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Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours: Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour – Hong Kong

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Savor the Local Flavor

Follow us on a food trail to explore one of Hong Kong’s most fascinating neighborhoods — Sham Shui Po. This old Kowloon district houses a plethora of foodie hot spots, from decades-old eateries serving Hong Kong’s most beloved dishes, to specialty food stores with delicacies that give Cantonese food its subtle yet rich flavors, to a hidden heaven that lights up the eyes of professional and home chefs alike.

History, Architecture & Culture

Having escaped much of recent urban redevelopment, Sham Shui Po has retained much of its history, tradition and charm from Hong Kong’s yesteryears. Immerse in this neighborhood to experience a vibrant working-class community coming to life in the morning. In between tastings, stop by at iconic cultural remnants that offer a blast to the past and learn about the changes seen by this area.

Who Should Take This Foodie Tour

Our Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour is designed for those who want to go a bit further to explore Hong Kong’s culinary culture. If you are looking to try something different, join us on this food tour in Kowloon. Whether this is your first time to Hong Kong, a frequent visitor or even a local, this tour will show you Hong Kong with a different lens and provide lots of food not just for your belly, but for thought.

What’s Included: Selected food and drinks tastings at 6 locations

Duration: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: Maximum 8 participants

When: Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:15 am

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Also from Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours: Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour and Tai Po Market Foodie Tour

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Lost Plate: Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Beijing, China

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We are not another walking tour. Beijing is a huge city, and the only way to find the best, hidden local food is to wind your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing where the locals live…with your own tuktuk! We only stop at local, family run shops that you (or any other tourist) would never find on your own. Our tuktuks are the only way to get off the beaten path to eat the best food in the city, not just one street. Oh, and all of our Beijing Hutong Food Tours include unlimited beer (or soft drinks if you prefer)!

Eat the best local food in the city at five hidden restaurants while enjoying unlimited beer and tuktuk transportation! Grill your own meat on open flames, eat in a private hutong house, wrap delicious dishes in freshly made Beijing pancakes, and finish with a pint of locally brewed beer.

What’s Included:

  • Try over 15 different dishes while visiting 5 local restaurants only Beijingers know about, plus a hidden hutong brewery!
  • Arrive at a central location (provided by email) to meet your guide and new friends for the night (small groups of 9 people or less)
  • Zoom through the hutong alleys on your own tuktuk, stocked with unlimited beer and soda
  • Discover a hidden hutong house and be welcomed inside for a meal
  • Roast and season your own meat and vegetables over fire at a traditional Beijing BBQ joint
  • Roll your own stuffing inside Beijing’s famous (and best!) pancakes and learn where this tradition started
  • Find out how each dish became so popular and learn about 6 hutong neighborhoods you will eat in
  • Sip on some of China’s famous Baijiu alcohol, this stuff packs a punch!Check out one of Beijing’s most hidden breweries while sampling their craft brew and enjoy a pint of your choice

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Also from Lost Plate Tours: Beijing Brewery Tour, Chengdu Food Tours, Xian Food Tours

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UnTour Shanghai: Chinese Cooking Class – Shanghai, China

Description:

This cooking class starts with a wet market tour. With our local chef by your side, you will learn how to grocery shop like the Shanghainese at a neighborhood wet market. Bargain hard for your daily bread so you can cook everything on today’s menu! Then fire up your wok and transform those raw ingredients into authentic Chinese food.

Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Ground Covered: 1.6 km (1 mile)
Price: USD $200 total for groups of 1-3 guests (for each additional guest add $25)

All-inclusive package includes:
– Pick up at your downtown hotel
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– Cooking class fee + ingredients at wet market
– Post-cooking class details emailed to you, including recipes

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UnTour Shanghai: Oodles of Noodles – Shanghai, China

Description:

A foodie’s dream, this tasting tour shows you Shanghai’s culinary underworld of noodle joints that have a cult-like following. Each stop showcases the city’s best mom and pop noodle shops – from homemade wheat noodles smothered in a delicious sesame sauce to knife-cut noodles in a simmered beef broth. Watch freshly made noodles pulled out of a lump of dough and sample the best pasta this side of Italy. Trust us, you’ve never tasted anything like this before!

