June 4, 2011

HB Learns: Vietnamese Essentials

In case I haven't mentioned it a billion times already in my posts, my favorite cuisine of all time is Vietnamese.  Every place I go I am always on the lookout for great new restaurants and dishes to try.  After spending tons of money on summer rolls, pho, and bun over the years, I recently took the plunge and signed up for a cooking class at ICE so I could finally make meals on my own!  Around 15 people showed up for the four-hour Sunday evening session.  At the beginning of the class the instructor gave us a brief history of traditional Vietnamese ingredients and then he split us into 3 groups to prepare a number of dishes crafted by Andrea Nguyen, author of Intro the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors.

Throughout the night as we cooked the instructor provided demonstrations on proper cooking technique and was available for all of our questions and concerns. Overall my experience was very enjoyable and we had plenty of time to savor our meal and chat with our classmates at the end of class.  I had my first bánh mì sandwich ever (with msg!), absolutely loved the chicken stir-fried with lemongrass and chile, and devoured my oddly shaped shrimp summer rolls. I definitely recommend this class for the Vietnamese lover in all of us.  

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