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A Chef’s Tour: Bangkok Backstreet Food Tasting Tour

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Don’t leave the fate of your taste buds to chance… go straight for Bangkok’s culinary jugular. Join Chef Nutth on his epic nightly food feast around the city’s maze of alleys to taste hidden street eats you’d never find alone. Trust us, the pad Thai on Khao San Road is nothing to write home about. Gorge on lemongrass infused mussels, rich peanut satay with grilled coconut chicken and ajat relish, the finest Thai curry in the city and over a dozen more lip-smackingly good things at some of the best places to eat in Bangkok.

Kicking off as the afternoon cools, eat your way through the labyrinth of backstreets on the best Bangkok Chinatown food tour, ending on a sugary high along the main strip of Yaowarat Road in all its neon glory.

*Sorry veggies, this one isn’t for you, try our Old Market Hidden Street Eats tour.
*Street food vendors take time off too, so we can’t promise every tour will be the same, but fear not, the night will always be packed with good stuff. 

What’s Included:

4-hour guided walk through the backstreets of Yaowarat

Tastings of the best street food in Bangkok

Great photo opportunities

Refreshing Thai drinks and water

Fully licensed guide (who’s also a chef)

Limited to just 8 exclusive guests each day

Learn about the history and culture of Thai cuisine

The Guide:

Nutth is a foodie, restaurateur, chef, and licensed guide with a passion for Thai cuisine and knows where to eat in Bangkok. He’s been in the game for over 20 years and what he doesn’t know about Thai food isn’t worth knowing. Join him on his epic nightly Bangkok Chinatown food tour.

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Also from A Chef’s Tour: Bangkok Old Market Hidden Street Eats, Chiang Mai Northern Food Tour by Truck and Mumbai Secret Street Eats 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: Dumpling Delights – Shanghai, China

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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: 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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Poland Culinary Vacations: The Flavors of Lower Silesia and Wroclaw

The Flavors of Lower Silesia and Wroclaw Culinary Vacation

Our Lower Silesia culinary vacation offers a fantastic introduction to a rare gem in the world of European cuisine. It remains a little-known culinary destination, unless, of course, you are of Polish ancestry. In that case, you’ll remember eating delicious, traditional Polish food during holidays while enjoying the music, dance, and rich traditions so intertwined with the cuisine. Whether you join us as a traveler discovering Poland for the first time, or you are seeking to reconnect with your own family traditions, this will be a unique and meaningful vacation that provides a strong sense of home in the midst of new experiences.

Outdoor Attractions: Situated in southwest Poland, this area features diverse wildlife, the rugged Sudety mountains, rivers and pastoral valleys, as well as striking cave formations, old growth forests, and more than a dozen scenic and national parks. In the towns and villages, people celebrate the outdoors in their gorgeous botanical gardens, pristine mineral springs, and healing health resorts.

People who have settled in the Lower Silesia region come from many different parts of Poland and Europe. They are known for their hospitality and willingness to share their agricultural lifestyle with visitors, which is one reason why agrotourism is growing so rapidly here. We’ll visit agrotourist farms and participate in hands-on cooking classes. With the local farmers as our teachers, we’ll learn how to prepare both regional and traditional specialties.

Urban Amenities: Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, nicknamed “The Venice of Poland,” sits on twelve islands along the Odra River. This historic city showcases Gothic, Flemish, and Viennese Baroque architecture, although it’s known as a progressive incubator of avant-garde theatre and modern art. With a thriving university and growing scientific sector, the diverse population demands eclectic entertainment, fine restaurants, and trendy boutique shopping.

After we’ve dined and cooked with chefs in some of this vibrant city’s best restaurants, an architectural and historic tour of Wroclaw will round out our experience.

We know you’ll fall in love with the beauty of Lower Silesia, and with its culinary abundance. You’ll want to return to this region of Poland again and again!

