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“Perfect cooking class”
Review of Thuan Tinh Island

Thuan Tinh Island
Ranked #12 of 132 things to do in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Great from start to finish. Picked up from our hotel and taken round the local market by Hien. She showed us different food and herbs from the market as we bought them to cook with later and answered any questions we had. Enjoyable boat trip to the island. Everything beautifully set out and everything ran so efficiently. The team were great and speedy. Made about 4 different courses, all of which were explained and demonstrated well and you were looked after throughout, so those who cannot cook at all don't need to worry. Great bottomless passion fruit juice too! All delicious! Then dropped straight back to your hotel with all the recipes to keep. Hien was fantastic! Would highly recommend to anyone who loves food!!

3  Thank fralex10
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Found this on recommendation of The Guardian newspaper. Picked up from Hotel taken to market. Shown around market picking up the fresh ingredients needed for the cooking and informed on the different herbs and spices available. Then on to river boat for cruise to the island where we were to cook.
We then transferred to coracles. My daughters thought this was the best thing being spun round very fast to Gangnam Style. As mentioned on other reviews probably not great if raining.
At the cooking school we were shown how to separate rice and make rice milk. We then went to the class room where the chief showed us how to make four dishes along with their accompaniments. Really well done. We were then dropped back at our hotel but were asked if we wanted to go back to Hoi An.
Overall a great experience for everyone. There were 12 in our group with both adults and children including two vegetarians (who were well catered for) all enjoying both the cooking and the food. Even my fussing oldest daughter loved the food but not so much the meat market!!!

4  Thank R3v13w3r
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

I'll just get the negative part out of the way first:
We went on a rainy day and were supplied with plastic raincoats to stay dry which was fine through the markets but we got wet and cold on the boat from the rain and the wind. Once we got off the boat we got back in a car only to drive a short distance and get on another rowed boat which we waited about 5 minutes for in the pouring rain so we were soaked and shaking from the cold by this point. This would have been a wonderful experience on a dry day but it should be whether dependant. I would rather miss out on the boat and arrive warm and dry.

Apart from this, we enjoyed our experience. The market tour was educational and it was nice to see that they picked out fresh ingredients. We cooked a large range of food with some great demonstrations which made our job easier. There is an endless supply of passionfruit juice which is a nice touch and they teach you how to make rice milk at the beginning of the experience. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and were impressed with the food.

1  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Tour was awesome. Our guide/teacher Trang was wonderful. She is a friendly young lady with very good English, excellent communication skills and lovely sense of humor. Pick up was on time, we joined other participants (total 12 persons in our group) and then we were given shopping bags and headed to the busy market. Trang picked all the ingredients and while doing this she explained how to pick perfect pineapple and fresh shrimp. We got to know all the aromatic greens and smell them. Really helpful for later when we go grocery shopping. The shopping bags were then collected and we boarded a boat for 35 minutes and then another small boat for some of us but for others including me she wisely advised us to go on a van. When we arrived at the cooking school in the village, there were several tables each set for 6 people. Our group had for that had all utensils needed including a small stove. Each group had their guide/instructor but we did not feel their presence once we started.
Trang then demonstrated the old way of making rice milk, and then let several of us give it a try. The cooking class then flowed beautifully with Trang explained each of the four dishes in a clear and simple way, with lots of tips and DOs and DON'Ts then after each demonstration each member of the group will go to their place and do it while Trang supervised everyone and was quick to respond to calls for help. When we finished and as Trang was explainig the next dish our long tables were cleaned and new ingredients placed for the next dish. So it was highly organized and efficient.
It amazes me that with the right ingredients and the right technique all of us adults and children with different cooking skills managed to make delicious and beautifully presented dishes. This is all thanks to Trang's excellent tips.
We had a great time cooking and eating what we cooked. And it was a very delicious meal because the ingredients were fresh from the market and we ate each course just after cooking it. There was plenty of refills of passion fruit juice all along. And we had pineapple sliced for dessert. She gave us printed recipes so we can cook the dishes again and also a cutting tool as a gift.
Not to be missed if you visit Hoi An.

3  Thank WRashed
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Thank you very much to Trang for a great morning! After a whizz round the market with a quick crash course on Vietnamese herbs and how to buy shellfish, we made our way by boat to the breezy and well laid out cooking school. We made fresh shrimp roll, crispy pancake, beef noodle salad and beef pho. Really tasty and hope to recreate when I get home - if I can find the many Vietnamese herbs!

1  Thank Kita B
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