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Resorts such as Hue's La Residence offer instruction in Vietnamese cooking, but the most hands-on fun may be Hoi An's Red Bridge Cooking School. Classes gather at Hai Scout Café. After a tour of the waterfront market complete with shopping tips (a fresh squid should have clear eyes and hard, white flesh), students board a wooden boat for a 20-minute trip down the Hoi An River to Red Bridge Cooking School. With the wit and timing of stand-up comedians, instructors initiate neophyte chefs into the mysteries of carving vegetables for decorations, steaming fresh rice paper rolls, and making a Hoi An specialty, banh xeo, a crispy "pancake" topped with shrimp, spring onions, sprouts, and herbs. Best of all, students get to consume their handiwork. Book several days in advance, as the 8 am and 1:30 pm tutorialsan absolute bargain at $15often fill up early.
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