Food tours in Singapore and Southeast Asia: Travel companies that offer globetrotters authentic gourmet experiences

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Be it single meals, day trips or week-long journeys, these companies help you craft itineraries that have just one aim: to satiate your appetite

Having a meal while on holiday no longer means simply popping into a nearby restaurant for a bite. Quite simply, gone are the days where one eats for sustenance, but lives to eat.

Discerning travellers are increasingly looking out for tours that offer a local touch, one that allows them to not just enjoy a meal, but also brings them on a historical and cultural journey through the country’s culinary scene. Hidden gems in alleyways that are indistinguishable one from the next but are thronged by locals bring an added dimension of excitement, mystery and surprise to an otherwise conventional meal. You don’t necessarily need to have a stomach for adventure, but bring along an open mind and you’ll be guaranteed a memorable trip. The following companies offer everyday experiences conducted by locals, for the holidaymaker whose intent is to become a global citizen.

Airbnb

No longer just a marketplace for short-term lodging, the company has a dedicated page that offers an extensive range of food experiences led by locals, many of whom are AirBnb hosts themselves. Discover food stalls in the last Malay enclave in Kuala Lumpur, purchasing the market’s freshest produce in Bali and picking up fruit-carving skills from the chef-owner of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bangkok. Group sizes are usually small, from four people for a cooking class to eight for a bar crawl or street food jaunt.

Airbnb

Gourmet on Tour

Whetting oenophile and foodies’ taste buds since 2000, Gourmet On Tour provides over 80 culinary journeys, wine tours and tasting adventures across Europe, Asia and South America. Group sizes are intimate, with a maximum number of 10 guests each time, ensuring each has the opportunity to get up close and personal with artisanal producers. Try your hand at squid fishing, and share a vegetarian meal with monks in a monastery. Accommodation options vary from romantic houseboats to quaint boutique hotels that leave you with a lingering sense of the region’s spirit and beauty.

Gourmet on Tour

 

Good Indonesian Food

As its name suggests, the company specialises in food tours in the country, mainly in Bali, Jakarta and Yogyakarta. While day trips are available, multiday tours take you around destinations that teach you the differences in cuisine depending on the place you’re in. For example, Javanese cuisine is said to be on the sweeter side as compared to Balinese cuisine. If you’ve time to spare, embark on the six-day Taste Of The Archipelago tour that’ll take you to all three locations.

Good Indonesian Food

Noshtrekker

Get off the streets and into the suites with Noshtrekker’s lively hosts who invite guests into their homes and kitchens for story-telling moments around the dining table. Whether you’re an avid cook or professional chef, expect a fascinating experience peppered with art, history, nature and culture. In Singapore, author, playwright and environmentalist Indra Rani dishes up Jaffna cuisine and Malayan-inspired cocktails in her sprawling tropical-resort abode with lush courtyards and 17th century art collections.

Noshtrekker

Eatwith

Pick a city, select an experience and voila, you’re on your way to connecting with other travellers passionate about encountering locals who are enthusiastic about sharing their backyard cuisine with guests. Meals are often preceded with market visits and navigations through narrow alleyways, rice fields as well as farms and villages. History lessons are sometimes included in experiences, such as having a meal of chicken rice in a HDB flat with an architect and sharing a meal prepared by refugees in Malaysia.

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BonAppetour prides itself as a community marketplace connecting travellers with local home chefs around the world. More unusual experiences include taking on the persona of a Chinese immigrant and running around Chinatown to discover food treasures, or if you prefer something less exhausting, learning how to make Peranakan desserts and laksa from a true-blue Nyonya chef with recipes passed on from her grandmother.

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