Small Group FOOD TOUR
Eat like a local on a food tour and discover why Hong Kong is one of the food capitals of the world! If you book onto our small group food tour of Hong Kong you will join a mixed group of other guests. We take a maximum of 9 people on the small group version of the tour.
Small group food tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and start at 9:30 am in the Sheung Wan area of Hong Kong Island. Full details on the meeting point are provided upon booking. Tours last 4 hours and finish at 1.30pm in Wan Chai.
Eat like a local on a food tour.
Culturally immersive experience.
Small group with max 9 people.
When Hello Hong Kong first set up back in 2014 we ONLY offered food tours. This is the original Hong Kong food tour, with a few updates to keep it new and exciting. Food has remained our passion at Hello Hong Kong and our food tour continues to be the most highly ranked on Tripadvisor and Viator.
This food tour is a perfect introduction to Hong Kong’s food. It is ideal for people who want to enjoy delicious, high-quality local food in local eateries surrounded by local people. There is nothing weird and wonderful on this tour (apart from the chicken's feet)! If you are a more adventurous eater please book a Private Food Tour and ask us for a Kowloon food tour focused on street food.
Over the course of the food tour, we will undertake an exploration of Hong Kong’s food culture. 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 1950s as local chefs tried to produce cheap versions of British and Western favourites.
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, it's crowded, it's noisy, it has a 90-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 1960s and is recommended by the Michelin Guide. Wonton Noodles are a local food speciality, 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 the best Char Siu (BBQ Pork) in Hong Kong, cooked in the traditional style, served with rice and homemade sauces. This is another Michelin recommendation and a favourite of the renowned chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain.
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 speciality - the custard tart. Like our other restaurants, the bakery we visit has a long history in Hong Kong and is a personal favourite of former HK Governor Chris Patten.
Hello Hong Kong Food Tours in the press!
All prices listed are in HK$.
|Per Adult||Per Child (6 - 11 yrs)|
The price includes all of the food and speciality drinks consumed during the tour. Prices listed do not include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour. They do include the costs of public transport used during the tours. On certain days some of the food stops might be closed. In these cases, we substitute in a very similar replacement. We encourage those with young children to book private tours.
Throughout the tour, you will discover the histories and stories behind the foods that we eat, as well as the restaurants that you eat them in. This tour will give you a solid understanding of what it means to ‘eat like a local’ in Hong Kong.
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 the districts that we journey through and 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 3km or 1.5 miles 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). You will need to be able to walk at a reasonable pace in a group environment. If you have walking difficulties please book a Private Food Tour so that we can be flexible with the pace and route.
LANGUAGES: Available in English.
WHEN/TIME: Small group food tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and last 4 hours and start at 09:30 am.
STARTING POINT: Outside the first food stop which is in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong Island. Directions, maps and pictures for the meeting point are sent upon booking.
END POINT: Wan Chai (instructions on how to get back to your hotel or to your next activity will be provided by your guide).
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: There is a lot of meat (mostly pork) and seafood (shrimp) in this tour. If you are unable to consume meat and seafood then we suggest that you take a customised tour rather than a food tour. We have taken people on the tour who have not been able to eat many of the foods and they have still enjoyed the tour as there is a lot of cultural and historical information but we would suggest that a non-food tour would be a better option. We CAN accommodate gluten-free guests. Please click here to find out how well we can accommodate your specific dietary requirements.
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable shoes.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: All tours take 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.