Hoi An


Choi doesn’t cook.


Because Choi does not know how to cook.

If you read my previous “cooking episodes” you will also concur that his so called “cooking” skills are sub par. Actually sub par maybe a compliment. It should be more like “non-existent” cooking skills.

So when Life Boss told Choi one day that he will be going to a cooking class in Hoi An, he went WTF.


Choi doesn’t cook and yet you take him to a cooking class? You want to embarrass him?


Alright fine. Cooking Class? Challenge Accepted.

First stop – morning markets.

Our first stop was at a local Vietnamese market. Our guide / chef / teacher (below) brought us around the market, and explained diligently some of the local produce that is used in Vietnamese Cuisine.

Too bad my memory is shit, as I don’t remember much of it anymore.

Hoi An

We walked around the market some more, saw some fish lying on the ground, flies on the meat.

Nothing out of the ordinary to be honest. It’s a local market in South East Asia.

You are supposed to clean the food anyways so I wasn’t turned off by these images:

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

After the market we went to the cooking school.

We got there and was immediately waved to the this small water canal.


What’s going on?

We are going crab fishing?

Cool! Sign me up!

 Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

This was so hard! We had a piece of pork (I assumed its pork anyways) strung at the end of a string. Our “boat operator” / very nice lady taught us to put the pork near the bamboo trees (is it bamboo trees?) to attract the crabs.

It looks something like this:

Hoi An

Even though this was hard as fuck we still were able to catch a couple of crabs.

And no, we did cook these crabs. We gave it back to our very nice lady operating our boat.

Did she cook the crabs?


Well…maybe. Not sure.


Hoi An

After a very lovely ride on the small water canal, we began our cooking lesson!

Time for Choi to fail!

And holy crap did he ever fail.

He just doesn’t have the skills and talent to cook properly. Its as if I just started to learn how to write. Everything was ugly and messy.

What made it worse is that we cooked A LOT OF FOOD, including:

  • Pho (so good)
  • Pancakges
  • Spring rolls
  • Mango Salad
  • Some eggplant dish

That doesn’t seem like a lot of food Choi.


This is a lot of food for Choi standards okay?

He never has to prepare food.

Life boss does that for him =p

But still. It was quite fun. Here are some pictures from the class:

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

I do see why people like to cook.

Because there’s a sense of accomplishment when you eat the food you prepare.

I get it. I get the addiction.

But I don’t like to eat the food that I make because it’s going to be absolutely shit.

So I will stick with eating Life Boss’ food (aka excuse for me to be lazy).

Anyways, this was a fun day. The food was delicious!

Hoi An

Hoi An

Written from Ljubljana, Air Bnb on July 1, 2018 

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