive MICE Group
Give it some flavor with cooking team building!
A real moment of relaxation, various programs of culinary activities to boost team spirit of your employees or to build relationships with your customers.
Guaranteed ambiance !
Particular cooking courses for Chefs
The chefs, recognized for excellence in vietnamese cuisine, are pleased to share their expertise in this area.
Mai Home is also a good address to eat.
Delicious traditional dishes are prepared for you every day by Mai Home's chefs
How to get to Mai Home - The Saigon Culinary Art Center?
“Mai” Home The Saigon Culinary Art Centre is located at Nguyen Trai Street in District 1. The guests are picked up from their location of stay by chefs or other knowledgeable staff of the centre for the tour of the market.
- Great class, yummy food
- Great way to learn something about Vietnamese cuisine
- A fun dinner with short cooking demo included
- Great food and hands on cooking experience
- Lots of fun & good eats
269 Nguyễn Trãi, 1, 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
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The tour group that we booked this through included transportation to the starting location at Ben Than Market and from the location of the cooking class so that was not an issue as it was for some other folks who weren't aware that this had to be arranged separately. We had 6 people in our class which was a perfect size - enough for us to have conversation amongst each other but not too many to lose any special attention or training. The event started with Mai walking us through the market and explaining the items that were for sale, where they came from, and how they are used. I thought we were actually going to be buying the items we would cook with, but that was not the case. This part was strictly for educational purposes. We were then shuttled to her cooking class <5min from the market. After being given some general background information on cultural cooking within Vietnam were moved upstairs where the cooking began. We all stood around common tables and had our own workstation and fresh food products from which to use that had already been prepped. I had noted to the tour organizer that I booked through that I don't eat seafood, and to my pleasant surprise they accommodate this for me by providing me extra pork in place of shrimp that others had. We each made 3 shrimp & pork spring rolls, accompanying fish sauce, 2 large Vietnamese sizzling pancakes, and pho ga. It was a huge amount of food. We had a lot of fun and were able to get plenty of photos and video of the experience. They also served a dessert that they had made. This was one of the first things we did in our two week trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, & Laos and it ended up being one of my favorite and most memorable experience. I'm not a huge fan of Vietnamese food but throughly enjoyed what I made as I was able to leave things out I didn't like. I'm looking forward to making the spring rolls and pho ga at home once I get over two weeks of nothing but SE Asian food. I haven't filled up on enough meat & potatoes yet to want more of this type of food. The chefs and assistants were helpful but not overbearing. After meeting up with our group the next day, we learned that another person in our group had done this same class the day before us. However, she was the only person in the class and they made different dishes. She said it was a bit awkward being there by herself with no one to talk to once she got to eat her creations. That may be something you want to check when you book if you have any flexibility with your schedule - if and how many people have already booked the class to join you. I don't cook at home and I'm not a huge fan of Vietnamese food and I still throughly enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it. My boyfriend went to culinary school but had not had any training in this style cooking and also enjoyed the class very much. I really appreciated that they gave you a booklet to take home that includes some educational information and the recipes to what you made. They also genuinely offered to field any questions you may have via email or phone calls after you get home and try to experiment on your own. Those are nice touches to help make the experience longer-lasting.
Well-organized and food was great!