Host: Maia

Hanoi, Vietnam

USD
$22-$50 per person

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Maia

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Maia

Friendly, curious, exuberant Maia welcomes you to her urban home in a residential neighborhood in Hanoi. In her house, she will introduce you to her style of Vietnamese home cooking. Maia is a social butterfly who loves to share her culture and cuisine with visitors. She runs a travel agency and will offer recommendations for places to explore - and eat! - in Hanoi.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Join Maia for a casual, fun meal of some of her favorite dishes. She prepares seasonal Vietnamese dishes like soups filled with verdant greens, la lot leaves stuffed with seasoned pork, bun cha nem (grilled pork and fried spring rolls on fresh vermicelli), stir-fried squid with vegetables, banana flower salad, sautéed vegetables, and crispy fried tofu in tomato sauce. Finish your meal with Maia's egg coffee and seasonal fruit. The menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Maia will teach you to prepare 2-3 dishes from scratch. She will teach you to cook some of her favorite Vietnamese foods which you will later enjoy with a few dishes that she will have prepared in advance. Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about 1.5-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Maia will take you to the Xuan La market, which is a short taxi ride from her home. At the market she'll show you a variety of goods for sale, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood. Maia will show you how to pick the freshest vegetables from the vendors, and how to barter and buy a few items for use in your meal. Continue back her house by taxi, about 5 minutes, where you'll start cooking.

Notes: Your host requests that you please remove your shoes when entering the home.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Crispy tofu in tomato sauce
  • Papaya or banana flower salad
  • Caramel stewed pork
  • Stir-fried morning glory

Traveler reviews

Maia was very friendly, and took time to weave conversation and laughter into the coming experience. It made for a very fun evening. After dinner, we went into Hanoi to sample egg coffee in a local cafe.... a great experience! Maia also shared stories of the ingredients, traditions and flavors. Spending an evening with Maia and her family was one of my best memories of Hanoi! - Dan

"I did not cook with Maia. However I spent some time with her during the housewarming she invited me too (the reason she couldn't accept my request). So this review is about Maia herself. Maia is extremely friendly and hospitable: she threw her house open to a group of strangers with no material incentive. She is both curious and knowledgeable about food and it's preparation. I loved spending time talking to her about Hanoi and Vietnam's culture (both food and general), and got a great deal out of the encounter even without cooking." - WillJ, traveler who was invited to Maia's housewarming but did not go on a paid Traveling Spoon experience

Maia was a fantastic host. We enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Maia took us to a nearby market where we purchased fresh ingredients and interacted with the ladies at the market. We then spent time at Maia's lovely home and met her Mom and nephew. Under Maia's instruction, we cooked and talked like old friends right from the beginning! It was wonderful to sit down at the table with her family and eat Vietnamese food as locals would. We learned a lot more than just cooking as we shared information about our cultures. We left as friends. A fantastic experience. - Jack & Debbie

Both of our Traveling Spoon experiences this trip took us out of the more touristy areas and into neighborhoods we would not have otherwise visited. It was a really great way to see other parts of Vietnam and 'travel/eat like a local'. Maia was a great host - we met her and her business partner, as well as her mom and her niece. They were all really sweet. Maia did a great job of making sure we were comfortable during our time there. In addition to making some incredible food, Maia also sent us off with tons of recommendations of different places to go in Hanoi, which we did the next day. Overall, an amazing experience, highly recommended! - Brian

Our lunch with Maia was a great experience. She was friendly, inviting, curious, patient, and a great cook. Maia’s food was simple and clean and delicious and the presentation was excellent. She prepared many items for us and they were all quite different. She was curious and asked us questions and let us ask many questions as well. She is charming and should definitely earn a spot on the TS map! - Christina, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Maia

$22-$50 USD

per person
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Meet Maia

Friendly, curious, exuberant Maia welcomes you to her urban home in a residential neighborhood in Hanoi. In her house, she will introduce you to her style of Vietnamese home cooking. Maia is a social butterfly who loves to share her culture and cuisine with visitors. She runs a travel agency and will offer recommendations for places to explore - and eat! - in Hanoi.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Join Maia for a casual, fun meal of some of her favorite dishes. She prepares seasonal Vietnamese dishes like soups filled with verdant greens, la lot leaves stuffed with seasoned pork, bun cha nem (grilled pork and fried spring rolls on fresh vermicelli), stir-fried squid with vegetables, banana flower salad, sautéed vegetables, and crispy fried tofu in tomato sauce. Finish your meal with Maia's egg coffee and seasonal fruit. The menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Maia will teach you to prepare 2-3 dishes from scratch. She will teach you to cook some of her favorite Vietnamese foods which you will later enjoy with a few dishes that she will have prepared in advance. Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about 1.5-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Maia will take you to the Xuan La market, which is a short taxi ride from her home. At the market she'll show you a variety of goods for sale, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood. Maia will show you how to pick the freshest vegetables from the vendors, and how to barter and buy a few items for use in your meal. Continue back her house by taxi, about 5 minutes, where you'll start cooking.

Notes: Your host requests that you please remove your shoes when entering the home.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Crispy tofu in tomato sauce
  • Papaya or banana flower salad
  • Caramel stewed pork
  • Stir-fried morning glory

Traveler reviews

Maia was very friendly, and took time to weave conversation and laughter into the coming experience. It made for a very fun evening. After dinner, we went into Hanoi to sample egg coffee in a local cafe.... a great experience! Maia also shared stories of the ingredients, traditions and flavors. Spending an evening with Maia and her family was one of my best memories of Hanoi! - Dan

"I did not cook with Maia. However I spent some time with her during the housewarming she invited me too (the reason she couldn't accept my request). So this review is about Maia herself. Maia is extremely friendly and hospitable: she threw her house open to a group of strangers with no material incentive. She is both curious and knowledgeable about food and it's preparation. I loved spending time talking to her about Hanoi and Vietnam's culture (both food and general), and got a great deal out of the encounter even without cooking." - WillJ, traveler who was invited to Maia's housewarming but did not go on a paid Traveling Spoon experience

Maia was a fantastic host. We enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Maia took us to a nearby market where we purchased fresh ingredients and interacted with the ladies at the market. We then spent time at Maia's lovely home and met her Mom and nephew. Under Maia's instruction, we cooked and talked like old friends right from the beginning! It was wonderful to sit down at the table with her family and eat Vietnamese food as locals would. We learned a lot more than just cooking as we shared information about our cultures. We left as friends. A fantastic experience. - Jack & Debbie

Both of our Traveling Spoon experiences this trip took us out of the more touristy areas and into neighborhoods we would not have otherwise visited. It was a really great way to see other parts of Vietnam and 'travel/eat like a local'. Maia was a great host - we met her and her business partner, as well as her mom and her niece. They were all really sweet. Maia did a great job of making sure we were comfortable during our time there. In addition to making some incredible food, Maia also sent us off with tons of recommendations of different places to go in Hanoi, which we did the next day. Overall, an amazing experience, highly recommended! - Brian

Our lunch with Maia was a great experience. She was friendly, inviting, curious, patient, and a great cook. Maia’s food was simple and clean and delicious and the presentation was excellent. She prepared many items for us and they were all quite different. She was curious and asked us questions and let us ask many questions as well. She is charming and should definitely earn a spot on the TS map! - Christina, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$30 $25 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $36 $30
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
$50 $48 $48
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation