A new way to learn about the culinary excellence and cultural wonders of far-flung countries around the world is creating a buzz among travellers and food lovers worldwide. Taking food tours is an increasingly popular holiday choice, with private cooking lessons offered in the kitchens of some of Asia’s best-known local chefs, providing travellers with a deeper understanding of a particular culture.
Food holidays in Vietnam are a particularly popular choice, with personalized trips arranged through companies like Culture Bites. Such professional culinary tours allow participants to learn as they travel, with shopping trips at local markets to select the freshest foods and visits to specialty shops known for their quality Vietnamese cooking tools. These fascinating experiences add a whole new dimension to the classes already attended by travellers on trips to Vietnam.
Culinary tours also include trips to cultural sites, where experts in local and national history can enlighten travellers on everything from local folklore to political history. After all, personal insights, private kitchen experiences, plus cooking tips and secrets are what real culinary learning should be all about.
Vietnamese cuisine is a blend of many seemingly contradictory ingredients and flavours, but the food has been keeping people healthy and happy for generations. Most dishes are carefully created to balance tastes and specific health benefits. The five healing “elements” of bitter (fire), sweet (earth), salty (water), sour (wood) and spicy (metal) mirror physical traits within the body and the combination varies based on seasonal changes. A limited use of dairy and oil, plus plenty of fresh veggies and herbs have made Vietnamese cooking respected and enjoyed around the world.
On a Vietnamese food tour, experts personally teach these fine points along with the wisdom and cultural heritage that have made Vietnam a unique nation for centuries. Days are filled with cooking and dining adventures, visits to cultural sites, and of course, plenty of time to relax and enjoy the whole experience.
With a choice of Vietnamese cities to visit, including Saigon, Hanoi, Hoi An and Hue, travellers can enter the land of the blue dragon, and learn from the inside about one of the richest culinary and cultural destinations on the planet.