PUBLIC GROUP FOOD TOUR
Hong Kong food is primarily Cantonese cuisine but with some small key differences which reflect the city’s mixed British and Chinese heritage. On this tour we learn about the history of food in Hong Kong, from the traditional fare from Guangzhou to the interesting western crossover cuisine that started popping up in the 1950’s as local chefs tried to produce cheap versions of British and Western favourites.
The Hong Kong Food Tour meets at 9:30am and we start the day with a traditional Dim Sum breakfast in an old tea house. We find ourselves transported back to a bygone era as we sample the most authentic Dim Sum available in HK. This is the granddaddy of Dim Sum restaurants, its crowded, its noisy, it has an 85-year history in Hong Kong and the Dim Sum is still served via trolley service.
Our next stop is a family run Wonton Noodle shop that dates back to the 1960’s and is recommended by the Michelin Guide. Wonton Noodles are a local food specialty, a simple dish but one that only a true master can perfect.
After our second food sampling we take a tea break and try a cup of Milk Tea, perhaps the most pervasive legacy of British rule. It’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but it is a fascinating beverage that Hong Kongers love!
After our tea break we travel by Ding Ding (tram) to another family run restaurant, which dates back to the Qing Dynasty (pre 1900’s) and is renowned for its Siu Mei, or in English, Roast Meat. Here we sample a mixture of roasted meats, all cooked in the traditional style, served with rice and homemade sauces.
We finish the Hong Kong Food Tour with a Hello Hong Kong favourite, an egg tart, or in Cantonese, dan tat. This is another Chinese take on an English specialty- the custard tart. Like our other restaurants the bakery we visit has a long history in Hong Kong (60 years) and is a personal favourite of former HK Governor Chris Patten.
As well as trying the food we learn about the history of the food in Hong Kong as well as the history of the local restaurants we are eating in.
In addition to the restaurants listed above we also visit a local Dried Seafood Shop to take a look at the ingredients that are traditionally used in soups, a Chinese Medicine Shop originating from 1946 and Hong Kong’s oldest Wet Market. During our travels between eating points we also discuss some buildings of key historical importance.
The areas we visit are Sheung Wan, Central and Wan Chai.
This is a walking tour and you should expect to walk about 2.5km or 1 mile in total. Our walking tour includes hills and stairs. You will also need to be able to get yourself on and off a local tram (trolly).
HK$750 for adults. Anyone aged12 or over is counted as an adult. Children aged 6 years and under are free. HK$500 for 7 to 11 year olds.
“My wife and I along with a small group, had the opportunity to explore a little of Hong Kong with our food tour guide, who led us on a mouth watering food journey of some of the rich food history and culture of Hong Kong, that the everyday tourist may not see or be aware of. I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore the little narrow lanes and backstreets which hold some of the real gems of eateries which appear as unassuming facades but that are rich in family history,with food that is simple in nature but each mouthful is an experience of beautiful tastes and textures that leaves you wanting more. So I can highly recommend this food tour, it was a highlight of our time in Hong Kong. We awarded and presented our guide with the gold Kangaroo badge for their outstanding contribution to Hong Kong tourism.”
“Having just moved to Hong Kong I was keen to learn more about the city and having a keen interest in food this was the perfect combination. Laura was an excellent and informative guide and took us to places I wouldn’t have found on my own. She is very natural and you didn’t feel rushed at any point. The small group size worked really well and enabled Laura to take us to places where we were the only tourists. The food was all interesting and delicious. There was a really good mixture of different foods to try and also visits to food shops and markets where Laura’s knowledge of the strange products for sale was excellent. I will definitely recommend the tour to my friends.”
“Thanks to the Hello Hong Kong team and especially to Ben who gave us a thorough tour into the soul and belly of Hong Kong. He fed our minds and appetities with the most memorable sights and tastes. It was one of the best tours we have ever done. Make this the top of your list when you visit Hong Kong “
Paul and Antony, New Zealand
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