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Host: Lua

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

USD
$28-$44 per person

Authentic, homestyle Vietnamese cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Lua

Lua lives a dual life – during the day she works for a law firm and in the evening she offers cooking classes out of her home. Originally from the north of Vietnam, Lua has lived in the south for more than 20 years and can cook both North and South Vietnamese dishes. She is passionate about cooking (and eating) healthy food, and also loves to travel (she has visited 13 countries and counting!) She practices yoga, meditation and Latin dance for a healthy mind and body. Lua first learned to cook when she was five years old. She was often asked to help around the kitchen with small chores and that got her very curious and interested in food and cooking. She learned most of the traditional recipes she cooks from her family, and also loves experimenting with ingredients and flavors to create her own dishes. An experience with Lua is not just about cooking and eating home food, but also about spending time together to talk, share stories, and exchange culture.

“I would like to help travelers have the best, most unique traveling experience and also help them discover the city as much as possible.”

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: (2-6 guests) Lua lives in a simple apartment in Ho Chi Minh's District 4 with her aunt. Her home has a fantastic view of the city! Lua specializes in authentic and healthy home-style dishes, using high quality ingredients (free of MSG) and also ingredients that are easily available all over the world. A few authentic Vietnamese dishes that you might try at Lua’s home are gỏi gà xé phay (chicken salad with cabbage, carrot, herbs and fish sauce dressing) or canh chua tôm (sweet and sour prawn soup with pineapple, tomato, tamarind and herbs), gà chiên nước mắm (fish sauce fried chicken) and of course steamed rice. End your meal with a traditional Vietnamese dessert like xhè chuối (banana pudding with coconut milk and peanuts).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Lua focuses on keeping her menu simple to ensure you can easily re-create the dishes you learn with her in your own kitchen. During your cooking lesson, help Lua prepare 2-3 traditional Vietnamese dishes from scratch in her kitchen. First, Lua will advise you on how best to prepare the dish and then she will guide you step-by-step through the entire cooking process, sharing her secret tips to ensure you get the best results. After you finish cooking, sit down together to enjoy your authentic home-cooked Vietnamese meal.

Notes: Lua can offer Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Lactose-intolerant and MSG-free meals. If you are interested in eating or learning to make a specific dish during your experience, please let Lua know at the time of booking.

Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese

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.
  • Gỏi cuốn – Fresh summer rolls with pork, prawn, vegetables, herbs and peanut butter dipping sauce
  • Bò kho - Vietnamese beef stew with carrot, lemongrass, herbs, a spicy sauce and noodles
  • Chè chuối - Banana pudding with coconut milk

Traveler reviews

A lovely in-home cooking experience in Lua's kitchen, Saigon Through my travel agent, I signed up for a private cooking class on my last day in Saigon. It made my trip special for several reasons: 1. I learned a lot about Vietnamese foods; 2. I got to visit the home of a young woman who moved to the city as a young adult; 3. I enjoyed freshly cooked food, with very fresh ingredients -- one of the best meals I had during my 17 days in the country! Lua explained a lot about each ingredient, and I was very happy with the way she shared tasks. Very clean, very organized, and I was also so pleased to receive the recipes Lua emailed me later.
- Ruth March 27, 2019

Lua’s Kitchen was an absolutely delightful and colorful cooking experience. With fresh fruits and veggies laid out on the table when we entered, I knew it was going to be a delicious and healthy meal. I enjoyed that Lua had a few different selections of rice paper to try out different spring roll options. She was such a great host, offering great conversation and delicious Vietnamese coffee. It was a pleasure to spend the evening learning from Lua, and sampling all the different foods.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Sara

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Lua

$28-$44 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
Not offered $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:30am-12:30pm 6:30pm-9:30pm

Meet Lua

Lua lives a dual life – during the day she works for a law firm and in the evening she offers cooking classes out of her home. Originally from the north of Vietnam, Lua has lived in the south for more than 20 years and can cook both North and South Vietnamese dishes. She is passionate about cooking (and eating) healthy food, and also loves to travel (she has visited 13 countries and counting!) She practices yoga, meditation and Latin dance for a healthy mind and body. Lua first learned to cook when she was five years old. She was often asked to help around the kitchen with small chores and that got her very curious and interested in food and cooking. She learned most of the traditional recipes she cooks from her family, and also loves experimenting with ingredients and flavors to create her own dishes. An experience with Lua is not just about cooking and eating home food, but also about spending time together to talk, share stories, and exchange culture.

“I would like to help travelers have the best, most unique traveling experience and also help them discover the city as much as possible.”

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: (2-6 guests) Lua lives in a simple apartment in Ho Chi Minh's District 4 with her aunt. Her home has a fantastic view of the city! Lua specializes in authentic and healthy home-style dishes, using high quality ingredients (free of MSG) and also ingredients that are easily available all over the world. A few authentic Vietnamese dishes that you might try at Lua’s home are gỏi gà xé phay (chicken salad with cabbage, carrot, herbs and fish sauce dressing) or canh chua tôm (sweet and sour prawn soup with pineapple, tomato, tamarind and herbs), gà chiên nước mắm (fish sauce fried chicken) and of course steamed rice. End your meal with a traditional Vietnamese dessert like xhè chuối (banana pudding with coconut milk and peanuts).

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Lua focuses on keeping her menu simple to ensure you can easily re-create the dishes you learn with her in your own kitchen. During your cooking lesson, help Lua prepare 2-3 traditional Vietnamese dishes from scratch in her kitchen. First, Lua will advise you on how best to prepare the dish and then she will guide you step-by-step through the entire cooking process, sharing her secret tips to ensure you get the best results. After you finish cooking, sit down together to enjoy your authentic home-cooked Vietnamese meal.

Notes: Lua can offer Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Lactose-intolerant and MSG-free meals. If you are interested in eating or learning to make a specific dish during your experience, please let Lua know at the time of booking.

Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese

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.
  • Gỏi cuốn – Fresh summer rolls with pork, prawn, vegetables, herbs and peanut butter dipping sauce
  • Bò kho - Vietnamese beef stew with carrot, lemongrass, herbs, a spicy sauce and noodles
  • Chè chuối - Banana pudding with coconut milk

Traveler reviews

A lovely in-home cooking experience in Lua's kitchen, Saigon Through my travel agent, I signed up for a private cooking class on my last day in Saigon. It made my trip special for several reasons: 1. I learned a lot about Vietnamese foods; 2. I got to visit the home of a young woman who moved to the city as a young adult; 3. I enjoyed freshly cooked food, with very fresh ingredients -- one of the best meals I had during my 17 days in the country! Lua explained a lot about each ingredient, and I was very happy with the way she shared tasks. Very clean, very organized, and I was also so pleased to receive the recipes Lua emailed me later.
- Ruth March 27, 2019

Lua’s Kitchen was an absolutely delightful and colorful cooking experience. With fresh fruits and veggies laid out on the table when we entered, I knew it was going to be a delicious and healthy meal. I enjoyed that Lua had a few different selections of rice paper to try out different spring roll options. She was such a great host, offering great conversation and delicious Vietnamese coffee. It was a pleasure to spend the evening learning from Lua, and sampling all the different foods.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Sara

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $28 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Alcohol
$4 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:30am-12:30pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
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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    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").

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