Main Attractions

7-day/6-night custom-designed, intimate cooking vacation in Poland’s Lower Silesia region, one of the most diverse and picturesque areas of Poland.
Elegant and comfortable accommodations in the beautiful 16th-century Zamek na Skale castle in the Polish countryside and at Tumski hotel in the city of Wroclaw.
Visits to local markets; opportunities to learn crafts from local artists.
Hands-on and demonstration-style cooking lessons throughout the week.
Delicious regional cuisine: freshly made meals and bread, plus wine, beer and vodka tastings.
Visits to agrotourist farms: legendary hospitality and the chance to experience life in the Polish countryside.
Motor excursions into famous cities and towns to see renowned art and architecture, including buildings which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, plus many more cultural discoveries.
The option to extend your time in Wroclaw and further explore this lovely city, dubbed “The Venice of Poland”.

Day By Day Itinerary

Our Exciting Itinerary for “The Flavors of Lower Silesia and Wroclaw” Culinary Vacation

Day 1 – Sunday

We meet in the lobby of Wroclaw hotel at 10:00 a.m. for a group transfer by motor coach to a spectacular 16th-century Zamek na Skale castle (a four star hotel with SPA center in the historical cellars of the castle – pictured above) in the village of Trzebieszowice, our home for the next four days. In addition to its beautiful location, our castle has an interesting history: the Prussian king, Frederik Wilhelm III, once invited the Russian czar, Alexander I, to join him and his entourage there for a birthday celebration. Enroute, we stop at Karczma Zagloba, in the town of Swidnica, for a sumptuous lunch. We also visit the 17th-century, wooden Church of Peace, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further exploration of this region may include sampling hand-made pralines at a Chocoffee shop, or a visit to a gingerbread bakery before we resume our journey to Trzebieszowice. After settling into Zamek na Skale, we take a short tour of this truly romantic and comfortable castle, relax in the spa, or go for a leisurely walk in the nearby park. Later in the evening, we meet head chef, Marek Mol, for a festive Welcome Dinner in the castle restaurant featuring specialties of the local cuisine and chef’s exclusive culinary creations made especially for us.

Day 2 – Monday

After breakfast at the castle, we attend our first cooking class with Halina Jurak from Jaszkowa Gorna village. We learn the secrets of preparing the all-time Polish favorite, pierogi, stuffed dumplings. Then, we get an introduction to the Polish bread-baking traditions at a family owned “Bagietka” bakery in Jaszkowa Dolna village. The aroma and taste of the freshly-baked breads in the bakery is unforgettable! Later, we travel to beautiful Polanica Zdroj, a health resort town. While there, we must taste the mineral water from the “Wielka Pieniawa” spring and take a leisurely walk through the town center and surrounding health park. Our evening meal is traditional Polish cuisine at Piastow Grod restaurant in the town of Duszniki Zdroj.

Day 3 – Tuesday

Today we travel to Oldrzychowice Klodzkie village for our second cooking class. On the menu this time is another undisputed Polish favorite, golabki, stuffed cabbage rolls with robust tomato sauce. In the afternoon, we travel to the town of Walbrzych. In Walbrzych, we visit the 13th-century Ksiaz castle, also called the Pearl of Lower Silesia, the largest of the Silesian castles and the third largest castle in all of Poland, a place of many cultural and artistic events. To celebrate our third day in the beautiful Lower Silesia, we dine in the nearby town of Szczawno Zdroj, at Gospoda Babinicz, located in remodeled stables. Gospoda Babinicz specializes in Polish cuisine, particularly exceptional hunter’s dishes. This night, we celebrate with delicious Polish food, drink, music, and dancing.

Day 4 – Wednesday

Today, we head to nearby Krosnowice village for our third, hands-on cooking class with Halina Puk. Using a traditional Polish recipe and natural ingredients from the owner’s farm, we prepare barszcz czerwony, red beetroot borscht, as part of our lunch. Then, we travel to the town of Kletno, where we visit the most beautiful cave in all of Poland, “The Bear’s Cave.” Later, we drive off to the town of Stronie Slaskie, to see “Violetta,” a 200-year-old company that manufactures high quality, hand made, crystal glass products. For those ready to shop, the company gift store has many of their beautiful products for sale. On the way to Stronie Slaskie, we drop in on many of the local food artisans at their agrotourist farms. We also visit Ladek Zdroj, one of the oldest health resorts in Europe. Tonight, for the final meal of the “rural” part of our culinary adventure, we dine at the Korona restaurant in the town of Klodzko. The Korona is famous among locals for its outstanding Polish cuisine, and a popular venue for wedding receptions.

