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Eating your way around the belly of Vietnam
If you fancy having a love affair eating your way around one of the hottest
culinary destinations in Indochina, then culinary journeys has designed
a special Vietnam tour particularly for food lovers and the serious gourmet
traveller. Working with an extensive network of colleagues in Vietnam to
develop the ultimate culinary experience, food writer and Asian food specialist,
of eating adventures that will take you the length of this breathtakingly
The extensive culinary programme is interwoven with local sightseeing, visits with local artists and to quality galleries, as well as to ceramic and lacquerware studios. We have carefully chosen 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation which takes your comfort on the tour into consideration, these range from boutique style to
the romantic colonial Continental hotel in Saigon where Graham Greene penned
his novel "The Quiet American". Your culinary journey will let you discover
the true essence of Vietnamese regional food and will expose you to the wonderful edible tapestry of flavours, smells and textures of the local cuisine. You will get to meet local chefs, cooks and their families, who are all willing to share their recipes, their warmth and hospitality with you.
We have chosen a mix of Vietnamese eateries that will expose you to the excitement
of eating "local". From the delectable street food to simple
cafés selling everything from a comforting Vietnamese Pho or grilled meats
and fish cooked on clay braziers to family run establishments made famous by ancient
recipes passed down from generation to generation.
So that you can glean all the secrets and be able to create your own Vietnamese
inspired meals once you return home, we have made sure you learn from top local
chefs and cooks. We have included several cooking lessons, taking you
behind the scenes of top hotel kitchens (Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi), to several
local restaurants all with excellent reputations for serving the best regional
dishes. Local english speaking guides will be on hand to translate for us as
we take in and explore a number of vibrant markets, each uniquely different,
selling fresh fish, tropical fruits, noodles, rice, herbs, vegetables and all
You will have many opportunities to learn about and taste regional specialties,
including local wines, beer, fruit smoothies and the excellent (and addictive!)
local coffee. As we travel into the Central highlands we get an insight into
the Vietnamese tea and coffee industry, and tasting on
For your sensual pleasure, we dine at some of the best restaurants which showcase
fine Vietnamese banquet style dining - the famous Club Opera in Hanoi
and the elegant Mandarine in Ho Chi Min City. In Hue, we are treated to the Imperial
cuisine that the chefs here are famous for as we drift along the Perfume
river while being entertained by traditional musicians. To provide a welcome
contrast to these we also eat where the locals enjoy superb home style cooking.
Some of the best food in Vietnam is the food enjoyed around and with her people.
We have designed this tour so that you will be able to capture the atmosphere
in which food is cooked, and taste for yourself the clear flavours and very
identifiable ingredients so characteristic of Vietnamese food.
It is not hard to be seduced by the pleasures of the Vietnamese table. We want you to also hold the memories and images of the glow from hot braziers, the smoky aroma of sizzling meats wrapped in vine leaves being cooked in the streets, the comfort of strangers next to you eating noodle soup at an early morning market place. This culinary adventure will open the doors to a whole new dimension of Vietnamese food and culture to you.
In Saigon, look for a souvenir T-shirt that says it all: "I got to Vietnam
Jennifer Yee, Food Concepts & Design
Regional Food & Arts tour of Vietnam
Vietnam Journey - Host Profiles
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