Tasting Hong Kong: Bites, Market & Cooking Class with local mum
As a British born Cantonese and very familiar with Hong Kong, I purchased this experience for my non-asian boyfriend as I wanted him to see the real Hong Kong; I can honestly confirm our time and experience with Tony really was the real deal! I highly recommend this experience if you want to see non-touristy and real Hong Kong. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time with Tony and I was extremely pleased as we experienced the real local Hong Kong way of living and all of its delicious food.
Tony was extremely accomodative and helpful from the start, even before I purchased the experience. I told him what I wanted and the best date we could do, and he was quick at replying. Even though Chinese New Year was approaching (meaning that shops and markets would be closed), Tony was very helpful and able to set a date which worked best for us all and when the markets would still be open.
When we met Tony, he was very friendly and helpful from the start. We did not stop learning from him and felt very comfortable asking any questions we wanted about food/markets/ Hong Kong. As soon as we entered Tony's home (c. 10.00) we did not stop eating until the end of the experience (c. 16.30). We had the option to leave earlier but we were enjoying ourselves so much we had to stay. Tony's mum taught us how to cook and choose the ingredients, she was very friendly and informative. Tony's girlfriend was also there and was very friendly and helpful too. We felt very welcomed and comfortable having just met them.
The highlight for me, apart from all of the delicious food, was seeing my boyfriend's reaction to the wet market. He has never seen or experienced anything like that before, Tony and his mum were great in telling us the inside tips and showing us around. I cannot express enough how good this experience was as I am already familiar with wet markets, local snacks and some Chinese cooking, I still learnt so much!
I highly recommend this experience for those familiar and non-familiar with the Hong Kong culture. Be ready to meet very friendly and helpful people and most of all, come with empty stomachs and be prepared to eat!