Day 5 – Thursday

After an early breakfast, we travel to Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, to begin our urban culinary experience. After checking into the Tumski hotel, where we’ll stay for the next two days, we head to lunch at the Krakus Fraternity restaurant. Located right next to KS “Wratislavia” Polmos distillery, the restaurant specializes in Polish dishes accompanied by a vast selection of vodkas. Following lunch we enjoy a guided tour of the distillery. We learn the secrets of vodka production and watch the entire process in historic production halls. Then, we take a guided tour of Wroclaw’s historic Old Town, including Market Square, Town Hall, and Salt Market. Later, we may also visit Spiz restaurant and local brewery where we get to taste delicious local ales. Wroclaw has many great restaurants specializing in Polish cuisine. Tonight we dine at JaDka, one of the most elegant of them all, located in the theater district. Enjoy!

Day 6 – Friday

After breakfast, we enter into the rhythm of day-to-day life in Wroclaw by shopping for ingredients at Hala Targowa, a historic indoor fresh food market. The head chef from the Mill Inn restaurant joins us, guiding our produce selections and then teaching our cooking class. During this demonstration-style cooking class, the world- renowned comfort food bigos, Hunter’s Stew, an old traditional Polish recipe, is our final epicurean adventure. After lunch, we may visit Panorama Raclawicka and later take a lazy boat ride on Odra river to get another view of Wroclaw and its stunning architectural beauty. There’s time to shop for gifts at the Cepelia store. Choose from both decorative and pragmatic Polish handicrafts for loved ones back home, and don’t forget something for yourself! Our Farewell Dinner will be at Karczma Lwowska restaurant, serving old Polish specialties from the eastern borderlands, and located in the heart of Wroclaw’s Market Square. There’s live entertainment, too!

Day 7 – Saturday

Depart for your home country following breakfast, or make your own arrangements to stay longer in lively Wroclaw.

Vacation Details

What’s Included

Even though our vacations are leisurely, you may want to consider an extra night at the Wroclaw and Tumski hotels in the city of Wroclaw before and/or after the program. You may find that the extra time will make your week even more relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Six nights accommodations double occupancy with ensuite bathroom (four nights at the Zamek na Skale castle and two nights at Tumski hotel in Wroclaw)
  • Arrival transfer from Wroclaw hotel at 10:00 a.m. to Zamek na Skale castle
  • Daily breakfast
  • Six dinners
  • Six lunches
  • Local beer, house wine, tea and coffee with all included meals (Please note that drinks consumed outside of mealtime are not included)
  • Four hands-on and/or demonstration style cooking lessons
  • White cooking apron with Poland Culinary Vacations logo
  • Excursions to cultural sites, all entrance fees and food artisan visits
  • City tour of Wroclaw (with professional city guide)
  • Boat ride on Odra river in Wroclaw
  • Transportation where specified
  • English interpreters
  • All luggage transfers
  • Taxes and service charges

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare or other non-specified transportation to the trip starting point, and from the trip ending point
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
  • Passport or visa fees
  • End of vacation gratuities for guides (not required, but greatly appreciated)
  • Insurance of any kind

Dates

July 3 – July 9, 2011
July 31 – August 6, 2011
Other dates to be announced

Cost

Option 1. $2,950 per person, based on double-occupancy ($500 deposit). Single supplement is $350 – program as described above, lodging in four and five star hotels, all meals included.

Option 2. $1475 per person, based on double-occupancy ($500 deposit). Single supplement is $350 – program as described above, lodging in two and three star hotels. Thursday dinner in the city on your own. No specials or discounts apply.