When: Every Monday at 2 PM
Price: RMB 350 per person

Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Ground Covered: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Private Groups: For more information about group bookings at any other time of the week, please contact us!

Your food tour includes:
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post-Oodles of Noodles UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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UnTour Shanghai: Dumpling Delights – Shanghai, China

 Description:

For more than 2,000 years, Chinese chefs and home cooks have been perfecting dumplings in all their delicious bite-sized forms. Carried abroad by Silk Road travelers over the centuries, dumplings are popular around the world, but nothing tops the original! From streetside stalls frying up potstickers to dim sum mansions serving steamers of har gow (delicate shrimp dumplings), we’ll taste the best dumplings Shanghai has to offer, including the city’s famous xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) while ducking into a wet market, park, and old Shanghai neighborhood.

Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Ground Covered: 2 km (1.2 miles)
Price: USD $180 total per group, to 6 guests (for each additional guest add $25)

All-inclusive package includes:
– Pick up at your downtown hotel
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– Post UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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UnTour Shanghai: Street Eats – Shanghai, China

Choose from a Breakfast or Night Market Food Tour:

Breakfast: Wake up with the city to taste the Chinese breakfast of champions. We’ll mingle with water calligraphers and tai chi masters, explore traditional hawker cuisine at local street stalls and learn the true meaning of fresh at a wet market.
When: Every Tuesday & Saturday at 8 AM
Price: RMB 350 per person

Night Markets: When the sun goes down, the woks fire up along the streets of Shanghai’s night markets. See for yourself why no one can resist the temptations of the city’s diverse after dark delicacies.
When: Every Thursday at 7 PM
Price: RMB 400 per person

Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Ground Covered: 2 km (1.25 miles)
Private Groups: For more information about group bookings at any other time of the week, please contact us!

Your food tour includes:
-UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post-UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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UnTour Shanghai: Flavors of China – Shanghai, China

Description:

As the financial capital of China, Shanghai attracts millions of migrant workers who bring their local culinary traditions along with their dreams of striking it rich. Our Flavors of China food tour takes you on a culinary adventure of the country’s regional and minority cuisines without ever leaving Shanghai’s city limits.

We’ll start off with a stop at one of Shanghai’s own famous institutions to try several delicacies of the Shanghai cuisine, including lion’s head meatballs, jujubees, and more. We’ll stop off for some spicy Sichuan, delectable dishes from northern China, and much more. If you’re only in China for a short time, this tour helps you get four dinners in one!

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Ground Covered: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Price: USD $220 total per group, up to 3 guests (for each additional guest, add $25)

All-inclusive package includes:
– Pick up at your downtown hotel
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post-Flavors of China UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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UnTour Shanghai: Vegetarian Voyage – Shanghai, China

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Hungry for the tastiest Chinese cuisine and tired of wondering if there is pork hiding in the tofu? This vegetarian tasting tour takes the guess work out of eating in China, leaving guests to enjoy a wide variety of classic Chinese dishes, from spicy sesame noodles to traditional Buddhist cuisine, dumplings and exotic desserts. We’ll even teach you the basics for vegetarian ordering in Chinese so you’ll be set the rest of your trip!

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Ground Covered: 3 km (1.8 miles)
Price: USD $180 total per group, up to 6 guests

All-inclusive package includes:
– Pick up at your downtown hotel
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post UnTour details emailed to you, including digital photos

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Hong Kong Foodie: Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour – Hong Kong, China

Taste your way through the old neighborhoods of Central and Sheung Wan. Along the 3.5-hour food tour, discover some of Hong Kong’s favorite food as you stroll along Hong Kong’s side streets and learn about how this area evolved from a fishing village to the colonial administration district to today’s international financial center. There will be six tasting locations and all food will be included in the ticket price of HK$600.

