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Hoi An Daily Cooking Class – Half Day



Situated on the banks of the Hoi An River, the Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School is designed to meet the growing demand from local and international travelers, for a quality Vietnamese dining experience with personal service and individual style.

Located in 2 acres of tropical surroundings, and only 2 km from the centre of Hoi An, Red Bridge is easily reached by car, bike, cyclo or boat – please see below for the Red Bridge free boat shuttle timetable.

The restaurant is open daily for lunch, and for dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Special group events / functions can be organized by request.

The cooking school offers a daily, half-day cooking tour that introduces travelers to Vietnamese cuisine. Suitable for all travelers, the program is a fun and interesting way to learn about the local food. The program runs with a minimum of 2 passengers.

We start the day (8.45am) with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tel: 863210) – our meeting point.

Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we have a chance to explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking class is an interesting and fun way to learn about the local cuisine – the class runs for about an hour and 15 minutes, and includes demonstrations from the school’s chefs as well as the chance for us to help prepare some dishes. Included in the demonstration is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).

Recipes (our food contains no MSG):

1. Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp – including the making of rice paper

2. Oyster Ginger Sauce

3. Warm Squid Salad served in half a Pineapple

4. Grilled Eggplant stuffed with Market Vegetables

5. Sweet & Sour Sauce

6. Hoi An pancakes (Banh Xeo)

Lunch includes the above meals as well as: Steamed Ocean Fish on a bed of freshly chopped vegetables (not included in the demonstration). A vegetarian lunch can be provided on request.

Finish at approximately 1.00pm – transfer back to central Hoi An.

The morning cooking tour  included:

Drink at Hai Scout Cafe

Local English speaking guide/chef

Boat trip (weather permitting)

Cooking demonstration & lunch

All recipes and notes

Transfer from Red Bridge Cooking School to central Hoi An


The morning cooking tour operates everyday of the year.

The program requires a minimum of two paying passengers to operate.

Private (afternoon & evening) tours are available upon request

Red Bridge Boat Timetable

Boat from Hoi An to Red Bridge departs from Bach Dang Street – opposite number 74 (Cafe Can).

Boat Shuttle is free of charge

25 minutes one-way

Please arrive 5-10mins before departure times

Bicycles can be taken on the boat