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Jodie’s Kitchen Three Day Taiwanese Cooking Course

This is a practical course, so you will learn how to make finished dishes, as well as the basic methods. This course focuses on Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, and also includes one or two interesting influences from other Asian cuisines.

The goal of this kind of course is to help you understand how different elements of Asian cooking fit together, so you express your creativity instead of simply following recipes without really understanding them. Then you will be able to mix and match the various techniques to make a wide variety of complete meals. This will also give you a firm basis for learning more on your own in future.

We start the class with soy bean milk — as I very often hear from my Western guests, it’s a healthy drink, and it’s a very popular morning drink in Asia.

I will also talk about all the basic Chinese ingredients, so you will have a good idea about how to create Chinese cooking in future. Then I will use the basic ingredients to make some very simple dishes like soft tofu with Taiwanese dressing, and sour and spicy soup.

After introducing the basic ingredients, we focus on noodle and dumpling dishes. I will show you how to make the sesame paste, and a make few different noodle dishes based on it. But you can also use the sesame paste in western dishes, such as using it as a salad dressing or dipping sauce.

The dumplings we will make are based on bread dough (yeast dough). I assume most people are fairly familiar with bread dough. So after the class, you should be able to recreate how to make the dumplings very easily.

Day 1

Drinks
Soy bean milk
Basic ingredients introduction
Taiwanese dressing with soft tofu
Sour and spicy soup
Basic Asian sauce/dressing/paste
Black sesame paste: Served with green vegetables
White sesame paste: Taiwanese sesame noodles
Spicy Sichuan flower pepper oil: Spicy pineapple
Spicy Sichuan sweet and sour dressing: Pickle cucumber
Pastry
Green onion pan-cake

Day 2

Drink
Black sugar and ginger tea
Basic ingredients introduction
Garlic and sesame oil pickle cucumber
Toban pickle cucumber
Spinach, tomato and dumpling soup, serving with sauces
Pastry
Boiled dumplings
Pan fried dumplings

Day 3

Drink
Oolong tea
Basic ingredients introduction
Miso tofu soup
Basic Asian sauce/dressing/paste
Sweet and sour herbal dressing
Lime and lemon grass dressing
Pastry
Pan fried buns cooked in water (yeast dough)
Steamed bean sprout and shiitake buns (yeast dough)
Black sesame buns (yeast dough)

Class Information

Language: English (Chinese or Taiwanese if required)
Cost: Our price for this standard three day class is NT$12,000 for one student (about US$120 or 90 Euros), and NT$21,000 for two students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these classes.
Normal class size: 1 – 4 students (larger classes may be possible). These are private classes for you and your friends/family/colleagues only.
Time: Classes usually start at 10am or 1pm and last about four hours each day, so the total class time over three days will be about 12 hours. We will try to arrange the classes to fit your schedule.

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Jodie’s Kitchen Dumpling Cooking Class

Dumplings are one of the most popular dishes amongst Chinese, Taiwanese and Western people. There are many different kinds. In this class, we will make dumplings based on yeast dough, as yeast dough is similar to the bread dough used in Western culture.

We will make two kinds of these dumplings. Once you learn how to make and cook them, it’s very easy for you to modify the filling to use your own favorite ingredients and flavors.

Dumpling Class details

Preparing dumpling dough
Preparing dumpling filling
Savory filling: shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, cilantro
Sweet filling: black sesame and black sugar
Making the dumplings
Pan fried dumplings cooked in water
Steamed black sesame sweet buns
Oolong tea serving
Dumpling dressing
Cucumber salad

Chinese people use bamboo steamers to cook dumplings, and Western people use an oven to cook bread. There’s actually a lot of similarity between the dough used for both of these, so these kinds of dumplings are very easy for Western people to learn.

You can choose to use your own preferred ingredients and season them with some basic Chinese flavors. Instead of cooking the bread in the oven, you cook the dumplings in the bamboo steamer, but they will be as easy to make as bread.

