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 homecooking. 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 get 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.

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

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 homecooking. 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 get 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.

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

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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