Choose from single-day to week-long courses and discover the nuances of Vietnamese cuisine, which embodies healthy, seasonal cooking with its intricately balanced flavours and textures.
Discover Vietnam’s Palate
- The Culinary Secrets of Vietnamese Cuisine
The Nam Hai Cooking Academy showcases centuries of rich culinary history led by Chef Hien Huynh’s expert knowledge of traditional flavours and time-honoured techniques.
- Homegrown produce
Tour our herb and vegetable gardens, which grow more than 43 seasonal varieties for the academy.
- Daily excursions
Every Cooking Academy day begins with an immersive trip – to the Tra Que vegetable village, the Phuoc Hai fishing village or nearby paddies.
- Work with a master
Chef Huynh Van Hien customizes day- and week-long programs to immerse everyone in the culture behind Vietnamese cuisine.
- Junior Academy
Even the little ones can try out their culinary ambitions with an hour-long course.
Meet the Team
Huynh Van HienChef
Chef Hien is a passionate custodian of Vietnamese cuisine who has been making life better with flavour since the age of 16. Growing up in a village outside Danang as the son of a fisherman and a seafood market vendor, he was gutting and preparing fish from a young age. Chef Hien is completely immersed in his craft and likes nothing more than seeing others enjoy his food and inspiring them to create their own edible masterpieces.
“Vietnamese cuisine is yin and yang. It’s all about balancing – spicy ginger with sweet duck or strong lemon or white basil in soups but milder sweet or red basil in salads.”
- Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
SSAM at The Nam Hai Cooking Academy
Smoky grilled meats and vibrant vegetables vie for attention next to pickled radish with an array of chef's favourite side dishes, all enhanced by taste-tingling dipping ssamjang. Choose from beef, pork and chicken alongside sizzling seafood.