Tracey Lister

Chef Tracey Lister knows how to shop, cook and eat in Vietnam. She has been living in Hanoi or visiting regularly for the last 16 years.

Tracey and her family returned to Hanoi in April 2008 and she opened Hanoi Cooking Centre.

The Hanoi Cooking Centre is a purpose built cooking school and café nestled on the edge of the Old Quarter.

In October 2008, Tracey and her husband released KOTO, a culinary journey through Vietnam. It has since sold over 9000 copies in Australia, Japan, U.S.A. and Vietnam. Their second book Vietnamese Street Food was released in 2011 and has sold over 20,000 copies. Their third book Real Vietnamese Cooking was released early 2014 and Made in Vietnam in May 2017.

Tracey first came to live in Hanoi in 2000 after 15 years in the Melbourne restaurant scene, and was determined to put her extensive hospitality experience to good use.

Her opportunity came in the form of KOTO, a grass-roots charity that helps street kids to free themselves from the poverty cycle through vocational training. As the project’s first chef/trainer, Tracey’s contribution to the KOTO training project was to transform disadvantaged young people into sought after hospitality professionals.

Tracey’s time at KOTO allowed her to develop a deep appreciation of Vietnamese cuisine. Through research and professional relationships, Tracey has continued to explore the place of food in Vietnamese history and culture, from street stalls and market shopping to age-old family recipes and fine restaurants.

 In Vietnam she is acknowledged as an expert on Vietnamese food, as evident by her appointment as Executive Chef of the 1,000 years of Hanoi state banquet for 900 dignitaries.

Hands-On Cooking Class - Saturday 16th September 2017

5.30pm - 9.30pm, Cost $140

Join Tracey in this hands on cooking class as she showcases the variety and versatility of Vietnamese cuisine and come away with a broad understanding of ingredients and techniques. We will prepare a five course meal and then sit down and enjoy this for dinner. 

Includes – Tuition, recipes and shared meal with wine or beer.

Demonstration - Sunday 17th September 2017

12pm - 3.30pm, Cost $140

Join special guest Tracey Lister at Food I Am for an intimate afternoon of delicious food and wine, including an exclusive demonstration class and book signing. Tracey will showcase the variety and versatility of Vietnamese cuisine and you will come away with a broad understanding of ingredients and techniques

Food I Am is thrilled to welcome Tracey to Australia for this exciting event.

Ticket includes: Demonstration by Tracey Lister, sparkling wine on arrival, lunch today will be tastings of the menu with wine or beer.

Book now - Limited tickets available


Nem Ran So many variations of the humble spring roll through Vietnam but this is a favourite on our food tours

Fried Spring Roll with crab and wood ear mushroom

Nom muc buoi – A classic salad of citrus, herbs and seafood, with many variants

Squid, Pomelo & Vietnamese Herb Salad

Bo La Lot – One of my earliest introductions to Vietnamese street food. The aroma of the betel leaf charring holds a dear place in my culinary memory

Beef in Betel Leaf, Five Spice & Lemongrass

Nuoc cham truyen thong – A Vietnamese meal is not complete without this delicious sauce

Classic Dipping Sauce

Baby Chicken Char grilled with Kaffir Lime Leaf

Ga la chanh – Variations of this dish appear on bia hoi menus across Vietnam, but it is the version from central Vietnam we most enjoy

Egg Coffee

Ca phe trung – The egg cream in this Hanoi specialty is reminiscent of zabaglione