Hello Hong Kong…. Food tour

We were going to be spending a few days in Hong Kong and one of the travel blogs I frequently read had recently posted about a food tour in Hong Kong. Perfect, I thought. Let’s book. Getting booked in was super quick and easy, we sent off an email to Laura and we were promptly confirmed.

The food tour starts at 9.30 am and we meet in Sheung Wan, the dried fish, traditional neighbourhood of Hong Kong. Laura greets us and immediately her friendliness and enthusiasm for Hong Kong shines through.

We start the day with a traditional Dim Sum breakfast at an authentic tea house. Wow. We had been staying in Sheung Wan and had walked past the tea house not knowing of the local, tasty, delights served behind the doors. As Laura explained, this is the granddaddy of Dim Sum Restaurants and I felt like we were going back in time to another era. The restaurant is crowded and Dim Sum is still served via a trolley service, how cool is that!

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We then took a nice stroll through Sheung Wan district to our next stop, a family run Wonton Noodle shop. The noodle shop, is small inside with a few tables available and recommend by the Michelin Guide.

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Our next stop is for a tea break to try ‘Milk Tea’ also called the ‘Ying Yang’ tea, you can opt for a hot or iced version, we all went for the iced version. It’s a blend of tea and coffee mixed together (sounds unusual) but actually a delicious combination that Hong Kongers love!

Ying Yang tea being prepared

Ying Yang tea being prepared

Enjoying our 'iced ying yang tea' outside Lan Fong Yuen

Enjoying our ‘iced ying yang tea’ outside Lan Fong Yuen

We then have a nice stroll through the city making our way to The Tram, also known as the Ding Ding. I’m excited as we have not yet traveled via the Tram.

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We arrive at our next destination, which on first impressions looks extremely popular with locals because they are queuing out of the door to get a place into the restaurants. Always a good sign when locals are also eating at the venue. This particular restaurant is well know for its Siu Mei (roast meats), the restaurant has a long family history ownership dating back to pre 1900s, we learnt from Laura. We wait for a few minutes in the que, taking in the atmosphere while locals talk to each other and collect their lunches (the restaurant also does take out option).

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I’d highly recommend taking this tour if you want a fun, informative, insight into the Hong Kongers food, culture and history.  Try to book at the start of your trip as Laura also shares little hidden gems and places to visit in Hong Kong.  I’ve left out some things along the tour as it’s always nice, I think, to experience things for yourself. For more details or to book check out the website:  www.hellohongkongtours.com

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