Savor the Food — Our journey will take us to six family-run tasting locations in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods.  Each eatery has been specially selected not only to represent the best examples of Hong Kong cuisine but also for the unique and interesting stories behind them.  Samples of Hong Kong food and drinks are included in the ticket price.  We recommend that you eat a hearty breakfast or a light, early lunch before the food tour.  If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions, please indicate when you purchase your tickets.  Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience at our tasting locations:

Wonton Noodle Shop:  Mouth-watering wontons with fresh shrimp and noodles, served in soup prepared for hours from a family recipe will be the highlight of our first stop.  You will learn about what makes the wonton and the soup so special.

Roast Meat Restaurant:  Taste some succulent barbecued pork rice and find out how the owner can roast such juicy meat.

Fresh Juice:  Feeling a little tired? Sample some refreshing juice before continuing on our walk. Discover how the elements of this juice help balance the other tastings on the tour. We will share with you all the steps it takes to make this fresh juice. You might even catch a glimpse of the juicing process as well.

Tea House:  To help digestion, we will try a selection of “cha” (tea) at a private tea house set in a Chinese courtyard.  Learn about the different types of teas and how to prepare and serve them in the proper way practiced over centuries.

Dim Sum Corner:  Look for Hong Kong people’s favorites at this unique neighborhood dim sum house.  Savor a selection of dim sum, both steamed and fried, and check out others you could try when you return.

Local Bakery:  For dessert, taste one of the tarts hot out of the oven at this local bakery. They also serve a large variety of traditional Hong Kong baked goods.

Experience History, Architecture & Culture — Along our food tour, your local Foodie guide will share stories behind Hong Kong’s development, introduce you to important historical figures, and lead you to beautiful colonial architecture that still remains.  We will also tell you fun facts about Central & Sheung Wan and help you uncover an interesting, little shop hidden in the neighborhood that even most locals miss.  As we meander from one tasting location to another, we will also walk through an open market, watch how locals buy fresh fish and if you’re lucky, you might be able to take a peek of a cage of snakes in front of a shop selling snake soup and wine.

Who should take this Foodie Tour?

Our food tour is perfect for those who do not know what to try at a local restaurant but want to taste some of the best Hong Kong food.  Even if you know what to order, we will take you to some unique gems in Hong Kong that even many locals do not know about.  In addition, if you are curious about how some of these restaurants evolved and remained popular among locals for the last 60 years, our Foodie guides will show you a different side of this commercial area away from the busy shopping malls and typical sightseeing spots.

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Local Roots Food Tours: Origins of Sacramento Food Tour

The Origins of Sacramento Walking Food and Cultural Tour is our newest addition.  This tour explores the very beginnings of Sacramento,  from Sutter’s colony Nueva Helvecia to the Fabulous Forties, with tastings of the best dishes the immigrants brought with them.  You’ll learn about how the many diverse groups forged our great city and created its agricultural dominance.

Participants enjoy a 3  hour, 2.5 mile flat walking route past historical national landmarks, gorgeous mission style churches and famed architecture throughout period neighborhoods.  Liberally sprinkled among these sites are ethnic eateries that echo the region’s diversity.  Come taste Sacramento’s amazing authentic foods hailing from far flung lands such as Spain, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, and China’s Szechuan province.

Our Origins of Sacramento Food Tour finds us meandering through two very historical but popular neighborhoods; Midtown’s Sutter District and East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties.  Stroll under tree-lined streets while you explore hidden gem eateries.  Meet the talented and passionate chefs while sampling their creations….a foodie’s dream come true!  Local Roots Food Tours limits each group to 16 individuals to keep the experience small and intimate; each tour is narrated by our trained guides.  Special dietary needs can be met with prior notice.  Private group tours are available by reservation.

Typical tastings on our tour:

  • Grilled Polenta Triangle w/ fresh basil marinara sauce
  • Handmade Shrimp and Shitake Dumplings
  • Orange Blossom Cocktail
  • Baby spinach, artichokes, chicken & feta cheese pizza
  • Refreshing Pilsner Urquell from Czech Republic
  • Stuffed Date w/ goat cheese and pancetta
  • Dungeness crab cakes w/cayenne pepper aoili & red pepper sauce
  • Death by Chocolate Cupcake

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