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I had never taken a cooking class in my life and have wanted to for a while. Hoi An is one of the best places for food in Vietnam and I figured it would be the perfect place for my first class. I did my usual thorough research online and decided on the Morning Glory Cooking School. They offer a variety of classes at reasonable prices and have excellent reviews. I wanted to take the culinary intensive course, but you need a group of at least 6. My only option as a solo traveler was the cooking for beginner to intermediate course. The class begins with a 1 hour tour of the market, then there is a 2 1/2 hour cooking class. The market tour was really geared towards beginners. Fellow classmates were seeing dragon fruit and bittermelon for the first time… The magic happened when we returned to Morning Glory restaurant. Our class was taught by 3rd generation chef, owner of 3 restaurants, and love of my life, Miss Vy. She was incredible. Her English was really good and she blended history and tradition with modern science when explaining her nation’s cuisine. I knew it was love when she started advocating pork fat. We got to make and enjoy four delicious dishes. The class was an amazing experience and I highly recommend any visitor to Hoi An to take a class from Miss Vy at Morning Glory.

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