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Discover Centuries of Culinary Delights

Unlock the secrets of one of the healthiest cuisines at The Nam Hai Cooking Academy
Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnamese cuisine uses very little dairy or oil, making it one of the healthiest in the world. Fragrant herbs and local vegetables take centre stage, and ingredients are as fresh as they come, handpicked onsite at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An daily. Each dish is a perfect balance of taste, texture, fragrance and colour. The cuisine’s five fundamental taste elements – spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet – are kept in synchronicity through the extensive use of fresh herbs, spices and aromatics. Combined according to ancient principles of yin and yang, they enliven the senses and bring harmony and good health to the body (many of them have powerful medicinal properties).

The Nam Hai Cooking Academy showcases centuries of culinary history, home-grown ingredients and Chef Tran Thi Hong's expert knowledge of traditional flavours and unique techniques. Daily culinary themes span the length of the country – from Hanoi’s haute cuisine to Hoi An’s street food, traditional imperial dishes to local favourites – with each day’s cooking supplemented by an excursion to a local place of culinary interest. Whether on a single or multi-day course, students have access to their own personal cooking station and professional hands-on tuition from some of the best Vietnamese chefs in the business.