Private Cooking Experiences

CODE: P65CLU  |  Class Size: 2-4 people  |  Skill Level: All  |  Ages: 16+ years old 3 Hours  |  Melbourne START BOOKING NOW


Experience our best food walking tour and Asian cooking class in Melbourne. Our experienced chef show pick up fresh produce to cook dishes of your choice. Informative, hands on, easy-going so you are sure to have a great time.


  • Your own private chef and exclusive use of the OTAO Kitchen Cooking School venue
  • Private Market Tour and Cooking Class guided by your chef
  • Use of all cooking equipment and utensils, including apron
  • The freshest quality food and ingredients all provided and locally sourced on the day from the Victoria Street food markets
  • Complimentary refresher drinks throughout the class, plenty of food and a bottle of sparkling wine to enjoy it with
  • Your choice of menu (gluten-free and other dietary options can be catered to). Your chef will discuss your requirements with you.



Beginning at an authentic Asian grocery store, Minh Phat, learn how to pick the best products and get inspiration for composing your gourmet Vietnamese, Thai or Japanese menus. We then head off down Victoria Street for the rest of the tour. Here you may see some Victoria Street restaurant owners shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables for their restaurant. Along the Victoria Street Food Tour, you will gain insight into the history of Richmond and be introduced to the best bakeries, grocers, fishmongers and kitchen tool stores. You will discover fragrant fresh herbs, tropical fruits and seafoods and have the chance to ask about some exotic ingredients. You’ll also learn how Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese recipes are made and sample some of the popular dishes from our local restaurants.
Location to Meet: at Minh Phat Supermarket 2-8 Nicholson St Abbotsford VIC 3067
Location to Finish: at OTAO Kitchen 360 Victoria Street, Richmond


Discover where our chefs shop for the best fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat and essential pantry ingredients. Then back to the cooking school for hands on preparation of a selection of classic Vietnamese dishes. You will eat what you cook with complimentary beers, wines and refresher. Some of Vietnamese dishes that you can expect to cook. Alternatively you can send us a list of dishes you like to cook. 

For a couple keen to do something alternative, participative, unusual, affordable and more interesting that your average turkey lunch, we've got ideas for you. 



For things to do in Melbourne, you can't get more immersed in food culture than the Dumplings Party. Learning to make dumplings is a true culinary escapade, both inside and outside of the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese  popular cultures.  Beginning  with making the perfect dough then learn how to shape  your best dumplings, get inspiration for composing your gourmet JapaneseVietnamese and Chinese menus.

  • Complimentary rice paper rolls
  • Choice of Pork, Chicken, Prawn Dumplings or Vegetarian Dumpling
  • Steamed rice dumplings in banana leaf
  • Fruits and drink

*Gluten free dumplings available


Explore Vietnamese heritage and traditional cooking with many dishes with fresh herbs, vegetables and choice of meats and seafood dishes to cook and share. Great with “pick and choose” or substitutes what each person wants to eat. Definitely choice for cooking party with dietary (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian…) friendly, and healthy choice.

  • Chả giò - Spring rolls - Vegetarian or Pork or Chicken 
  • Goi Cuon – Fresh Rice  Paper Rolls,  Nuoc Cham - Fish sauce dip
  • Cha Tom - Sugar Cane Prawn
  • Bo La Lot - Beef in betel leaf
  • Hoanh Thanh - Wontons
  • Banh xeo - Saigon pancake and stuffings
  • Bun Thit Nuong - Pork and Vermicelli Salad
  • Chè Trôi Nước – Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings. 



Unique and sophisticated, Japan is a country of binaries. It works beautifully both the traditional and ultra-modern, and hosts buzzing cities alongside stunning natural landscapes. Japanese food is notoriously nutritious, with a diet based around fresh fish, soy, fermented produce. Please note some of the Japanese dishes has ready-made produce and quite often we can’t substitute for other ingredients well - gluten, soy and fish are prominent on the menu.

  • Cup of Miso Soup 
  • Goya Dumplings pork and ginger filling
  • Sushi Makings with pickles, fish, meats
  • Okonomiyaki Japanese pancake
  • Daikon Salad with sesame dressing
  • Ramen Noodle, Pork and Broth
  • Japanese teriyaki (Chicken, Beef Or Seafood) with Rice
  • DaikonSalad with sesame dressing


Great cooking party with fresh herbs, vegetables and choice of meats and seafood dishes. Most dishes will have elements i.e fresh herbs, fish sauce, shrimp paste, curry paste, coconut cream, rice, chilli spices. Though Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for its amazing balance of sour, sweet, bitter and salty it’s actually easy to make. Great choice for cooking party wanting to share dishes – for example large green chicken curry or spicy Thai salad!

  • Curry Making + Thai Dipping Sauce
  • Fish Cakes, Bean and Lime Leaf  
  • Green Chicken Curry, Bean, Eggplant
  • Tom Yum Goong - Spicy shrimp soup or chicken
  • Thai Salad - vegetarian or w/ beef
  • Festive Rice + Duck Curry 
  • Candied bananas (kluay naam waa cheuam)


  • Dine along Victoria Street's Restaurant strip
  • Walk or ride along the Yarra River Trail
  • Visit Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre with IKEA
  • Find a bargain along the Bridge Road Shopping Precinct
  • Enjoy a beverage at one of the many pubs and bars

Come along by yourself and meet like-minded new friends or get a group together and share the experience of the Victoria Street Food Tour.

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