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My Hong Kong Foodie Tours Review – A Hong Kong Food Tour Packed with Culture, History and Delicious Food

August 3, 2018|Lena
My review of the best Hong Kong Food Tour by Hong Kong Foodie Tours. A tour with amazing food, and a knowledgeable guide who will tell you about culture, customs and Hong Kong history. #hongkongfoodie #foodietravel #foodtour

Our first stop on our trip around the world was Hong Kong. I had never been there even though it is only a 4-hour flight away from Japan and it can be reached quite cheaply using LCCs like Hong Kong Express. And the first thing I wanted to do in Hong Kong was a walking tour because I believe having a guide who can tell you about local customs, history, and culture is the best way to get to know a place. I did some research and found Hong Kong Foodie Tours. Now, I told myself, a food tour is much better than a standard walking tour because the best way to get to know a culture is through its food, am I right?

I booked the Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour, which covers two of the most important districts on Hong Kong Island. Here is my experience in the form of a Hong Kong Foodie Tours review.

hong kong foodie tours bag

The meeting place was super easy to find and has excellent metro access. It is no problem if you arrive early even in the summer heat because you can wait inside the air-conditioned entrance hall. I was 15 minutes early which gave me time to get to know a couple of other participants who were over-punctual as well.

Group Size

participants of the hong kong foodie tour

On my tour, we were 9 participants, because two people didn’t show up. At first, I thought that was quite a big group for a food tour, but it really wasn’t. It was a small enough group that we fit into every restaurant we visited and big enough that conversation didn’t get boring because we could talk to many different people while walking from stop to stop and of course while eating.

Most of the participants were from the US, and there were couples as well as solo travelers. I even met a fellow blogger on the tour, Lauren from Spanish Sabores, who writes about Spanish food when she isn’t busy running her own food tour in Spain.

The Guide

the very knowledgeable guide of my hong kong foodie tours

Yammy was our guide. She is a full-time guide and has been working for Hong Kong Foodie Tours for five years. She is originally from Hong Kong and is very knowledgeable about the food scene in Hong Kong.

On our first stop, she taught us some basic Cantonese phrases like „Thank You“ which is Mmm Goi or „Get the bill“ (Maai Daan). Because Cantonese has so many tones (9!), it is essential to pronounce everything in the right tone or else the meaning changes.

The Route

the hong kong central market

The 6 stops are spread out over the two districts, and the walks in between the stops are an excellent opportunity to get a feel of the city, learn about specific places like Cat Alley with its many shops selling trinkets and „antiques“, a wet market where the fish is so fresh it still tries to jump out of its box, or a temple where Yammy used to go to pray for good grades when she was still a student.

The Food

Wonton Noodle soup in Hong Kong

Now we are getting to the most critical part of this Hong Kong Foodie Tours review: The Food

While the welcome email said to have a hearty breakfast or light lunch before attending the tour because on the six stops they would be „serving enough food for a meal“ the portion sizes especially at the first two stops were quite large (and of course super delicious). So, if you are an average eater I recommend you skip the light lunch and arrive hungrily.

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We got to try all the favorite foods of the locals, starting with Wonton Noodles at a shop that only sells three items (Wonton, fish ball or beef noodle soup). The cook who was originally from China started out selling Wonton at a street stall. He then opened two shops and since handed over his business to his grandson. Snippets like that made the food even more delicious, and the background stories of shops and owners are something you can only get from an insider.

I loved the food so much I returned to the restaurant with Taka the next day, and because he liked the Wonton Noodles so much we even came a third time.

barbecue pork rice one of the highlights of the hong kong foodie tours

Other foods we tried were barbecued pork rice and different kinds of Dim Sum. We also got to taste Chinese sweets, although I have to admit I didn’t much like them. The nuts and dried fruits are very healthy and taste very uncommon in western countries.

We were kept hydrated not only by complimentary bottles of water but also some sugar cane juice. The sugar canes are steamed and then pressed, so the sweet juice flows out. For me, it was a little bit too sweet, but the flavor was rich and like so many other things introduced to us on the tour it has great health benefits.

hong kong egg tarts

My absolute highlight was the last stop. Hong Kong egg tarts. I love sweets, cakes, and pastries and so an egg tart is something I would never say no to, no matter how full I already am. And if you get an egg tart that is fresh from the oven with a creamy heart of custard that melts on your tongue that is pure bliss for my taste buds.

An Inside Look

an inside look at the hong kong foodie tours

Another great thing about the Hong Kong Food Tour was the opportunity to look inside the kitchen of some of the restaurants and to see how the food is prepared. As I mentioned before Yammy also told us background stories about the owners and histories of the restaurants we ate at. This is something you simply can’t get even if you visited the same places by yourself.

Name: Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour

Operator: Hong Kong Foodie Tours

Price: 750 HKD (95 USD)

Time: from 14:15 p.m. for 3.5 hours

In Conclusion

I had a great time on the food tour through Hong Kong. The food was delicious, the guide very knowledgeable and the other participants super friendly and open. I learned about food customers and the history of Hong Kong as well as the history of restaurants in Hong Kong.

If you are looking for more impressions from any of the Hong Kong Foodie Tours, check out their Instagram or search for the hashtag #hongkongbelly

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My review of the best Hong Kong Food Tour by Hong Kong Foodie Tours. A tour with amazing food, and a knowledgeable guide who will tell you about culture, customs and Hong Kong history. #hongkongfoodie #foodietravel #foodtour
My review of the best Hong Kong Food Tour by Hong Kong Foodie Tours. A tour with amazing food, and a knowledgeable guide who will tell you about culture, customs and Hong Kong history. #hongkongfoodie #foodietravel #foodtour

Lena

Authors Note:
The experiences in this post have been sponsored by Hong Kong Foodie Tours. The opinions stated are all my own and have not been influenced in any way.
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