Getting Hands On
At the Old Quarter’s heart is the Central Market, where stalls sell everything from dragonfruit to betel leaves and mounds of fresh tofu. A number also make cau lau, this handmade noodle pork dish is Hoi An’s culinary claim to fame. You can try it at hole-in-the wall restaurants, or perhaps learn how to make it yourself during a Scenic Freechoice activity: the Red Bridge Cooking Class.
Once you’ve scoured the market for ingredients, jump aboard a boat and cruise along the river to see where your food comes from, your journey taking you past lush fields before you land at your classroom wielding all the utensils you need to prepare your meal: think hand-cut noodles laced with sliced pork, crunchy rice crackers, spices and fragrant herbs.
Cau lau is one of those dishes that only costs a handful of coins to make, but that you’d gladly pay a king’s ransom for.
LEFT: Scenic Freechoice activity, Red Bridge Cooking Class