Apart from cooking the buns in the bamboo steamer, pan frying them in a wok is also a very fast way of making them. This way, it’s possible to serve more than 10 to 20 people at one time.

Using similar techniques, steamed sweet buns are a very popular dessert. We will be using the same kind of yeast dough to make sweet buns. It’s a very common food with a cup of Oolong tea in the afternoon, for local people.

Class Information

Language: English (Chinese or Taiwanese if required)
Cost: Our price for this standard one day (about 4 hours) class is NT$4,000 for one student (about US$120 or 90 Euros), NT$7,000 for two students, NT$9,000 for three students, and NT$11,000 for four students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these classes.
Normal class size: 1 – 4 students (larger classes may be possible). These are private classes for you and your friends/family/colleagues only.
Time: Classes usually start at 10am or 2pm and last about four hours. We will try to arrange the classes to fit your schedule.
Note: These details apply to the standard classes which you can see on this page. Some custom designed classes or classes with more expensive ingredients may cost more or last longer.

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NOTE: This class can also be combined with a mountain walk:

Elephant mountain is in the heart of Taipei, just a few hundred meters from Taipei 101, but is rarely visited by tourists. Paved paths and steps provide easy access from the city.

The 183m (600 ft) mountain is part of a range that stretches about 10km (6 miles) and reaches heights of 375m (1200 ft). The mountains are thickly forested, providing protection from sun and rain. Numerous small temples and shelters provide frequent opportunities to rest, enjoy a drink and snack, and learn more about local culture.

Every walk is unique, as we will alter the route to meet guests’ requirements. This can even include providing vehicular access to avoid most of the uphill walking, if necessary – but please let us know your special requirements well in advance.

Cost: Our price for this combined one day (about 6 hours) activity is NT$5,000 for one student (about US$120 or 90 Euros), NT$7,000 for two students, NT$9,000 for three students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these events.
Normal group size: 1 – 4 guests (larger groups may be possible).
Time: The activities start at 10am and everything lasts about six hours. Earlier starting times, are possible on request, but not earlier than 9am.
Note: These details apply only to the event which you can see on this page. Custom designed events may cost more or have a different duration.
Note: Taiwan’s weather is highly variable. We may adjust the route of the walk depending on the weather on the day and guests’ capabilities and requirements. During rare periods of severe weather, such as typhoons, we may be forced to shorten or even cancel the walk, after consultation with our guests, and offer other activities in its place.

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Six Taste – Dumpling Tour

With a large middle-class Taiwanese population, Arcadia has quickly established itself as a Mecca for Taiwanese cuisine. Din Tai Fung, a renowned Taiwanese dumpling house, opened its first U.S. location right here in Arcadia. In fact, so many tourists visited Arcadia’s Din Tai Fung that a second location has recently opened right around the corner. Six Taste’s Taiwan food tour will begin at the world-famous Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, where guests can experience the excitement of the famous juicy pork dumpling and elusive soup dumpling. Our knowledgeable tour guide will give guests a glimpse into the local cuisine, and how its tied to the rich Taiwanese history and culture.

  • Bite into juicy pork dumplings (xiao long bao) from world-renowned Din Tai Fung.
  • Learn the differences between Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine.
  • Savor Taiwanese festival snacks at Sinbala.
  • Discover JJ Bakery, one of the best Taiwanese bakeries in the Los Angeles area.
  • Find out how the konjac root can improve your health
  • Cool down with shaved ice and mango desserts from BinBinKonjac.

When: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9:30AM
Length: 3 hour 30 minute walking tour
Price: $55/person (all food included in price)
# of Stops: 5

What’s included:
– A Six Taste bag
– Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung
– Traditional Taiwanese Baked Goods at JJ Bakery
– Taiwanese night market snacks at Sinbala
– Japanese influenced Taiwanese desserts at Bin Bin Konjac
– And more to come!
* Tastings subject to change without notice.

Advance purchase required. Tours often sell out!

Check our schedule and buy tickets online:
Delicious Dumpling Food Tour

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