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Host: Maia

Hanoi, Vietnam

USD
$28-$58 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

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

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 authentic Vietnamese dishes from scratch. She will teach you to cook some of her favorite Vietnamese foods which you will later enjoy along 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. You will take a five minute taxi ride back to her home for your cooking experience.

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

Languages spoken: English

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

The experience is absolutely unique. Maia is a host that makes you feel comfortable and inside of her world. I hope I can repeat some day and enjoy like I just did. Thanks so much. Traveling Spoon provides experienced and rich gastronomic experiences. Not the average ones, they provide the authentic and real ones. I felt involved in the local culture visiting markets I wouldn't have visit on my own. This is an experience for real foodies.
- Juan September 29, 2017

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

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

"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

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

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Maia

$28-$58 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$32 $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $36 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $52 $52
Street Food Tour
$58 $52 $52
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$32 $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $36 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $52 $52
Street Food Tour
$58 $52 $52
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
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 Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Street Food Tour
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

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

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

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 authentic Vietnamese dishes from scratch. She will teach you to cook some of her favorite Vietnamese foods which you will later enjoy along 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. You will take a five minute taxi ride back to her home for your cooking experience.

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

Languages spoken: English

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

The experience is absolutely unique. Maia is a host that makes you feel comfortable and inside of her world. I hope I can repeat some day and enjoy like I just did. Thanks so much. Traveling Spoon provides experienced and rich gastronomic experiences. Not the average ones, they provide the authentic and real ones. I felt involved in the local culture visiting markets I wouldn't have visit on my own. This is an experience for real foodies.
- Juan September 29, 2017

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

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

"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

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

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$32 $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $36 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $52 $52
Street Food Tour
$58 $52 $52
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$32 $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$40 $36 $36
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $52 $52
Street Food Tour
$58 $52 $52
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
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 Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Street Food Tour
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

    Your safety and security are our top priority. To ensure this, Traveling Spoon personally vets 100% of all hosts, including an in-person host visit, to ensure each host and experience meets our strict quality requirements.

    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.