Explore the culinary landscape of Vietnam in a day. Explore the Hoi An Central Market and Tra Que village, known for the organic vegetables and the herbs grown in the area. After a bike ride to collect ingredients, head to the kitchen with a chef to cook a delicious, traditional meal.
Pedal leisurely into downtown Hoi. Admire its grand architecture, Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, and ancient tea warehouses as your guide explains the history of the town and how it has changed throughout time.
Reach the banks of the Thu Bon River and visit the bustling Hoi An Central Market. Breathe in the heady fragrance of herbs and spices and admire the colorful silks as you shop. Learn to bargain for goods like a local, walking from stall to stall as your guide buys the ingredients for your cooking session.
Next, continue on toward the village of Tra Que. Once here, your guide explains why this village is famous for its produce and herbs. Visit local farmers' gardens to observe traditional working methods, and then head to the kitchen.
With your expert guide and chef describing flavors, ingredients, and techniques, prepare a fantastic meal with the produce from the market. You might make tam huu (crispy spring rolls), banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake), or grilled fish, fresh from the sea. Other typical dishes like green papaya salad and Vietnamese hot pot might also be on the menu. When everything's ready, sit down with your group and enjoy your meal together.