Walk with us: Culinary Crossings

Six divulging dishes in Kowloon

Take a journey with us to explore your five senses with a behind-the-scenes access to Hong Kong’s local foodie paradise! Through this walking tour you will explore the history of Kowloon all the while discovering the best that Cantonese, Shanghainese, Teochew and Hong Kong local cuisine has to offer, each coming with a special story to tell about the region’s past and the curiously charming local ways of life too.

During this on-foot adventure guests will visit where the once legendary Kowloon Walled City stood, a lawless state squeezed between giant antagonists with little to no intervention from authorities until the late 1980s when its inhabitants were eventually evicted and the demolition took place.

From fascinating history to local culture, we believe there is no better way to understand a city than by venturing into the public housing estates to observe how locals carry on their daily lives within its fresh markets.

Spend a morning venturing into off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods such as Lok Fu, Kowloon City and Wong Tai Sin. The leisurely pace of this experience ensures you have plenty of time to enjoy the delicious food. Listen and be entertained with neighborhood stories as told by local characters, personal tales from your guide, and enjoy learning some amusing trivia about Hong Kong.

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Favorite flavors of Penang on foot

Experience a world of Asian flavors on a three hour culinary walking tour in Penang. Visit local coffee shops, spice markets and food vendors while sampling delicious local delicacies such as prawn fritters and rice cooked in coconut milk. Listen as your guide sheds light on Penang’s street-food culture and visit the city’s oldest Indian Muslim restaurant.

The day kicks off with a traditional Malay breakfast before venturing into one of the city’s oldest Malay-Chinese coffee shops, known locally as a kopitiam, where you’ll sample nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg. While visiting one of Penang’s most popular vendors, sink your teeth into prawn fritters and lobak, a deep-fried, spiced pork roll that’s a delicacy in Nonya cuisine. Then stroll to one of Penang’s oldest markets, a vibrant place overflowing with seafood, fruits, vegetables and dried goods. Sample a variety of preserved fruits and taste seasonal produce such as rambutan, mangosteen, dukong and — if you’re daring enough — durian (known for its strong odor).

Explore historical streets with preserved heritage buildings and hidden back lanes, listening as your foodie guide describes Penang’s diverse street food culture along the way. Nibble on murtabak (bread with meat fillings) in Penang’s oldest Indian Muslim restaurant, dating back to 1907. Watch how crullers (fried pastry), called yutiao, are made and feast your eyes on the array of salted fish at a local vendor in one of Penang’s earliest low-income housing estates.

When it comes time for dessert, dig into a cool bowl of cendol, a serving of ice shavings with green doughy strips and red beans covered with coconut milk.

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Denpasar street food tour

Hit the streets of Denpasar with a foodie expert – the chef from one of Bali’s best and most authentic group of restaurants. This unique street food tour portrays his philosophy of introducing local culinary delights to a wider audience since he has been developing deep relationships with local street vendors. The mouthwatering experience reveals local eateries known as Warungs as well as the famed market in the heritage area of Denpasar.

Begin with tasting a local favorite, suckling pig or “Babi Guling”. The pig is stuffed and infused with a spicy concoction including turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, black pepper and garlic, before being spit-roasted for several hours. Then we move to a traditional market, Badung Market to sample some local delights. Badung Market or Pasar Badung is the largest market in Bali and functions as the main source for fresh produce among locals.

Invigorated after these few dishes, it’s time to explore Denpasar City on foot. Walk along two of the most vibrant streets, stopping by the home of Pak Ali, owner of RASTA shop and a bona fide Rastafarian from Yemen who made Bali his home. Here we taste Arabian snacks prepared by Pak Ali’s wife before walking to another nearby community that is the realm of the fruit sellers.

Coffee is next on the menu as we stop at the oldest coffee shop in town, a silent witness of this heritage area. Then before stopping for lunch, we drop by at a small local Warung famous for its Balinese “Nasi Campur”, a popular dish of a scoop of rice accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, which includes meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and fried-shrimp crackers.

A little post-meal walk leads us to an authentic Balinese House, Puri Agung Tampaksiring, where you will receive a warm welcome by a Balinese family. A typical Balinese Puri (Palace) is not created as a single building, but rather a collection of numerous structures within a walled enclosure, each with a special function such as an open pavilion to receive guests, bedrooms, a family shrine, living areas and kitchen.

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