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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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Bangkok Food Tours: Offbeat Floating Markets Food Tour – Bangkok, Thailand

Rivers and canals play an important part of traditional Thai life. On this full day excursion, we bring you back in time to experience off-beat floating markets and historical communities and to taste unique local delicacies made with freshest local ingredients.

With only an hour drive from Bangkok, we will be in Samut Songkram, the last Venice of Thailand. Take a morning stop at Tha Kha floating market, where local farmers meet to exchange their produces. A row boat slowly brings you to explore ordinary Thai life by the canals. Visit the original coconut sugar makers to learn fascinating sugar-making technique. Taste farm-fresh local specialties such as roasted banana with sweet dip, fresh palm-sugar juice, and local seasonal fruit.

We then head for lunch at the charming Bang Noi market. As this area of Thailand produces arguably the most delicious mackerel, we will try a pair of mackerel fried rice with local fruit juice. Relax with a short session of Thai traditional massage before we continue our journey.

In the afternoon, visit locally famous Amphawa floating market. The market is one of the best spots to sample Thai snacks and sweets. Plenty of tasting items are waiting for you to try, including Thai fruit flavor ice cream, crispy noodles with tamarind sauce, spicy fish cake, and many more.

En route the tour we will stop at the only market in the world that is set up on train track. See a thing that will make you say “wow”. We also bring you to the marvelous “unseen in Thailand” Bang Gung temple.

Highlight

  • Immerse yourself in Thai way of life and culinary culture
  • Try 14+ delicious food samples, dessert and drinks
  • Explore three charming local floating markets
  • Enjoy a ride on a row boat to a coconut village and learn how to make a coconut sugar
  • Relax with a local Thai massage
  • Experience one of a kind train market, the market that is set up on the railway
  • Visit the marvelous “Unseen in Thailand” Bangkung temple

Tour available: Saturday and Sunday

Tour Duration: 7 am – 5.30 pm

Weather Condition: Tour takes place rain or shine

Group size: Minimum 2 people, Maximum 8 people (Small Group)

Price: 3600 Baht (~ $ 120)

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Off The Eaten Track: Best Eats Of The East Village Tour – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Want to see the real Vancouver? The East Village is a colourful mix of cultures and ethnicities from its Italian heritage to the influx of Chinese and Southeast Asian influences. We guide you through this eccentric neighbourhood and sample various cuisines from restaurants, delis, bakeries, butchers, small grocery stores, and posh Italian eateries.

This tour starts with dessert. We sample some hand-crafted chocolate at Café Schokolade and get a mouth-watering lesson from their master chocolatier. Then we navigate through the oldest neighbourhood in the city stopping at 7 local shops. We pop into a charming Italian deli for a mind-blowing charcuterie platter, a multicultural grocery store for some tea samples, a family-run butcher shop for a salami tasting, and much more. We end the tour at Campagnolo Roma, one the hottest Italian restaurants in the city where we dine on traditional pizza. Delizioso!

This tour has a vegetarian option and substitutions can be made for the following allergies: shellfish & peanut. There are no alcoholic beverages on this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • 15+ samples of ethnically diverse food & beverages from 7 different stops
  • Get personal attention from the local chefs and owners
  • Be immersed in the various cultures that define this historic neighbourhood
  • Includes private van transportation to and from our downtown pick-up location
Capacity: Maximum 10 guests
Walking Distance: 1km/0.6 miles, total walking time approximately 25 minutes
Price includes: All food & beverage tastings, expert tour guide, transportation
Weather: Tour runs regardless of weather
Day: Saturdays
Time: 2:30pm
Length: 3 hours
Meeting Place: Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova
Cost: $70 (includes tax)
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Off The Eaten Track: Downtown Food Carts Tour – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver, the city of glass, is known for its beautiful harbour, rambunctious hockey fans, outrageous real estate, and of course world-class dining. Come with us to explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada. From Gastown to Granville Street, we will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer.

In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Mexican tacos? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. Organic cold-pressed smoothies, crispy spring rolls, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, and melt in your mouth bacon-bourbon brownies are just a few of the delicious treats you can expect to sample on this tour. We’ve mixed some veteran carts with a few new ones to create a great food cart experience that we know will leave you full and happy.

This tour has a vegetarian option and substitutions can be made for the following allergies: dairy & shellfish. The food carts typically prepare their food in a communal commissary and therefore cross contamination of ingredients can occur. This tour is not suitable for those with serious allergies. There are no alcoholic beverages on this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • 10 + samples at 6 different food carts
  • Learn about the history and culture of the largest food cart scene in Canada
  • Visit historic city landmarks including Gastown, Canada Place, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Meet the owners and chefs of the city’s most
    delicious carts

Capacity: Maximum 12 guests
Walking Distance: 2.5km/1.5miles, total walking time approximately 45 minutes
Price includes: All food & beverage tastings, expert tour guide
Weather: Tour runs regardless of weather

Days: Thursdays & Fridays
Time: 1:00pm
Length: 2 hours
Meeting Place: Corner of Abbot and Water
Cost: $45 (includes tax)
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Access Trips: Thai Culinary Tour – Thailand

Come with us to Thailand to experience an exotic gem, a country where the architecture and artistry are matched only by the friendliness of the people; where every flavor is more pleasing than the last; and where Buddhism binds the culture seamlessly. On our Thai culinary tour, we’ll head from bustling Bangkok to our relaxing riverside resort in Thaton, and finally, end up at the charming northern city of Chiang Mai. You’ll learn to cook incredible Thai food, explore the fascinating Thai culture, and enjoy the outdoors, including a trek through the jungle on an elephant! And at the end of each day you will relax in sumptuous boutique hotels.

