A new age has dawned when it comes to travel and tours, and it offers dynamic experiences and learning opportunities, much of them in the world’s kitchens. Travelling foodies, chefs and amateur cooks alike have discovered the appeal of professionally organized food tours.
Providing far more than simply a wide variety of tastes and flavours, todays professional food tours are led by skilled, professional guides and chefs (often one and the same) who inform travellers about the inner workings of a culture from its street level stalls to its high society restaurants.
Vietnam is one of the popular destinations for such tours, and as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, predicted by economists to be in the top ten by 2025, it is an exciting country to visit. E exploring its cuisine alongside a knowledgable chef is one of the unique opportunities offered on a trip with companies such as Culture Bites Food Tours.
The cultural heart of Vietnam, Hue, is a fabulous location for such a tour, as it offers a host of memorable cooking adventures. After discovering how to select ingredients and add spice with lemongrass, lime and mint, participants can become proficient at making dishes such as Bun Bo Hue, the locally favored dish with thicker noodles than its more well-known cousin, Phở, and offering a rich balance of sour, sweet, salty and spicy flavors that clearly demonstrate why Vietnamese dishes are so popular around the world.
Visitors to Hue can also learn about the fascinating history of the city’s Nguyen Dynasty and see the tombs and citadel that make it a famous site across Southeast Asia. Sadly, many of the older buildings were destroyed during the Vietnam War, which itself forms another chapter in the city’s intriguing past.
Guided Vietnam food trips reveal secrets you won’t learn in any cooking class back home, and learning tips from cultural experts adds more inspiration to the journey. Tours can be arranged for a few days, or longer journeys can be enjoyed with specially orchestrated side trips to various national attractions, with special stops at famous local restaurants. The itinerary can even be planned in advance with visitors’ taste preferences in mind, making for one of the best travel and culinary adventures available today.