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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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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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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: Vegetarian Voyage – Shanghai, China

 Description:

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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Santa Fe School of Cooking: Restaurant Tours – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Only in Santa Fe for a few days and can’t decide which of the world famous restaurants to choose for dining? Let us help you try as many restaurants as possible while you are here! Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. We’ll start at the internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking for a meet and greet with our chef/guide and fellow adventurers, including a delicious sampling from our repertoire. Then its out for a guided tour of four of Santa Fe’s most prestigious dining destinations.

Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America’s Top Culinary Capitals!
We look forward to introducing you to some of Santa Fe’s top chefs and bringing you into our diverse culinary scene!

Restaurant Walking Tour – 1

This tours includes…

  • Rio Chama is the largest restaurant in Santa Fe and as a result offers its clientelle an electic choice of environments in which to wine and dine. Among the rooms that you will visit on a tour of the restaurant are a beautiful wine cellar, a private dining area decorated with unique photos of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, and a large party room exquisitely decorated in antique Native American textiles. After the tour you will visit the kitchen where you will be treated to a tasting of the food and wine that makes Rio Chama so popular.
  • La Casa Sena, situated in the beautiful Sena Plaza, dazzles their customers with sumptuous food and an amazing wine list. Chef Patrick Gharrity will welcome us into the luxurious wine bar where you will taste one of the house specialties.
  • Santacafe, situated in the spectacular Padre Gallegos House, is a Santa Fe institution that has consistently received the highest praises from visitors and locals alike. We will finish our tour of fine dining establishments at the restaurant Travel & Leisure once described as “elegant yet informal, with successfully inventive dishes, it is widely considered to be the cities finest restaurant”.

Restaurant Walking Tour – 2

This tour includes…

  • At the Galisteo Bistro meet the chef/owner Robert Chickering whose passion for authentic made-from-scratch Mediterranean food has skyrocketed his restaurant to #1 the Santa Fe Trip Advisor!
  • The Ore House at Milagro is a beautiful two story courtyard dining area. It is the perfect setting to highlight the bright, festive and authentic flavors of Latin America and Mexico. Enjoy a tasting from one of the best selection of specialty tequilas in Santa Fe.
  • La Boca, James Campbell Caruso’s Spanish tapas restaurant is the place to be seen in Santa Fe. James has a unique cooking style that has made him stand out. He has been been nominated three times by the James Beard Foundation for the “Best Chef in the Southwest” award. James takes the concept of tapas to a whole new place.
  • The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is one of New Mexico’s most highly acclaimed culinary destinations, The Anasazi Restaurant offers a fine dining atmosphere that is welcoming, elegant and rustic. Regional art is tastefully displayed throughout this beautiful Santa Fe restaurant. Enjoy tastings from the menu of Argentinean chef Juan Bochenski.
Restaurant Walking Tour – 3
This tour includes…

  • The Pink Adobe restaurant was established in 1944 by the legendary Rosalea Murphy.  Known affectionately by locals as “The Pink,” the restaurant has grown into a local and national landmark since its humble beginnings of serving French onion soup and apple pie. For over 50 years Rosalea filled her days using her talents and energy to create a unique flavor, décor and personality that makes this restaurant so special.
  • Nostrani Ristorante & Shibumi Ramenya welcomes diners into an exemplary Northern Italian fine dining experience. With a rose garden in the front and fresh herb and vegetable garden in the back, it is one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Fe.

    Attached to Nostrani Ristorante, and utilizing garden fresh herbs and vegetables, is Shibumi Ramenya, a traditional Japanese noodle house. Chef Eric Stapleman studied Japanese cuisine in New York City and Chef de Cuisine Harris Brazina studied in Japan, and they bring the authentic flavors to the traditional Japanese menu.

  • Il Piatto, led by chef/proprietor, Matt Yohalem is on the forefront of the effort to promote seasonal, fresh and local ingredients in the Santa Fe restaurant scene. Matt works with local farmers to offer a uniquely delicious regional Italian cuisine.
  • We ask that you please refrain from wearing any fragrance for this afternoon’s tour.

