Modern day food tours have heightened the expectations of travellers. For curious food lovers, professional cooks or culture vultures, tours with a company like Culture Bites inspire an appetite for learning about every aspect of a country’s cuisine. They are no longer simple trips that drop participants into a city or town to eat whatever they choose (although that can be part of the tour). Instead, a luxury food holiday takes participants deep into the heart of a country’s cuisine, people and culture.
Vietnam is a great example a country that offers visitors a huge variety of culinary secrets and cultural delights. A trip to the capital and cultural hub, Hanoi, for example, can include a visit to the Dong Wuan market to select fresh cooking ingredients with the help of an expert chef. There, visitors learn how to select the freshest spring onions, the most succulent cuts of beef and the most delicate spices, as well as finding out how to grace a bowl with just the right amount of lime and chilli.
Visiting local shops that sell specialty cooking equipment can also be part of a food tour in Vietnam. Participants can learn what makes a perfect sieve and ladle before using them in a personal cooking session. An accomplished local chef will also explain every part of the preparation process, offering insights based on experience and delivering information in a way that’s easy to understand and remember.
With a wide choice of locations and kitchens to cook in, not to mention the vast range of dishes to prepare; private cooking lessons and cultural tours in Vietnam are definitely among the most varied and enjoyable in the world, which is why professional companies like Culture Bites make sure Vietnam is always included in their bespoke offerings.