The Best Hong Kong Food Tours and Cooking Classes
Hong Kong welcomes you with an iconic skyline, a legendary kitchen, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colorful traditions thrive. You may find yourself swaying along on a historic double-decker tram, cheering with the hordes at the city-center horse races, or simply gazing out at the glorious harbor. Escape the city limits on one of the world's smoothest transport systems and spend your day wandering in a Song-dynasty village, hiking on a deserted island or kayaking among volcanic sea arches. The city also offers a plethora of shopping opportunities. Every budget, need, and whim is catered to by an impressive assortment of venues. It is also one of the world's top culinary capitals. So deep is the city's love of food and so broad its culinary repertoire that whatever your gastronomic desires, Hong Kong will find a way to sate them. Underneath the glass and steel of Hong Kong's commercial persona is a dynamic cultural landscape where its Chinese roots, colonial connections, with options like indie music by the harbor or Chinese opera in a bamboo theatre, plus thousands of shows staged year-round at the city's many museums and concert halls. With so much to see, do, and taste Hong Kong is a great place to experience, and there are several options for experiencing the culinary delights of the city.
In the morning, meet your guide and small group at Sham Shui Po MTR Station, located in one of Hong Kong's most intriguing neighborhoods. Follow your guide on foot down a food trail off the beaten path to six tasting locations - local eateries and specialty shops - for a taste of both sweet and savory classics. Start your walking tour with a stop at Hong Kong Style Café (Cha Chang Teng) for a typical Hong Kong breakfast. Then, head to a soy specialty store and sip some of the freshest soymilk as you learn about the three different soy products sold at the shop. Afterward, follow your guide to a Chinese pudding store for a taste of delicious sweet pudding made the traditional way at this sixty-year-old establishment. Next, see how the Braised Goose Restaurant's owner and chef adapts traditional Chiu Chow fare for Hong Kong tastes at this hidden gem. After a savory sampling, your palette will be ready for two types of freshly baked cookies at a legendary Kowloon bakery. Finally, your guide will take you to Oodles of Noodles Restaurant, an award-winning family-run restaurant that serves fresh noodles made by hand daily. Savor egg noodles smothered with a special topping. Between tastings, learn about Kowloon's culture and history while your knowledgeable and entertaining guide points out iconic landmarks. You'll discover cultural remnants of Hong Kong's past and experience modern life in this vibrant working-class community that escaped much recent urban redevelopment. At the end of your tour, your guide will help you with directions to get back to the starting location or point you to the nearest MTR station.
Join your expert chef at the cooking studio in Wan Chai for this Hong Kong private tour Chinese cooking class. Master the art of Chinese cuisine in a cozy kitchen that's stocked with state-of-the-art equipment. Learn to prepare savory soups, how to fold dumplings and expertly stir fry vegetables from your culinary guide. This three-hour lesson includes plenty of time to create signature sauces with your friends and gain a deeper understanding of the diverse flavors that make up this eclectic cuisine. Choose one appetizer, one main course and one dessert from a menu that features popular dishes from across the nation.
Your private guide and professional tea master will meet you in Taikoo Shing at either 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. for your private 1.5-hour Hong Kong tea tasting. Sample five fine Chinese teas—green, red, white or black, as well at two Oolongs. Your tea master will demonstrate the art of preparing and walk you through the rituals associated with local tea drinking. Gain a deeper appreciation for the aroma and after-taste of this popular and important beverage during this unique experience. You'll have the opportunity to smell dried leaves, swirl sips on your tongue and understand the distinct qualities that make Chinese tea truly special. This tea tasting includes samples of two Chinese delicacies: rose honey toast and osmanthus jelly. You'll leave with an informative booklet to share with friends at home, as well as information on the health benefits, production and preparation of your tea.
Meet your guide and small group in the afternoon at a designated place on Queen's Road Central, located in Hong Kong's thriving business district. Then follow your guide on a foodie adventure through the alleyways of Central and its neighbor Sheung Wan, visiting six family-run hot spots - from a noodle shop to a local bakery - for tastings both savory and sweet. Begin your culinary walking tour with a stop at a wonton noodle shop. Savor delicious wontons with noodles and intensely flavored broth before moving on to a restaurant specializing in roasted meat. Continue to one of the neighborhood's oldest shops to gulp a refreshing glass of juice. Next, follow your guide to one of Hong Kong's greatest hidden treasures - a private tea house, set in a Chinese courtyard. At Dim Sum corner, sample a selection of dim sum and you'll want to come back for more. Finally, your guide will lead your small group down a side alley to check out a little bakery where you can relish your dessert - freshly baked tarts still hot from the oven. Learn about Hong Kong's food culture and food industry, as well as its cultural heritage, living conditions and history of development. After visiting several hidden gems of this commercial area - far from the busy shopping malls and typical sightseeing spots - you'll gain new insight into Hong Kong. At the end of your tour, your guide will help you with directions to get back to the starting location or point you to the Sheung Wan MTR station.
Make your own way to the cooking school in Kowloon, where you'll meet your professional instructor. During this hands-on cooking class, you and your small group make curry pastes and soup bases — the most important element of most Southeast Asian dishes — from scratch. Your lesson will feature one of four mouthwatering menus, each featuring a different regional cuisine, including Thai, Vietnamese and Indian. You'll create the most sumptuous of curries, stir-fries or soups, Thai tom yum (hot and sour soup) and Vietnamese pho (broth with meat and herbs) - and prepare popular dishes like Spelt Chapatis and Beetroot Raita. Learn how to use a concoction of aromatics spices, and master the delicate balance of sweet, sour and spicy flavors that make each savory cuisine so irresistible. Afterward, feast on your creations, along with a complimentary non-alcoholic drink, for lunch or dinner. Bring a container for any leftovers you can't eat, and receive a jar of homemade chutney or spices to take home with you.
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