Restaurant Walking Tour – 4

This tour includes…

  • Restaurant Martin is the restaurant that Chef Martín Rios and his wife Jennifer envisioned: A comfortable, refined and pleasing atmosphere where local people and Santa Fe visitors can enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine. He has a long-standing reputation for his innovative combination of flavors, colors and presentation. Using fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, Chef Rios creates cuisine that reflects Southwestern and Asian styles influenced by his classical training in French technique. He has been nominated several times for the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.
  • Secreto Lounge at Hotel St Francis offers a unique experience in Santa Fe. Internationally acclaimed mixologists prepare garden-to-glass cocktails from locally grown ingredients while entertaining guests with the lore and history about their selection of vintage cocktails.
  • Luminaria at the Inn at Loretto celebrates the art of food by presenting Santa Fe’s only Concious Cuisine dining experience. Chef Matt Ostrander purchases fruits, vegetables and spices from local farmers and prime grades of meat from regional ranchers to create a menu that focuses on a sustainable approach to food.
  • Located next to the New Mexico state capital, The Guadalupe Cafe offers traditional home style New Mexican food in a charming, relaxed environment. The hot chile and the authentic local food has been pleasing folks for 36 years.

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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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Edible Excursions: Japantown Culinary Tour – San Francisco, CA

One of San Francisco’s most culturally-rich culinary experiences is right under your nose, yet its edible value is even unknown to most locals. Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, is the latest destination offered by Edible Excursions, uncovering the area’s historical relevance and “hidden” restaurants and markets.

Unassuming and peaceful, San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood is home to artisans of ancient fare and traditional crafts. Strolling from cobblestone pathways to surprisingly unrelated mall floors and amongst naturally-simple landmarks, you’ll find yourself popping into several food markets, shops and restaurants.

You’ll come across neighborhood “secrets” often passed over by rushed visitors, hear shop-owner stories, learn about cultural talents and taste specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients. After your stroll throughout the neighborhood, you’ll sit down to a ramen lunch where noodles are housemade and the dashi is divine.

On this tasting tour of 7 businesses through Japantown, you’ll grow to appreciate and understand why this neighborhood is such an important place to San Franciscans and to the United States.

Tastings may include:

  • Osaka-style Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)
  • Red bean filled taiyaki at the local coffee shop
  • Savory salads from a Japanese specialty food market
  • Mochi from one of the last remaining manufacturers
  • A tad sweet and creamy sweet potato latte
  • Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop
  • Sit-down ramen lunch
  • Onigiri, traditional rice balls, with a modern twist

The tour is offered from 11-2:30 on Fridays and the SECOND Saturday of every month. Additional experiences may be added, and private tours (min. 8 guests) can also be arranged.

Price: $85.00 per person

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Artisans of Leisure: Culinary Tour of Japan

(8 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone

Cuisine, a highlight of any visit to Japan, is the focus of this tour. In Tokyo and Kyoto, learn how to shop for Japanese ingredients and how to prepare and present typical Japanese dishes and seasonal specialties. Experience a variety of types of cuisine, from authentic Japanese home cooking, to refined kaiseki and Zen vegetarian temple cuisine. Tour local food markets and specialty shops selling Japanese knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. After Kyoto, enjoy a luxurious night at an exclusive hot springs ryokan in Hakone. Private touring also includes visits to the most interesting temples, shrines, gardens and small museums in each location.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Arrival transfer to hotel
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city touring of markets, food halls, specialty shops, and noted dining locations
Day 3 Tokyo – Kyoto
Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for three-night stay. Afternoon private city touring
Days 4 & 5 Kyoto
Private morning cooking classes at a Kyoto family’s estate. Afternoon private touring of Kyoto’s specialty food and houseware shops and markets
Day 6 Kyoto – Hakone
Shinkansen to Hakone for overnight at ryokan
Day 7 Hakone – Tokyo
Transfer to Tokyo. Afternoon at leisure
Day 8 Depart Japan
Airport transfer
Hotels
Tokyo: Four Seasons Marunouchi
Kyoto: Westin Miyako Hotel
Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Cost
$13,390 Per person (double occupancy)

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