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The Best Food Tours in Asia

Eat your way through the diversity of Asian cuisine when you book a place on one of these culinary TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Grace Beard
9 Dec 2021
The variety of food in Asia is staggering. From Georgia’s hearty cheese bread to the fragrant curries of Thailand, each country’s cuisine tells a story of history, tradition and culture. Join one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip to gain a deeper understanding of Asian cuisine, allowing you to appreciate the flavour combinations and techniques used in local cooking.
1. Street food tours and cooking classes in Vietnam
You’ll get a taste of both urban and rural cuisine on this 12-day tour of Vietnam, starting in Hanoi, the capital, and travelling south to Hoi An. Culinary highlights include a Hanoi street food tour, during which you’ll sample local delicacies such as bun cha (pork meatballs with rice noodles), pho (Vietnamese soup) and goi cuon (fresh spring rolls); exploring Hue’s food markets by cyclo (a type of rickshaw); and learning the techniques and flavour combinations of Vietnamese cooking at a masterclass led by a gastronomy artisan.
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2. Traditional cooking and wine tasting in Georgia
On this gastronomic journey through Georgia, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, you’ll visit a food market to shop for ingredients before enjoying a cooking class in Tbilisi. Sip local wine and watch demonstrations of the winemaking process by toastmasters, fully immersing you in Georgian culture and tradition. Along the way, you’ll taste a variety of Georgian delicacies, including khachapuri, the country’s national dish of warm, cheese-filled bread, and churchkhela, a sausage-shaped sweet made from nuts and thickened grape juice.
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3. Street food tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thai cuisine packs a powerful punch, and food from the country’s northern region is known for its hot, salty and sour flavours. On a bicycle tour through Chiang Mai, you’ll stop at street food stalls to get a taste of local delicacies including khao soi (coconut curry noodle soup) and sai oua (spiced pork sausage). In the shadow of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, prepare for a feast, including delicacies such as nam phrik ong (a pork and tomato dip) served alongside fragrant, sticky rice.
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4. Loaded pancakes, sake tasting and sushi-making in Japan
Taking in mountains, lakes and several major cities, this 12-day trip gives you the opportunity to try local specialties from several different Japanese regions. You’ll eat fresh fish from Kuromon Market in the foodie capital of Osaka, sample sake (an alcoholic drink made with fermented rice) in Takayama, and tuck into okonomiyaki in Hiroshima – one of the best places in Japan to eat this loaded savoury pancake. Of course, no trip to Japan would be complete without a stop in Tokyo, where you’ll try your hand at sushi-making.
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5. Organic tea and indigenous cooking in Malaysian Borneo
Taste the fresh flavours of the rainforest on this wildlife adventure through Borneo. During a stay at a tea resort in the Sabah mountains, you’ll try eight types of organic tea. A cooking class by the Kiulu river offers the rare opportunity to learn about the traditional cuisine and cooking techniques of the indigenous Dusun people. You’ll try Bornean specialties, including hinava (mackerel with chilli, ginger, onions and lime juice), linopot (leaf-wrapped rice cooked with yam or sweet potato) and plenty more while you’re there.
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