"Every step of the tour was full of cultural and historical information, all absolutely fascinating. This is a tour for anyone who wants to experience unabridged Hong Kong living, rather than a tourist edit."
Barbara and Khachik, UK
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.
WHEN: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Morning.
LENGTH: 3.5 - 4 hours
PRICE: HK$600 for adults, $500 for under 15's. Free for under 6's.
WHATS INCLUDED: All food and drinks and public transport costs.
STARTING POINT: Outside the IBIS Hotel, 28 Des Voeux Road West.
FINISHING POINT: Wan Chai MTR.
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable shoes.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: All tours takes place as scheduled except under Red/Black storm warning or Typhoon #8 or above. For up to date information see the Hong Kong Observatory website.
WHY WOULD I DO THIS TOUR: On this Hong Kong Food Tour you get to learn about a wide range of Hong Kong food as well as the areas that we travel through. This is an all inclusive tour which includes all of your food.
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"We were so lucky to have found Hello Hong Kong, and to have booked today's food tour. We can't thank you enough.
We now have a great all round experience of traditional local cuisine and a lot of information along the way about local culture and history.
We started with breakfast in a dim sum restaurant in Sheung Wan, tasting and trying several types of dim sum, both savoury and sweet, pastry, dumplings and crispy sweetness,all so interesting and contrasting.
Between tastes of food and drink we visited markets, Chinese medicine stores, old and new, sitting down again for a wanton noodle soup taste combination, delicious.
A little more walking and then came the surprising experience of milk tea and yin yang - I couldn't have imagined the tea tasting so good, but it did, lovely and strong and hot. The coffee and tea mix was also good, just very different.
A short tram ride away and our next foodie treat was roast meat, quickly turned around in a noisy and crowded ground floor street cafe, ushered in by smiling faces and a very warm welcome, the barbecue meat just melted in the mouth and had so many delicious flavours my brain couldn't keep up. An experience in itself not to be missed.
Coming to the end of the tour we went into the popular Tai Cheong bakery for the famous warm egg custard tart, which we ate in the sunshine on a roof top of a restored tenement block now called the Pawn.
Every step of the tour was full of cultural and historical information, all absolutely fascinating. This is a tour for anyone who wants to experience unabridged Hong Kong living, rather than a tourist edit."
Barbara and Khachik, UK