FROM FARM TO TABLE: Culinary and Photography Adventure in Ho Chi Minh City

For several unforgettable days in this summer, President Melissa Pang and a group of 50 members and their family members of the Cookery, Food and Wine Appreciation Interest Group and Photography Interest Group embarked on a self-funded culinary and photography adventure in and around Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The adventure started with a guided tour at the famous landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City where participants experienced firsthand the legendary vibrancy of the city through its street life, art and heritage.

The highlight of the adventure was the “From Farm to Table” cooking class at an agricultural village of Cu Chi where participants were first guided around the farm to learn and handpick many different vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices, before putting on aprons to whip up many local specialties in a professional cooking school.

Participants also took the chance to appreciate the culture and to learn the history of Saigon, and explored the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience crawling through one small segment out of the thousands of miles of the tunnel passageways below the jungle that the Viet Cong soldiers had used to hide themselves during the Vietnam War.

Needless to say, there were many photography opportunities. Amongst the crops on the farm, butterflies flitted here and there, the lilies bloomed and the cows grazed. The French influence on the architecture, as evidenced by the décor of the Saigon Central Post Office, City Opera House, and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, was simply magnificent.

Through food, photography and exploration, the group of 50 bonded to form lifelong friends, and are excited to continue to master the skills of photography and cooking in the upcoming trips!

Members who are interested in joining the events organised by the Cookery, Food and Wine Appreciation Interest Group and/or the Photography Interest Group, please contact us at

Reported by : Nick Chan, Louisa Lam and Hin Han Shum