Thai food is an exceptional combination of exotic sweet, tangy and peppery spices, fresh ingredients, and stunning presentation, and most who try it are hooked for life. Traditional Thai cooking is taught at home. Every mother is a “teacher” and family recipes are passed down from one generation to the next. Meals are always shared family affairs and are an important part of Thai cultural heritage. Therefore, our Bangkok and Chiang Mai cooking schools are set in home-style learning environments, with open-air, Thai-style kitchens, surrounded by aromatic herb gardens, orchards and rice paddies. Our instructors will pass down their family recipes, as they teach us about ingredient selection, combining spices into curry pastes, and preparation of full meals of Thai cuisine. And of course, at the end of our lesson, we will enjoy the incredible feast we have prepared.

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bangkok Airport and transfer to our hotel. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 2: Sightseeing in Bangkok
Visit Wat Po for monks morning chant. Tuk-tuk ride to Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew. Welcome lunch followed by flower market tour. Evening visit to Chinatown & private dinner cooked by renowned Chinese-Thai chef. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 3: Cooking Class
Long-tail boat ride to our cooking school. Tour the gardens, then move to open-air kitchen for a full morning of cooking. Afternoon visit to Jim Thompson’s House. Stay in luxurious 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 4: Transfer to Ban Tha Ton
Morning free. Afternoon flight to Chiang Rai, then drive to Ban Tha Ton. Stay in relaxing boutique riverside resort.

DAY 5: Golden Triangle
Drive two hours to Mae Sai, a border outpost with Myanmar. After lunch, drive 45 minutes to the Golden Triangle. Visit the Hall of Opium museum. Return to boutique riverside resort and relax before dinner.

DAY 6: Elephant Camp & Cooking Class
Morning drive to elephant camp and ride elephants through the jungle. Lunch at the camp. Drive to Chiang Mai and check into hotel. Late afternoon cooking class. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 7: Chiang Mai Sightseeing
Rickshaw ride to visit dry goods market. Drive to Doi Suthep mountain and climb 309 steps to Wat Phrathat. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a local specialty restaurant. Afternoon free to relax, or optional visit to local handcraft factories. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 8: Cooking Class
Half-day cooking class. Afternoon free for a Thai massage or last minute shopping. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 9: Thai Culinary Tour Ends
Sadly, our tour is over today. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or stay a few extra days in Thailand.

Duration: 9 days

Dates: Year-round

Prices: From US $3490

Skill level: Beg – Int

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Calgary Food Tours

We want to take you out of your ordinary routine for the day so you’ll have a mini-break and a bit of an adventure. You’ll explore Calgary in a way you never have. We know the tastiest neighbourhoods. We are friends with chefs and food business owners and we’ll connect you with our favourites. Our Inglewood’s Edible Enticements and Urban Hike for the Uptown Appetite get you out of your car and exploring the hidden treasures of these neighbourhoods on foot.

We are also proud of Calgary’s ethnic diversity and have developed three tours to showcase some of them. The International Intrigue is a deluxe tour with a private bus that explores Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Dutch, Swiss, Austrian, and North, Central, and South American influences in our city. The Celebration of Chinatown tour highlights the 100 plus years of Canadian Chinese in Calgary with interpretation of art and architecture, discovery of artifacts and of course Chinese food, tea and goodies. A Passage to India takes participants to “Little India” for a sumptuous buffet, shopping for staples and then a private hands-on class with Indian cooking legend, Mrs. Noorbanu Nimji of www.aspicytouch.com fame.

We are also pleased to be the organizers of City Palate Magazine’s Annual Foodie Tootles tours to farms near Calgary. As a long time Slow Food supporter, and former steering committee member, owner Karen Anderson has far reaching friendships with Alberta’s good, clean and fair food producers and farmers. Each year she carefully selects an itinerary for the tours that highlights the abundance of produce in Alberta and the dedicated farmers and food artisans behind those products. We usually visit 3 farms or businesses, taking time to tour the operation and getting to know the farmer or food artisan. Meals for the day are carefully planned to showcase Alberta’s bounty.

All Calgary Food Tours can include the following elements:
• tasting a variety of food and beverages – some of the tours can include a full lunch or dinner with wine and
some are more about covering a lot of territory and tasting along the way
• introductions to food producers, artisans, business owners and chefs
• cooking demos
• recipes and important information on ingredients
• participants always receive a gift and sometimes valuable discounts.

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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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