Jackson's spice of life
If your child loves to cook, Anantara Hoi An Resort can provide them a treat they’ll long remember. Spice Spoons is a one-onone, two-and-a-half-hour lunchtime cooking class in which one of the resort’s Vietnamese chefs guides them in the preparation of a mouth-watering feast, and our son Jackson took the course to celebrate his 16th birthday. For 90 minutes Jackson grates, peels and slices, cooking all his own meats, vegetables and herbs, with the addition of appropriate sauces, and learns how to create such eyecatching creations like a “tomato flower”.
When he is done we get to benefit. After all, someone has to appreciate all his hard work. So we sit in a lovely poolside pavilion with white tablecloth, fine china and all the trimmings.
The dishes Jackson created were Pho Bo, the beef noodle soup that unites the nation; Deep Fried Pork Rolls with carrot, sweet potato, taro, glass noodles, shallot and mushrooms wrapped in rice paper; and Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaf, where minced beef is mixed with herbs, lemongrass, crushed peanuts, curry powder and shallots, wrapped in a betel leaf and charcoal-grilled for six minutes. But whatever dishes you choose, Anantara will give your child an appreciation of Vietnam’s unique culinary heritage.